Giving difficult patrons funny nicknames is a “library thing.” At the library where I work, we have an incredibly challenging patron whose imperious demands, unpleasant attitude and relentless sense of entitlement annoy and depress us … Read moreMr. Creeping Hands, Gum-Popping Granny and Crabby Newspaper Guy: Welcome to Your Local Library
Top Fourteen Replacements for the Word “Librarian” Library work has changed a lot over the years. Should our job title change with it? A group of librarians I know recently put their heads together and … Read moreA Librarian By Any Other Name
One single librarian’s collection of online dating turnoffs Shirtless pics. Headless pics. Bathroom selfies. Gym selfies. Anything camo or Trump-related. Any photo of a guy with a fish or a dead deer. Spelling mistakes and … Read moreI’d Be Happy To Date You When Hell Freezes Over: Online Dating Turnoffs
What I learned from magazines this week The Utah State Attorney General’s office recently stated in a court filing that there is no constitutional right to marry a laptop. (Time, 6/19/17) Smartphones are spreading head … Read moreFat Cats, Happiness and Laptop Love: What I Learned from Magazines This Week
Stuff you don’t usually find in library books, and definitely don’t want to. A dead frog A used band-aid A squashed and leaking Ketchup packet Bedbugs A tampon Toe nail clippings Dozens of baby roaches … Read moreBookmarks from Hell: A List of Unsavory, Alarming and Downright Nasty Things Librarians Have Recently Found in Library Books
Wherein librarians tackle tasks that weren’t in their job descriptions at the library. We librarians are expected to check out your books and answer your reference questions, but we’re often called upon to perform other … Read moreJust Another Day at Your Local Public Library
Bone density advice from your prune-eating, leaping librarian For my last annual check-up, I had a bone density scan and got a nasty surprise. Like far too many women my age, I’ve got osteoporosis. “But … Read moreLeaping Librarian!
Mystery or trashy romance? A colleague recently posted an intriguing question on my favorite Facebook Librarian hangout: “If you were being sold in a library book sale, which table would you be on?” She had … Read moreAre You a Mystery? Or a Trashy Romance?
Librarians do lots of things that aren’t in their job descriptions In the 15 years that I’ve worked at my local public library, I’ve learned that we librarians do plenty of things for our patrons … Read moreWould You Ask a Librarian for a Lap Dance?
Librarians began posting the items they’d found over the years in their own book drops Life holds plenty of surprises, especially when you work at a public library. Last week, for instance, we found a … Read moreIs That a Banana in the Book Drop … Or Are You Just Happy to See Me?