Here are a few things that your favorite librarians may find depressing, in no particular order.
A view of the Lecture Hall from behind the building on an obnoxiously lovely fall day. I had to go to work shortly after taking this picture.
1. When you tell us how nice it is outside
. Yes, we’d love to enjoy the day too, but someone has to be here to make sure you get all of those bestsellers
and magazine articles
, not to mention the ever-important headphones for the computers
2. Books that are returned with sand trapped in their jackets. From a technical point of view, this is bad because the sand will damage the book’s cover. From a morale point of view, this is bad because the book got to go to the beach
but we didn’t. This is especially depressing during the winter months.
3. The places that people leave things. One of my clerks once found a Naruto DVD
in the second floor men’s toilet. Not just in the bathroom, mind you, but actually in the toilet. I think he should have earned hazardous duty pay for rescuing it (don’t worry, we threw out that one and ordered a replacement copy).
No DVDs have been found in this particular toilet so far. Please don't get any ideas.
4. The things you use as scratch paper. I have a note from a customer written on the back of an opera ticket stub. No big deal, you say. But this particular ticket stub was entirely in Italian. Librarians don’t get to go to Italy very often, you know. Maybe if we presented it to the management as an outreach program?
5. Mysterious stains. More specifically, the coffee stain that we found on our new carpet the morning after it was installed. So from here on out, you’ll have to keep all of your Crazy Mocha treats down on the First Floor. We may lighten up a bit eventually, but that won’t be for another ten years or so.
6. When you say scary things on the phone. Today a customer told me that he was driving on (major highway
) at (illegal speed
) while talking to me, so he couldn’t get his library card
out to tell me his number. Please, call us later. The library has all sorts of nifty things to be sure, but it’s not worth risking your life.
Or you could just take us to Italy….