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Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Creepy patron returns....
Last quarter The Creepy Patron (TCP) -- who happens to be a young, fairly decent-looking guy, but creepy nonetheless -- kept pestering me with possibly fake reference questions. One question, and then another, and another . . . Sigh. Then TCP started asking bizarre questions, like, "When do you work?" "Which days?" "How many hours?" Etc.
When TCP didn't turn up this quarter I sighed a sigh of relief. But today TCP returned. A sigh of another sort. And tonight, after several reference questions came the most bizarre question yet, "What's your ring size?" He says, staring at my ring finger. Ummmm..... Freaky. Thanks, TCP, for making me feel like some weird piece of library meat. That's just great.
Posted by MMM at 7:34 PM
Sunday, October 17, 2010
The BL has been busy this fall; yes very busy. Between freelancing, teaching, and librarian-ing, it's been crowded to say the least. The BL did and does not think her calling is as a teacher, but the world seems to have made a little place for her at the chalkboard and so she embraces the challenge with courage and fortitude! She is also doing a little work for Google, which has been enlightening in many regards. To keep her sanity the BL has also started work on her dissertation which will be a passionate argument in favor of the preservation of the physical book. Viva la publication!!!
Monday, May 10, 2010
The Bourgeois Librarian means what she says and says what she means. She also seems to lack a filter. Men don't seem to have a problem with this and we have lively, provocative, intellectually stimulating conversations. Women, however, are inscrutable and seem to want to talk about nothing outside their comfort zone. And so, the BL accidentally spoke her mind and stuck the proverbial foot in her mouth. Sigh.
Posted by MMM at 7:31 AM
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Desk Set (1957)
What a fabulous library movie.
It's everything the Bourgeois Librarian wants in a library: 1950s Steelcase desks, stacks of books, knowledgeable and plucky librarians wearing, of course, high-heels and poofy skirts. Pearls, cardigans . . . you should be able to hear my sighs of joy from here.
Desk Set is definitely requisite librarian movie-viewing.
Posted by MMM at 5:43 PM
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Where has the Bourgeois Librarian been, you ask? She has been employed; not over abundantly, but employed. Reference work is great, even when the pickings are slim. One student asked what an encyclopedia is. Oh boy. Another struggled with footnotes, endnotes, and bibliographies. Indeed, it's tricky business. The Bourgeois Librarian has found that despite occasional "book disdain" on the part of professional librarians, the average student just really wants to get a physical book in their hands and "find the answers." Sure, let me show you where it is.
Posted by MMM at 8:51 AM
Tuesday, January 05, 2010
First day on the job! The Bourgeois Librarian is very, very tired. How can just three hours of training be so utterly exhausting? Yes my dear friends, after twelve years of higher education I'm shushing as an adjunct librarian. It feels good to have a little library domain of my own, if only for four hours per week.
Posted by MMM at 3:59 PM