Sunday, February 21, 2010

Miss Information can't help you with that

Miss Information is super awesome but there are a few things she cannot do. For example, she is not a phone technician so she wasn't much help recently when someone complained bitterly that the payphone was located in an inconvenient location. The woman wanted to phone for a cab. The phone is in the lobby of the building. Miss Information can't imagine a better location. In order to leave the library, the woman would need to walk through the lobby, so her anger about having to walk "all that way" to the phone was sort of unfounded.

Later in the week another patron had a request. He'd gotten a CD-Rom from the library and when he installed it he had just sort of typed in a user name and password. You know, like just randomly. Now he wanted Miss Information to figure out what they were. Unfortunately Miss Information works at a reference desk and not a carnival fortune telling booth. Miss Information looked closely at him but couldn't decide if he was more a "fluffybunny23" or a "superstud103".
The guy was sad. He'd hoped she could help him. Miss Information loaned him a pencil and a piece of paper and suggested he use them the next time he had to pick a user name.


At 2:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I feel your pain. I had to help a guy who had set up an account with a French e-mail provider. Of course he didn't speak French, so it made things more difficult than they had to be. Why??? How???

At 7:23 AM, Blogger mrwhatshisface said...

Perhaps his username was 'dumbass101', just a thought.

At 9:58 AM, Blogger Peter said...

Congratulations. Your blog has been nominated for our Library Blog Awards. In fact, your blog was suggested more than once. We're in the process of assembling information about all those nominated and will be sending a short questionaire, including the categories of awards and the judges involved. Would you please send me your email address so that I can send you the questionaire? If your email is on your blog, I couldn't locate it.

Thanks in advance,
Peter W Tobey

At 3:55 PM, Blogger The Brookfield Library said...

Your pay phone seeking patron was lucky you still even have a pay phone on the premises. And lost user name and passwords, don't even get me started.


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