Monday, July 05, 2010

The earth moves for Miss Information

Tomorrow Miss Information starts her first official librarian job. This is the story of how she found out.

Shortly after arriving at work recently, Miss Information got the phone call offering her a new job. Her immediate reaction was to begin worrying about this lifestyle change. Typically for Miss Information, she was sitting with one leg curled under her because sitting like a grown up just doesn't help anyone. Suddenly, the leg that was not curled up on the chair started twitching, shaking, spasming. Her leg doesn't normally do any of these things. Great. Miss Information is finally going to be a librarian so obviously this is the time a previously unknown neurological condition would crop up just to ruin everything. How annoying. Fortunately Miss Information noticed that one of the patrons at a nearby computer was looking around in panic.

"The library is shaking," she said. Why is the library shaking?" she asked. Oh, good. The library is shaking. Not Miss Information. What a relief. Except that the library doesn't usually shake, everything is back to normal. Miss Information suspected an earthquake, but for some reason made up a ridiculous story about construction in another part of the building. Right. Imminent building collapse is much more reassuring than earthquake. However, both the woman and Miss Information were satisfied with this explanation and went back to their work. Of course, Miss Information's work now consisted of Googling words like "building shaking" and "Happytown library".

The library where Miss Information works is fortunate to house some of the library system's administrative offices. One of Miss Information's colleagues was returning to the library after lunch and discovered the entire human resource department staff huddled together outside the building. It turned out that they had decided to evacuate the building because of the earthquake and were standing outside until it was safe to return. The people working at the circulation desk were really bitter that they hadn't at least popped in to say goodbye, but Miss Information wholeheartedly endorses the "every man for himself" policy of human resource department.


At 8:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, dear Miss I, don't leave us hanging! Is the new job in the same system or at least the same city? Or are you uprooting yourself to move across the country?


At 11:27 AM, Blogger Priscilla said...


I've never commented before, but I've been reading your amusing blog for some time now. I'm also a library student. I was supposed to graduate in May...but life threw me a curve and had to take a semester off since my father was on home hospice in the fall. Will finish in December and I am looking forward to a official library position too some day.

I didn't feel the quake, but others around me did (or at least claimed to)

At 5:06 PM, Blogger Mid-Missourah said...

Me too!
After all this is a big event.

You Rock! I look forward to the
next writing.


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