Miss Information is not feeling challengedMiss Information started her new job (as a librarian!) last week and is in the “let’s not scare the new girl” phase of orientation. Instead of actual assignments, the recent recruit spends time “getting to know the collection”. For some reason all libraries seem to do this. Miss Information once asked a former supervisor why. She replied that it was mean to overwhelm the new people with actual work. They’ll learn the truth soon enough, but by then their spirits will be crushed and they’ll be ours forever. Then she laughed an evil laugh and rubbed her hands together as her flying monkeys danced happily on the reference desk.
However. Miss Information is not scared by work. She likes work. When she’s bored she gets depressed and when she’s depressed she starts to notice how flammable everything is. It’s in everyone’s best interest to keep her busy. One of the things they have asked Miss Information to do is wandering reference. This is a big trend in libraries. Library staff accosts innocent patrons in the stacks in order to help them. Miss Information doesn’t have the hang of it yet. Most of the people she’s approached have turned down her offer of assistance. One older woman apologized guiltily for wandering away from the large print section. There were a couple of people who actually needed help—one woman needed the ESL section and another asked where the French books were. Miss Information was useless here though because she hasn’t gotten to know the collection that well yet.
Miss Information hopes they find something to keep her busy soon because the field next to the library would look really pretty on fire.