Monday, November 22, 2010

Miss Information makes a bad decision and is subsequently annoyed

Miss Information went to her first librarian's meeting today because she's a librarian now, you know. It was a bit of a letdown. Miss Information had always assumed librarians' meetings involved debates about classification systems, gossiping about clerical staff and jello shots--not so much debating, though. Unfortunately it was just like a clerical meeting, except more discussion of department budgets.

There was, however, a big chocolate cake. It was fudgy. It had sprinkles. It looked delicious. Miss Information avoided eye contact with it, pretended she was at an entirely different cake-free meeting in a cake-less dimension. It worked. Miss Information left the meeting with her head held high and diet intact.

Back on the desk after the meeting, she was inundated with argumentative customers. Why couldn't she access information on her husband's library card? Why couldn't he bring his dog into the library? Why did was the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo not here? Why can't he take out a reference book? If they were just asking the questions fine. It was that they insisted on arguing about the answers. You can't argue about municipal laws or health regulations, at least not with Miss Information.

By 7:15 Miss Information had lost the will to live and for some reason no fudgy chocolate cake with sprinkles was coming to her aid. Stupid unreliable cake.

Lesson learned. Eat cake whenever it appears.


At 3:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations. You've just learned the most important rule of librarianship: always eat the cake (or donuts or cookies or pie).

At 4:04 PM, Blogger kittenpie said...

As my friend once said, if you're going to die, you may as well go down with that cake in your mouth.

At 6:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Staff meeting food has no calories - they're burned off by the boredom of the meeting.

Is scientific fact.

At 9:21 PM, Blogger MarathonMom said...

I KNEW librarians did jello shots back in the stacks.

At 12:09 PM, Anonymous Lydia said...

I agree with otterevil - staff meeting food has no calories! :)

It's always interesting to see how things are actually run. Leaders often project (intentionally or no) a certain attitude or way of interacting with the people they're leading that doesn't necessarily translate to how they act behind closed doors.


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