Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Miss Information worries about the medical profession

A man couldn't find his hold. Well, that's not new.

Recently Miss Information encountered a woman who thought the holds were filed alphabetically. They are not. They are filed numerically by the last four numbers of a person's library card. The hold labels have a big 4 digit number and then underneath in tiny little letters, the first two letters of the patron's surname. No wonder she couldn't find her hold.

Anyway this fellow today came to the desk complaining that his hold wasn't on the shelf. Sometimes they are not but it's rare. Still, Miss Information doesn't like to march over to the shelf and just find the book because that makes people feel stupid. She doesn't like people to feel stupid--even the stupid people.

This hold had been processed the previous day which means it's on the shelf but Miss Information looked in the back room. Nope, no leftover holds there. The man was all ready to leave without his book but Miss Information said she'd take a peek on the shelf just in case.

Obviously the book was in the exact right spot. She picked it up and handed it to him. It was early and she was too cranky to tell her usual lie about the book having been misfiled.

Before she handed it to him she noticed that it is a book for the medical licensing exam. Miss Information supposes that finding things in numerical order doesn't come up that often in the practice of medicine but she likes to think someone about to become a medical doctor can do that sort of thing in their sleep.


At 7:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have no problem making people feel stupid when they can't find their hold, especially when it's where it's supposed to be!

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