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Mofo Can't Measure

Today, after a week or so of repeated emails about us getting a new copier for our library staff (and emails about how we will be trained how to use said new copier), today, the new copier arrived. Of course, the person who ordered the copier ordered one twice as large as the one we have had. It is VERY LARGE. And there is not room for a copier that large in the space where it's supposed to go. There's not room for a copier any bigger than the one we've had. Also, the person who ordered the copier? Not here when it arrived. Nor was anyone else. Just me, my student worker, and the student worker for the person who ordered the copier.

We managed to find a temporary spot for it, after I vigorously argued (against the suggestion from the delivery/installment guy) that no, I don't care if there's a port that would work there, we are not moving our entire physical processing area to make room for a copier. Finally, once we had it up in its temporary place and had worked out where it will probably go long-term once we get our IT guy over to run new cables/lines to that area (which will probably cause uproar with our acquisitions head b/c it means we'll have to move the location of the empty book carts she uses), the mofo who ordered the dang thing showed up. And was all surprised that this behemoth of a copier didn't fit in the tiny space our current copier resides in.

Seriously, they list dimensions on these things when you're ordering them. We have measuring tape. A copier this size should never, ever have been ordered.

Also, I love how they have money for a state-of-the-art copier, but not for raises or anything that would really help us, given that the copier we had was working just fine.

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autumnfire1414
Mar. 4th, 2014 07:27 pm (UTC)
Ain't that always the way? I loved how one year the institution where I worked couldn't give anyone raises BUT they could afford to buy brand new, snazzy $900 trashcans. We would walk around pointing at the trash cans and say, "Look! There's my raise."
beadylady
Mar. 5th, 2014 04:32 pm (UTC)
We got all new hand towel dispensers in the bathrooms at my institution. Nothing wrong with the old ones, of course.
silveradept
Mar. 4th, 2014 09:21 pm (UTC)
That's so true. No money for salaries, all sorts of money for everything else. Or system at least has the honesty to tell us that all the money is coming from outside grants.

Although those of uses that survived the Great Layoff have not given them for the way they expected us to just pick up and move on.
goddessdragon
Mar. 4th, 2014 09:43 pm (UTC)
Not that I'm ignoring your frustration (because I get it), the photocopier doesn't replace a raise. Budgets are often written in two parts: personnel and operations. A manager or director has to choose at the beginning of the fiscal year (July) how to spend the money. In fact, they have to choose before the start of the fiscal year; typically three to six months before July, how they will spend their budget for the following year.

The bulk of any budget goes towards personnel costs. The operations budget is a bit more flexible, within reason. However, operations budgets can't be used to cover personnel costs. It seems like they should be able to do that, but this also ensures that an overzealous director doesn't hire fourteen new people only to cut the pencil and paper fund because now the library needs to pay the new staff. If the Op budget isn't spend by the end of the year, then the powers to be often look at the surplus as the library/department needing less money next year, since they saved some of it this year. Which is why organizations often buy seemingly random office supplies/furniture when the staff feels like it should go towards them.

Nonetheless, a frustrating experience overall.
frenchroast
Mar. 4th, 2014 10:20 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm aware that's how budgeting breaks down, and I know a one-time expense is a whole different thing than a raise that has to be funded each year. That's why I said "or anything that would really help us" b/c (for just one example) our ILL peeps need a new microfilm/microfiche reader--the one they have constantly breaks down, and while we don't have microfilm/fiche available for patrons to look at themselves, we still have to make it available to people through ILL (we can't just toss it even if we wanted to, b/c we're a depository for gov docs, many of which are still in that format). They're continually told that there's no money for a new machine....yet we clearly found money for a copier we don't actually need. Don't even get me started on the other archaic machinery we have.

The real issue is that the upper admin, despite being in the same building, is completely out of touch with our actual needs b/c they're always gone to conferences and such. I can count on one hand the number of times I've seen our dean walk through the staff area in the past two years, and I'd still have 2 fingers left.

Sorry, I didn't mean to continue ranting. It's just maddening that they got us an unwanted fancy new thing that we do not even have the physical space for, and for the next year they're going to trumpet it as an example of them "fighting" to get us "what we need."
unstricken
Mar. 4th, 2014 10:49 pm (UTC)
Yes, I'd say your blood is entitled to boil. What is it with library managers/overseers??
goddessdragon
Mar. 5th, 2014 01:59 pm (UTC)
I completely get it. Especially with the microfilm machine. That's stupid, and your admins needs to have bean bags thrown at their heads.
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