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Really?

Dear Mofo,

We strive to be helpful. You asked for a back issue of the paper, and a librarian found it. The other librarian heard you ask about making copies. Anyone on staff would have helped you with that--the librarians or someone at circ right next to the copier.

But no. You tore up the front page to get what you wanted and left the paper with that section hidden for me to find on the table later. Thanks.

No love from us.

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theidolhands
Apr. 2nd, 2014 12:06 pm (UTC)
*jaw drops*

ugh!
hawkmoth
Apr. 3rd, 2014 11:14 am (UTC)
Indeed.

Let me add, this was an issue that was out in the back room, where we store papers until we get the microfilms, not a more recent one that would have been available at circ. It will now be standard practice to request ID for these issues as well.

Edited at 2014-04-03 11:38 am (UTC)
theidolhands
Apr. 3rd, 2014 12:37 pm (UTC)
glad to hear it
silveradept
Apr. 2nd, 2014 01:44 pm (UTC)
At least he didn't steal the whole paper, which is what our mofos do. I have no idea why they need the physical copy of an old newspaper, but they take them, all the same.
hawkmoth
Apr. 3rd, 2014 11:16 am (UTC)
It was, according to the librarian, a nice older lady. *facepalm*

Yes, we have had theft of entire issues.

(I love it when people ask about the swiper for tattle tapes and they say, "You mean, people actually steal things from the library?" Ummm, yeah.)

Edited at 2014-04-03 11:17 am (UTC)
silveradept
Apr. 3rd, 2014 01:48 pm (UTC)
I wanted that to say "they", but autocorrect causes more problems than it solves.

Having to explain what mofos do with library stuff is always eye-opening to those that ask why X or Y has been done.
thewrabbit
Apr. 2nd, 2014 04:17 pm (UTC)
Please tell me you know who the mofo is.
hawkmoth
Apr. 3rd, 2014 11:19 am (UTC)
As I said above, it was an older woman. The missing article was about a local servicewoman getting an award or promotion or something, so we figure the nofo was a relative.

Nice, huh?
theinfamousmom
Apr. 2nd, 2014 05:29 pm (UTC)
Yeah... that's why where I worked, people had to leave a driver's license or library card for anything anyone had to get from the back. Also the pricey financial publications and Consumer Reports.

And why an ethnic newspaper that was available for free at newsstands all over town was kept behind the desk and also required an ID to check out.
hawkmoth
Apr. 3rd, 2014 11:24 am (UTC)
We've always kept about 3 weeks worth of back issues at circ, requiring library card/ID/keys to read them. But when current issues disappeared, and some really picky patrons complained about vandalism, we keep them all at circ, asking for ID. Now, that will be standard practice for the way-back issues that are kept in storage (prior to microfilming).

Of course, mofos can still take a paper away and remove an insert or tear out a coupon, and unless we went through every single page of every paper, we wouldn't notice. (But of course the picky patrons do, and them dump their outrage on us.)

Edited at 2014-04-03 11:35 am (UTC)
full_metal_ox
Apr. 2nd, 2014 09:09 pm (UTC)
Not even hardcover books are safe from that particular species of mofo; I've encountered big fancy artbooks with choice plates (frequently nudes and/or fantasy subjects) painstakingly razored out. (I'm not sure whether the culprits were selfish art connoisseurs or Guardians Of Everybody Else's Morals--not that the two are mutually exclusive; there being such a thing as hypocrisy.)

(This happened to, among other works, the only copy of Phillippe Jullian's Dreamers of Decadence available in the county.)

Edited at 2014-04-02 09:13 pm (UTC)
syhira
Apr. 3rd, 2014 01:11 am (UTC)
I'm the person in my library who has to order other copies of those books from ILL so we can photocopy (or scan) the replacement pages. Every time it's NOT a picture of a naked woman, I'm mildly surprised!

The worst is when we have multiple copies of the same book, and someone has stolen the SAME pages out of BOTH copies. That just happened to me last week! Argh!
hawkmoth
Apr. 3rd, 2014 11:30 am (UTC)
Re: Finding cut out illos: Yup, been there, done that.

Not to mention highlighting of text ot margin notes challenging/correcting an author's facts.

******

syhria, We don't have staffing or time to fix such issues, but I don't envy you that task. The multiple copy thing is nuts! People! Mofos!
full_metal_ox
Apr. 3rd, 2014 08:55 pm (UTC)
Not to mention highlighting of text ot margin notes challenging/correcting an author's facts.

Bonus points if the Phantom Scribbler's corrections serve an obvious ideological Agenda* and/or are demonstrably wrongity wrong wrong.

*I once owned a secondhand copy of Stephen Jay Gould's Bully for Brontosaurus whose margins were filled with Objectivist sporking; the prior owner was evidently in agreement with Gould's evolutionist and secular humanist stances, but begged to differ with his liberal social conclusions.
full_metal_ox
Apr. 3rd, 2014 09:05 pm (UTC)
Every time it's NOT a picture of a naked woman, I'm mildly surprised!

I've noticed that classic rock photography and comic-book art--frequently, but not necessarily, involving cheesecake--are at high risk, and one of the casualties from Dreamers of Decadence was Jean Delville's "The Treasures of Satan", with a central male nude--although, now that I revisit it, that lava-flow of damned souls does include plenty of nekkid wimmen.
sarcasticah
Apr. 2nd, 2014 09:09 pm (UTC)
Our mofos love to steal our local newspaper from the display rack. Putting up signs telling them that the newspapers are NOT free for the taking didn't work, so now we scrawl "IN-LIBRARY USE ONLY!!!!" across the front page in bright red Sharpie.
hawkmoth
Apr. 3rd, 2014 11:31 am (UTC)
Good one!
lizzybabe17
Apr. 3rd, 2014 12:31 am (UTC)
That sucks when people just take advantage of the library like that and just steal with impunity.

For a while someone was stealing our Wall Street Journal so we had to tag it; the thefts stopped when the person/people stealing it saw the tags.

Our magazines are getting stolen left and right and few seem to care. It annoys me because other people like to read them and the new ones seem to disappear pretty quickly. Of course the circ staff refuses to let us put new issues behind the desk because they "don't have any room". No offense, but there is a lot of room back there to put the new issues of more frequently-stolen magazines.
hawkmoth
Apr. 3rd, 2014 11:41 am (UTC)
We keep current issues of Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated (a picture issue) and People (because one patron complained someone was doing the crossword before he got a chance to photocopy it) at circ. There really isn't room for anything else to be readily available, because we subscribe to a lot of magazines.
jamiecat
Apr. 4th, 2014 11:58 pm (UTC)
One solution for the crossword is to put a layer of tape over it.
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