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So, why do the people who visit our libraries the most often always seem to have the most to complain about?

We have a few at ours: Tax-Dollar Guy, Children's Room Hater, Man who Complains about Coughing. They've always got something to say, and only rarely is it positive.

One of our patrons is this lady, who I'll just call "wut." because that's often my response when she starts talking at me. This April Fool's Day, one of the head librarians posted that NPR article on our Facebook page for funsies and "wut." decided to share her two-cents, to which she received two awesome replies:


The first from my director, and the second from my coworker. It is highly appropriate because I haven't checked out a book to "wut." in months, but she's using our computers all the time.

I haven't seen "wut." since then, and I wonder if she'll find the need to complain to me about my coworker so I can tell her that I'd have said the same thing.

Also: read the dang article!


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Apr. 5th, 2014 02:39 am (UTC)
LOL at your coworker for doing calling wut out.
Apr. 5th, 2014 07:19 pm (UTC)
Yeah, she's nice as can be, but she won't take shit from anyone :P
Apr. 5th, 2014 09:28 am (UTC)
Hmm... libraries weren't "originally" intended to be open to the public or to lend things out, either...
Apr. 5th, 2014 01:48 pm (UTC)
Here here!
Apr. 5th, 2014 07:16 pm (UTC)
And they primarily held handwritten records and whatnot until that blasted printing press came along and totally ruined libraries forever!
Apr. 5th, 2014 11:46 am (UTC)
The poor librarians at my favoriate library have to deal with 'Everyone Is Out To Get Me All The Time Even This Webpage' Lady.
Apr. 5th, 2014 07:17 pm (UTC)
That's a tricky one :( Luckily, our patrons tend to trust us, which is maybe why they feel so comfortable complaining about the way we do things?
Apr. 5th, 2014 01:16 pm (UTC)
You should tell the patron you have an ice pack to help her get over that sick burn.
Apr. 7th, 2014 04:05 pm (UTC)
Apr. 5th, 2014 04:45 pm (UTC)
Originally, the Internet was for defense contractors and employees. Only afterward did it become available to the public (who promptly ensured the Internet was for porn). We change so much these days...
Apr. 5th, 2014 07:14 pm (UTC)
True! I'll have to keep this talking point in mind if (when?) it comes up!
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the fuck
The Society for Librarians* Who Say "Motherfucker"
For all of those times when the gatekeepers of the world's knowledge are called upon, in their professional capacity, to use the word "motherfucker." Or at least to seriously consider it.

*Open to librarians; library associates, specialists, technicians, and paraprofessionals of all kinds; library school students; library aides and volunteers; and all of those who love libraries, or even just love a particular librarian. Welcome.

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June 2017
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