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When you absolutely

30 March 2016

When you absolutely positively have to know, ask a librarian.

American Library Association

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7 Comments to “When you absolutely”

  1. Or, much easier and more reliable, Google it.

  2. Famous Last Words: “hmm…wikipedia says it’s edible”

  3. Fifteen years ago, I needed the Reader’s Guide to Periodical Literature, and the librarian had no clue what I was talking about. [bland expression]

    • Most library workers are not trained librarians. The people you are most likely to meet on the floor are pages, who re-shelve books and so on. Often, high school students working part-time. We try to give them some training in helping patrons, but the turn-over is high.

      As an aside, reference librarians are disappearing fast because people have quit asking reference questions, I assume because Internet resources are so good now. We have a reference librarian in only one of our nine branches, and that one multi-tasks. If the trend does not change, I expect we will soon start referring reference questions to a state reference librarian or something like that.

      • In that particular situation, I was talking to the at-front-desk librarian, which pages weren’t allowed to work.

        And that library system had a bit different rules for pages than you describe, but suffice to say that even volunteers were required to have some training. Employees had more.

      • I hope they put out shingles as freelancers. I could often use someone like that.

  4. Hahaha! Good one.

    Here’s another: A priest, a rabbi, and a cowboy walk into a bar . . .

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