hi this may be an unusual ask but, in less than a month i am likely going to be promoted into a different department. i'll be working in a library branch as a book shelver or something similar. i wanted to know if you i guess, have any tips for working in a library? sorry if this is vague im just curious, i saw that youre a reference librarian so i thought youd have some??
I sort of like how vague it is?
20 Random Tips for Library Survival:
- It really does matter where the books go. If it’s not where it’s supposed to be on shelf, in rough sort, or on display, it doesn’t exist.
- Be very wary of the “no fines for library employees” rule. 98% of us can’t handle that kind of responsibility.
- Do whatever the director says. Drop everything for them.
- Ditto for board members.
- Patrons will assume that because you work in a library you know everything about it. It is your job to pass these questions off to the correct authority.
- Understand how to use the catalog. Someone has to.
- Never promise anything.
- Children are always right.
- Befriend your tech support.
- Befriend whichever librarian is in charge of ordering materials for your favorite collection. They’ll order almost anything you want (so long as it’s new and moderately priced).
- If you stare blankly and smile at a patron long enough, they’ll stop telling you their racist theory about the economy.
- It’s really hard to push 50lb book carts in high heels when you only weigh 108lbs.
- Fill displays whenever you can.
- Beware the phrase “we’ve always done it this way.”
- Wear gloves when working with children’s books or cookbooks.
- Always feed the reference librarian.
- Reader’s advisory is everyone’s job. Be prepared to talk about books, movies, or music that you love.
- Never judge anyone on their tastes. Every book has its reader and every reader their book. It’s not up to you to decide what’s good and what’s bad.
- Speak softly around technical services workers. They spook easily.
- Keep a parka in your locker. You’ll need it.