Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Look inside the mind of a library circulation worker...

...when things are super slow, I get sucked into the Bermuda Triangle of social media:

When I'm really bored, I make Venn Diagrams:

Thankfully I have enough on my plate that this doesn't happen super often!


  1. It's funny because it's so true, when we have the entire internet at our fingertips and nothing to do it's hard not to get distracted by the constant flow of information updating through social networking.

    And I think it points out an important part of the life of a circulation worker. We don't have a lot going on; unless someone needs something from us we don't really have anything to do. It's a pretty thankless position, similar to being a bank teller, or register person for any kind of customer service job except that we don't have ANY other responsibilities. At least at Starbucks there's always something to clean, there's no chance to just sit around and do nothing. Yet in a library we work at a place where you need a master's degree to help anyone out, and these totally boring circulation jobs are highly prized by people working towards their degrees. I believe people who think they can go straight from graduation to a librarian position without any library experience whatsoever miss out on that aspect of the job. Everyone should feel the pain of the bored circ desk employee, that way you know what to expect when you get into a supervisor position.

    If no one needs help, if you don't have a project to work on, if no one asks you to do anything, you should AT LEAST be social networking, the information transfer cycle has to begin somewhere! =)

  2. Nyssa, as always your insights are amazing. In fact, your comment is better than the original post! Thank you for sharing!