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The Mighty Moltres
Dec 21, 2012

Come! We must fly!



So tell me, librarians, how are you guys keeping busy right now?
I assume not many libraries are open because of the 'vid, so yeah that question I asked.

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vortmax
Sep 24, 2008

vorticity (n):
A measure of the local rotation in a fluid flow. In weather analysis and forecasting, it usually refers to the vertical component of rotation and is used most often in reference to synoptic scale or mesoscale weather systems.


Pillbug

I can't really tell because I'm not a librarian, but my local library is doing curbside drop-off / pick-up (or you can always use the return slot on the side of the building) and really pushing their online services like Overdrive and Hoopla, plus doing lots of Facebook Live events like story time for kids. They're also a wifi hotspot for the city so people can sit in the parking lot and use their internet service.

vortmax fucked around with this message at 21:01 on May 10, 2020

My Lovely Horse
Aug 21, 2010




We reopened weeks ago with a pickup service.

We hand out books in brown paper bags and I'm having to bite my tongue to not make a "discreetly packaged" quip every time.

Captain Mediocre
Oct 14, 2005

Saving lives and money!



The Mighty Moltres posted:

So tell me, librarians, how are you guys keeping busy right now?
I assume not many libraries are open because of the 'vid, so yeah that question I asked.

My local authority has drafted library staff to call vulnerable people at home to distribute food parcels and check in on local residents for covid response efforts. Nice idea right?

I was just on the phone to somebody in a manic episode who attempted to cut his cock and balls off with a kitchen knife. Needless to say I immediately escalated that to emergency services but christ it does make me miss the regular library weirdos.

Inceltown
Aug 6, 2019






Captain Mediocre posted:

My local authority has drafted library staff to call vulnerable people at home to distribute food parcels and check in on local residents for covid response efforts. Nice idea right?

I was just on the phone to somebody in a manic episode who attempted to cut his cock and balls off with a kitchen knife. Needless to say I immediately escalated that to emergency services but christ it does make me miss the regular library weirdos.

loving hell that's a plot twist. Hopefully things settle down for both of you.

JacquelineDempsey
Aug 6, 2008


Captain Mediocre posted:

My local authority has drafted library staff to call vulnerable people at home to distribute food parcels and check in on local residents for covid response efforts. Nice idea right?

I was just on the phone to somebody in a manic episode who attempted to cut his cock and balls off with a kitchen knife. Needless to say I immediately escalated that to emergency services but christ it does make me miss the regular library weirdos.

As OP of this thread I have the right, and am sorely tempted, to say "welp, can't nothing beat that, shutting the thread down."

...I won't, don't worry, because holy poo poo I hadn't really thought of the implications of how many ways this could affect my library peeps. Y'all are gonna have reference calls asking about best ways to inject bleach, and sky-rocketing amounts of homeless people, and whackjobs insisting that your wifi is somehow distributing the virus, and people using you as babysitting services because they have to go back to work but the kids have no school and aaaAAAAAAAA

My heart goes out to you, brethren/sisters. Stay strong, be safe, I love you.

JacquelineDempsey
Aug 6, 2008


OK, it's hard to believe that after over a decade of working in libraries, this question never occurred to me.

I'm couch-surfing at a friend's house after being evicted (thanks, lovely landlord who can't fathom why a cook can't get a job and pay rent when every restaurant is closed!). Naturally, the former librarian in me has poked around her bookshelf for something cool and new to read, since all my books are now in my storage unit. Today I plowed through "The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green (which is an excellent YA read, even if you're 46 years old, btw).

While looking at the cover, it boasts "#1 NYT Bestseller", which so many books do. I have a nebulous grasp on how those claims are kinda sketchy because they're based on pre-sales, not actual people buying it, etc etc, and frankly I've seen it on so many books during my life in the library trenches that it barely registers as meaningful praise.

What I wanna know: has anyone EVER seen "#2 NYT Bestseller" on a cover/review? Like, if I wrote a book and it even made it to #34 or whatever I would still be chuffed as hell and want to brag about it. But you only ever see "#1 NYT Bestseller".

I want to see the exception to this rule, dammit.

mercenarynuker
Sep 10, 2008

i am the bruce of the willis


I've seen books listed as "A New York Times best seller", which presumably encapsulates #2 to however deep that list goes

PainterofCrap
Oct 17, 2002

Hey bebe





mercenarynuker posted:

I've seen books listed as "A New York Times best seller", which presumably encapsulates #2 to however deep that list goes

Seconding this. And the list is deeeeeeeeeeeeeeep.

JacquelineDempsey
Aug 6, 2008


mercenarynuker posted:

I've seen books listed as "A New York Times best seller", which presumably encapsulates #2 to however deep that list goes


PainterofCrap posted:

Seconding this. And the list is deeeeeeeeeeeeeeep.


Duh, y'all are both right, I forgot how so many just say that, I swear being quarantined and out of work has turned my brain into so much mush.

Still, now my life's goal is to write my memoirs and get my book jacket changed the second I get to "the #69 NYT Bestseller!"

shame on an IGA
Apr 8, 2005



college basketball has a 5 round 32 team tournament where the prize is being the #69 college basketball team

owlhawk911
Nov 8, 2019


JacquelineDempsey posted:

Duh, y'all are both right, I forgot how so many just say that, I swear being quarantined and out of work has turned my brain into so much mush.

Still, now my life's goal is to write my memoirs and get my book jacket changed the second I get to "the #69 NYT Bestseller!"

the first thing i thought when i saw your other post about it was "lol 69th. 420th". my brain was never not mush

shame on an IGA posted:

college basketball has a 5 round 32 team tournament where the prize is being the #69 college basketball team

amazing

a friendly penguin
Feb 1, 2007

trolling for fish

JacquelineDempsey posted:


I'm couch-surfing at a friend's house after being evicted (thanks, lovely landlord who can't fathom why a cook can't get a job and pay rent when every restaurant is closed!). Naturally, the former librarian in me has poked around her bookshelf for something cool and new to read, since all my books are now in my storage unit. Today I plowed through "The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green (which is an excellent YA read, even if you're 46 years old, btw).


Sorry for going off topic, but the librarian in me can't help but try to help. You were evicted? A lot of cities/counties/municipalities passed eviction bans during the current crisis since yeah, it's a pretty lovely situation out there.

Obviously not all did and probably smaller/more rural areas were less likely than larger urban areas but it's worth looking into to see if your landlord broke the law and you can hopefully get a bit of help.

Okay we can now return to talking about decontaminating books and my favorite eye roller right now, how to quarantine books that people have touched when we let them back inside...

Cythereal
Nov 8, 2009



Oh gently caress. I am suddenly really glad that I'm not working in a university library anymore, despite me previously considering that my ideal place to work. Florida just killed a state agency that's essential to all university libraries, and many public libraries, in the state with no warning. Just 'oh fyi this entire system will be gone at the end of the month, everyone in it is fired.'

A friend who's more familiar with the system just clarified: when this goes down at the end of the month, most libraries in Florida won't even be able to check out books. FLVC is that heavily integrated.

Cythereal fucked around with this message at 16:46 on Jul 1, 2020

Midjack
Dec 24, 2007






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StrixNebulosa
Feb 14, 2012

You cheated not only the game, but yourself.
But most of all, you cheated BABA



my local library finally reopened interlibrary loans so I am FINALLY back on my bullshit

StrixNebulosa
Feb 14, 2012

You cheated not only the game, but yourself.
But most of all, you cheated BABA



You still have to do curbside pickup though, which is good.

PainterofCrap
Oct 17, 2002

Hey bebe





Just don't lose your marbles.

GoingPostal
Jun 1, 2015


I love Derek Smart
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Well, if they do, there will guides on hand to pick out some top tier replacements!

Remulak
Jun 8, 2001

The four most over-rated things in life are champagne, lobster, anal sex and picnics. Oh, and that stupid children's book 'The Little Prince,' ugh.


Yams Fan

Rabid owns. Empire of the Ants owns. Both mainstays of 80ís Cinemax.

JacquelineDempsey
Aug 6, 2008


Remulak posted:

Rabid owns. Empire of the Ants owns. Both mainstays of 80ís Cinemax.

I got right baffled there for a minute because I got an advance copy of Empire of the Ants in the mid 90's from a friend who worked for B & N corporate. How could it be on Cinemax in the 80's?!

What Strix is getting is a totally different book than the 70's film (which I had never heard of). It came out in French in 1991, and the English translation came out a few years later.

Here's a blurb:

"Stunning international bestseller in the tradition of Watership Down but with a dark, original twist. Unique, daring, and unforgettable, it tells the story of an ordinary family who accidentally threaten the security of a hidden civilization as intelligent as our own--a colony of ants determined to survive at any cost....

Jonathan Wells and his young family have come to the Paris flat at 3, rue des Sybarites through the bequest of his eccentric late uncle Edmond. Inheriting the dusty apartment, the Wells family are left with only one warning: Never go down into the cellar.

But when the family dog disappears down the basement steps, Jonathan follows--and soon his wife, his son, and various would-be rescuers vanish into its mysterious depths..."

And it alternates between the humans' and the ants' point of view. Really good book, I highly recommend! Hope you enjoy it Strix.

Leperflesh
May 17, 2007







Smellrose

For further reading:

Sandkings (1979, GRRM) and then watch the Outer Limits 1995 relaunch, episode 1, which is a movie-length TV adaptation.

Remulak
Jun 8, 2001

The four most over-rated things in life are champagne, lobster, anal sex and picnics. Oh, and that stupid children's book 'The Little Prince,' ugh.


Yams Fan

JacquelineDempsey posted:

I got an advance copy of Empire of the Ants in the mid 90's from a friend who worked for B & N corporate. How could it be on Cinemax in the 80's?!



Also, I suspect that book isnít a novelization of the Cronenberg / Marilyn Chambers movie.

JacquelineDempsey
Aug 6, 2008


Remulak posted:



Also, I suspect that book isnít a novelization of the Cronenberg / Marilyn Chambers movie.

I am a doofus and didn't get that you were kidding (in my defense, like I said, never heard of the b-list movie).

Carry on!

Man I wish libraries were open; my city just only went to curbside pick up this Monday. And it's not even so much of the lack of books (though goddamn do I miss that, being unemployed and quarantined), but I have new appreciation for libraries being ersatz homeless shelters, since I've been living out of my car and a storage unit for the last two weeks. While it's been in the 90's every single goddamn day. I'm okay hanging out in the nearby park in the morning, but when the heat index gets to be 98 and my car is 120, I just wanna quietly sit in a nice air-conditioned library and write or plow thru a book or mooch their internet. And maybe poop somewhere that isn't Sheetz (not to knock Sheetz, they do have some tidy ladies' rooms; but if you poop in a library, no one's looking askance if you bring a book in with you (reading helps, okay? don't judge)).

I've just been thinking a lot about how people like The Guy Who Thawed Shrimp in the Library Bathroom are making out right now in this heat. At least I have a car, I saw plenty of folks during my tour of duty with a helluva lot less.

My library siblings whose facilities are open: if you see someone hanging out an awful lot, and maybe engaging in weird, but otherwise harmless behavior, cut 'em a little slack? The life you save may be your own, and all that.

JacquelineDempsey fucked around with this message at 01:14 on Jul 10, 2020

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Oct 29, 2012

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Bread Liar

I got laid off from the county library on the first. Just accepted a position in the same county doing contact tracing. It pays more than my library assistant job and doesn't require a college degree . God, my library union was such poo poo

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