How many times will you replace items that get ripped off?

We let patrons use headphones and we provide privacy screens and sometimes these things go missing. We also let the patrons use scissors, staplers, calculators, and magnifiers, and they sometimes *forget* to return them.

Maybe they think these things are Free. Maybe because we don't put price tags on these things, they think they can take them home. Like the books and DVDs that they forget to check out on their library cards.

Are there things, conveniences, that you don't provide because they get stolen? Are there things you used to give out, but don't anymore because you're tired of replacing them?

We give away our pencils, staples, tape, paper clips, and we expect to replace these, but we don't expect to lose the pencil cups, staplers, tape dispensers or paper clip holders.

Maybe we should put prices on everything. Not that this would deter theft, but it might make the librarians fight to get the calculator back if it had a $2.00 sticker on it.

Effing Free Effing Book


The Effing Librarian blog is finished. What? You never read it? Go back to your Dostoyevsky, egghead.

Before I go, I'd like to give away one copy of each of my blobogoks. So if anyone leaves a comment (on my blog, not here), I will enter you into the drawing and two people will get books; one will receive an actual paper, easy-to-burn, copy of the first book, Fame and Fortune and Other F Words and the other will get a copy of the second one, METAL ASS. If you don't want to leave a comment, use the handy-dandy form thingy ("send some effing love") to send me your email address. I can't contact you if I can't contact you.

If you are from outside of the United States, please, only enter if your country allows mail from here and doesn't hate us so much that you burn everything with our flag on it.

If you leave a comment now, I will enter you into the drawing for a free book, but that means you need to give me a place where I can mail it (if you win-- don't go posting your home address in the comments now-- wait until I tell you I need it). I'll take entries from April 21, up to April 30, 2009.

If you win one of the books, I'll try to come up with something witty to write in it (but so far, I got nothing).

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