I need another W00t!

30 August 2005

Remember Mr. Library man? Do ye? Well he gave me a call. Person who they offered the job to turned it down. I didn’t ask why. So… yes, he offered it to me.

I haven’t quite accepted yet, well I have pretty much, but tomorrow I go chat with him and get a little trained in round the library. So once all that checks out I’ll be moving to a new job.

Money isn’t great, compared to most librarians, but it is a small library, and I’ll be the boss.

Here’s hoping I don’t get any weirdness when I pay my visit tomorrow :)

Edited to add: Peoples, I want a list of questions I should be asking tomorrow. Bear in mind I’ll be running the library, and they are changing their management system pretty soon. Doesn’t matter whether or not you have any experience in a library though. Just throw some queries my way. Otherwise I’ll forget to ask him anything and be on the phone telling peoples about my new job when I know nothing about it.

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25 Responses

  1. NineMoons says:

    Now, instead of just being the boss of me, you'll be the boss of the Library.

  2. Fence says:

    Sure amn't I already the "king of the world"?

    hang on, different film

  3. NineMoons says:

    You could start by asking him what the plural of library is. ;-)

    Ask him how many flunkies you'll have. If you'll have to hire or fire anyone. Ask about budgets and any budgetary problems you'll have to address, like the last librarian overspending wildly. Find out who you report to.

  4. So when are you going to thank me for my part in getting the other applicant to back down?

    Oops…..probably shouldn't have put that down in black and white…….

  5. Fence says:

    Ah, I was waiting for someone to own up to that :) Did you make a super-journey all the way from SA just to do that, or was it only a phone-threat?

  6. Anne says:

    Ask when your next holiday is.

    Or if you are allowed training every now and then; will the other person be briefing you, why are they leaving…
    No idea.


  7. NineMoons says:

    Ask him has he ever heard of a tv show called 'Firefly'…

  8. weenie says:

    Wow – well done! Question to ask: Do they do performance appraisals and if so, how regular are they, ie annually, half-yearly? Cos of course, you want to know that you're doing a good job!
    Woo hoo! Go for it! :D

  9. weenie says:

    oops forgot to add: you want to know that you're doing a good job AND if not, know how to do improve yourself.

  10. Carl V. says:

    Ask him how they would react if your fellow employees started finding you naked among the stacks.

  11. Alan says:

    Congrats on the new job.

    How about asking about ways in which the library is communicating with the local community and getting involved in community schemes to ensure it is providing them with the best possible service.

  12. Fence says:

    Lots of fun questions. Alhough luckily enough I can't travel through time so shouldn't have to worry about the nakedness in the stacks Carl :)

    And Alan that is a great question, but (and I really should have said this) it is a college (private) library so they don't care about the community, unless that is the student community of course :)

    Weenie, it seems fairly laid back. But that is something to keep in mind.

    Thanks all.

  13. sally says:


    Laid back? How laid back is it? In the stacks naked laid back? Or, there is no strict dress code laid back?

  14. NineMoons says:

    Aw, Carl, once again with the brilliance. Kudos.
    Have just finished reading that book. Wonderful. It's good that Fence won't have to be scared of The Cage.

  15. LiVEwiRe says:

    I am so happy for you! And honestly, a little weirdness is a good thing. Separates you from others, you know. Just not too much weirdness. Like, don't talk to the pencils. At least not directly… use sign language and have the stapler translate…

  16. Tut tut……a master of intimidation never reveals his secrets.

    Plus, if you found out that I was indeed there, you'd probably box my ears for not coming to visit.

    (now, if ever there was a sentence inviting a plethora of puns…….)

  17. Fence says:

    Sally Carl V was refering to a certain librarian in The Time Traveller's Wife. He travels through time on a non-voluntary basis and ends up in different times totally naked. Makes for an interesting work experience :)
    I am actually trying to figure out what to wear today.

    Livewire I'll leave talking to the pens and staples until I actually start working.

    FM, if it was a secret-intimidating visit then you might have got away with it

  18. NineMoons says:

    I suggest something half-suitish like shirt and trousers but not actually a suit jacket – too formal? Or you could wear one of those Cafe Press librarian t-shirts that says "I'm a librarian. Don't make me shush you!"

  19. Carl V. says:

    I'm happy for you and the new job…don't think I mentioned that earlier.

    My wife's college library is connected to a system of libraries and as such she can frequently check out various books from other libraries to read. I've read a few very rare, out of print novels thanks to this. Hope you can get the same kind of benefits from your job.

  20. Andi says:

    Congrats on the job!!! Yayyy! And I have absolutely no questions to give you. I'm awful with questions.

  21. Fence says:

    Thanks Andi.

    Carl V the library is associated with others, but they are in the states so a bit awkward to get books from there :)

  22. Carl V. says:

    That wouldn't stop me from trying! ;)

  23. Fence says:

    I'll wait a few weeks before I make the attempt

  24. NineMoons says:

    Which, the getting books from other libraries thing or the naked in the stacks thing?

  25. Fence says:

    I'll leave you to work out the answer to that yourself