Coming out of Hannigan's Truss Boutique I bumped into Ken Barmy, the systems manager for Pardendale Libraries. We swap depressing tales of work and do the usual point-scoring. The job advert for Jimmy Huddersfield's post is allegedly at the printers' (like "the cheque is in the post" it's been dragging on since Chrimbo) and once that's filled we'll have finished the reorganisation that started three and a half years ago. Ken's reorganisations has been going four years and counting, though I argue that they're cheating by reorganising the reorganisation (for instance Ken's Internet Librarian colleague became Learning Development then became a saving). I toy with the idea of labelling this a metareorganisation but then realise I have just enough self-respect to do no such thing.
Conversation moved on to the latest tales of our colleagues in Bencup. Their server's so slow that it takes two minutes to issue a book. And they're having another reorganisation, the third in four years (their reorganisations are more in the way of Stalinist purges). There's always someone worse off than yourself.