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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

How news travels the empire

Helminthdale Central Library is closed for the next couple of weeks while the carpeters come in and have a series of fits.

Those of us in the building know the library's closed because all the lending and reference staff are in box-packing mufti and Seth's shifted the photocopier downstairs from the reference library. The public who have been in the library in the past two weeks may have noticed the signs on the walls. Other than that, publicity is confined to a press release which was sent out on Monday to the local paper, which goes on sale today.

There hasn't been a broadcast email to staff saying that the library's closed and what's happening with returns, reservations, requests, etc. Bit much to ask really.

And as for telling the world on the web site... sigh


The Topiary Cow said...

"The library web site isn't for information..."

So much for the "information age" then.


The Topiaryiest Bunny said...

"The public who have been in the library in the past two weeks"...

Really, you let them stay that long?

Oh, you said "in" the past weeks, not "for" the past two weeks.

Bunny's mistake, sorry! Thought it might have been some sort of emergency staffing scheme: lets just corral regular users, lock the doors, and put them to work moving photocopiers and such.


Kevin Musgrove said...

My God: not even in jest! Press-ganging the public is probably next in the national library recruitment programme.

The Topiary Cow said...

Why people to work there when you could just get the library users to do stuff for free?

Want a book? Look through that pile over there.

Need a photocopy? Plug that in, load some paper, and, you do know how to fix one, right?

Reference services? Ah, what use are those pesky degrees anyway.


Kevin Musgrove said...

You provide an uncannily accurate description of the state of some of our libaries.