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Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Bumper crop of mushrooms pleases the army

Librarians Being Busy...

The librarians at a library which will go nameless (Catty Library) are forever telling us that they are far, far too busy to do near enough anything they're asked to do.

Henry was over there this morning and noticed that a pile of books in the Local History Collection had been missed in last year's attempt to make this collection onto the catalogue. He suggested that they should be boxed up and sent over to Sheep City and he'd do the honours and then get them returned. Had they any boxes?
"I can't box them up," said Mimsie, "I'm too busy. You'll have to ask Annie."

Henry had a chat with Annie, who was willing to box them up because she's Not A Professional, but couldn't get into the cellar to get the boxes. Mimsie had the key.

Mimsie couldn't open the cellar door so's Annie could get the boxes as the caretaker's been made redundant on the grounds that the caretaker in the Housing Office next door could do both buildings. So she went next door, found the caretaker, got him to accompany her down to the cellar, opened up, showed him where the boxes were, watched him take them upstairs, locked the doors and went back up to tell Annie where the boxes could be found.

"Next time, I'll remember to take my own fucking boxes," muttered Henry.

5 comments:

Pat said...

Are they cardboard boxes? MTL bewails the fact that supermarkets no longer supply them and hangs on to his like grim death . They are presently flooding the right balcony

nursemyra said...

I love your bureaucracy stories

Kevin Musgrove said...

Pat: we have two kinds of boxes. The routine daily deliveries of books, stationery, etc. to libraries are in big, very heavy-duty plastic boxes which are designed to stack up on the library van. For irregular deliveries, or putting stuff into storage while we do up a library, we use cardboard boxes from book suppliers and supermarkets. They're carefully un-sellotaped, flat-packed and put somewhere handy. Like the cellar at Catty Library...

nursemyra: ta!

Lucie said...

LOL. Life .... it's exhausting isn't it?

Kevin Musgrove said...

Hi, Lucie! If I find any I'll let you know. (-: