Today has been ridiculous. Every single staff member has complained to me about something relating to the larger vandalism problem that seems to have hit its peak now that school is back in session and we’re having a goddamn heat wave. The board president came by and managed to make things worse by dismissing my completely rational solution to our problem before yelling at a random kid until he broke down in tears. She also accused me of being too nice, WHICH I TAKE ISSUE WITH BECAUSE I AM A BAD BITCH.
But I’m still super psyched I’m not a lawyer.
The flag I got from the Veterans Administration- the biggest one they had- looks like “a postage stamp” so the president of the foundation board “as a veteran” is taking it upon himself to get us something more car dealership-esque. If only he would show that sort of enthusiasm for LITERALLY ANYTHING ELSE LIBRARY RELATED.
The Museum at FIT
This has got to be the dowdiest outfit ever to still show inappropriate levels of cleavage. Perfect library director wear.
Librarians in Popular Culture: Offred- The Handmaids Tale
"Offred," a term that identifies her as a handmaid specifically to be bred "by Fred," was a former librarian before the creation of the Gilead.
Offred remembers the fall of the United States and the creation of Gilead. First, the president was shot and Congress was machine-gunned; then the army declared a state of emergency, telling everyone to remain calm. Islamic fanatics were falsely blamed for the -execution of the entire government. The Constitution was suspended. In shock, people stayed at home and watched their televisions. Offred was warned that something terrible was going to happen. Slowly, the newspapers were censored and roadblocks appeared, and soon everyone had to carry an Identipass. There was a crackdown on smut of all kinds: the “Pornomarts” shut down, and the “Feels-on-Wheels vans” and “Bun-dle Buggies” disappeared.
In Offred’s pre-Gilead days, paper money had been replaced by Compucards that accessed bank accounts directly. One day after the fall of the government, Offred tried to use her Compucard in the local store, and her number was declared invalid. She went to her job at the library, phoned her bank, and got a recording stating that the lines were overloaded. Later that afternoon, her boss appeared looking disheveled and distraught. He told Offred and her female coworkers that he had to fire them, because it was the law. The women had to leave within ten minutes. Two men wearing army uniforms and carrying machine guns watched over the procedure.
So here’s a thing that happened at the library foundation meeting. After I explained a graph showing that The Wizard of Oz was our most circulated children’s book, the board president asked me what the circulation numbers were on the movie, AS IF BY HAVING THE DATA FOR ONE THING I WOULD PRESUMABLY HAVE THE DATA FOR ALL THINGS. This is why these meetings are so stressful and hard to prepare for; they ask completely unreasonable questions and then act surprised when I don’t know the answer.