Gina Sheridan's I Work at a Public Library is a collection of true, weird experiences that public librarians have had with patrons. I read parts of the book out loud to Carla last night and we both chuckled.
A couple of examples:
A man keeps wandering up to the desk to ask computer-related questions:
Man: How do I make the computer like a typewriter?
Man: There are squiggly red lines on everything I type. What do you suppose that means?
Man: The computer keeps asking me to save my work to a disk and I'm not interested.
Man: Now, eventually I want to make a website. Do I just get the framework up and going using the typewriter function? And do I just save it to a floppy to get it up on the website? And can I do any of this on one of your computers, or do I just take the disk home and do it there? Where is the Internet?
Man: Maybe you could help me make a website. How long do you think it would take? I have about an hour.
A man using one of our public computers asked me for help.
Man: Yeah, what's the difference between Microsoft Word, Google Chrome, and a website?
Me: Well, Word is a program you use to type something up, like a letter or resume. Chrome is an Internet browser you'd use to look at websites. And a website is a space on the Internet to exchange information.
Man: Which one do you like best?
Jobs, All the
I had a one-on-one computer appointment with a patron who needed help uploading his resume for a job application.
Me: You have your resume on your flash drive? That's great! Now which job are you applying for?
Man: All of them.
Me: I'm sorry?
Man: I'd like to apply for all the jobs on the Internet.
Me: [gingerly] Well, I'm sorry to say that's not how it works. I can show you how to upload your resume to a career site, but it's better to apply for individual jobs.
Man: [Holding up his flash drive.] I can't just stick it in and let it go live?
I Work at a Public Library
I’m teaching the Clarion Science Fiction writing workshop at UCSD in La Jolla this week, and tomorrow night at 7PM, I’ll be reading from my novel Walkaway at Comickaze Liberty Station, 2750 Historic Decatur Rd #101, San Diego, CA 92106. Hope to see you!
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