Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Actual Conversations Heard in Actual Libraries #92

SETTING: My "liberry" as an unfamiliar woman arrives at the circ desk.

ME— Can I help you?

LADY— Yes, can you tell me where your books on tape are?

(I give her directions on how to find our books on tape section. Five minutes pass by before the lady returns to the desk, empty-handed and mildly-annoyed.)

LADY— You only have books on tape.

(Pause)

ME— You asked for `books on tape.'

LADY— But I need them on CD. You only have them on cassette and I need them on CD.

(I then had to explain to her that while our books on CD collection is admittedly smaller than our books on tape section, it does exist and was, in fact, right there at the end of the books on tape section she had just been browsing. She seems doubtful, but returns for a second look.)

1 comment:

Monster Library Student said...

"Can you show me where the Biographies are?"

*coming back angry later*

Why can't I find any current non-fiction in this section?

AAHHH...People need to say what they mean!


An employee of a small town "liberry" chronicles his quest to remain sane while dealing with patrons who could star in a short-lived David Lynch television series.