Librarian Ire

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

More stupid freshman

Here's a little gem.
One of our new students has been deep into research. So he pages books from us to be held on our circ desk.
Despite the fact we've told him many times that we don't do that. I personally have sent him 4 e-mails in the last week.
So what do we get today? 4 more requests to be held at our desk.
I send him more e-mails and then get a reply saying Oh I am so sorry I keep forgetting to look at the place. And oh by the way is anyone at the library now?
No, dipstick. I log into the spam laden e-mail account from home to mess with your mind.
Not that it's hard to do apparently.
I bet he is one of the people who call up places and ask are you open when someone answers the phone.

Laughing hysterically

at the new ILL users.
I haven't had such a good laugh at an ILLer in some time.
Here is a new request from a new student. The request is about an obscure topic on the fringes of philosophy. And the book they want is in Dutch. Nothing wrong with either of these things. I see stuff that's a lot weirder than that being checked out everyday.
But what gets me is that the requester cited the author, the full title, the publication date and publisher. Which is rare. I am lucky to get an author and title most of the time.
But instead of citing an academic database that they found this in, they tell me that it is available at
Well, good for them! Amazon that is. Branching out, I see.
The two things I can't figure out is why the person didn't buy it(wasn't that expensive) and why they thought a citation in Amazon would help.