darchildre: (natasha does not have time for this shit)
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One of our weirder curmudgeons (this guy) asked me if I could place a purchase suggestion on this book for him. I, of course, said I'd be happy to do that.

Him: "That book might put you on the library bad list."

Me: "There's nothing you could request that would make the library put you on any kind of list, sir."

Him: "No, I mean you."



A) Sir, you are the person requesting the book. There are no consequence to requesting a book, other than getting to read the book you requested, but if there were, the consequence would devolve to you.

B) That book is being published by a mainstream publisher (a division of Macmillan) and you found out about it because of an article in the Wall Street Journal. It appears to be a book about economic history, which I'm sure you will find interesting but I have a hard time believing it's going to be all that inflammatory. I think maybe it is not the dangerous subversive work you think it is.

C) One time, you implied that I must be a fan of Donald Trump because "don't all librarians like tv?" I think maybe you have a very skewed idea of both my and the library's politics, which perhaps you might like to rethink. In the mean time, I hope you enjoy your book when it gets here.

Date: 2015-11-10 03:04 am (UTC)
silveradept: A librarian wearing a futuristic-looking visor with text squiggles on them. (Librarian Techno-Visor)
From: [personal profile] silveradept
Heh. To be out on a list because of one's reading choices is pretty anathema to librarians and libraries.

Also, I have put in bold requests for books that are much more subversive than what this person is thinking, I guarantee.

(And that's before I pull out my trump card of having helped someone, in person, look for books on improving their special technique. Without falling a smile or any other unprofessional behavior.)

Date: 2015-11-12 04:11 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] paradox
Ahahaha your library stories are the best. It's been so long since I worked in any kind of customer service role that I forget how... varied... people can be!

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