Should Library Cleaners Learn Dewey?

Here is a true story which should get you thinking.

All the staff in the library started to notice that books
were being put upon the shelves in a very random order.

This was not just the normal odd book being put back in the
wrong place,
but whole sequences of books being placed out of order, on,
or around, the shelves they should of been on.

What made this much more mysterious was the fact that it
would happen on various random days, & upon various
random shelves around the library.

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Lost jobs of the past

Within my lifetime there have been a lot of jobs which have
disappeared from the urban landscape as a result of new
technologies, and various cost cutting exercises.

Here are some examples to prove the point: –

Railway porters.
If you look at old photos ( or films ) of railway stations,
then you will see these guys at work.
I’ve not seen one in a railway station for many a year.

The Milk Man.
Yes – I am told that they do exist, but there are fewer &
fewer of them around.

Bank messengers.
These guys used to carry fiscal transfer notes between the
various banks in the city. Now it’s all done electronically.

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Libraries on Film.

Here are a few facts for your next Library quiz, which should be filed under ‘Library Locations in the Movies’.

Pasadena Public library was used in the filming of ‘Ghost Busters’.

Teddington Library features in ‘Hot Fuzz’.


The New York Public Library plays a major part ‘the Day after tomorrow’.

How many other libraries can you add to this film location list?

Preamble to a manifesto for Library & Information Workers

Here is my reaction to the abolition of the 10% tax rate in Britain, & what it will do for many Library Workers.


Preamble to a manifesto for Library & Information

We the landless urban poor.

We who help all.

We whose skills and labour enriches all.

High skilled
Low Payed.

We who help others to achieve a better life.

We who help to educate all.

We who help all of society to work better,
play harder,
achieve both healthier & happier lives.

We fiscally impoverished Library & information workers.

All we ask for is a living wage,
just enough so that we no longer have to live in poverty,
are forced to live in slums.

We the landless Urban poor.

High skilled.

Low payed.

Library & Information workers.

I hate the Word ‘Customer’

I hate the Word ‘Customer’.

As a passenger I keep being refereed to as a ‘customer’,
even thought as a ‘citizen’ I part own the public transport
which I use.

Within libraries I keep hearing the expression
‘Library Customers’, even though they might better be
refereed to as Library Users.

The word customer is defined as someone who buys goods
or services.

Call me a linguistic pedant, but just how am I buying
something from myself?

This is why it’s about time we should all refuse to use that
ugly work, & go back to the use the word ‘Passenger’ as
we travel, & say ‘Library User’ within all public libraries.