November 04, 2019

5 Things your Librarian Wishes you Knew Before Checking Out

Hello all! Welcome to my video about "librarian frustrations!" I try to keep as optimistic as possible, so putting this video together feels a little weird?

5 things that bugged me this week (and that happen all. the. time.)

1. Please check for library hours on the website or google before calling just to ask " hi are you open?" It can be a pretty jarring thing to run from shelving to get to the phone... only to have a 2 second chat.

2. Look for signage to answer your question - the example that springs to mind here is printing. I worked as a library/tech assistant for a while and was asked how to print 100 times a shift, despite the sign with all of the steps directly above the printer.Librarians try our best to anticipate information needs, so give a good look around to see if the answer isn't right there waiting for ya!

3.Be aware of due dates, renewals, and overdue fines for materials, as the conversation is an uncomfortable one from our side as well! enforcing a policy that patrons don't enjoy (like, the one that costs them money), can be really taxing when fines are taken personally. It's not a rebuke or a judgement and fines can be pretty easily avoided by keeping on top of the dates!

4. Please be considerate of materials and don't try and lie your way out of replacing something that has been destroyed. While wear and tear can be expected on commonly shared items, librarians are usually pretty aware of what items are nearing their replacement date (we keep track of things by leaving each other notes in our circ records or even on the books themselves!). Please be straightforward and kind - we're much more likely to cut you a break that way :)

5. Please don't tell me if you previously (or currently) think that libraries and useless and that librarians are unnecessary.

This is a bit more negative than I usually put out there, but I hope it reads more sheepish rather than ranting? Please let me know your thoughts as a library user or, if there are any librarians watching, if you agree/disagree with my thoughts!

October 28, 2019

How to Become a Librarian : tips, tricks, and MLIS advice!

Hi all! This is a pretty quick overview for those of you who might be interested in becoming librarians!

An even quicker overview, you ask? here it is, in 5 points!
1. Have interest in the intersection between community and literacy!
2. Do your research! Work or volunteer in a library before dedicating yourself to the task.
3. Get your MLIS!
4. Get some experience while in graduate school!
5. Have fun with it! If this is where you find joy, welcome to the team :)

Please let me know if you have any questions - I'll be sure to answer all comments and also create another video if I've missed anything (or if you'd like me to get more specific). This isn't too much of a storytime-style video, but it is based in my experience becoming a librarian!

Thank you for stopping by! Please consider hitting the subscribe button on YouTube or finding me on instagram @randomlibrarians.

Music: Clover 3 by Vibe Mountain
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October 09, 2019

Librarian Reviews: Zombies, run! virtual reality running (up to season 2)

Forget about Pokemon Go!

Forget about Wizards Unite/Harry Potter Go!

Zombies, run! is where it's at. This interactive app will get you out in the world to walk, jog, and sprint your way through 6 seasons of the apocalypse, training runs, supply sprints, fun new adventures and SO. Much. More!

I hope you enjoyed this quick runthrough of the things I love, the few thing I meh, and a call for you to come into this story/world with me!

the Six to Start website:
Apple store:
google play:

If you enjoyed this enough to want more running content from me, please click over to this post about my favorite running dresses (yes, dresses).