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Yesterday, I wandered down to the children’s area to speak with Heydi about Teen related stuff and after I was done, I had a very interesting experience. On my way back to the circ desk I approached by a mom who needed a book of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Emperor’s New Clothes” for her third grader. So I took her over to a WebPAC and we searched for it. Then I showed her what we had in both chapter books and picture books. Then on my back to the circ desk again I got approached by another mom who was looking for Star Wars clone wars books for her son. So I showed her where those were.

This got me thinking about roving reference again. I was thinking how effective it is to have someone out in the stacks available for someone so they don’t have to come to the desk. (Because, come on, who wants to come to the desk, we’re so scary) But it hit me that now that I have to wear a visible staff id, it makes it even easier to be recognized, and consequently approached. I think I may do some more experimentation with this in the next week and see what else I can observe.

On that note, I think I’m going to buy an emergency librarian t-shirt.


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