Johnny Mercer wrote a song called “Fools Rush in” and if he was writing this song pertaining to the habits of library patrons, it would go something like “fools rush in… and forget their library card, money for print jobs, and a crying baby in their car.”
What’s the deal? I know we all rush sometimes, but when rushing ends up taking more time than your regular pace, it’s time to take a step back. Before yelling questions to library staff from the entrance on your way in, before running to a computer you think is available only to find out it’s in use by someone, think to yourself “Am I actually saving time?” No, you are not.
Here are my tips for having your library business taken care of expeditiously:
Pay attention and we’ll get you out as soon as we are able.
Think about what you’ll need from your car or home before you leave that place. If I can’t check a book out to you because of your outstanding overdue items, bring those items to me.
And most importantly, never forget to be nice no matter how fast you think you need to go. Niceness is like library Ex-Lax- it’ll make you just slide right through. Conversely, being mean will make your transaction last all day. Library staff doesn’t have a whole lot of power, but if you’re mean to them, they’ll take every chance to make sure they have every detail, every due diligence, everything in its right place. If you’re extra, they might even have to ask someone else about something that looks a little off.
All in all, the S.O.S. Band had it right when they said “Baby we can do it, take your time, do it right.”