Welcome to a new Waiting on Wednesday, this time for Librarian Tales: Dispatches from the Stacks by William Ottens!
I came across this book through Twitter and was instantly hyped. I just love non-fiction books containing stories and weirdness that book-sellers or librarians encounter and I always get excited when I find a new one. I have read a couple other books and they all made me laugh. I hope this one will do so as well. But this one also promises some other experiences other than funny things, like explaining how things work in an US library, pet peeves of colleagues, stereotypes. This one definitely sounds interesting, and thankfully Amazon had a preview up, so now I am even more eager to get this book. Hopefully it goes to a bit more of a reasonable price (16 euro for paperback, eh) so I can add it to my collection.
Published in cooperation with the American Library Association, an insider’s look at one of the most prevalent, yet commonly misunderstood institutions!
Here is the good, the bad, and the ugly of librarian William Ottens’s experience working behind service desks and in the stacks of public libraries, most recently at the Lawrence Public Library in Kansas. In Librarian Tales, published in cooperation with the American Library Association, readers will learn about strange things librarians have found in book drops, weird and obscure reference questions, the stress of tax season, phrases your local librarians never want to hear, stories unique to children’s librarians, and more.
Ottens uncovers common pet peeves among his colleagues, addresses misguided assumptions and stereotypes, and shares several hilarious stories along the way. This book is must reading for any librarian, or anyone who loves books and libraries, though non-library folks will also laugh and cry (from laughing) while reading this lighthearted analysis of your local community pillar, the library.