Librarian Tales: Funny, Strange, and Inspiring Dispatches from the Stacks

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Price: 
$16.99
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$15.29
Item Number: 
978-1-5107-5588-8
Published: 
2020
Publisher: 
ALA Editions
Pages: 
240
Width: 
5 12"
Height: 
8 14"
Format: 
Softcover
AP Categories: 
A
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Published in cooperation with Skyhorse Publishing

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, 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.

William Ottens

William Ottens is a librarian from Lawrence, Kansas and creator of the library-centric Librarian Problems Tumblr. Described by Library Journal's Tumblr-in-Chief, Molly McArdle, as the GIF-king of all librarian tumblrs, William's Librarian Problems blog pairs common librarian situations, frustrations, and stereotypes with animated reaction GIFs. His public library experience includes work in reference, administration, cataloging, and collection development. He served as Director of the Oskaloosa Public Library in Oskaloosa, Iowa from 2012 to 2015, and is currently the Cataloging and Collection Development Coordinator at the Lawrence Public Library in Lawrence, Kansas. Ottens resides in Lawrence, Kansas.

“A warm and honest look at what really happens in the public library. Anytime a library worker is asked, ‘What do you do all day, read?’ immediately check this book out to the patron—no fines, no due date.”

—Kaite Stover, coauthor of The Readers' Advisory Handbook

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