Quiet, Please

Quiet, Please

Dispatches From A Public Librarian

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For most of us, librarians are the quiet people behind the desk, who, apart from the occasional "shush," vanish into the background. But in Quiet, Please , McSweeney's contributor Scott Douglas puts the quirky caretakers of our literature front and center. With a keen eye for the absurd and a Kesey-esque cast of characters (witness the librarian who is sure Thomas Pynchon is Julia Roberts's latest flame), Douglas takes us where few readers have gone before. Punctuated by his own highly subjective research into library history-from Andrew Carnegie's Gilded Age to today's Afghanistan-Douglas gives us a surprising (and sometimes hilarious) look at the lives which make up the social institution that is his library.
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Da Capo Press, c2008
ISBN: 9780786720910
0786720913
Characteristics: 330 p. ; 24 cm

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GLNovak
Jan 25, 2011

Laugh out loud anecdotes from work in a busy urban public library.

Slavomir Jan 04, 2011

I read this before I completed graduate school and became a professional librarian in a Canadian public library. However, I felt the author was too negative in his observations and comments. I read the whole thing and came to the conclusion that the author is a bit bitter. If this is the product of San Jose State online library degrees, I am glad I studied elsewhere.

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GLNovak
Nov 05, 2008

Douglas is a public librarian who has worked in Californian libraries as both an undergrad and as a librarian. He has a humourous way of relating his experiences with co-workers and customers. At times he is a bit unkind in his observations but still a lot of the encounters will be familiar to anyone who has worked in a library. It seems people are the same all over.

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