Library Pages: NOT Robots Bent on World Domination
December 27, 2010
You’ve probably never really given us Pages a lot of thought (unless, of course, you’ve seen these blog posts). We’re just workers, marching to and fro, carrying our workloads, and trying to blend into the background while carrying out our mandate: Shelve all unshelved library items, or die trying…
Okay so, dying has absolutely nothing to do with it, but you get the picture.
We have a job to do, and we are expected to work without interfering with the flow of the library or disturbing customers. But, we are not robots. Even while "working like mad", we still have time to get to know one another and even become friends. Some of the funniest moments from the past year have occurred on the job with my fellow pages. While reloading our carts, we talk and joke and have adventures (never straying from the directive, of course) and basically, just bond. We even talk outside of work through Facebook. I found out from interviewing other branches that some Pages get together every now and then for a "Pages Night Out" sort of deal.
Like any workplace, the library is a place where lasting friendships can be built. One just has to open themselves up to the idea, and it more than likely will happen…unless you really are a robot; then you’d just have a simulated emotional attachment with a pre-programed capacity for familiarization and fraternization within a social setting (your co-workers would like you because you could take your head off or extend your arms out ten extra feet, but you wouldn’t likely be invited out to pizza after work and you wouldn’t be welcome at very many parties).
So of course, I’m not minimalizing the page population’s prime directive in effort to guilt-trip you, causing you to feel sympathy or appreciation for our cause which would inevitably lead to appraisal from the district, the appreciation of the county, exaltation from the local media, a segment in a national bi-line, nationwide notice and, from there, worldwide domination. What I’m really trying to get at is, if you haven’t really noticed us all that much, it means we’re doing a pretty good job.
Blue Ridge Branch