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This droid at the public library I've been coming to (internet cable got turned off- I'll pay them soon) walked around the technology center last night. And sounding like a stale voice over the intercom at an airport, announced that the technology center will be closing in 20 mins, then he did it again at 15, 10, 5...!!! I may be crazy but I can still tell time. The guy walked right by me and I started cracking up. I just couldn't handle it. What a moron.

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Now... working in a public library, let me come to this guy's defense:

Maybe it's just because we're a public building, but people don't leave when they're asked to.  Ever.  It doesn't matter if I tell them we're closing in 10 minutes.  They're still on the computers at closing time.  I don't know it it's some hot chat date or what, but people are addicted to the internet.  We've actually had to TURN THE COMPUTER OFF on people because they won't leave.  We don't get overtime.  If we're not out of the building at closing time, we have to just suck it up (which seems highly illegal, but whatever). 

So, though his 'every 5 minutes' announcement may seem excessive - I can see where it MAY be necessary.

(Hehe.  I'm in no way implying that he's NOT an idiot though.)  ;)

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Yeah, I think I'm that dorky guy.

Our small-town library runs with mostly volunteers, and I announce our closing 10 minutes in advance, and then 5 minutes...and people want to stay on the computer, and hang out looking at magazines, or whatever they're doing.  And I'm not getting paid for this:  I'm doing my civic duty like a good little doo-bee.

And they have gotten a little snotty with me when I explain that I want to close up and go home.  I do try to stay cool and be polite, but it ain't easy!

olga

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yeps, I work in a public library too...and yes we have the announcments ;) although the computers shut off automatically 15 minutes before closing, the newspapers and choosing the videoes at the last minute doesn't....and some days some of us work 10 hour shifts, and, um, want to go home.....

but I do appreciate how intrusive the announcements can be....(and I don't make them....more senior people than I do..and those with a louder voice and without social anxiety....)

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Wow.  All these library-workers.  Who knew?!  This may be totally irrelevant to you but...

At work, we discuss (quite often actually) how 'this place' (public library) has 'made us crazy'.  Out of 13 employees, 7 are on some sort of anxiety/antidepressant medication.  Now it could be purely coincidental.  However, most were not on any medication before they started here. 

So here's my question - do any of you other library employees feel your job has contributed to your MI? 

I believe mine has, actually.  (Of course, I'm also the secretary where I work.)  I love my job, but I feel very stressed 90% of the time.  Most people say 'I'd want your job!  It must be so relaxing!' (And my favorite - "You can just read all day if it's not busy!") Ha!  What most people don't realize is that libraries are not just for reports and relaxation reading now.  We serve as 'free babysitting' (i.e. Parents drop their kids off ALL DAY.  From the time we open at 9:30 a.m.  until 8:00 p.m. sometimes.  And unfortunately, these are usually 'problem children', which is sad.). 

We host many meetings and seminars.  We have the Internet, heaven forbid - at our building we have 6 internet computers.  Not nearly enough to accomodate our town.  So we've set time limits.  We have a CONSTANT 'waiting list' - many of which are kids wanting to play games (15 minute limit on games if we're busy). So every 15 minutes, you must kick someone off, and find the next person on your list.  I don't know if you can imagine it, but keeping track of a few hundred people's Internet habits every day, rapid-fire is enough to wear out even NON-anxiety-prone people.

Am I nuts?

Of course, much of my stress deals more with the way things are run here. But let's not get into that... I think I've ranted enough today.    ;)

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well, given that you're in the technology section, maybe you could ask him next time if he could give you mintuely warnings for the last 5 minutes. and then every 30 seconds for the last two minutes. and then 5 second warnings for the last thirty second. and then  every second warnings for the last 10 seconds.

that might shut him up a tad.

grouse.

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I work in a university library.  In addition to the announcements, we have to walk around each floor and personally tell people that we're closing.  I hate doing it because I know I'm being annoying and repetitive, but hey, I'm just doing my job.

This job has not in any way contributed to my MI.  In fact, it's the one thing that really keeps me going.  Those of us who have been here awhile are like a family, and it's really the only place I feel the most comfortable outside of bed.  There are a lot of days when I can't drag myself out of bed for class or medical appointments, but I can always drag myself out of bed for work.

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Ugggg...they did that at the Borders I used to frequent.  Drove me crazy.  It was every 5 minutes for the last half an hour and it was always a big speech over the loud speaker.  It always interrupted me and made me mad.  And I always purposely waited until they said they were closed to bring what I was buying up to the register.  Sometimes I'm just a pain in the ass that way. But if they had let me concentrate instead of nagging me I probably would have been out of there before closing. 

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It isn't just the dork who works in the tech center, it is the obnoxious kids who come in here and listen to music so loud it blares through their headphones, and they do not turn it down when asked to do so.

AND I get asked out usually EVERY TIME I go to the library. Who would have known that the library is the place to pick up people? The guy I threw the Furby at a few years ago actually met me here. I just thank them for the invite but decline because I have a bf...

I HATE THESE PEOPLE. I HOPE MY HIGH SPEED IS BACK SOON!

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