Problems come in many shapes and sizes. As babies have learned, the best way to solve your problems is by complaining.
Unfortunately, complaining in a public library is like spitting in the ocean. What you have to do is effectively complain so as not only receive as much attention as possible but also social and economic change. Here are some tips about how to effectively complain:
1. State Exactly What You Require
Nothing gets you less than being wishy-washy. Knowing what you want is the first step in getting it. Other such meaningless platitudes. All this means is state what you wish clearly and without mumbling or derision. If you need a wall of spam, you ask for a wall of spam. Do not ask for some spam, or a little spam, or a can or two to hold you by. If you need a wall and they give you a can, you go right back and ask for a damn wall.
2. Have a Clear, Well-Reasoned Thought
Being loud is only good if your argument is good. You will sound like a jackass yelling about the time clock being broken because you think Brenda from Reference got five extra minutes on her lunch. The time clock is not your problem; Brenda is. Complain about Brenda because Brenda deserves it. Stalk Brenda, tracking her like a wild animal and document her every move. Find out what she does those five extra minutes and use that information to get her fired. As a librarian, you know that information is power, and Brenda is a dust mite under your heel.
3. Write Down Your Complaints
A list is a great way to get your thoughts in order about a particular subject. Not only write down your complaint, but think about why it makes you angry. Fester in that anger and make it boil down deep in your soul. Build upon it until a great hate for whatever petty annoyance can be released. We all know what happens after hate: STUFF! Yep, so by getting angry and keeping it down deep, you can get more stuff. I am sure that is it.
4. Make the Bastards Think You Are Crazy
This one can get a few people into trouble. See, often we think of crazy as deconstructive. "Breaking down the walls of society one brick at a time" is taken way to literally by too many people. You can be crazy on very legal terms. People have been doing it for years, even you. Think about what you bought the last time you went to a superstore: duct tape, Cheetos, a monster truck magazine, toilet paper, condoms, a 20 pack of Bud and a Desperate Housewives DVD. To you, there is a very good reason for owning all of these items. The cashier thinks you should go ahead and get a copy of the Deliverance soundtrack to roll-out the weekend. The point is, think fun crazy, but not fun crazy.
So there you go. A better way to complain is to state exactly what you want with a well-reasoned argument after writing it down, all with the threat that you could do something incredibly weird if your demands are not met.
Write me back and tell how you did!