"Any fool can tell the truth, but it requires a man of some sense to know how to lie well."
3 Types of Reference Questions, Abridged*
Reference questions come in three flavors**: Ready Reference, Standard Reference, and Do My Work For Me Reference.
- Ready Reference: These questions can be answered in less than two minutes and require one or less than one book. If you cannot cope with these questions, go down to the circulation desk and hold the scanner for the real librarians so you can at least be useful.
- Standard Reference: Tougher, longer, and require paperwork. A form will be filled out and the words “we will call you back” may be uttered. If the person is in the library, have them show you in writing what they need, because more than likely someone gave them a piece of paper they do not understand. If they do not have a piece of paper with the correct information on it, get creative and ask them using the “reference interview.” Reference interviews will be/has been*** covered on this site before/soon.
- Do My Work For Me Reference: Generally asked by students or mother’s of students, but can also be applied to anyone from the city planner’s office, documentary filmmakers, office of historical pants making, or anyone trying to find information about anything while trying to keep their job. Treat these however you can, but remember if you are too helpful to these folks they will become repeat customers as they “delegate****” their work and go home early. As for the kids... You are not gonna let that little babe in the woods get a bad grade because he forgot about the assignment until the night before, are you? Are You? Thought so.
Now that you know, you are better prepared. Just remember to keep your librarian whompin stick handy and all will be well.
Did I cover it all? Can you think of another type of reference question? Let me know in the comments or on twitter.
Public Library Prank
I’m pretty sure I have had this conversation. Gonna say this is a type 1 ready reference question.
Dill has snuck back into town and the children meet some folks outside of the local jail.
You forget how powerful children can be, especially when tempers flare with whiskey. The scene in front of the jail is heartbreakingly simple, with a child diffusing a powder keg of emotion by mentioning another man’s child. Just a perfect scene.
If you don’t know what I’m writing about, well, you have some reading to do.
I’m gonna read it in bed to go to sleep, but Chapter 4 is called “Conspiracy” so I bet Fern and Dang are gonna conspire to throw ole Ed into jail so Dang can have the whole dang ship and Fern can drive that Mercedes. Or something. I’m tired, you guys.
*I may go into more depth about this in the future, but then I will call it “recycling” and it will no doubt be in vogue at the time. Also, this is a simple diary blog post, not a master’s thesis. If this thing gets too long these little footnotes become a bitch for you to read.
**Much like Neapolitan ice cream. Also like Neapolitan ice cream, one flavor always gets used by the bastards more than others.
***Memory lapse of previous/future posts to this website due to frequent “wibbly wobbly, timey wimey stuff,” aka “drunken blackouts.”
****”Delegate” means “of the gate,” an expression derived from the practice of important-seeming bastards slamming a gate shut on the poor, hard working people.