Oct

17

Overseen: The Good, the Bad, and the Mugly

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There are two kinds of people in the world, my friend: those with the right kind of mug in the NoCo library, and those who tell you that you have the wrong mug…

Librarians going crazy. The text below the ugly mugs reads: "If...it looks like these. Then...ew"

…and that you can’t use your phone

More librarians going crazy in Avery. Someone actually decided it was necessary to print a yellow sticker.

 

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19 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    odd timing of this post, just witnessed another female student whine when she was informed she had to pitch her coffee or leave... the new sign still isn't enough

  2. What

    do you call a librarian who lies?

    A LIE-BRARIAN

  3. Anonymous

    Why not let us bring whatever mug we want, but then put up signs saying we're liable for any damage? It seems ridiculous to ban those paper coffee cups that are the only way to buy coffee. Those thermos things don't really stop spillage, either. This is a completely dumb policy.

    • Anonymous  

      Right because if you spill something on a book or table or whatever, I'm sure you're going to fess right up to it and pay for the damages. You wouldn't possibly, you know, just leave and not do that.

      • Anonymous  

        Really? You can't fathom a method of keeping people in line? How the fuck do you think businesses do it? Cameras. If you have something valuable, like computer, make sure that room is fully covered by cameras. Frankly, I'm surprised we don't already have cameras in the library to catch or deter laptop thefts.

        If we had one trained on the check in place, we'd know who check in when and what they looked like when they came in. It seems really simple to me.

        • Anonymous

          Yeah, and businesses also make money. If libraries were profitable enterprises they might be able to institute retinal scans and face-recognition technology and have mold-sniffing dogs patrolling the stacks for saboteurs from the Loeb Library. And maybe Columbia would then make sure to only admit students whose parents could afford to replace expensive, antique, and out-of-print books, like in the good old days.

          Oh, but none of this would replace the 15th-century text your dumb ass just doused in hot coffee. Believe it or not, if you pay somebody to re-create a destroyed incunable and then try to pass it off as the real thing you’re technically a forger.

        • Anonymous  

          Try convincing the union members of the clerical staff who work at circulation desks that they should be on camera at all times. See how THOSE labor negotiations go. I'm amused that creating a library panopticon seems easier than teaching students to show a mere modicum of responsibility around library materials. Also, if your panties are in such a not about coffee cups, go study somewhere else.

    • Anonymous  

      Many library books are extremely rare and irreplaceable, no matter how much money you are prepared to fork over.

  4. Hey, librarians!

    Fuck off.

  5. Anonymous  

    How, pray tell, would the libraries hold people liable for damage? Patrons would be on their honor to report the damage they have done...and that doesn't seem very likely now does it?

  6. Anonymous

    Yeah, and businesses also make money. If libraries were profitable enterprises they might be able to institute retinal scans and face-recognition technology and have mold-sniffing dogs patrolling the stacks for saboteurs from the Loeb Library. And maybe Columbia would then make sure to only admit students whose parents could afford to replace expensive, antique, and out-of-print books, like in the good old days.

    Oh, but none of this would replace the 15th-century text your dumb ass just doused in hot coffee. Believe it or not, if you pay somebody to re-create a destroyed incunable and then try to pass it off as the real thing you’re technically a forger.

  7. god

    JUST PROVIDE THE FREAKIN SPILL PROOF MUGS FOR PEOPLE WHEN THEY ENTER, THEY CAN USE THEM IF THEY WANT- SALMONELLA AT THEIR OWN RISKS.

    everyone's happy.

  8. Anonymous

    How long, exactly, does it take to drink a cup of coffee? Do you malcontents really sit in the library drinking coffee for thirty minutes while your head is buried in a book? Is it really that hard to drink your coffee BEFORE you go to the library, or to take a study break (no one at Columbia seems to find shame in camping, anyway) and walk one flight down to get your fix, or bring a spill-proof mug to Joe, or...there are so many options.

    If you're not in the library reading a non-circulating library book or using special programs on library computers, you don't NEED to be there. Just study in a damn coffee shop or in your room if you want a fucking cafeteria.

    • Cool story, bro.  

      Not all of us have the time to take "study breaks," and find it more efficient to consume our caffeinated beverages while working. As tuition-paying students, we have the right to do that work in the library! It's magical, really. We'll leave you to your "fucking cafeteria," though!

      • Anonymous

        Ah, the old "my parents pay xxx dollars for me to go here" argument. I suppose you could extend your "rights" argument to include fairy blowjobs and complimentary cocaine, because you offer just as much support for these as you do for the "right" to be so lazy that you can't hold on to a plastic thermos that most coffee shops are happy to fill up for you before you take it to the library.

        But I suppose with your use of scare quotes around "study breaks" you're telling us that you're too amazing to ever think of such a trifling solution to the problem of people spilling coffee on expensive library materials and furniture. You'd rather focus on big ideas, the kind worthy of your efficient, beverage-consuming self.

        My point is that if you do not have even ten minutes of study to spare without failing your classes, you're probably too dumb to be here. (I'm exercising my right to call you dumb!)

  9. Jim from Science Lib.  

    Just wanted to point out that aside from expensive equipment and books, the floors and furniture in the Science & Engineering Library (NoCo) are all made of wood! That's another reason we try to be especially vigilant in this space- many tables are already showing some damage and stains and we haven't even been open for a year. We REALLY appreciate students who cooperate with our mug policy- reminding folks day in and day out is no fun for us!

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