Monday, March 1, 2010

When awkward librarians attack

Today I was at this thing with these people.Librarians, maybe some teachers. The purpose of the thing was to highlight the Best New Young Adult Books. And that was sort of accomplished. More useful were all the nifty ways I'd never thought of to booktalk and promote. Including book folders (so you don't lug books all around) with the cover on the front and an excerpt, reviews, blurbs on the inside and back. I also really enjoy the idea of doing one of those "make your own recordable card" in which you record a booktalk and put the cover in the picture slot instead of a goofy and tactless picture with a recorded message like "happy birthday and like um yes, hey how's it going? WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
Maybe that's just how my bumbling birthday greetings sound.

The bad part about today was that with a room full of introverted librarians all sitting next to people they already know, it is very hard to talk strike up a conversation when you don't know anyone and are Awkward Librarian.


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  2. I actually dread our library's staff outings for this reason - it's awkward as arse. Two years ago I went to what was supposed to be a fun dinner and drinks event and sat for two hours while people made small talk and spoke of former employees that I had never met. I tried to imagine what would happen if I climbed on top of the table and started barking. Instead I was quiet and polite, but haven't gone to another one since.

  3. Totally with you. I get annoyed at big conferences sometimes because I come from a small library (often coming as a contingent of one) and these libraries send a whole little gang, and they travel in packs and don't mingle, so it's always on ME, the lone person to come up to these groups at lunch, etc. and insert myself in w/introductions etc. It's always me. No one helps ever by introducing themselves to me (unless it's the rare occasion I stumble into another loner). And then after introductions they talk among themselves and ignore me. Grr. I thought half the benefit of those things was the networking and yet I sometimes feel like I'm the only one who's bothering, so I totally feel your pain...sorry. HUGE pet peeve of mine. If we ever end up at the same one we'll have to link up for moral support.