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Quiet, Please by Scott Douglas
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May 09, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: nonfiction, biography-memoir, libraries
Recommended to Debra by: review in USA today
Recommended for: anyone considering a career in librarianship, any librarian, and any library user
Read in May, 2008

I've worked for 29 years in libraries 2,000 miles from Anaheim -- but Scott has captured the highs and lows so well. Nothing is more satisfying than making a room full of children laugh and love a book you've introduced to them. Or tracking down an obscure answer to an impossible question. Or getting to know wonderful patrons. Librarianship is fun.

But then there are the nasty patrons of all stripes. The endless stream of meetings and committees. The days that I try to find another career.

I particularly enjoyed his use of footnotes to add personal twists to the story. And the shelving folders with tidbits of information about librarianship.

Mainly, I like the cynical humor that pervades the book. I have already recommended this book to several colleagues.

I hope that he continues writing.
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