Fun with DVD cases

Yesterday I was on desk with another part time clerk. She was helping a patron check out eight some odd DVDs when she got to one that would not come out of its security case. She tried repeatedly, I tried repeatedly. We both banged it against the table. No dice.

So, being between patrons, I went in back to hand the DVD case off to one of the strapping male librarians I have the pleasure of working with. One librarian, call him Ralph, was hiding out in his office doing important administration type things so I handed the case off to him.

Ralph immediately decided to hand it off to GC since he is the “king” of such things.

GC pulled a screw driver out of his desk (me: “You have tools in there!?”) and tried to pry the case open. Again, no dice.

Ralph and GC tried to bang the case against the floor. No dice. Against GC’s desk. No dice.

Having other pressing matters, I went back to my station at the circulation desk. Bangs could be heard continuosly from the back.

After ten minutes I had to go back to get a reserve. One of the men had managed to crack the case down the middle. Ralph was trying, through sheer force of will, to pry the case open. I warned him that he would cut himself. I went back out front and relayed this latest development to my coworker.

Ten minutes after that, GC came out. He was triumphant, holding the case in one hand and the liberated DVD in the other. The case was cracked down the middle and looked like it had been gnawed all along the top (I assume from GC’s efforts with the screw driver).

He handed off the DVD with the caution: “Put it in a case that works this time.”

Clearly, I work with a crack team at my library. (As if anyone ever doubted that.)

An amendment to my previous blog about blogs

That might be the worst title ever.

Anyway, as some of you already heard, last week a fellow nypl staffer found my blog–despite my never having met him or heard of him. (Due to a series of seemingly unrelated events the post in question had an increased number of views which led to its appearance in my popular posts section. Then some other stuff happened. Or something.) This caused a minor panic attack on my part and made me feel extremely stupid for complaining about things that I do not full understand. Thanks to Mr. Greenberg’s enlightening comment I am not ammending that previous entry.

1. I was incorrect in saying the library made any kind of official announcement. The blog program mentioned is likely going to remain internal and was created in a very cloak and dagger kind of way. Not everyone knows about it, not everyone cares, no one is mentioning it in any “big” way that I know of.

2. The blog program in question does not have any particular staff demographic preference.

3. It can be accessed from non-nypl computers provided you are an nypl employee (with the same information you use to access staff email).

4. Apparently the library has a website meant to explain its endeavors in the digital world: http://labs.nypl.org/

I didn’t know about this site at all before. It’s pretty interesting though. It might even be interesting if you don’t work in a library.

So, thank you to everyone who puts up with my rants here (ill-informed as they may be) and thank you to Mr. Greenberg for setting me straight on some finer points. Outstanding issues about the blogs in question include: who will hold the copyright to each employee’s blog (the employee or the library as a whole), and if the library will take it upon itself to censor posts for any reason. (Just in case Mr. Greenberg or someone else should wander back to this blog and feel like enlightening me again.)