I’m up to my eyeballs in administrative detail work right now, and it’s kind of hell. But it’s my job, and I take pride in doing the best I can to keep these libraries running smoothly. So I’m sorting paperwork and stapling printouts, trying to get organized for a meeting this afternoon, and find the document I need to finish another document… and then my stapler jammed. So I went out to the Circulation desk to use the electric stapler out there, which is nice and heavy-duty.
And then I remembered that last week or the week before I had done the same thing and discovered that there were two hand-written post-it notes scotch-taped to the stapler, offering instructions on how to use the stapler.
So I stood there for a second, trying to wrap my mind around it. Our student circulation staff, clearly, were taking initiative to try to help their fellow students, our users. They were being helpful, trying to provide good service. I like that. But.
I don’t really think people need warnings about the stapler being loud; they’ll figure it out. They should also be able to figure out with their own critical thinking skills that you put the paper into the stapler before pushing the button. This is how staplers work. It’s not unusual or new or oh my god why do we have a note on the stapler telling people how to use a stapler?!
I took the post-its off.
I can now confirm that as of today things seem to be working out just fine without them.
Sometimes being the boss is fascinating.