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Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Haters in the library  
In In Saecula Saeculorum Anastasia has a post detailing her negative experiences in an unfamiliar library...."Maybe I'm the only idiot in the world who has never worked in a closed stack library, but I didn't exactly know what to do. I felt really unsure".

She meets an unhelpful fellow patron: "Him: You just walk in. It's not a mystery. It's just like every other library in the world. Use the door." and a "library nazi".

Anastasia's not an uneducated person. She's familiar with libraries and the research process (she's writing a dissertation). Now if someone like her can have problems in a library, and be made to feel like an idiot, how must some of our patrons feel if they don't often set foot in a library?

(Found via a Technorati feed for Libraries).