Yes, it's true gentle blog readers. There have already been complaints about me regarding my new job. My crime? Apparently I've been buying too many romance novels.
RWA should be showing up any moment to give me my medal....
The grand irony of this is that I've been very conscious of not buying too many romance novels. I got two remarks when I took this job:
- OMG Wendy! You'll be great!
- Don't just buy romance novels
The other irony is that these librarians have yet to give my boss examples of offending titles. Thus making it impossible for us to track down the order number. Thus making it equally impossible to see if I'm the one who actually ordered them! I've only been at this for two months - shit half of my very first order still hasn't come in yet.
I was told to not take this personally. But I am. Why? Besides middle child syndrome of course. These are librarians I know. I've worked with them. We've had meetings together. That, and they all know I like romance. So basically I have a glaring red target pinned to my back. It's one thing for them to say, "Wendy is buying too much science fiction." Did they say that? No. They immediately went for romance. I suspect because they knew it would piss me off.
The other thing that yanks my chain is when librarians make sweeping statements like, "Don't buy me romance because it doesn't circulate at my branch." Um, have you ever wondered why? Maybe because you have nothing new and patrons don't want to read romances from the 1980s. Or maybe because you've shoved them in a back corner and nobody can 1) find them or 2) even know they're there. Or maybe they know your branch isn't romance friendly so they avoid you like the plague. In fact, sweeping statements like that do nothing but insure I'm going to buy you stuff you don't want just out of spite. Why? Because I'll want to prove you wrong.
My motto? Everyone should have a little bit of everything whether they want it or not.
What we have here is the Us Vs. Them mentality. Administration doesn't understand what it's like at the branches (um, hello?! I do! I was doing their job 2 weeks ago!) and branches don't understand administration. Blah, blah, blah.
Frankly this kind of bullshit just irritates me. It's so counterproductive, and I suspect it's been simmering because 1) we have people on staff who have been here since The Dark Ages and 2) we've had an inadequate materials budget for the last 10 years.
So here's little ole' Wendy trying to be all "Rah, Rah! Go Team!" and instead getting smacked on the hand for buying too much romance - which I haven't. Please just shoot me now and put me out of my misery.