All workplaces have their rules and procedures for staff, and libraries are no different.
We recently came across a volume of old staff instructions, and some of them are so odd that we had to share them with you.
How about this for starters:
Our procedures for new members of staff have changed over the years as well:
And woe betide you if your essay was written in a slovenly hand:
That would be me shelving books then… though I’d have to treat the dusty ones properly and not be ‘foolish’:
Look out for more historic staff instructions soon, including guidance on dealing with young people. And ‘foreigners’.
One thought on “Instructions for library staff – a trip back in time”
Stern on the one hand, but good-humoured and liberal on the other; my appalling handwriting would have condemned me to shelving, but on the whole I would have liked this job!
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