Library Olympians

Well the Vancouver Olympics have begun, with medals being given to those who are the fastest, the strongest, the best at what they do.  I would, however, suggest that small and rural libraries have been involved in a Library Olympic competition of our own.  Here are a few of the events that we see daily.


We have the Short Track Circulation Desk Relay Competition where staff strive to serve customers and check in items while not running into each other or tripping over the carts of items stored behind the desk.

There is also the Reference Desk Bi-athalon, an entertaining sport that requires the participants to do any two skills from the following at the same time: answering reference questions, offering reading suggestions, solving computer problems, fixing a stuck printer, explain why we can’t do your taxes for you or fielding phone calls.  Points are given for style, smile, customer satisfaction and being able to discern what the customer wants versus what they actually asked.

 If you like team sports then you should watch the infamous Downhill Weather SuperG which pits an entire library staff and their movie collection against the fury of Mother Nature in full winter mode.

and here is an Olympic quote for the week –

“The important thing in life is not to triumph but to compete.”

– Pierre de Coubertin (French Educator, primarily responsible for the revival of the Olympic Games in 1894)

Keep Competing!


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