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08 February 2005 @ 06:59 pm
 
My knee is telling me that I must, under no circumstances, run or walk strenuously today. I am paying it heed, figuring that if I don't press it now, I can run tomorrow. Still - bah.

Oh, happy day! I was not scheduled in the department of the passive-agressive lead bookseller. I have feeling I may be there tomorrow, but this day was delightful. I shelved four library carts' worth of books, did one v-cart of reshelves, then set to ::shudder:: tearing apart the Language Arts section of Education.

For those who do not work with me, and who are not put off by the tedium of a recounting of retail bookstore work, let me give some backstory. When F. was made lead of genre fiction/teen/education/family child care, he reorganized the education workbooks so that they were shelved by return vendor. Not author, not series, not publisher... no, he arbitrarily chose to section them by a bit of information that doesn't even come up on the main title info page on the computer. You have to go to another screen entirely to find the vendor info. So. It was a choice... Not only that, but I know that in the entire time he was lead, he never did any sort of zone maintenance in this section.

There's a new lead now, and he's entirely cool with me prodding about his department. Heck, it just helps him out.

So, Bookstore Girl pinned up her hair, flipped her cape over her shoulder and hunkered down on creaky knees to Set Things Right.

I reorganized, scanned every single book, reshelved the stacks of items that were mistakenly hiding out in Lang. Arts. Then I proceeded to reorganize the entire frelling section alphabetically by publisher, and then by grade level within the larger pub. groups. The waterfall displays are all sorts of pretty, too.

There. Boring work stuff that still makes me happy because I accomplished something.
 
 
I feel: accomplishedaccomplished
 
 
 
Trouble: libraryliteraticat on February 8th, 2005 04:27 pm (UTC)
Did he just shelve them that way (by return vendor number) as a sort of statement, like "these so don't even sell, we might as well just get them ready to return"? In any case, he sounds like an ass.

Don't you love it when shelves look purty?
Adrienne C.adrienne429 on February 8th, 2005 05:06 pm (UTC)
That icon is just Great! Where is it from?
Trouble: libraryliteraticat on February 8th, 2005 05:21 pm (UTC)
who me? I got this from book_icons, I think.
Adrienne C.adrienne429 on February 8th, 2005 09:13 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, I was talking about the bookcase Icon.

I hope Mari didn't think I was braging about the icon I made her.
But I must say it came out pretty good, if I must say so myself. LOL (one of favorite of you)
Kelladyjoust on February 8th, 2005 07:09 pm (UTC)
In all fairness, F. isn't an ass. He's actually a very nice guy. Let us just say he is "hapless." Not a bad guy, just... hapless.


Nimnimue9 on February 8th, 2005 05:05 pm (UTC)
I ~heart~ that icon! And doesn't it feel good to Set Things Right?
Kelladyjoust on February 8th, 2005 07:12 pm (UTC)
I really need to credit that icon to user.

Woo-hoo! Fit Mari with swords!
Kelladyjoust on February 8th, 2005 07:13 pm (UTC)
And since I screwed up the user tag, let me try that again: adrienne429
Adrienne C.adrienne429 on February 8th, 2005 05:06 pm (UTC)
Super Bookseller
You are a GOD, or do I mean Godess? Bless you! Now I might venture in there with out the fear of my head exploding.
Kelladyjoust on February 8th, 2005 07:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Super Bookseller
Just wait until this Saturday, when the brigades of teachers park themselves in front of those shelves, pile things up and replace them entirely at random.

::facepalm::
(Anonymous) on February 9th, 2005 11:42 am (UTC)
As a member of the users group for that section, albeit not in your store, I thank you.

Having the books arranged in a way that both the newby and the veteran can find what they seek makes all the difference to me!

(I also used to work in a bookstore, and arbitrary practices that reduce the utility of the store are maddening!)