1. the pinakes: Ron Swanson's best practices for libraries →

    himissjulie:

    When building your collections, remember:

    You may have thought you heard me say I wanted a lot of bacon and eggs, but what I said was: Give me all the bacon and eggs you have.

    What to avoid when designing library spaces:

    Encapsulate the spirit of melancholy. Easy. Boom, a sad desk. Boom, sad wall. It’s art. Anything is anything.

    Remember, every reader his or her book; you are not there to enforce your tastes:

    Chris: You and I will embark in a quick session of heart-rate meditation, focusing on conscious breathing and opening the heart shakra.
    Ron: I’m not sure I’m interested in that. No, I am sure, I’m not interested in that.

    Avoid hyperbole in employee reviews:

    Jerry’s work is often adequate.

    Keep this in mind when contemplating library renovations:

    I don’t want to paint with a broad brush here, but every single contractor in the world is a miserable, incompetent thief.

    Here’s all you need for awesome teen programs:

    No home is complete without a proper toolbox. Here’s April and Andy’s: A hammer, a half eaten pretzel, a baseball card, some cartridge that says Sonic and Hedgehog, a scissor half, a flashlight filled with jellybeans.

    The only phrase you need in department meetings:

    Chris, you have come up with a plan so spectacularly horrible that it might ruin the entire department.

    How to get everyone’s attention at storytime:

    Everyone shut up and look at me!

    What your coworkers are doing instead of actual work:

    I’m going to type every word I know! Rectangle. America. Megaphone. Monday. Butthole.

    Respecting privacy is paramount:

    The less I know about other people’s affairs, the happier I am. I’m not interested in caring about people. I once worked with a guy for three years and never learned his name. Best friend I ever had. We still never talk sometimes.

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    Ron Swanson, library consultant. (Parks & Recreation loves to hate libraries, hilariously.)
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    But… But… But… Ron Swanson has a mega-complicated and negative relationship with libraries. Don’t get me wrong: love me...
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    Ron Swanson gives the best advice. If you’re looking for more of Ron Swanson’s golden wisdom we’ve got the first four...
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    I’m calling this work related.
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