I just checked out a book from New Small College’s library.
Here’s what the conversation looked like:
Librarian – -“Here’s your book. Thank you.”
Stewgad — “Ok, thanks. When is it due?”
Librarian — “Due?”
Stewgad — “Yeah, like, when is it due back?”
Librarian — “Um, really, actually never. Unless it is recalled by another user.”
Stewgad — “Never?”
Librarian — “Never.”
Stewgad — “Woah.”
Did you guys all know that faculty don’t have to return books ever? This was all news to me. And quite welcome news, at that. I swear, I have owed about $10,000 to Self-Important University over the years for forgetting to renew all of my books. Then, I would have to go and grovel to the Library Shrew who would scold and yell and tell me I was a bad, bad girl, and that she would NEVER forgive my thousand dollar fines again. Until the next time six months later when I would again forget to renew the 300 some books I have charged out. So, now, wow. No fines. No shrew. Just privileges.
This might just make up for the whole weight of the faculty world crap I was just moaning about. Perhaps.