I work at the public library in my city, and I found this quiz in a 1988 edition of the Staff Newsletter. It’s funny how most of these things are still relevant to me even though it was published before I was born :] Well, it’s amusing to me anyway…
Here’s a simple test, compiled by experts in the field, to help you discover your library limit. Give yourself the appropriate number of points for each “yes” answer:
You answer your home phone with the name of your department (5 points)
You start cataloging your books at home (5 points)
You name one of your children “917.50432 S727” (5 points)
You come in on your day off just for a visit (25 points)
You have more library pens at home than at work (5 points)
The erasers don’t bother you anymore (10 points)
You go to book stores on your lunch hour (25 points)
You visit other libraries on your vacation (50 points)
You can see better in fluorescent light than in sunlight (10 points)
You give your desk a pet name (5 points)
Your desk is decorated better than your home (10 points)
A patron asks if they can help you (25 points)
You’re addicted to vending machine food (50 points)
You dial “9” at home to get an outside line (5 points)
You get off at five but start getting ready at three (15 points)
You pick up the computer wand and say “hello” (20 points)
Your personal correspondences begin with memo to: (10 points)
You lie about where you work (25 points)
You’d rather stay at home and watch your kids (25 points)
You’d rather stay at home and watch someone else’s kids (50 points)
Filling out this questionnaire is the highlight of your day (100 points)
Now that you’ve answered the questions, let’s check your rating…
5-100 points: Not so bad, stop copmplaining and get to work.
101-200 points: You’re probably tired- take another “cat-nap.”
201-300 points: You’re in serious need of a prolonged vacation.
301-400 points: Daily professional health care is in order.
401-490 points: Have someone check your pulse and get out before it’s too late!