Sender: "John" <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Name Tags - further musings
As I consider this ever-popular question, and my own *brilliant* comments, it occurs to me that it's kind-of odd that librarians, who are willing to die for the confidentiality of everyone and everything, are willing to parade around with their names plastered across their front sides (maybe some wear their badges/tags on their back sides...it's an interesting mental picture)...thereby eliminating a certain amount of confidentiality in regard to their very selves.
Also, when I was a municipal librarian, one of the arguments from city hall was that IF we wore our name tags, and IF a patron/customer had a complaint, he or she could identify the evil city employee by name, and that person could then be reprimanded, beheaded, or whatever. However, in my experience--experience, of course, not being the proof of all things--unhappy patrons, when asked if they knew which staff member had offended them, usually said, "It was the short one with the brown hair." Oh. Well, which short one with the brown hair? "You know, the one that works at the front desk." Oh. Which short one with the brown hair who works at the front desk? "Well, I don't know know her name, but someone should do something about her." (Note: I am not being sexist. The people who worked at the front desk, i.e., the circ desk--using the circ desk as the example in this instance--were all *hers*.) Naturally, the short one with the brown hair was wearing her name tag...but the patron didn't know her name.
Sigh. In thirty years, if there still are librarians and libraries, and publib, people will be posting questions about name tags.
Off-duty Library Director
..crazy enough to be reading and posting from home...