The Cat is Still Away and the Mice are Playing
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It will be years, probably decades, before I get a shot at Boss Lady’s job, and I’m not entirely sure I’d want it as it would take me away from what I love about the library - the books. But if I ever assume the role of Chief Librarian I will be ready to manage even the most useless of staff members because of the experience I’ve gained in the last ten days.

We have a calendar pinned up in the break room and I’ve been crossing off the days until Boss Lady’s return. There are now four days remaining but I’ve cracked how to handle Linda and I reckon I’m using Boss Lady’s technique.

First, don’t bother telling her to do anything as it simply won’t get done.
Second, accept Linda is part of the library but not a useful part. She&r...

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