Libraries, Library Director

Please Stop Calling Me

Téléphone ancien by Frédéric BISSON via Creative Commons License
Téléphone ancien by Frédéric BISSON via Creative Commons License

The most difficult and frustrating thing about being a library director thus far is dealing with what seems like a never-ending array of phone calls from various vendors and salespeople who want you to buy something from them. I know it from the moment I pick up the phone that this is gonna be a horrible sales pitch followed by a NO from me followed by a very desperate plea to reconsider. It doesn’t end. The shtick is the same every time. You want me to buy something. I don’t want to buy something. You try to pressure me into buying something. We both get a little bit grumpy. It never ends well.

Please stop calling me.

I do not want your product. My library does not need discounted coloring books from last year’s summer reading theme. I know that some kids may dig them but I don’t have hundreds of dollars to spend on just that. I’d rather spend that money on something my community or staff can really use. You know, I’ve also got a really great building to keep up with and repair. I also do not need you to scare me into buying your product. This makes me feel horrible and I bet it makes you feel horrible to scare someone into buying something. Let’s just stop doing this.  If I want to work with you, I’ll find you on the internet and then I’ll call you. Maybe we’ll just email each other. That works really well too!

Once more, I ask you kindly….please stop calling me. I’ll call you. Maybe.


3 thoughts on “Please Stop Calling Me”

  1. I’m still learning this. I’m just a school librarian, but I get calls from companies with great books that will intrigue my students. I either agree to them send me a box of samples or painfully request they try calling earlier in the year where I may have money to spend.
    It’s painful. Some companies just don’t get it. One day, hopefully they’ll understand.
    – Krys

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