A few weeks ago our library director wrote us all. He thought it would be nice if we would greet everybody who comes into our library. This can be hard to do at a large, near urban library where there is often a heavy flow of people.
Also, let's be honest, we do have a serious contingent of library patrons who would much prefer to go unnoticed. There is a contingent of patrons that really, really want to be noticed, and talked to, and listened to extensively, but there is also a contingent of people that really don't.
The two groups look a lot alike. The art is in telling these two contingents apart. This comes with experience, long study, familiarity, and experimentation.
But sure, we can greet everyone.
Hello, hello, hello, hello, hello, hello, hello, hello, hello, hello, hello, hello, hello.
But as regular readers will know, after three and a half very dedicated months on the job, our library director ran away screaming into the night.
Which leaves the question: what do I do now that he's gone?
I think maybe the safe thing would be to continue to ignore him.