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13 June 2007 @ 08:37 am
*grumbles*  
I only just went back to viewing all the communities on my flist because I figured I'd have at least the summer hiatus to remain spoiler free... but I guess not. The spoilers are already cropping up over at supernatural_tv so I guess I'll go back to filtering again...

Anyways, I came into work this morning to find an email asking for volunteers to man the stall at Freshers' Fair (except the email didn't have the apostrophe). I've been on the committee for FF for the past three or four years and last year the main co-ordinator decided she didn't want to do it anymore. I made it very clear at the time (and at interim points throughout this year) that I'd be more than willing to step up and organise it. So of course I didn't even get asked...

but the point is, the first year we ran the stall we had a concise theme. "See what the library can do for you." We extrapolated that and had lollipops everywhere and we all had t-shirts with a lollipop on it and the text "Suck it and see...." It was slightly embarrassing but it was fun - and it was library appropriate.


Second year into it, they wanted a new theme. So engelsteorra and I came up with the idea of basing it around the show Lost which was just about to start in the UK and we knew ('cause we'd been watching it online...) that there would be a lot of buzz. The theme was going to be along the lines of recognising the fact that the library is huge (13 floors) and the campus is sprawling - it's easy to get *LOST* so we (library staff) are there to help. Decent idea, right? No one else had heard of the show so they decided wouldn't it be a good idea to take the island/jungle theme and have a parody of "I'm a Z-lister, get me out of here". Uh... and that relates to the library how exactly?

Next year, the enthusiasm for having a stall at the FF was dwindling amongst the marketing committee and the budget was slashed. So... they used the same props (and I'm talking inflatable snakes and parrots and the like here) and went with a survival theme. Not *too* bad I guess, but still very little to do with the library. I tried to salvage it by coming up with 'survival packs' which would have notepad paper, pens, keyrings, a made up letter home, tea bag, cup-a-soup and library info. All the things a new student would need to get through the first day at uni. Except I was on leave the day before the FF started (think I was at a convention actually!) and no one made up the packs beforehand. So we were randomly trying to pack them as people were asking us questions, and we ended up just handing them packets of cup-a-soup. Frame of reference out the window....

So this year, I had plans. I had ideas. I'm still not sharing in case I manage to bring the others around to my plans and ideas. My plans and ideas will hopefully not cost much (beyond some expenditure on confectionary which we would no doubt be doing anyway).

So here's the email exchange I just had with the apparent new organiser:

Annette: Are you still available to help out with the other tasks such as - survival bags/leaflets and organising of the stall on the day ... as well as maybe a slot or two on the stall.
Sho (noticing there's no question mark there but choosing not to correct it): Absolutely! Do we have a theme for this year yet?
Annette: Same one I am afraid ... money restrictions!! I am going to look out the material later on this week see what needs renewed, if anything. Do we still have the badges/ posters etc.? I take it you still have the postcard templates too?
Sho (starting to fume a little, the posters she's talking about suck out loud): Hmmm. I actually have a couple of ideas that would relate more to the library theme but wouldn't actually cost any money. (We could 'set dress' using library stock for example). Moira or Wendy will have the posters, and I do indeed have the templates.
Annette: We can discuss it at the first meeting - we are at the moment trying to get more volunteers - we seem to be depleting fast .... If it costs nothing then we will certainly consider it. Ok - will get posters from them - thought the survival bags worked a treat so we will certainly be using them again.
Sho*: cool - look forward to the meeting then!

*internally Sho is thinking anything but cool. Doesn't she see that the reason we're losing volunteers is because it's currently pointless? Having the same theme (or lack of theme) for three years running is such bad marketing practice for something like this. Staff are bored with it, it has no relevance to what we do, students don't care about the inflatable palm tree - they just want the freebies. And some of them want to ask us questions which we don't have time to answer because we're too busy trying to make sure the damn inflatable alligator doesn't fall on anyone's head and kill them.

*sighs*

I'm actually not as ranty as this seems by the way. Whole new me means that I'm not going to be a pushover this year. My idea(s) are sound, they are library-relevant, and more importantly - they are fun! And there's a huge raft of students who will appreciate them.

Okay, I have my laptop with me and had been planning to make icons before I started at nine, but hey I ended up talking about the freshers' fair which no one but me and maybe a couple of others actually care about... *g*

aditu_az, those two personal icons you want - do you have an idea of the timestamp in the source? I know one of them is at the end, but the first one I don't remember where that was (just to save me a little time at lunch today).

Right, it's actually after nine now, I suppose I should pretend to do some work...

(the migraine came to nothing by the way - I drank gallons of water and ate to get my blood sugar sorted again, it helped a whole lot)

ETA randomly (since I haven't seen her in person for months), I just bumped into Annette, the new FF organiser. I was talking to her but not giving her my plans yet, seems like *a* committee somewhere has already met and decided to go with the old theme. Including buying bananas. Seriously, M&Ms will be cheaper in the long run...
 
 
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acrazywench: mara_shoacrazywench on June 13th, 2007 09:18 am (UTC)
Hun, why don't you tell this Annette lass about your ideas? They can't consider them if they don't know you have them. I know they've backtracked a lot and seem to have forgotten that you originally volunteered for quite a bit of involvement, but if your ideas are good this random committee might go for them and you would enjoy it more if it was an idea you believed in.
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstonewhiskyinmind on June 13th, 2007 09:22 am (UTC)
Annette's the kind of woman (bit like L my boss) who will slam down any idea I have and then suddenly two weeks later come up with an incredibly similar one but which misses the point completely (she's one of the major forces behind the Lost one becoming a 'Z-lister' one).

I've already made sure I'm going to be in the planning meeting and I'm working on a proper, semi-professional pitch for it (I hated my PR course at uni but am hugely grateful for it now!) to show them exactly what we could do and how little (if anything) it would cost.
Cataditu_az on June 13th, 2007 09:47 am (UTC)
haven''t read the whole post, just checked fpage for the first time in days, er: the first one was just before 30mins in, and the other one was about 5 mins before the end...
I'll go see if i can be a bit more specific!!
*moseys to vid haven*
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: me//steve carlson - mewhiskyinmind on June 13th, 2007 09:51 am (UTC)
Cool! Not that I want to deprive you of your vid heaven, but I can probably find it from those timings.

(Thought about any text you want?)

and lookit my icon!!! (whilst ignoring my horrible hair please...)
Cataditu_az on June 13th, 2007 10:06 am (UTC)
OMGOMGOMGOMGSTEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
WOW that ia awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
i wants 2 armed squishing of Steve... i always ended up holding something with one hand... grr...
oh, have you heard of my latest madness???
lol, i might be going to LA next week!!!
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Cataditu_az on June 13th, 2007 10:02 am (UTC)
okay the point is around 29.30.... :D

*goes checks next one*
this is such a terrible chore... heh heh
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstonewhiskyinmind on June 13th, 2007 10:08 am (UTC)
Awesome/

And I'm so sorry to have to make you go through the whole thing again. It must be terrible for you...
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iyalodeiyalode on June 13th, 2007 10:14 am (UTC)
Spoilers? Already! Wow.
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: no spoilers smiley - speakfreewhiskyinmind on June 13th, 2007 10:15 am (UTC)
Yup, they seem to be causing much flail as well...

To the point where I've been *this* close to reading them but somehow managed to stop myself.
monkey_matt: Henry - monkey_mattmonkey_matt on June 13th, 2007 10:57 am (UTC)
I hope they're using fairtrade bananas...
the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: dw//this icon likes bananas - martoufmarwhiskyinmind on June 13th, 2007 10:59 am (UTC)
Doubt it - it'll be the guy that sells fruit out of his van at the bottom of Great George St. And boy does that sound dodgy right about now!
monkey_matt: Pants - monkey_mattmonkey_matt on June 13th, 2007 11:00 am (UTC)
As long as he isn't selling fruit out of his bottom. Cos that's how I just read it.
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the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone: no spoilers smiley - speakfreewhiskyinmind on June 13th, 2007 12:36 pm (UTC)
For most of the people on the committee, it's been about having their name on the committee roster because it looks good for promotion prospects. I haven't tended to think of it like that (mostly because I have no intention of staying here much longer so I don't really care about promotion prospects), I've been focused on the outcome. So I guess that's the difference, the organiser wants her name down as the organiser, but she's not prepared to actually *do* anything about it. I'll just need to make sure that my pitch is sound and if they don't go for it, then I don't think I'll be doing it the following year and I'll explain to the entire marketing committee exactly why not.

I just got spoiled by someone posting out of cut. Tread the waters of your flist carefully. It's potentially a huge spoiler, but it's more than likely speculation. I'm not going to investigate any further to find the truth - because I DON'T WANT TO KNOW!

But yeah, I'm going to do an spoiler-free announcement thingy soon and say to people that if they are going to spoil on their journal and can't do it under a cut, then to tell me and I'll take them off my flist. I hadn't even gotten round to re-adding dean_sam because I know that's where most of it will come from. *sigh*
velvetwhip: Bugger by disparagingrantvelvetwhip on June 13th, 2007 03:44 pm (UTC)
Sorry about Annette...too bad she's not more like her namesake, the Mouseketeer.


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