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Emma Gibbon <[log in to unmask]>
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Emma Gibbon <[log in to unmask]>
Wed, 30 Jun 2021 12:24:07 -0400
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Oops, turns out we did have the weekend getaway version too but on a
separate call.

Emma Gibbon
Topsham Public Library

On Wed, Jun 30, 2021 at 12:05 PM Karen Eger <[log in to unmask]>

> Hello folks,
> I had a couple of reference calls that I believe could be this person.
> The same MO in many ways.  Can't come in, doesn't have internet access,
> won't give any contact information so we could get back to him, long
> questions with more questions and attention needed, whispery speaking tone,
> questions could be interpreted as having a sexual overtone (after my second
> call from this person, "how do I make nut milk" and recommendations for a
> novel to read aloud for a romantic getaway weekend with his wife and
> eventually said he wanted explicit content but not S&M!) and just red flag
> creepy coming through the land line...  I didn't hear from him again after
> I said I need to tend to my other duties and I had given him suggestions
> for the information he had requested.
> I did wonder until this post if this was one of our local people which was
> concerning. Now it may be a statewide issue, we can hope he could be
> anywhere.
> Hope you figure it out with the first call if you get one.
> Karen McCarthy Eger
> Library Director
> she/her/hers
> South Berwick Public Library
> 27 Young Street
> South Berwick, ME 03908
> 207-384-3308
> ________________________________
> From: Maine Libraries Discussion List <[log in to unmask]> on
> behalf of Ms. Michelle <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Wednesday, June 30, 2021 11:00 AM
> To: [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: [MELIBS-L] abrasive caller
> Hello Library Land!
> A few Piscataquis libraries have had a reference caller that has been very
> pushie, needy and then very angry when told that we have hit our limits in
> helping. They have a private caller number, and will not share name, phone
> number,  or address so we can find other ways to help.  They will not / can
> not get to the library and want you to read wiki pages and other reference
> materials over the phone for long periods of time.  They have now tried to
> make advances such as asking for personal information on some female
> librarians and they have been told that will not happen. We have taken the
> steps needed to address the issue, but wanted to let others know that it
> has been an issue in case other libraries have had problems as well.
> Be well library friends!
> --
> Michelle Fagan
> Thompson Free Library
> Dover-Foxcroft
> 207-564-3350