When I came in to work this morning, there was a toppling stack of cast-off books, binders, pamphlets, etc. on my desk. Lots of stuff. At a quick glance, none of it looks very promising.
People regularly clean out their offices and anything that looks somewhat informationish ends up on my desk, chair or booktruck, often without any indication of who left it. Sometimes people will “gift me” with books that are completely unrelated to anything remotely associated with law and I can tell by the looks on their faces that they think they’re doing me a favour. Most of the time I know they’re trying to disguise the truth of the matter, which is that they don’t want the “perfectly good” book either but can’t bear the other options. There’s always the library to take it. They like books, don’t they?
As often happens, I was too busy to deal with today’s donated stack and I expect the same tomorrow. But, needing my work space, I started shifting “the stack” to the cupboard where I’ve been putting other material that has been dumped in the library. Oops. The cupboard is full. No room at the inn.
I now have a monster on my hands and will be scheduling some time to deal with it. Sometimes it’s hard to get ahead.
Does anyone have any tips and tricks to help manage all the donations, most of which aren’t of any value? Should I attempt a book sculpture for the reception area and, in a sense, “give back” to the firm? If you can’t inspire me maybe you can make us all laugh!