How Many Librarians Does It Take to Change a Light Bulb?

by Mary-Michelle Moore, Head Editor, INALJ California and former Head Editor, INALJ Vermont
previously published 9/30/13

How Many Librarians Does It Take to Change a Light Bulb?

marymichelle1Recently, I came across a rather unusual submission requirement mentioned on an INC.com blog; it was a short video segment with Jennifer Walzer, CEO of Backup My Info. In the video she explains that they ask applicants to submit a joke along with their resume and cover letter. Asking for a joke serves a twofold purpose. First it is to see if applicants can read the submission directions and act on them appropriately. The second is to get an idea of the applicant’s sense of humor – is it work appropriate, would it fit in with the company’s culture, is this someone they’d want to work with?

So, in case libraries start to adopt this additional requirement, I’ve found five great library-related jokes for you to use in your job hunt. Please include your favorite potential joke submission in the comments below.

Q: How many librarians does it take to change a light bulb?
A: 645.5

Q: A man goes into a library and asks for a book on cliffhangers and the librarian says
A: …

Q: Why did the librarian slip and fall?
A: She was in the non-friction section.

Q: What happened to the mummy when he went to the library?
A: He got wrapped up in a good book.

Q: What did the librarian use for bait when she went fishing?
A: A bookworm.

Bonus jokes:

Q. Why do seagulls fly over the sea?
A: Because if they flew over the bay they’d be bagels!

Care of Claire Schmieder (INALJ NJ)

Q: What is the definition of a farmer?
A: A person who is outstanding in their field.

  2 comments for “How Many Librarians Does It Take to Change a Light Bulb?

  1. Naomi
    October 13, 2013 at 8:26 am

    A chicken walks into a library and says “book book book.” (pronounce “bawk”) The librarian gives her some reliable and well loved fiction. In only one hour, the chicken comes back returns them, and says “book book book” so the librarian gives her the newest hottest titles. In under an hour this time, the chicken comes back and says “book book book” and the librarian gives her some great nonfiction covering chicken studies. In only one hour, the chicken is back again to return the books! So the next time, as the librarian gives the chicken the books, she also closes up the library and follows the chicken. The chicken goes to a stream, and by the stream sits a frog. And as the chicken shows each book to the frog he says “read it, read it, read it.” (pronounce so that it sounds like “ribbit”)

    This joke would work better in an interview than written, as you cad see it sort of hinges on how the words “book” and “read it” can sound like animal noises.

    • Mark
      May 19, 2014 at 3:33 pm

      Did you hear that OCLC was discovered cheating?
      Yes, they were playing with MARC cards

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