|Access: Library Private Study, Construction, Mining Station|
Additional Access: N/A
Supervisors: Head of Personnel
Duties: Read and write books and hand them to people, stock bookshelves, report on station news and find TREASURE!
Guides: Paper Markdown, Guide to construction, Auxiliary Base Construction Area, Lavaland, Megafauna, Shaft Miner, Space
Quote: ONE DAY WHILE AN- *THUD* *BRRRRZT*
The Curator spends most of their time in the library. The library itself has a permanence to its contents from game to game on the servers -- all properly uploaded books can be downloaded in any other round.
This is more bane than blessing, since several titles that never should have seen the light of day are forever mingled in with literary classics shamelessly plagiarized from the internet, and also a lot of H.P. Lovecraft.
Welcome to the exhibit!
Sadly, you will not go on cool adventures to obtain magical artifacts. You will be giving out books, on the rare occasion that someone requests a book.(See Below) You will also occasionally have to replace the Chaplain's bible, after he beats one too many people with and is disarmed and the book spaced. The final area of your job is to upload new books to the archive (See Below). So, take your pen and paper, and write down some screenplays! Printing a few books is cool, but don't be a dick and print 100 copies of one. All it does is crash people that right-click that pile.
The Curator and his Library
First things first, stock your library with books that matter. At the start of the station, your bookshelves will be EMPTY! Your fellow crew members will not want to stay in a library that has no books. To fix this use the Library's Check In/Out Computer's and use its function, "4. Connect to External Archive". Here is the main dish of your sum total of existence, to sort out in the mess of books, and find only the BEST. The books are not sorted, or sortable, and look to have no order what so ever. You will even find many books' copies in the archive. To retrieve the selected book, simply click ORDER, the Check-In/Out Computer's printer will hum as it produces a completely bound book. How did it do that?
The barcode scanner will be needed for checking books into the local library's computer. It has 4 settings, as follows:
Mode 0 : Scan book to local buffer. Mode 1 : Scan book to local buffer and set associated computer buffer to match. Mode 2 : Scan book to local buffer, attempt to check in scanned book. Mode 3 : Scan book to local buffer, attempt to add book to general inventory.
(*Note: Use the scanner on the computer, otherwise it won't work)
The Library is not your workspace, but a home, to you and your books. Your books are like people in a 1960s bus, so keep your books segregated. Sort them on their labeled book-shelves: Religious, Fiction, Adult, Reference, and the back room's Forbidden Knowledge. You can use your bookbag, which works like a mining satchel or plant bag, to carry multiple books at once.
How To Add A Book To The Database
- Get Paper and a Pen.
- Write your amazing* idea of a book on the paper.
- Take your story to the East Back of the Library to the Book Binder, and slap that epic story onto the binder. This will spit out your new award winning story.
- Still have that pen? Good, you can sign your name, add more content, and even title it.
- This book is ready to be send though the Nanotrasen command! Ask the Curator to scan this book into the computer, using the File:Scanner.png Scanner.
- Once scanned, use the Check In/Out Computer's 5th function, tittled, "5. Upload New Title to Archive".
- Here you can change the category, change the author once more, and view the title.
- After reviewing the book, and being ready to publish, use the "UPLOAD" command.
Do you think giving out books is boring? Does literally no one goes to the library, except if they are seeking safety, committing a crime or seeking to defeat a Devil? Well here you will learn about fun, non-librarian shit because no one cares about the library. (For more non-librarian librarian work check out the tips section)
The Heroic Beacon
Your loadout. This will decide your adventuring destiny:
- "First Man on the Moon - 1960's": Contains a spacesuit which has welder protection "
- "Braveheart, the Scottish rebel - 1300's": Contains an awesome claymore, a kilt and wooden sandals "FREEDOOM"
- "Courageus Tomb Raider - 1930's": Contains the classic Indiana Jones treasure hunter outfit and a high quality whip which can reach 4 tiles in front of you and has different effects depending on where you target on the body
Behind the library desk is a handy newscaster to work with. Since the Curator is given a tape recorder and a camera with spare film, this allows you to keep the crew informed of station events, such as memorable performances by the clown, interviews with prominent people, murders or even writing smutty tabloid articles. Photos from your camera can be attached to the news articles you post. Alternatively, you could use your photocopier to copy your ass and attach the results to your news articles.
The newscaster can also print out up to 15 newspapers, and can be refilled by adding more paper. After that, you'll want to deliver the newspaper to frequently visited areas like the Medbay, Brig, and more.
You have a little study with a bookshelf waiting to be filled with forbidden knowledge.
You can use the soapstone that you start with in order to leave messages for others to read later. Your soapstone starts out with 3 charges that can be used to write on a floor or wall on the station. The messages will be saved and appear in future rounds until removed by a soapstone. No charges are required to erase messages, and erasing your own message will grant you an additional charge. The janitor starts out with an empty soapstone to erase your useful tips.
As an academic, you studied even the most obscure languages known in the universe. You can innately understand secret cultspeak, robotic beeping, drone chatter, and can even interpret xenomorph hissing. What is seriously puzzling is that you can also speak those languages, which supports the theory that Curators are just failed wizards.
- Curator system is much more robust than most people think:
- You can activate barcode scanner to switch modes.
- You can use it to add printed books to your library's "inventory", then use the check in/check out computer to actually give people books for specified amount of time, like a real library would.
- You can cut inventory slots in books with wirecutters.
- Your whip will instantly disarm anyone you hit with it.
- Many people don't visit the library because the literature is poorly curated. Try setting aside a special shelf with hand-picked books. Decorate, advertise and hold events to attract the attention of passerby!
- You have Construction access so you can make a base and go to lavaland or renovate the Vacant Office. Try it out!
- Pry up wood tiles with a screwdriver or deconstruct tables with a wrench and fix all the rotting wood tiles in your library. Get those cobwebs cleared out, too!