Who Uses Green Sharpies?

I work in Interlibrary Loan in a library, and a good part of my job involves shipping books to other libraries. For many of the in-state libraries, we use a system-wide courier system rather than paying to mail books all over. It ends up being cheaper, more reliable, and faster. When sending these books out, I use a pre-printed label that contains the most-frequently-shipped-to locations, so I can just circle a library and be done.

I (and most other libraries) use Sharpies to do this, because they're more bold and visible than pen. When I first started, I was armed with  red, because that was what was around, and it seemed like a lot of places also usit. There were probably just as many libraries using black, but then I noticed that one was using blue. BLUE! So I quickly switched to blue (it just looks better, and.. if you can't tell from the blog – I like blue).

You know what color I've almost never seen though? Green. I've seen purple more often than I've seen green.

I can't really think of anywhere that I've seen green Sharpies used. Maybe that's why spudart wanted me to write about green Sharpies? But really, I've got nothing.

Blue Sharpies all the way!

Requested by spudart.

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  1. spudart said,

    You know who uses green? The editors at Tribune Media Services. Although technically they do not use sharpies. They use some other sort of pen. But it is green. Once I was seen taking a green pen from the supply cabinet and was questioned why I was taking a green pen. That is where I learned that green was the color of the editorial department.

    I'm not sure if this is the case anymore. I think story happened back a few years ago.

    Thanks for the green sharpie post, sparx-o-rama!

    May 15, 2009 @ 7:53 am

  2. unlikelymoose said,

    Aren't green sharpies a bright green? From what i recall they are not a deep green. I'm sure people are fearful of the bright green color.

    I love the blue sharpies. Its hue is so brilliant. It's a very poetic color. Though I really, really do not like blue ball point pens. I find its hue quite distracting.

    Me, personally, am using the fine point black sharpies quite a bit.

    May 15, 2009 @ 8:52 am

  3. sparx said,

    I use my blue sharpie so much that I've got a custom made sharpie holding on the edge of my desk. It's a cap from an old sharpie that's been taped in place. It's much easier than pulling the cap on and off all day – just drop the sharpie back into the cap. And when I'm not going to be using it for awhile, I just give it a little extra push to put the lid on tight.

    I've had sharpies last for over 4 months like this.

    May 15, 2009 @ 9:07 am

  4. kim said,

    HA! I have a green sharpie… somewhere. Not here. I think it came in one of those multipacks with like, 15 colors. It was NEAT! I don't remember what I used it for, though. 🙂

    Also… the sharpie holder on your desk is genius… until I knock it out of place accidentally with the chair while sending stuff out…

    May 15, 2009 @ 12:30 pm

  5. spudart said,

    kim, where is your website and/or blog? i clicked on your name in the comments and saw no window open!

    erik, i mean moose, dude. Since when are green sharpies a bright green? You have your head screwed on loose. Sharpies are a kelly green. You are thinking of HIGHLIGHTERS. Hello. Highlighters are different than SHARPIES. sheesh. To think you are my twin.

    sparx, your pen cap thing IS genius. i tell ya, you need to blog a photo of that.

    May 16, 2009 @ 1:17 am

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