Librarianship: A Prescient Profession

Over the past few days I’ve noticed a disturbing trend within our profession over the past year: the need to incorporate Michael Jackson tributes at professional functions. Here’s the National Library of Australia’s“Thriller” tribute, incorporating book carts:

Here’s Santa Monica Public’s entry at last year’s ALA Book Cart Drill Team competition:

How did they know? Or was it coincidence, driven by the fact that in our day-to-day lives, we who work in libraries always succumb to the opportunity to … Read the rest

Can This Librarian Blame it on the Boogie?

Even librarians are unable to resist commemorating a pop culture icon. Well, French librarians, anyway:… Read the rest

But What Do We Do When There’s No Pole Around?

In post-millennial Hollywood, librarians are one-half of the Madonna/whore equation:… Read the rest

A Profession White People Like

About a month ago I was discussing the phenomena of hipster librarians to a librarian-friendly individual with more than a passing interest in the topic. As I was running through my criteria of what makes a librarian hipster-like (knitting, iPhone, retro attire), I mentioned one criterion I thought might make her pause: being white.

She didn’t bat an eye (actually, this was over the phone, so it was the aural equivalent of no eye-batting). No disagreement … Read the rest

A Few Observations…

…from the trenches of ALA 2008

  • All the power hitters in ALA are in reality petite women with big smiles
  • What happen to the massive vendor receptions?? Get on the freakin’ stick, ferchrissakes!
  • Sadly, no amount of Mickey Mouse paraphernalia will ever disguise our true nature to the public. Or at least to other librarians.

More later?… Read the rest