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
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
…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