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

Repo Librarian?

This just in: Emilio Estevez as civilly disobedient reference librarian. Will we ever see the definitive film about courageous serials catalogers?

Also in: my almost-hometown newspaper contacts me for an interview, not realizing that I used to live in the almost-hometown. Hence no questions regarding my past life of schlepping Yankee Doodle Dogs for the local tourist mecca, despite my wheedling.… Read the rest

It’s Raining Guybrarians!

Just what the heck is going on in library programs these days?

First there were the post-40 gals wanting to raise money for a hospital, then a centenarian wanting to help the local (British) football team. Now we have a calendar celebrating the sensibly dressed male graduate students at the University of South Carolina School of Library and Informational Science.

Meanwhile, a rather precocious UIUC student has decided to combine his love of literacy and Michael Jackson’s Thriller into … Read the rest

Personality Disorder, Schmersonality Disorder

Just how close are we to adding literacy as a DSM-IV disorder?

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But Did They Receive a Book Cart as a Wedding Present?

You might want to think twice about getting married in a library–at least when it comes to the photos.

Or if you’re holding a wedding in a fake library, make sure the background looks real.

(Thanks to List of the Day for the heads up.)… Read the rest