Last week was an early beginning to a season I love and dread: library conferences. Like death, taxes and Christina Aguirela’s latest body piercing, from now until September we librarians face the gauntlet of flat coffee, novel-sized Powerpoint handouts and ugly tussles over vendor freebies.

Some of the agony stems from librarians trying to tart up their presentations by giving them titles that upon close inspection, seem to be awkward plays on pop culture trends. As a professional, this endeavour should not be attempted unless the presentee has undergone decades of intense television viewing underscored by weekly meditation upon what I consider the bible of pop-culturedom: Entertainment Weekly.

My modest proposals:

  • I’m a librarian, bitch!!” Redefining the profession for the new millennium.
  • When paper mold attacks
  • World’s wildest serialized monographs
  • Got grant?
  • Top ten librarylicious makeovers
  • Pimp my cubicle
  • Show me the duplicate authority records!

and last but not least:

I think I’ve been watching way too much Dave Chappelle….

What I’m Listening To: Reload by Tom Jones. It’s the only thing that gets me over the stress of buying and selling a house at the same time….

4 Responses

  1. Gay Librarian
    Gay Librarian April 26, 2004 at 6:22 am | | Reply

    How about:

    Serials Killer: Profiling the Journal Cancellation Project?

    Too much CourtTV.

  2. lunablu
    lunablu April 27, 2004 at 12:18 pm | | Reply

    I covet an “I’m a Librarian, Bitch!!” teeshirt. I would wear it until it rotted off.


  3. Doug
    Doug April 28, 2004 at 12:46 pm | | Reply

    That would be a fabulous item of clothing to wear to interviews.

    Or really, the answer to any interview question.

    “How would you build a bridge between public services and technical services?”

    “I’m a librarian, bitch!”

  4. Jessa
    Jessa May 7, 2004 at 3:03 pm | | Reply

    I have been gifted with an “I’m a librarian, bitch!” mug from your store. I am ecstatic. Thank you!

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