Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Library Calling

"Cappuccinos in Your Local Library? It's All Just Froth." Telegraph / Michael Deacon.
UK: Telegraph Online, March 22nd 2010.

Spoiler: He's a Traditionalist.

Bastion of the Bookworm Becomes Internet Hub

"Report: Last Bastion of the Bookworm Becomes Internet Hub." New York Times / Mike Melanson.
New York: NY Times Online, March 29th 2010.

See Also:
US Impact Public Library Study

Traditionalists vs Modernists

"Libraries: Stop Doing it by the Book." Times / Mike Pattenden.
UK: Times Online, March 30th 2010.
"The recently released Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) review ring-fenced the Libraries Act 1964, effectively preserving libraries as a cornerstone of our culture. However, its talk of free e-books, social networking use, community diversity and commercial links has fuelled a fierce debate about the purpose of a library in the modern age."
“Downstairs children, PCs, upstairs good book stock, quiet -- off you go.” Does there really need to be a dichotomy of “shhh and fining or Starbucks and PCs”?!

See Also:
Modernisation Review of Public Libraries: A Policy Statement  / Department for Culture, Media, & Sport
Report on the Modernisation of Public Libraries / What's Next Top Trends
"Libraries in the UK: A Perfect Storm ?" Only Connect / OttawaPublicLibrarian

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

New York Public Library Photos

"Room 100." NYPL: Research Library / NYPL Archives.
New York: 1923.

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Sunday, March 28, 2010

If you've ever wondered, here's Me:
Year of the Ram
Melancholic Temperament
Expressive Driver
Spirited Leader
Idealist Counselor
Orange Personality
Pessimist trapped in an Optimist's body

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Friday, March 26, 2010

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Librarianship Deprofessionalization

Professionals. Non-Professionals. Discuss.

"The Library Paraprofessional Movement & the Deprofessionalization of Librarianship."  Progressive Librarian Revised ed. / Rory Litwin.
New York: January 2010.

"I will argue, however, that our concern about the loss of autonomy in the library profession is not entirely a selfish concern, for two reasons: first, because a loss of autonomy for librarians is a net loss of autonomy for front‐line library workers, and not simply a redistribution of it; and second, because attention to the ethical foundations of professional practice depends to a great extent on the maintenance of professional identity through a graduate education requirement and a strong professional association."

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Electronic Performers

"Electronic Performers." 10,000 Hz Legend / Air.
France: 2001.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Sunday, March 21, 2010

The Enchanted Owl

"The Enchanted Owl." Kenojuak Ashevak.
Baffin Island: West Baffin Eskimo Cooperative, 1960.

See Also:

Aries Rising

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Barack Obama

“I remember at different junctures in my life feeling lost, feeling adrift, & feeling that somehow walking into a library  & seeing those books, seeing human knowledge collected in that fashion, accessible, ready for me, would always lift my spirits.” 
~Barack Obama

Karl Lagerfield

VICE: I like that you make it clear that you don’t want to be photographed or filmed without your sunglasses on. 
KL: They’re my burka.

"Karl Lagerfield." Vice / Bruce LaBruce.
New York: Viceland, March 2010.

Public Libraries During Great Depression

"American Public Libraries During the Great Depression." Desert Sailor / Charles A. Seavey.
Glasgow: IFLA, 2002.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Random Acts of Kindness & Senseless Beauty

"You look radiant today."

A colleague paid me
the aforementioned compliment
today, & it felt good.

Kindness begets kindness.
Share that feeling.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Agents for Change

Here is one Librarian who's just not gonna take it anymore...your ignorance about the Power of Libraries, that is.

"Libraries Are For Lovers (Of Books)." The Kingstonist / Caitlin Fralick.
Kingston: The Kingstonist, March 18th 2010.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

I Like Design

Daily Design Fix / Mel & Michelle.

Good Librarian Blog

"The World Without Public Libraries." Agnostic, Maybe / Andy W.
New Jersey: Agnostic Maybe, March 9th 2010.

See Also:
Agnostic, Maybe

The Death of the Library Book

"What Are Libraries For?." Athena's Head / Martha Nichols.
Cambridge: March 15th 2010.

Information Overload

"The Reports of Our Professional Deaths Have Been Greatly Exaggerated." Agnostic, Maybe / Andy W.
New Jersey: March 17th 2010.

"’s staggering on a scale that is breathtaking. According to Cisco systems, “[b]y 2013 the amount of traffic flowing over the internet annually will reach 667 exabytes” (or 667,000,000,000,000,000,000 bytes or 1/3rd of a zetabyte)."

"Data, Data Everywhere." The Economist / A Special Report on Managing Information.
London: February 25th 2010.

"...from Hal Varian, Google’s chief economist: Data, he explains, are widely available; what is scarce is the ability to extract wisdom from them."

"Is the Internet Making Us Stupid?" Tech Radar / Gary Marshall.
Bath: March 6th 2010.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


"Telephone featuring Beyoncé." The Fame Monster / Lady Gaga.
New York: 2010.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Ides of March

"Death of Cæsar." Vincenzo Camuccini.
Rome: 1798.

See Also:
Ides of March

I Like Clouds

"Sunset Clouds." NowPublic / Klattu01.
Ottawa: 2009.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

La Femme D'Argent

"La Femme D'Argent." Moon Safari / Air.
France: 1998.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Friday, March 12, 2010

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Lady Gaga Cosmo Shoot

Lady Gaga serves it up for Cosmo.

Kudos Kenneth Willardt!

Street Meat

Librarian Comic

Ranganathan's 5 Laws

The 5 Laws of Library Science were proposed by S.R. Ranganathan in 1931, & their essence still holds true even in today's age of information:
  1. Books are for use.
  2. Every reader their book.
  3. Every book its reader.
  4. Save the time of the reader.
  5. The library is a growing organism.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Librarian Comic

Good Librarian Blog

"Career Counselor, Being a." A Librarian's Guide to Etiquette / Polite Librarian.
America: LibEtiquette, March 8th 2010.

See Also:
A Librarian's Guide to Etiquette

Sarah Richardson

"Get Ready for the Farm." Sarah's House, 3rd edition / Sarah Richardson.
Toronto: PrimeVista, 2010.

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

OPL In the News

"Library Security Measures Means Less Spending Elsewhere." CTV / Johnathan Rotondo.
Ottawa:, March 9th 2010.

Good News-Bad News. The increased security is the Good News.

& now for something completey different:
"Weekend Reading." Ottawa Citizen /
Ottawa:, March 8th 2010.

Steal My Sunshine

"Steal My Sunshine." You Can't Stop the Bum Rush / Len.
Florida: 1999.

Jobs of Yesteryear: Obsolete Occupations

According to this National Public Radio (NPR) article, jobs once occupied by human beings such as Lamplighter have been rendered obsolete by computers, technology, & '"progress". Thankfully, Librarian is not on the list. 

Monday, March 8, 2010

Tear You Apart

"Tear You Apart."  She Wants Revenge / She Wants Revenge.
California: 2006.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

So Now You Know

It's a fact: Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Librarian Margaret Herrick is credited for coining the term 'Oscar' to describe the golden statuette's uncanny resemblance to her Uncle.

Saturday, March 6, 2010


~In Loving Memory of Morna Lynn Woltman (1952-2009)~

Friday, March 5, 2010

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Making Books

"Making Books."  Encyclopædia Britannica Films.
Scotland: 1947.

Future Future

Best. Movie. Eve.R

The Butterfly Effect is the sensitive dependence of chaos theory.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Standing on the Shore


"Standing on The Shore." Empire of the Sun / Empire of the Sun.
Recorded Live in Australia: 2009.

Walking On a Dream / Empire of the Sun

"Walking On a Dream." Empire of the Sun / Empire of the Sun.
China: 2009.

Just Use It

Tuesday, March 2, 2010