Friday, April 30, 2010

A Shush of Librarians

"A Shush of Librarians."  British Medical Journal / Gillian M. Pentelow.
London: Retrieved via PubMed 2010, (21:1) 1055-57 ©1949.

Make it Happen

10 Reasons 'Professional Librarian' is Oxymoron

"10 Reasons Why 'Professional Librarian' is an Oxymoron." The Other Librarian / Ryan Deschamps.
Halifax: The Other Librarian, April 30th 2010.

Damn Skippy!

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Brian Eno

"Brian Eno." Congratulations / MGMT.
NewYork: Columbia, 2010.

Beauty is Nothing Without Brains

Mercedes-Benz commercial using the Library motif to their marketing advantage.

Neil Gaiman Loves Libraries

"Neil Gaiman Talks About His Love of Libraries." The Book Case / Kate Pritchard.
America: The Book Case, April 14th 2010.

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Interview Audio

Grande Bibliothèque Writes the Book on Success

"Grande Bibliothèque Writes the Book on Success: 5 Year Old Library has Surpassed Expectations." The Gazette / Jeff Heinrich.
Montreal: Montreal Gazette Online, April 29th 2010.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Librarians in the Movies

"Librarians in the Movies: An Annotated Bibliography." Brigham Young University / Martin Raish.
Idaho: Brigham Young University, April 2010.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Phonebooth Library

"Phonebooth Library." PRI's The World / The World.
UK:, December 2009.

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Quiet At the Library

Monday, April 26, 2010

Check-Out the New Look of Libraries

"Check-Out the New Look of Libraries." Metro / Richard Yarrow.
UK : Beta Metro UK Online, April 14th 2010.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

The Insulting Librarian*

See Also:
Mitchell & Webb

*Although he's probably not really a Librarian 
seeing as though he's working at the Circulation Desk, 
but worth a titter or two nonetheless....just sayin' is all.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Down by the Water

"Down by the Water." To Bring You My Love / PJ Harvey.
England: Island, 1994.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Meritum Paint Heart

Unlike most of what I post, I made this using 
my fingertips along a hand held touch screen 
on a personal computer device 
with 32 GB.  The future is now, friends. 

I Like Victory

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Cool App

Capital 'I'

"Capital I". Sesame Street / Steve Zuckerman.
Sesame Street: Sesame Workshop, 1972.

Thank-you Librarian in Black for LANCR Event

"Sarah Houghton-Jan's Slides." LANCR-ABRCN / Alexandra Yarrow.
Ottawa: LANCR-ABRCN, April 2010.

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Librarian in Black
Only Connect

Share what is most important, and then be quiet.

The DDC is Killing Our Libraries

"The DDC is Killing Our Libraries." Infomancy / Christopher Harris.
New York: Infomancy, April 9th 2010.

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Markham Public Library

»»Click Poster for Full Effect.

My Life is My Own!

791.4572 or thereabouts or a 126 if that's your thing, I'd say.

Master Bedroom Wallpaper

Decorative Arts Floral ~ Black & White.
Installed by kroe*.
Kanata: BT4E, 2010.
*to be installed.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

1992 Librarians & Sex Survey

"1992 Librarians & Sex Survey Results." Will Unwound / Will Manley.
California: Will Unwound, April 11th 2010.

See Also:
This is No Joke
Some 18 Years Later, Will Manley's Sex Survey Surfaces
20% of Librarians Have Done It In the Stacks, & Other Sexy Librarian Stats
Libertine Librarians

A Compendium of Sexy Librarianness
The Truth About Sex & Librarians
Sex in the Stacks
In the Sack, or In the Stacks

Peter Max

"Discovery." Peter Max.  Germany: Limited Edition Serigraph Print on Paper 27 x 48", 1992.

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Peter Max

Toward a New Alexandria

"Toward A New Alexandria: Imagining the Future of Libraries." The New Republic / Lisbet Rausing.
Washington: The New Republic Online, March 12th 2010.
"In other words, the question for scholars and gatekeepers is not whether change is coming. It is whether they will be among the change-makers. And if not them, then who? Who else will ensure long-term conservation and search abilities that are compatible across the bibliome and over time? Who else will ensure equality of access? Ultimately, this is not a challenge of technology, finances, or ultimately even laws, difficult though they are. It is a challenge of will and imagination."

Ain't it the Truth!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Public Library Lifeline is Fraying

"Our Public Library Lifeline is Fraying. We'll Be Sorry When it Snaps." Huffington Post / Art Brodsky.
New York: Huffington Post Online, April 11th 2010.

"Let's give the last word to someone who has a secret ambition to be a librarian, but whose career went in a different direction. No less an authority than Keith Richards put it best in his forthcoming autobiography: "When you are growing up there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully: the church, which belongs to God, and the public library, which belongs to you. The public library is a great equaliser."

Lucky Number

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I Want To Be A Librarian

"I Want to Be a Librarian." Awful Library Books / Mary Kelly & Holly Hibner.
Michigan: Awful Library Books, July 13th 2009.

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Awful Library Books

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Carl Sagan

"The library connects us with the insight and knowledge, painfully extracted from Nature, of the greatest minds that ever were, with the best teachers, drawn from the entire planet and from all our history, to instruct us without tiring, and to inspire us to make our own contribution to the collective knowledge of the human species.  I think the health of our civilization, the depth of our awareness about the underpinnings of our culture and our concern for the future can all be tested by how well we support our libraries."  
~Carl Sagan, Cosmos

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Friday, April 16, 2010


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Lost Library Voice

"Compaint Box: The Lost Library Voice." New York Times City Room / Sung J. Woo.
New York: New York Times Online, April 9th 2010.

"The library of my youth...was a tomb of peace, where the only sounds were shuffles, whispers and the occasional shush — delivered with an index finger crossing the lips of a bespectacled, cardigan-wearing librarian.  These days...I have to play an MP3 file in a loop — a sound bite of a hair dryer blasting between my ears — because without the white noise, I would not be able to think straight.  The theme of National Library Week, which begins on Sunday, is “Communities Thrive @ Your Library.” I have no problem with that. I just wish they would thrive more quietly. When did libraries become a cacophonous combination of cafe, video store, music store, computer lab and playground?"

Thrive more quietly?
How, when we want to shout it out from the rooftops?

Library Signage

"Passive Aggressive Library Signs." Buzz Feed / Matt Stopera.
New York:, April 2010.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Disaster Preparedness: Zombie Attack

Is YOUR Library Zombie Ready?

"Zombie Attack." Disaster Preparedness / University of Florida.
Florida: University of Florida, 2010.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Monday, April 12, 2010

Some, But Not All, Savor Silence in the Stacks

"Some, But Not All, Savor Silence in the Stacks." New York Times / Emily S. Rueb.
New York: New York Times Online, April 12th 2010.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Friday, April 9, 2010

Garfield Without Garfield

Well, That's Not Something You See Everyday

Damn Skippy

"I really didn't realize the librarians were, you know, such a dangerous group. They are subversive. You think they're just sitting there at the desk, all quiet and everything. They're like plotting the revolution, man. I wouldn't mess with them. You know, they've had their budgets cut. They're paid nothing. Books are falling apart. The libraries are just like the ass end of everything, right?"
~Michael Francis Moore

The More Libraries Change, the More They Stay the Same

"Libraries Never Change." Academic Librarian / Wayne Bivens-Tatum.
New Jersey: Princeton, April 4th 2010.

Not Your Mother's Librarian

"Melissa Giannatto...Not Your Mother's Librarian." Porterville Recorder / Anita Stackhouse-Hite.
California: Recorder Online, April 6th 2010.

"She is in her element in the library. “This is my dream job and I didn’t know it growing up,” she said, flashing her easy smile. “I love what I do.” 

Thursday, April 8, 2010


STACKS! / Matthew Kupfer

Cute video by UofT student, Matthew Kupfer. 1 of 3 winners of the University of Toronto Libraries' the Library Contest. For the record, he got my vote.   ...STACKS!...

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

A World Waiting For You

Look in a book.
Worlds Waiting for You.
It's in a book.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Opportunity For All

"Opportunity For All: How the American Public Benefits from Internet Access at US Libraries." US Impact Study / Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
America: Institute of Museum & Library Services, 2010.

The study was based on almost 50,000 telephone and Web form surveys. Highlights include:

  • 44% of those living below the poverty level access e-mail and the Web via their local public library. And nearly a third of Americans over 14 used library Internet services in 2009. That's about 77 million people.
  • 40% of those 2009 users accessed library Internet resources to find employment. 75% of these looked for a job online. Half posted their resume or filled out an online job application.
  • Another 37% researched some illness or medical problem, or searched for or made an appointment with a doctor.
  • 42% used their local library's Internet for education; over a third of these did their homework online. A big portion of these users were teenagers.
  • 60% accessed a library computer to contact someone else. 

Thank-You, Forbes!

"Young Learners Need Librarians, Not Just Google." Forbes / Mark Moran.
New York: Forbes Online, March 22nd 2010.

Young and old alike!

"Students do not know how to find or evaluate the information they need on the Internet.  In a recent study of fifth grade students in the Netherlands, most never questioned the credibility of a Web site, even though they had just completed a course on information literacy.....Without a dedicated guide, they end up, in the words of professor Dr Henry Jenkins, as "feral children of the Internet raised by the Web 2.0 wolves."  

Save Libraries

When ONE Library is in trouble, ALL Libraries are in trouble.


Sunday, April 4, 2010

Keith Richards Librarian

"It's Only Books & Shelves, But I Like It." The Sunday Times / John Harlow.
UK: The Times Online, April 4th 2010.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Thursday, April 1, 2010


"The best of my education has come from the public library ... my tuition fee is a bus fare, & once in a while, five cents a day for an overdue book. You don't need to know very much to start with, if you know the way to the public library."
~Lesley Conger