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ReadWriteWeb asks this question, What would Google look like if it was built by librarians?
But here is the true answer:
First, Googol would be spelled correctly.
And it would be made of wood. Because wood is strong and durable and withstands the abuse put upon it by the uncaring public.
Then it would be given a cute and silly name like "Good Golly, this is a great search tool!" This is so the librarians could brand their product because librarians are all bout the brand.
Googol would get weeded regularly so that all the old, unused, dusty web sites get discarded from the index.
Googol would close at 9:00 p.m. and all major holidays.
Finally, Googol would get hacked into oblivion and shut down because the librarians used the word "password" for the password.
Planet Karen has a funny take on abridged versus unabridged books and the consequences of thinking too hard about them.
The punchline to this is that I too have seen a book like this and had a similar thought. However, I turned into a librarian ages ago.
Don't know what I'm talking about? Of course you don't, unless you read the comic.
Today marked the last day of a well loved comic character and pop culture icon.
Berkeley Breathed published his final Opus cartoon today and everybody's favourite penguin went out in a very literary tradition.
And by "literary tradition," I mean "children's literary tradition."
In cooperation with the Humane Society, Breathed published a final Sunday strip in newspapers with a link to see the last panel online at the Humane Society of the United States.
Check the published strip via the link above, and then read the final panels. Truly heartwarming.
The Death Star plans are not in the main computer.
It appears the controversy isn't over. Sarah Palin has proven her ability to travel through time to remove the entire Harry Potter series from the Wasilla Public Library back before any of the books were even published, but now she proves to hold even more Peter Petrelli-like abilities (or is it Sylar???) by having more than one superpower.
It seems that a San Francisco (ah, you mean "gay") activist donated two controversial children's books to Wasilla, but was turned down in his attempt to have them added to the circulating collection. The current librarian gave the lame excuse that the books "lacked engaging illustrations and seemed to lack the ability to engage young readers" (again, meaning "too gay").
[Wasilla public library back in the news again . By Marjorie Kehe 10.20.08]
So the books failed the approval process. How could this happen in 2008? -- Read More
Funny or Die is hosting a literal translation of a Tears for Fears video that takes place in a library. Instead of the schmaltzy lyrics, they sing about what is happening in the real music video. They really nailed libraries in the 1980s, not only does it prominently feature a monkey but a rabbi, a mullet, a quaint old card catalog, and of course a hot librarian stalked by a
creepy patron lead singer from the band who happens to be "head over heels" for her. It is subtitled for your pleasure.
I've been listening to A Short History of Nearly Everything in my car and I find it amazing that every task took so long to complete in the early days of science. It was common for one single experiment to take a year or more. I'm guessing scientists spent much of that time dressing and fastening buttons.
But yet the research produced the most amazing discoveries. It must be that slow processes produce deep thoughts.
I guess to be really aligned with the purpose of the book, I should call this Work Like an Eighteenth Century Librarian Day, but that century just seems so messy.
So for "Work Like a Nineteenth Century Librarian" Day, I propose that we take our time and do things slowly and seek timeless or even philosophical results. We should ask "Why?" of our patrons, and "Why?" of the question or of questioning itself. Seek timeless understanding. But mostly, take it slow.
Library patron: "I would like to see everything you have on Fratercula arctica."
Nineteenth Century Librarian: "Please record your request upon this document, and I shall begin the research at the first available opportunity."
Library patron: "May I inquire as to the length of time it may take to fill?"
Nineteenth Century Librarian: "I shall endeavor to satisfy your request within six weeks."
Library patron: "Only six weeks? Miraculous!"
Fashion Advice: Straight, long skirts have more than a hint of the sexy librarian about them (Chanel does a great sexy librarian just now). A full, mid-calf length is more dramatic, even poetic, in effect, but still more severe than anything bringing the droopily bohemian 1970s to mind."