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Save the Librarians

Michael McGrorty writes \"In the dusty backroom of a big city library, a woman sits alone, eating an apple for lunch while she balances her checkbook. Like every other month, she struggles with finances; tonight she will have to rent a video instead of going to the theater with friends. Her last vacation was spent with Leo Tolstoy and a folding chair on the balcony of her apartment. She tell herself that it’s okay to wear last year’s lipstick; she can always wring another season out of that old purse. But she’s beginning to lose hope.

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Are you being served?

Here\'s A Guardian Story that sent six Guardian writers to some of the best-known bookshops in the country to put their staff to the test to see how well they know thier books.

Hilarity ensues.

Spotted @ Mefi.

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Who Reads What and Why

Bob Cox sent over Who Reads What and Why from The Car Talks Guys

\"

1. The Wall Street Journal is read by the people who run the country.

2. The New York Times is read by people who think they run the country.

3. The Washington Post is read by people who think they should run the country.
Etc...
11. The National Enquirer is read by people trapped in line at the grocery store. \"

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Weird Reference Questions

The humor stories are flowing like beer at a frat party lately, and here\'s one more:
Weird Reference Questions a collection of, well, Weird Reference Questions, Actual reference queries reported by American and Canadian library reference desk workers of various levels, also includes, Actual Reference Interviews reported by American and Canadian library reference desk workers of various levels.

\"
In an art library:
Patron: Do you have any books on Art?
Ref: Yes. Did you have a certain artist in mind, or a period or style in mind?
Patron: No.
Ref: I guess you\'ll have to look through our 120,000 books and see if you find anything.
Patron: OK.\"

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April Fools issue of Info-Library

Sharon Giles writes \"The April Fools issue of Info-Library: UT Southwestern Library News takes a look at the lighter side of the library biz. The stories you\'re about to read were all conceived in the (somewhat) warped minds of UT Southwestern Library staff. We hope we\'ve brought our readers a chuckle - in an informational sort of way, of course. Read on...and vote for your favorite story! We\'ll publish the results and your comments in a future issue of Info-Library.

Contents:

Don\'t Pay That Overdue Fine!
Discover new creative options to save money and reduce your Library debt, including becoming a guinea pig for Library research.

The Great North Campus Library Flood
Read about one horrified librarian\'s moving email account of his harrowing adventures on the far North Campus.

Library De-Renovates!
Did you think we were finished with our major renovation project? Think again!!! The renovation was just so much fun, we should do it over!

Site of the Week: The Periodic Table of Comic Books
Check out a little elemental humor. (Hey, wait a second! This is for real!)
And much, much more! \"

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Great Moments in the History of Library Technical Services

Lee Hadden writes: \"This Item is floating around the Internet library discussion lists
recently. You might enjoy the tongue-in-cheek pseudo-history of Technical
Services in librarianship. I think I appreciate St. Minutia (who used a
sword to split a hair) the more I remain a reference librarian.\"

\"Great Moments in the History of Library Technical Services\" Compiled by W. Lewis,
Catalog Department, UCI Libraries

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the problem of insufficient library service to the formerly living

Michael McGrorty writes \"

The intent of my proposed paper is to examine the problem of insufficient library service to the formerly living, and to propose solutions for their benefit. \"

The proposal follows...

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Library System Terrorizes Publishing Industry

Robert R. writes \" Here\'s a Ruben Bolling comic from Salon entitled \"Library System Terrorizes Publishing Industry\", at Salon.com (it\'s old but still good): \"

I think we ran this before, but no one sees every story, so here it is again.

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Book Returned 70 Years Late

In New Zealand: The 102-year-old volume on the English royal residence of Hampton Court was found among books donated for a Rotary book sale. There are now plans to put it on display at the library in Ashburton, near Christchurch. Head librarian Jill Watson says the overdue fines at the time of issue were 3p a day for the first week and 6p a day thereafter.

The full story from Ananova

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Lileks at the library

James Lileks, whose Celery + Gravity = Art subsite is one of the funniest things on the Web, bleats about the inflexibility of librarians when faced with a challenge to policy. "The librarian looked as though I suggested she cram the entire Oxford English Dictionary up her intestinal aperture."

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