?-) Beijing Paper Takes Spoof Seriously.

the Beijing Evening News reported as fact an article from the never
credible, but still oddly \'true,\'
kindly pointed out the
original Onion article
, along with some interesting observations
on how occasionally the TheOnion\'s articles trump the general news
media in providing factual background information (mixed, of course, with
their selective, blatant falsehoods for a devastating \'I\'m embarrassed
to be laughing at that\' effectiveness;-).

the editor of the Beijing Evening News as explaining, \"the
story was written by one of our freelance writers\" [HI BLAKE, thinks the
freelance Hermit, ;-], \"his
stuff has been pretty much reliable before.\"

The extra
punch line is that after the editor heard from Reuters and was \"told the
story came from the Onion and was not true, the editor said, \"We would
first have to check that out.  If it\'s indeed fake, I\'m sure there
will be some form of correction.\"\"
LISNews Keywords: China
-|- Chinese


Library Surveillance: the Trading Card

SomeOne writes \"This Orwellian Library Surveillance trading card provides some visual counter-propaganda for resisting John Ashcroft\'s new library surveillance policy. Permission is given on the site to reproduce it for noncommercial use, so it\'s usable for posters, etc. This design is part of the larger American Crusade 2001+ antiwar trading card project by The Infinite Jest satire site.


Librarians/Book Returns in Mad Magazine

Ender The _Duke of URL_ writes: \"Libraries of fine usability have issues of Mad Magazine for patron
perusal. In the current issue (#418) is a Spy-vs-Spy (which is not on
the website) detailing White
Spy\'s trip to the library and the hijinks that ensue when he tries to
check out a book without having his library card.\"


;-) \'\'The Library Song\'\' for Karaoke Librarians.

The ?
Kuusankoski City Library in Kuusankoski, Finland has an amusing ditty:
\"The Library Song\"
which includes a music sheet, lyrics, and a .wav (audio) music file. ;-).

\"Educational, informational,
entertainment that\'s sensational.
It\'s a way of life, it\'s for you and me
It\'s the latest, it\'s the greatest, it\'s the library.\"
[The whole song

LISNews Keyword:


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.


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.


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.
11. The National Enquirer is read by people trapped in line at the grocery store. \"


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.\"


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.


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! \"


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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