Friday Funnies

Library Stacks and Dominos

infodiva writes "I saw these pictures listed on the boing boing blog first today, but if you link to Flikr Here a library staff member has posted pictures of a dominos-like library shelf toppling (sort of like in "The Mummy", but at a book storage facility.) Check it out."

Meeting the needs of library users

The Laughing Librarian recently visited a library that has an innovative new service for its visitors.
You've all seen parents and grandparents browsing the shelves in the adult section, constantly distracted by the children in their care whining or running loose between the stacks. This library has come up with an excellent solution: Kiddie Kages. Children are checked into Kages (they're stacked in a room lined with sound-dampening tiles), and the adults are free to find grown-up reading material, do research on that fungal infection, or sit down for some cybersex chat without being disturbed by the young'uns. To keep the kids pacified, cartoons play non-stop on a large screen facing the Kages. The service is co-sponsored by the video store and a local fast-food restaurant, which provides fries and soft drinks for free.

Titles Of Harry Potter Fanfics We'd Rather Not See

Anonymous Patron writes "Capn Wacky's Lists Covers Harry Potter Fanfic. Some funnies include "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Kidney Stone" and "Harry Potter and the King of Pop".See also, Signs Your Kid Spends Too Much Time Reading Harry Potter Books...Insisted on a pet owl, and is constantly disappointed when it brings him field mice instead of mail."

Teen owes $23,000 for late Book- 6 DAYS! writes ". /news/library_0526.txt Wednesday, the family received notice the fine needed to be resolved or it would be sent to a collection agency. The bill still was $22,840"

Caption This Picture: What Is Gary Price Saying?

Here's an interactive Friday Funny this week, Caption This Picture of Gary Price over at Library Stuff. Gary was talking "Web Searching Beyond Google" at the Special Libraries Association, ASIS&T@Simmons a couples ago.
For another laugh, check out This Picture Of Steven M. Cohen, or maybe This One of Steve pretending to be me for some odd reason.

Unfortunate Encyclopedic Volumes

An amusing Friday Funny from over at Gargoyles loose in the library: "From the "What were they thinking?" department": They were processing the new four-volume Berkshire Encyclopedia of World Sport and couldn't help but notice the humor in how the volumes are divided. Volume 3 is sort of unfortunate, but volume 4 is just downright funny.

What the He*L was I thinking?

My husband just informed me he accepted a bet with his boss that he could put his tongue on a hot rotor for 20 seconds. If he won he would get free lunch for everyone. He "only" made it for 10 seconds. I am not sure how to take this information (other than I wonder if somebody hid some beer in a trash can at his place of employment and maybe everyone has been drinking since 7 am) I guess since we both chose low paying professions he is now so desparate for food he is willing to burn his tongue right out of his skull. I chose to be a public librarian. I work at a job that requires me to have a master's degree, get paid less than what I owe in student loans, work evenings, weekends and field all kinds of odd ball requests and situations. Fire in the bathroom, no problem. Kids rollerblading in the reference area, happens about once a week. Kids who come in for the day complete with cooler: well at least they are well behaved. Child vomits on floor, yep happens more than I care to remember. Patron wants you to (choose one) purchase airline tickets for you, complete transaction on Amazon or Ebay for you, write up resume for them, give tax advice, fill out an online form for benefits, give them a hug (really happened to me several times), and once, at one library I worked at, a request to bring the books right to the persons house (and no we did not have a books in the mail program) What the heck was I thinking when I chose this profession? And why do I still work in it?

The Silencer

Anonymous Patron writes "Scott McLemee Is no Extremist, but yet.... The decline of Western civilization proceeds apace. One shudders to imagine life in decades hence. A case in point: People now use cell phones in research libraries. "This situation is intolerable. It must not continue. I have given this matter long consideration, and can offer a simple and elegant solution: These people ought to be shot.""

FBI does not have email because it is a threat

mdoneil writes "Robert Muller head of the FBI said all agents to not have external email addresses because it may be a security threat.

"E-mails can also be the source of viruses," said Mueller. "They can be a source of worms. They can be used to launch denial of service attacks. And consequently, in our secure environment we have to use e-mail in a closed system, but also have access to e-mail outside. And we do have that."

The Tampa SAIC said everyone has email accounts in his office. For more read the BayNews9 story here.
Ya know, sometimes I just want to gouge my eyes out when I read such stupidity. If the FBI can't secure its network then why do I even bother. Who lets these clowns speak in public, we would be better off with Ice-T opening the new FBI office."

You *went* to a library?

Today's Zits comic strip ought to make it onto hundreds of librarians' bulletin boards and at least one presentation slide at PLA or CiL next week.

Get it today, because it looks like it'll be behind a paywall tomorrow.


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