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mdoneil writes "Proctor and Gamble donated TP to Erie county's Rath building. The $16k worth of cuddly soft hygenic tissue will last for two years (assuming county workers are like the rest of us...wait I'm a county worker)
Erie county is of course in a budget tightening mode and the threat of library closure were widely reported on LISNews.
To get to the bottom of this story go to WGRZ."
Revenge of the Blog People! is a funny one by Michael Gorman, president-elect of the American Library Association, over at LJ.
"It is obvious that the Blog People read what they want to read rather than what is in front of them and judge me to be wrong on the basis of what they think rather than what I actually wrote. Given the quality of the writing in the blogs I have seen, I doubt that many of the Blog People are in the habit of sustained reading of complex texts. It is entirely possible that their intellectual needs are met by an accumulation of random facts and paragraphs. In that case, their rejection of my view is quite understandable."
MYSTERIOUS writes "Here's A Funny One: To legions of internet geeks she's the "International Librarian of Mystery". Natalie is smart, sexy and cool. A librarian with a wild streak and toast of the net.Log on to bizgirl and watch her pull down her hair and take off her glasses. Natalie Bizgirl is one of five Australasian nominees for the annual Bloggie awards, for web logs or "blogs", and the only Kiwi. She writes about life in the library with the fearsome Mrs Darjeeling and others. She writes about her relationship with Josh, now ended, and takes you deep into the heart of the modern girl. Almost.Recently Natalie was "dooced" - fired after writing something about her job on a web log - just before Christmas, and she was flat broke. But her fans gave a lot of sympathy. Over the years some have even sent her marriage proposals.Voting has closed and next month Natalie will find out whether putting her life story on the web will be rewarded with a coveted Bloggie, the online equivalent of an Oscar.There's a hitch. Natalie Bizgirl is really James Guthrie, of Wellington, married with children and (last time we checked) a bloke. He created Natalie six years ago but his secret was exposed late last year after he won a local web award. "I was a bit worried there'd be a more hostile backlash from some of the more ardent male fans of the site, but that hasn't happened at all," he told Spike."
search-engines-web sent along word on an odd new job at Harvard. "Harvard University students: overachieving, bookish bores or repressed party animals? A little of both, it seems. Following complaints that it does little to promote campus social life, the Ivy League school has hired its first "fun czar" -- Zac Corker, a recent Harvard graduate whose job is to build community spirit and help stressed-out students unwind. Here's The Story.
Daniel writes "The names have been removed to protect the blushing, but a colleague at the library in question assures me it's true:
This week a woman approached a reference librarian at a library in Alaska. She asked if the librarian would come into the women's
restroom with her.
A bit taken aback, the librarian inquired if there was a problem. Evidently, this patron had just taken a home pregnancy test and was
unsure of the results.
The librarian complied. According to the interpretative results as stated on the kit, she was indeed pregnant. After muttering something
about concern about her boyfriend, she left.
What they don't teach you in library school!"
search-engines-web writes "A site put together by librarians at SUNY Buffalo has some grand Gift Ideas. As the
Campus Paper Reported It is heavily academic and a little weird, but a lot of fun, and will satisfy the peculiar cravings of those cell biologists, mathematicians and other academics or students on your list.
Contemplating that gift for the one who has everything "upstairs", allow Search engines web to make a few humble suggestions on an unforgetable Web site."
search-engines-web.com writes "from the "Perking up you Friday with Innocent Funnies" Depthttp://www.librarybooks4u.com/jokes.htmlhttp://www.ifla.org/I/humour/humour.htmhttp://www.erving.com/library/jokes.htmhttp://www.wacona.com/thigpen/thigpen.htm"
The National Catholic Reporter brings us a list of top book choices for President George W. Bush, with tongue firmly, as they say, in cheek.
Author Marie Whitla O'Reilly quotes the President "Itâ€™s a wonderful country,â€? Bush II enthused. â€œYou donâ€™t have to read to become president.â€? and then rhetorically asks, "What about the presidentiaryâ€? library? Howâ€™s he going to fill those shelves?"
O'Reilly ponders aloud...I knew the education president needed a list and he needed it fast. Platoâ€™s Republic came to mind, along with The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire, Crime and Punishment, A Short History of Financial Euphoria and Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace.
Nah! I said to myself. Forget it! By his own admission, heâ€™s no â€œinnalexshal.â€?
Then, bingo! I remembered Dr. Seuss. Luckily Dubya married a librarian who is also committed to leaving no billionaire behind. Laura could easily get her hubby hooked on books, beginning with Hop on Pop. Then he can get his feet wet with Fox in Socks.
More in this delightfully silly vein at NCR.
stevenj writes "So librarian rarely makes any of those "best job" or "hottest job lists" and maybe that bums us out because we know there are few better jobs out there. But here's one list of jobs we should be glad doesn't include our profession. Anal wart researcher topped Popular Science's list of worst jobs in science (hey - we have plenty of science librarians, right). Read more about this list at: