Submitted by zzshupinga on May 13, 2008 - 8:57am
Everyone loves Charlie Brown worldwide. Take a listen to this NPR weekend edition on just why people have fallen in love with lovable hero.
Submitted by Anonymous Patron (not verified) on May 12, 2008 - 1:25pm
Here's an <a href="http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080509/NEWS/805090316/-1/NEWS02">Article in the Cape Cod Times</a> about the Book Cart Drill Team competition at the Mass. Library Association annual conference in Falmouth.
Submitted by zzshupinga on May 3, 2008 - 10:16am
Submitted by Blake on May 2, 2008 - 2:29pm
A Modest Proposal I think we can all get behind:
First, close all of the school libraries. They are filled with books that can be found in our Port Washington library. As you are well aware, the Port Washington Library is considered one of the best on Long Island. Why not put it to better use? By closing our school libraries, we would be saving the cost of updating the resources that are used by our children (not to mention the salaries of the librarians and support staff) and the children would still have access to our local library. So what if we would have to drive them there, spend time waiting while they do their work and drive them home. The savings would far outweigh the inconvenience.
Submitted by Blake on April 29, 2008 - 7:34am
Baby Got Book: Inspired by a shirt on ShelfTalker, Cheryl Klein wrote new lyrics for classic Sir Mix-A-Lot...
I like big books and I can not lie
You other brothers can't deny
That when a girl walks in with an big fat book
And glasses on her face
You're all thrilled, wanna talk to her quick
Cause you notice she's reading Dickens
Deep in the tote she's carrying
I'm hooked and I can't stop staring
Submitted by Pete on April 24, 2008 - 10:52am
For all you whippersnappers out there who never had the experience, here's <A HREF="http://io9.com/382946/how-to-dial-a-phone-circa-1930s">a video primer on how to use a rotary dial telephone.</A> Produced by Big Brother ... I mean, the telephone company ... in the 1930s, the film explained the dial tone and busy signal to consumers used to having the operator connect their calls. From the Retro Futurism post at <A HREF="http://io9.com">io9.com.</A>
Submitted by Great Western Dragon on April 23, 2008 - 9:49am
Are you tired of reading banal BS on Twitter?
Or maybe, just maybe, does it scare you that so many people Twitter the most personal things?
Well it scares Tycho too. And today's Penny Arcade tackles the topic of Twittering when it goes a little too far.
Warning: Language is not for the easily offended. Regardless, it's still hilarious.
Submitted by Blake on April 23, 2008 - 7:51am
Bill Is both thrilled and relieved to announce that our sixth collection Frequently Asked Questions is at the printers now and available today for preorder.
This is a good one. The cover features perhaps the finest turban ever drawn. Inside, as you might expect, is what you came for -- a year's worth of Unshelved daily strips, Book Clubs, and Conference Tips at a sparkling 600dpi in black, white, and color. If you preorder your copy of Frequently Asked Questions by May 31 we will sign your book and Bill will sketch a character in it. We'll also sign any other books you purchase with it.
Submitted by Anonymous Patron (not verified) on April 17, 2008 - 7:17am
"Today I’d like to talk about librarians. I don’t know how many of them watch my show. If they do, they probably watch my show while reading or working on the Dewey Decimal System. They probably don’t watch much TV at all. They just wait for the transcripts. If they do watch the show, they probably keep the sound turned down and put their fingers up to their mouths and say, “Shhhhhhhh” every time the audience laughs."
From <a href="http://ellen.warnerbros.com/2008/03/my_thoughtand_i_do_have_one_82.php">My Thought...And I Do Have One</a>.
Submitted by Great Western Dragon on April 14, 2008 - 10:14am
Okay, so it's not Friday and I'll not post this under the Friday Funnies topic. Besides, there's nothing funny about J. K. Rowling suffering a "wardrobe malfunction" at some kind of red carpet extravaganza because she wore a dress with a low neckline which was utterly incapable of containing her breasts.
It's also not funny that her agent gallantly leapt into action to protect the modesty of a woman who is far richer than the queen of her country. And it's not funny that he did so by valiantly grabbing and, um, manually containing the (ahem) offending breast.
It's not funny.
Shall we schadenfreude? (pictures are SFW)
Submitted by Great Western Dragon on April 4, 2008 - 9:08am
Does your library use barcodes?
Sure, most of 'em do! Even those making the move to RFID tend to keep the barcodes around for a little while, if not indefinitely. But barcodes are bland, boring, banal, and blah. So why not do something different?
Get creative with your barcodes and turn them into little artistic masterpieces!
Submitted by Anonymous Patron (not verified) on April 2, 2008 - 10:14am
Our friends over at The Onion have printed a new Dr. Suess poem, where he <a href="http://www.theonion.com/content/opinion/stop_making_movies_about_my?utm_source=onion_rss_daily">chastises Hollywood for making films from his books</a>.
Submitted by Blake on April 1, 2008 - 10:01am
Found this one over on Publib:
Phyllis Christenson Consultants, Inc. is seeking qualified librarians to fill consultancy vacancies nationwide. P.C. Consultants, a newly-formed consulting firm specializing in media relations during library reorganizations, is uniquely positioned to influence local media outlets in situations of budget constraints on behalf of library directors. By leveraging common assumptions about the different requirements of libraries and their roles as community centers, our consultants specialize in preserving the compensation packages of library directors while restricting the effects of budget constraints to entry-level librarians.
Typical duties of consultants may include, but are not limited to:
-Observing the work of entry-level librarians in Librarian I positions
-Evaluating Librarian I's on their skills
-Contacting local media outlets to publicize the less complex duties of the the Librarian I
-Implementing long-term plans to reduce the number of Librarian I positions
-Reducing salary expenditures for Librarian I positions by replacing compensation packages with technological assistance
-Justifying the high levels of compensation provided to library directors and consultants
-Reclassifying and creative renaming of Library I positions, stressing customer service
-Forming positive and collaborative partnerships with Librarian I's
-Maintaining and enhancing high levels of staff morale among Librarian I's throughout the entire process
Submitted by Great Western Dragon on March 27, 2008 - 12:36pm
If you're going to read in the tub, you may as well be tidy about it and keep your books shelved nearby, or rather, within the tub itself.
This tub includes a nice back rest and shelving for several books. And for only US$17,300, it's well designed to fit any librarian's income!
Submitted by Blake on March 23, 2008 - 8:09am
Although scientific and health research has been conducted on Peeps, most notably that appearing on the Peep Research website (see http://www.peepresearch.org), we have noted an absence of research focusing on the ability of Peeps themselves to actually do research. To address this lack, we invited a small group of Peeps to visit Staley Library at Millikin University during the week of March 17-21, 2003 so that we could more closely observe their research practices. This was determined to be an ideal week for the Peeps to visit the library, as Millikin University students were on spring break. The research that follows documents their visit to the library and provides some evaluative commentary on our assessment of Peeps and library usage.
Submitted by zzshupinga on March 17, 2008 - 12:32pm
"The Librarian" will be returning to TV again sometime later this year. It will be called "Curse of the Judas Chalice," and apparently deal with a vampire and the Judas Chalice, whatever that may be.
Submitted by effinglibrarian on March 6, 2008 - 5:41pm
You've heard of Twitter, but have you heard of Fartter?
Fartter.com is the new social networking site for people who really want to stay connected.
Let's say you have a blog. Well, some things you want to tell people aren't suitable for a full blog post, but you want them to know anyway, so you use twitter. But what about if you just fart? Maybe there are times when you've just farted, but you don't want to log into twitter to tell everyone.
That's where fartter comes in. Add the fartter icon to your Internet Explorer or Firefox toolbar and every time you fart, give it a click. Your personal fartter page will update with the news.
Fartter also lets you comment on your fartts. And fartter works with your mobile device to travel anywhere you do.
Here's how it works: Carla signs up for fartter and searches for her friends. After clicking "sniff," she gets updates on all her fartter friends. For example, she didn't know that fried rice gives Jim farts. And she didn't know that Louise disguises her farts by coughing.
So if you don't have time for twitter, try fartter. And if you haven't heard of fartter, someone's probably coughing loud enough to cover it up.
Submitted by Blake on March 6, 2008 - 3:21pm
The most mild-mannered action hero in TV history will be back on TNT late this year. The cable network has begun production on the third installment of its "Librarian" franchise, with former "ER" star Noah Wyle reprising his title role. The movie, titled "The Librarian: The Curse of the Judas Chalice," is scheduled to premiere in late 2008.
Submitted by Anonymous Patron (not verified) on March 3, 2008 - 10:57am
Scott Douglas has released full details of a book give away contest <a href="http://speakquietly.blogspot.com/2008/03/insanity-my-library-photo-contest.html">here</a>: <blockquote>Do you have a picture that perfectly illustrates the insanity that takes place at a library? Maybe it's the book drop that was destroyed by a firecracker, the librarian who never matches his socks, or the library that is completely falling apart and has structural damage to prove it!
Submitted by effinglibrarian on March 1, 2008 - 9:24am