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Oddest Book Title of the Year contest

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<a href="http://www.thebookseller.com/news/53656-oddest-book-titles-prize-shortlist-announced.html">Oddest book titles prize shortlist announced</a>. The Bookseller magazine has announced the shortlist for the Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year: I Was Tortured By the Pygmy Love Queen How to Write a How to Write Book Are Women Human?

Kids, Books, and Photos

Gather a kid or two, design some cover art, and take a photo.

Oh yes, and you'll want to create a small, but incredibly cool, optical illusion.

And you wind up with some fun and lively photographs reminding us how books can change and enhance the lives of children.

Library In a Staircase

Running out of room at your library? Government won't pony up for the expansion you so desperately need?

Well, take a look around, are you really using your area to its greatest efficiency? For instance, do you have stairs?

So, why not use those?

Warning: I don't know about anyone else, but the first picture on this page gave me a little pang of vertigo. It's almost like staring at a real life Escher creation.

Erik the Librarian

An "Anonymous Patron" brought word that writer Brent Forrester has created a new web series called "Erik the Librarian." The <A HREF="http://speakquietly.blogspot.com/2008/02/erik-librarian.html">Speak Quietly</A> blog has more information and an embedded YouTube clip from the short. One can <A HREF="http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=272033564">obtain episodes for free through the iTunes Music Store</A> and subscribe to it as a podcast as well.

The Story of Library 0.0

<a href="http://effinglibrarian.blogspot.com/2008/02/library-zero-point-zero.html">Library Zero point Zero.</a> We all seem to know what Library 1.0 is/was since we continue to tell everyone how 2.0 we are, and some of us have even begun formulating lies for why we're past that and ready to declare ourselves 3.0. But what about the past; what about the before time? How would we classify the earliest forms of librarianship? I'm trying to understand how Library 2.0 applies to history. At what point can we say that the ideas for a library existed?

Library Zero point Zero

We all seem to know what Library 1.0 is/was since we continue to tell everyone how 2.0 we are, and some of us have even begun formulating lies for why we're past that and ready to declare ourselves 3.0.

But what about the past; what about the before time? How would we classify the earliest forms of librarianship? I'm trying to understand how Library 2.0 applies to history. At what point can we say that the ideas for a library existed?

If we define Library 1.0 as the point where a form of the modern library exists and Library 0.0 is when no ideas for libraries exist, then what falls in between?

Recent excavations have revealed the discovery of an ancient stone pendant to support this theory (see image on my page). Speculation is that early librarians were recognized by wearing a symbol of the goddess Tanit; because it was easy to draw and seen as further proof of early librarianship because of its relationship to clip art and Ellison die cuts.

The earliest libraries were called Marypedia, or Maripedia (or pedians). And beginning with Library 0.2 Maripedia, they promoted their services by wearing variations of the pendant. Although the original Mary was obviously a “zero-point-twopian,” the discovered pendant displays “0.3.” The owner of this pendant clearly saw herself as apart from the other Maripedia, and was probably viewed, like today, as an ahole.

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Calling all Star Trek nerds

I'm "writing" (if you want to be generous) a strip called Black Shirts about two guys who work on a starship that looks like the USS Enterprise, but isn't. (To avoid possible legal problems; who know, IANAL.)
I'll post a few strips once a week on my blogger page, but all the strips will also be on the toondoo page:
http://www.toondoo.com/user/effinglibrarian

you might notice that I use the same image for every panel: yes, I am lazy.

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Reading as Deviant Behavior

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“Sitting in a quiet downtown diner, local hospital administrator Philip Meyer looks as normal and well-adjusted as can be. Yet, there’s more to this 27-year-old than first meets the eye: Meyer has recently finished reading a book. Yes, the whole thing.” Thus begins this probe into the bizarre behavior of this otherwise normal young man. A behavioral psychologist said that his reading of entire books is abnormal and is a classic case of deviant behavior. "At least, that’s what it seems like from what little I’ve skimmed on the topic," she added.

Eats, Reads and Leaves

&quot;<a href="http://education.guardian.co.uk/egweekly/story/0,,2244344,00.html">Eats, Reads and Leaves</a>&quot; is the snappy title given by Britain's &quot;<a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/">Guardian</a>&quot; newspaper to light-hearted coverage by Marc Abrahams of the recent &quot;<a href="http://www.resourceshelf.com/2007/11/17/overview-survey-of-library-cafes/">Survey of Library Cafes</a>&quot; produced by researchers from New York.

Why no male librarian stereotypes?

I thought the ALA coerced for diversity?

All I ever hear is how librarians are frumpy and bun-haired. And I'm tired of all the sex discrimination. What about male librarians? Where are the American Library Association's recommendations for diversity when it comes to us? I don't mean in jobs because we get promoted more often and get better pay (hell, we're men!). I mean our image. Where is the image of the male librarian in popular culture? Why all the women stereotypes?

What is the look of the male librarian stereotype?
Is he hobbitish? Homerish? Perpetually confused and embarrassed by his career choice? Freshly tattooed and paroled from a federal prison? Bruce Wayne, Luke Skywalker or Clark Kent, but without the sex-appeal?

I'm a little pissed because I just saw the Librarian Dress-up game online, and I don't see a dude, I see that stereotypical librarian woman; huge boobs, tiny waist, smoochable lips... but no guy, anywhere.

So I had to use all of my non-talent to create the Male Librarian dress-up game. Yes, it's ugly, and a nine year-old could do better. (And sometimes the images don't move, but hit refresh and maybe they will.) But hell, all I had was Paint and Notepad and the script I stole from the original page, so screw you. Why don't you do better.

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The Bush Library Contest: Where's the Vision? Where's the Artistry?

Let’s just say that Mr. Bush should be less worried about the test scores of America’s children and more concerned about their imagination. How are we going to compete with China and India if our people can’t think outside the box (or outside the outhouse)? The Chronicle wants your creative designs, and you have two weeks to finish them. Entries must be postmarked by February 1.

Suzanne, the 1000th, Malone, you have materials waiting for you....

<cite>"While returning the late books and paying my $8 fine, I asked the librarian why the automated telephone system referred to my wife as Suzanne The 1000th Malone. She looks at the entry in her database and everything looks fine: Name: Suzanne M. Malone "Now if you look at that for a minute, you will see the reason for one of the most absurd software bugs I have ever encountered. Yes, 'M' (her middle name is Marie) is 1000 in Roman numerals.</cite> It's a good thing her name wasn't Liv M. Mix.

Conan O'Brien's Library

A little <a href="http://www.latenightunderground.com/2007/11/untitled-video-entry.shtml">video tour</a> of Late Night's Research Department. "It's the brains, the heart, and the punching fists of Late Night... Step inside the weird and wonderful (did I mention weird?) world of The Late Night Research Department! We've got files for miles!!"

You've Been Warned - The Last Sentences

Natural/Artificial Points Out James Patterson's You've Been Warned is the current best-seller on The New York Times hardcover fiction list. She says it's It's the kind of book that makes one yearn for the witty, polished prose of a Danielle Steel or a V.C. Andrews. She typed up a list of the last line of every chapter in the book. And the amazing thing was that the story actually made sense this way.

I'd like to think there are a lot of good creative writing exercises here. Rearranging the sentences so that they form paragraphs and a new story. Turning it into a poem. I think the coolest thing would be You've Been Warned, Last Sentences: The Graphic Novel. I'd totally do it if I could draw. And I loved Lauren's idea of a page-a-day calendar. (Hmm, what's my inspiration for today? Flip. Oh, "And I think that burning smell is back too." Excellent!)

"I'm Sorry, that's a video of *What*?"

I just realized why I had to make a video called a cute furry animal recites George Carlin's "seven dirty words" (which is an ADULTS ONLY video with 7 dirty words in it, duh) -- remember what David Lee King said about the library of the future (which is actually from RWW and about the "sexy librarian of the future")?

Imagine a future when you go to the library with a 5 minute video you've just made about last night's Presidential debates and that librarian says to you:
You should upload it to YouTube and tag it with these four tags - two broad and two more specific to existing communities of interest on YouTube and the topic of your video. Then you should embed that video in a blog post along with some text introducing it and linking to some of your favorite posts by other people who have also written today about the Presidential debates. Make sure to send trackbacks to those posts!
Now, I think this is a particularly good video on the topic, so if you're interested I will vote for it on StumbleUpon (as a sexy librarian I have a very powerful account there) and give it a good summary explanation. Any of those are steps you can take that will make your work all the easier for people to discover.

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The Oldest Trick In The book

The Girls & Sports by Justin Borus and Andy Feinstein <a href="http://www.creators.com/comics/girls-and-sports/13721.html">Adds To The Oldest Trick In The Book</a>, meeting girls at the library...

My Library and Internet Predictions for 2008

  1. Google will invoke the right of primae noctis on anyone who clicks the "I'm Feeling Lucky" button (revealing the true nature of who really gets lucky).
  2. Watch for some social bookmarking sites to merge or clash, often with violent Jet-Shark consequences: Technorati might StumbleUpon Mister-Wong crossing the Bloglines. A Fark ensues with not so del.icio.us results. A nasty Digg incites rivals to Slash(dot) each other and then the whole Kaboodle explodes until the streets run Red(dit).
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Interesting use of 2.0 technologies

The Maydupp Library District in Indiana has initiated a new service called, "Dusty Books for Rusty Memories." Patrons between the ages of 60 and 75 are entered into a Circulation database and every time that patron visits the library and checks out materials, a random "dusty book" (one that hasn't circulated in the past six months) is placed on hold in the patron's account. When the patron receives the message the material is on hold, she will often come in to claim the item and check it out, not remembering when or why she placed the hold.

According to Peggy Newton-Figg, the division manager, "older patrons are very trusting and we are usually able to charge these extra books to them without any argument. The patron is often confused by the selection, since it may not be a subject or by an author she's ever heard of, but usually writes off the confusion to having had a 'senior moment.'"

Using this new service, the library as been able to increase circulation by 300%.

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Libraries Continue to lure teens

This One From Last Week caught my eye. Why must we "lure teens" into the library? Doesn't it make us sound creepy? A quick search of some newspaper archives shows me we've been doing it for years! Do reporters do this on purpose? Some other goofy headlines:

USC library's lure: Modernized facility attracts By: Hammond, James T.. State
Warren library branch lures teen readers with style and clothing show By: Dunn, Andrew. Herald-Sun
Books aren't the hook when libraries lure kids to video-game events By: Newman, Heather. Detroit Free Press
Books aren't the hook: Video game events lure young people -- especially boys -- to local libraries By: Newman, Heather. Detroit Free Press
Library is 'more of a cool place' now: Video games, once shunned, are being used to lure teens By: James, Douane D.. Sun-Sentinel
Library lures girls to books with looks: Beauty tips focus of event for teens By: Cuniff, Meghann M.. Spokesman-Review

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