Submitted by effinglibrarian on November 7, 2009 - 11:57am
Submitted by Pete on November 3, 2009 - 1:24pm
Many public libraries with pop music collections no doubt have some CD's by the Alt-Nerd band Weezer in their collections. <a href="http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/new_weezer_album_snuggie.php#more">Via Read Write Web</a>; Centuries of struggling by artists and musicians to make a living have come to this. While the rest of the music industry is fighting to figure out how to stay viable when so much content is available for free on the internet - the band Weezer may have solved the problem.
Weezer released its latest album today, with a Snuggie.
Submitted by Blake on November 2, 2009 - 7:49am
This weekend, co-vocabularists have challenged the legacy of Melvil Dewey by stocking and stacking imaginary libraries according to whimsical classifications.
Submitted by MerryLibrarian on October 26, 2009 - 5:23pm
Oct. 25th blog post, www.merrylibrarian.com
Book drops. It seems simple, doesn’t it? A name like “book drop” doesn’t leave much room for mystery…you’d think.
A recent poll of librarians has proven otherwise, however. Across the nation, patrons of public libraries have confused a book drop with trash receptacles, a donation box, urinals, chicken coops… The list goes on and on.
While we may never understand how or why this confusion occurs, we do know that the result of patron confusion–though sometimes disturbing–is frequently amusing. So, until the government provides libraries with several billion dollars to launch an education campaign on proper book drop use, we have taken it upon ourselves to provide you with this useful list of book drop dos and don’ts–all based on the true stories that have been sent in from around the world.
1. Situation: You work at a library in the city of Las Vegas, NV. As you approach the book drop, you hear the sound of squawking and scratching.
Don’t…Assume you’re crazy. You may be miles from the nearest farm, but there actually are chickens in your book drop…complete with food and water. Hey, it happens.
Do… Tell your coworkers to fire up the bar-be-que, baby!
2. Situation: Upon opening the book drop, you are pummeled by the stench of garbage. And on top of the rubbish heap in your book drop? A used maxi pad.
Don’t…Toss your cookies into the book drop. You’d only have to clean that up, too.
Submitted by MerryLibrarian on October 21, 2009 - 1:01pm
The following is another story from The Merry Librarian. Once again, this true story is an example of patron expectations for a librarian’s abilities. As bizarre requests go, this one is definitely a strange need for information. And we’re just curious…why is it that when a patron needs something complicated and bizarre, they always want it within 24 hours? Just curious....
“Here’s a situation I ran into yesterday that I thought you might find amusing…it falls under the “librarians should know everything about everything” assumption that much of the general public seems to have. A man walked into our branch yesterday and asked me the following questions:
“If something were translated from English into Mayan hieroglyphics into Egyptian hieroglyphics, would someone from Iran who speaks Hebrew be able to understand it?”
Umm…I’m thinking not.
“Well, then, could you translate it for me so they could understand it?”
…Why yes, of course I happen to be fluent in ALL those languages. (I am a librarian, after all.)
“Well, do you have a book that translates Mayan hieroglyphics into Egyptian hieroglyphics into Hebrew?”
I’m thinking not…but I’ll check anyway just to appease you…Nope, just as I suspected. Nothing.
“Why don’t you have any books that do that?”
I don’t think there is a book anywhere that does that.
“Well, what can you do? I need it done tonight.”
Submitted by Blake on October 21, 2009 - 8:50am
The "Wong Fook Hing Book Store" chose the perfect name:
Submitted by MerryLibrarian on October 17, 2009 - 5:13pm
The following is posted from www.merrylibrarian.com from our Story of the Week archives, dated Oct. 4th, 2009. Check out the site for all of our stories!
"Another Day, Another Taser"
Just in case you haven’t gotten the memo, we no longer live in the cheerful, black-and-white world of “Leave It To Beaver.” The streets aren’t even clean anymore, much less safe. Where the public library was once a quiet, quaint place for study and leisurely reading, it has now become a strange mix of internet cafe/detention hall/day care/reading room/homeless shelter. Don’t get us wrong–we aren’t complaining (too much)! The library is supposed to be for everyone, and we gladly open our doors to any person who may walk through them.
But let’s face it: the whole “libraries are for everyone” thing means we get a lot of unsavory people stumbling past our desks everyday. And with them, we get a whole slew of uncomfortable situations. (It is the Merry Librarian’s humble opinion that librarians everywhere should be considered for the Nobel Peace Prize.) But the true heroes of the library are easily the library security guards. They undoubtedly see the worst. Not only do they get the porno freaks and drunks, they get the screamers, irate parents, gangsters, predators, thieves, liars, abandoned children, squatters…you name it.
Submitted by Anonymous Patron (not verified) on September 28, 2009 - 5:35pm
Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal has an interesting take on censorship and librarian burnout:
Submitted by Bibliofuture on September 23, 2009 - 11:00am
Submitted by Blake on September 22, 2009 - 7:47am
One Man's Attempt to get the dictionary removed from schools, and for good reason: "An uncountable number of unacceptable words, of which B*st*rd (p. 45), ev*l*t**n (p. 208), excr*m*nt (p. 210), f**c*s (p. 217), p*n*s (p. 457), s*x (p. 583) and v*g*n* (p. 715) are just a few examples. These are so horrible that you will understand that I cannot write them in full. To expose young minds to such filth is surely to corrupt them for life and to damn them for eternity; Better no 'education' at all than this."
Submitted by Blake on September 21, 2009 - 10:05am
The menace of the public option: Of all the current assaults on our noble republic, perhaps none is more dangerous than the public option - specifically, the public library option. People can spend hours and hours in these dens of socialism without having to buy so much as a cappuccino. Furthermore, not only can anyone read books for free in the library, they can take them home, too.
Submitted by Anonymous Patron (not verified) on September 16, 2009 - 1:00am
Courtesy of the intellectuals at <a href="http://www.maxim.com/humor/stupid-fun/84085/how-a-college-library-is-used.html">Maxim Magazine</a>.
Submitted by Anonymous Patron (not verified) on September 11, 2009 - 3:38pm
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EWGpZwwoM8">Youtube Video of A </a>Man driving 75 mph while reading novel:
Submitted by effinglibrarian on September 11, 2009 - 11:42am
(For Delayed Release)
A small district in Any County, America, is changing the face of public libraries. Introducing AnyBookLibraries™, a new style of library that celebrates imagination, research and solitude. Studies have shown that people who are left alone quietly at their local library are less likely to become assholes and annoy others.
Recent changes to libraries have moved them away from physical books and into econtent. Downloadable materials dominated the menu of traditional library offerings; but AnyBookLibraries™ is willing to move forward to engage readers with solid, tangible, physical resources. Traditionally, libraries have been spending their tax dollars on materials their users couldn't even see unless they carried some electronic handheld device in with them. But the new philosophy surrounding the AnyBookLibraries approach gives readers a world of exploration that they experience with their senses, free of that expensive, electronic crutch.
The AnyBookLibraries™ model was designed to help libraries remain relevant by offering books to their customers. Books and books and more books. They offer programming around books, technology for improving access to books, and a "reasonably adequate" level of customer service so that everyone who walks into an AnyBookLibraries™ feels welcome, so long as they silence their phones, spray a little Febreze under their pits, and can keep their mouths shut.
Submitted by Blake on September 8, 2009 - 2:55pm
Submitted by Blake on September 8, 2009 - 11:29am
From McSweeney's By J. Byard Yoder:
I tell you what, though, dudes—you only get a chance like this while you're in college. After we graduate, we'll have to figure out how to fit studying into our work schedules, make time to get to the city library branch and its crappy little collection. Yeah, while I'm here on campus, my life is totally going to revolve around that library.
Submitted by Great Western Dragon on September 7, 2009 - 11:37am
Sadly, I think we know that Hollywood is going to do something like this eventually. Still, when you see it in a comic form, it makes the idea funny.
Next up, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, starring Vin Diesel.
Submitted by effinglibrarian on August 27, 2009 - 11:17am
7 of 10 parents want their kids to be teachers. When asked about kids becoming librarians, parents said, "That's a job?"
(from twitter, and no, the parents didn't really say that.. it's a joke)
Submitted by Great Western Dragon on August 6, 2009 - 1:09pm
Perhaps this should be posted within our libraries? Maybe even make some bookplates?
Submitted by Great Western Dragon on August 3, 2009 - 7:21am
We've all seen stories about people, um, getting lucky at the library. Many of us have tales to tell about such a thing.
It's nice to see someone else found a different kind of luck when they checked out a library book.