Submitted by Blake on July 28, 2009 - 7:29am
gets banned from his local library after a photo of him tooting a kazoo in a parade is spotted.
Submitted by Blake on July 21, 2009 - 2:16pm
The Sun said Maryland contains or recently contained many residents who share names with characters from the Harry Potter novels, including at least three men sharing the titular wizard's name, 16 women named Hermione, 3 men named Sirius, 13 Snapes and 15 Narcissas.
"Each time another book or movie comes out, the phone rings off the hook for about two months," Potter said. "It does get tiring. I'm seriously thinking of changing my listing in the phone book to 'H. Potter.'"
Submitted by Great Western Dragon on July 16, 2009 - 12:32pm
If you're into the humourous side of books, and the occult, and the dark one who dwells in the pit...
Wait, I'll start over.
If you've never bothered to read the web comic Sinfest, you could do worse than to dig on its recent storyline of a bookish young lad who is training an evil, possessed book acquired directly from Satan's personal library. In today's episode, he teaches the book to speak... which may not be the best idea in the world.
Submitted by Name Brand Serials on July 14, 2009 - 1:08pm
It worked for Led Zeppelin and Tolkien....
The Metal Shakespeare Company of Portland, Oregon, have merged the works of the Bard with seemingly incompatible heavy metal and created a "marriage of true minds." While it may not be everyone's taste in music, Shakespeare's subjects and launguage mesh perfectly with the stylings of metal.
For your amusement, The Metal Shakespeare Company's reinterpretation of Hamlet, "2 Bleed or Not 2 Bleed."
More information about the band and a peek into their unique merchandise delivery methods can be found on their MySpace page.
Thanks to the Stranger.
Submitted by birdie on July 13, 2009 - 3:17pm
OK you naughty librarians...you've been found out.
Amanda Hess from the Washington City Paper has been following you on Twitter, and found that:
When the American Library Association’s annual conference kicked off in Chicago last Thursday, some attendees wanted the world to know that librarian get-togethers aren’t all about shushing and stacking: There’s a lot of f**ing, too.
The nearly week-long librarian meet-up, which began July 9, delivers “over 300 educational programs” to professional bibliophiles each year—including workshops like “Collection Development: Decision Making With Data” and “When Is Nice Too Nice? Strategies For Disengaging From the Talkative Patron.” Some attendees, however, haven’t been entirely satisfied with the ALA programming. So they launched a “secret” Twitter account for librarians to share more intriguing professional insights. A typical anonymous ALA tweet:
Submitted by Bibliofuture on July 12, 2009 - 1:14am
Submitted by Bibliofuture on July 8, 2009 - 12:50am
Newspapers seem to be the last media to understand something. I wish this was a joke but there is currently an article in the New York Times (The Gray Lady) that posits the idea that porn movies lack plot.
The article opens:
The actress known as Savanna Samson once relished preparing for a role. “I couldn’t wait to get my next script,” she said.
There’s no reason to look at them anymore, she said, because her movies now call almost exclusively for action. Specifically, sex.
You can read the full article here:Lights, Camera, Lots of Action. Forget the Script.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on July 3, 2009 - 2:07am
Submitted by birdie on June 23, 2009 - 5:33pm
From my friends over at The Hollywood Reporter:
Universal has picked up "Lunch Lady," a children's graphic novel series written and illustrated by Jarrett Krosoczka, with Amy Poehler attached to star. Poehler will executive produce along with the Gotham Group's Ellen Goldsmith-Vein set to produce. Sarah Haskins and Emily Halpern are penning the adaptation.
The "Lady" series, the first of which will be unveiled at the end of July by Knopf Books for Young Readers, centers on a mild-mannered school cafeteria server who secretly dishes out helpings of justice as she and her assistant investigate wrongdoings. The books also feature three kids who try to figure out her double life.
The titles include "Lunch Lady and the League of Librarians" and "Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute," both of which are due this summer. "Lunch Lady and the Author Visit Vendetta" is scheduled to be released in December and "Lunch Lady and the Summer Camp Shakedown" is set for summer 2010.
Submitted by birdie on June 22, 2009 - 9:14am
spoof, satire, completely inappropriate but funny story about Laura's new (not) book...from Glossy News, 'The Pleasures of Masturbation'.
Submitted by Anonymous Patron (not verified) on June 12, 2009 - 3:31pm
<A HREF="http://www.mcsweeneys.net/links/librarian/12twitter.html">Scott Douglas has a new post up at McSweeney's about Twitter</a>
Submitted by Bibliofuture on June 9, 2009 - 10:11am
Submitted by Blake on June 2, 2009 - 8:23am
Kate Sheehan wrote about how the intangibles can make or break our libraries. "As a service-oriented profession, kindness is one of our most powerful assets."
Today's Shelf Check takes a more realistic view... "Kindness is like sex. I can do a great job of it for two hours, and then I need a day and plenty of fluids to recuperate."
Check out all the past Shelf Check Comics at ToonDoo or Blogspot.
Submitted by Blake on May 19, 2009 - 8:30am
Though it may sound like a wonderful idea, Snopes Says The LOC ain't converting over to 78 any time soon.
Another interesting bit about how things last — the Library of Congress completed a study on the best medium for near-permanent archiving of their extensive audio collection. Their conclusion — 78 RPM platters. Unlike in my dad's day, the medium (platter) itself can be made to last nearly forever with today's technology, and the recording can be reproduced with a very simple mechanical device and no electricity. This came up because of concerns that rapidly changing technology (LPs, cassettes, 8-tracks, CDs, DVDs, flash-drives, DVRs, whatever's next) made it difficult to ensure that older archives could be retrieved. It was my understanding that they have already begun transferring audio recordings from various media to 78s.
Submitted by StephenK on May 18, 2009 - 3:54pm
Here is Molly Wood, an Executive Editor at CNET, screwing up reading a viewer's e-mail for her Mailbag program:
Submitted by Great Western Dragon on May 11, 2009 - 10:18am
The Consumerist posts a humourous picture of a shelving error at Barnes & Noble. Perhaps they might consider hiring a librarian, if for no other reason than we know the difference between fiction and non fiction.
See if you can spot the fail.
Submitted by Great Western Dragon on May 9, 2009 - 12:44pm
Submitted by vforrestal on May 7, 2009 - 12:51pm
If someone corrects me one more time when I say that I “twittered” something (“um, you mean you tweeted?”) I am going to scream. Really. Right at them. And is the term “social media” passé already? I unfollowed the person who tweeted that about thirty seconds after I read that tweet. See, the thing is, I really love Twitter. I follow smart people, who have interesting discussions all day. It’s wonderful. And for the people in my life who say that it’s sad that I have to find those kinds of relationships online, I say: “well why can’t you be more interesting then? Why do you make me go outside our friendship to find satisfying, intellectual conversation? YOU forced me into this!” Ahem. Sorry. Anyway, my point… Ah, yes: Twitter is just a medium. It’s just another method of communication, and in the same way it drives me bonkers when people say it breeds stupidity and hysteria (more so than any other medium? Really? Cable news anyone?...) it also drives me crazy when people act like it’s an exclusive club. So if I don’t get the terminology right, or I don't use the right hashtag, or if I say I just use the Twitter website instead of the Twitter app du jour (Tweetdeck, Tweetie, Seesmic, take your choice...) I’m persona non grata?
Submitted by shelfcheck on April 10, 2009 - 11:22am
Submitted by Pete on April 2, 2009 - 11:20am
A leftover from April 1.