Via our pals over at LISNews we find a story about an overdue book returned after 94 years. After having dealt with so many weird returned item situations I imagine this doesn’t strike most of us as dramatically it does the general public.
However, it reminds me of the play “Underneath the Lintel”. Evidently the show is a great big off Broadway hit. It is only natural then that a theater company here in Seattle did its own version recently. It’s about a Librarian that becomes obsessed with finding who returned an overdue book. A VERY overdue book. I don’t know how long it will be posted, but here is an article about the show from the Seattle PI.
The new director of the Minneapolis Public Library system refused to take more pay than the police chief. That’s cool, but she sure has her work cut out for her in that system/state. As a non-librarian it will be interesting to see what she does to make that system improve. There are some phenomenal Librarians working in Minnesota and the Minneapolis area though so at least she has some staffing issues already solved. If only Chad and Susan ran things around there, then we’d see good things happen!
This one is for Aaron. via Book Notes Blogs
I have received several emails asking if this was Libraryman’s doing. While it is quite understandable that people would think this, it really isn’t Libraryman’s bag. I haven’t actually checked with him but I think he spent the weekend with Jeb Bush in Florida explaining the finer details and consequences surrounding the state’s recent push for filtering in libraries. If he did meet with Jeb, you FL Librarians will likley see a large funding increase very shortly.
An oldie/goodie: “In fact a few simple mathematical calculations reveal that if reference librarians were paid at market rates for all the roles they play, they would have salaries well over $200,000.” -Will Manley (The Truth About Reference Librarians. McFarland, 1996, p. 30)
Holy Librarian! Not the best site, but you’ve got to love that graphic!
We’ll all enjoy it, but this is a shout out to Spaghetti Steve:
“Let me tell you something, funny boy… You know that little stamp? The one that says New York Public Library? Well, that may not mean anything to you, but that means a lot to me. One whole helluva lot. Sure, go ahead, laugh if you want to. I’ve seen your type before — flashy, making the scene, flaunting convention. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking… Why’s this guy making such a big stink about old library books? Let me give you a hint, junior. Maybe we can live without libraries, people like you and me…. Maybe. Sure, we’re too old to change the world. What about that kid, sitting down, opening a book right now in a branch of the local library and finding pictures of pee-pees and wee-wees in The Cat in the Hat and The Five Chinese Brothers. Doesn’t he deserve better? Look, if you think this is about overdue fines and missing books, you’d better think again. This is about that kid’s right to read a book without getting his mind warped. Or maybe that turns you on, Seinfeld… Maybe that’s how you get your kicks… You and your goodtime buddies… I’ve got a flash for you, joy boy. Partytime is over.”
- Lt. Bookman, in “The Library”
More quotes from this phenomenal Seinfeld episode can be found here.
Said with tongue planted firmly in cheek:
In a flagrant disregard for life ALA stubbornly decides to keep this June”s annual conference in Toronto. It was quite a ride while it lasted wasn’t it folks?
The logical conclusion? If you read this blog you are a better driver than most.
Via Bentley’s Journal we find the text to a GEICO Magazine article about how great libraries are. I’ll bet there are stats that show people that visit libraries or drive to libraries regularly or support libraries have fewer accidents. They wouldn’t write and send this article out to their customers just to plug the library, would they?
Apparently the little old Libraryman blog is worthy of academic attention!
Dr L. Anne Clyde from The University of Iceland teaches Internet courses and this lesson focuses on Weblogs. This site is listed as one to visit! Ahhh academia my dark, sweet mistress. Perhaps some day we’ll be together. In the meantime little mentions like this are nice. And hopefully useful.
I really am trying to put more Library specific things up here. I hope librarians will check it out and periodically find things helpful to them or their community.
Thanks for the plug Dr. Clyde. If you can get me a job in a library teaching computers to students, working with library operations and such do let me know. I would totally live in Iceland!