Archive for August, 2003


Aloha, Marge

From Scott Randolph of The Black Hills Pioneer, a truly wonderful read that could easily serve as a Librarian?s dream obituary. It may just bring a tear to your eye. Thanks for letting us know about Marge, Mr. Randolph. And Marge, so long you beautiful Librarian. You done good, sister.

?Consider, if you will, a library as being the one place where all of the worthy thoughts of man on any subject are to be found and accessed. Whether you are looking for a time machine to travel backward in history or find forecasts for the next year or millennium, if you want to learn how to build a bird house, need a little boost in the form of humor or spiritual matter, or just want to mine the thoughts of intelligent men and women who have come before in all ages, the library is the place you need to go.
Never ceases to give me goose bumps just to think about the majesty and greatness of a library as a concept.
Marge understood all of this and more. She worked with all of her heart to make the local library a place where man, woman or child could go to grow in what ever direction they might choose.?

Buried in this article we find a Librarian acting as keen societal observer:
?Kevin Starr, the state librarian, says he has defended California “in season and out,” but this time he is “throwing in the towel.”
“We sort of deserve it this time, don’t we?” he asks. “You’ve got a leading candidate deciding, or not deciding, on Leno. This is a society melting down into deliberate self-parody.”?


Library Blog Why? MP Where?

Be sure to check out Greg Schwartz?s new Librarian/Blogging article over at Web Junction. His six reasons for Librarians to care about blogging is my favorite part. Nice work, Greg!

You?ll all have to pardon me for the recent lack of posts. Riveting LIS news has actually been a bit light lately. Oh who am I kidding; there is never a shortage of high drama in the Library world! Actually, I have been very busy packing and moving my things into storage as I prepare to work overseas for a short time. Of course if I weren?t cataloging everything as I pack it wouldn?t take so long. ;) Let me tell you, it takes some time packing up over 700 different PEZ dispensers


Minneapolis in 1933

So much drama has surrounded the Minneapolis PL in the last year or two it’s like some kind of Library Soap Opera only with serious consequences. This Librarian’s Report may be from 1933, but it is quite timely. Gratia was quite a lady. She wouldn’t have liked me to buy her a beer, but I would have loved to have had lunch with her at ALA.

Favorite intro quote:
“Library hours are being drastically reduced while bar hours are being extended”
Funniest article quote:
“But we are also getting other problems. At several branches this fall, young men and women, evidently high school students, have organized an assault of disorder and noise on Monday evenings, which has been hard to cope with. We are already getting “in person” some of those who are doing their bit to balance the budget by consuming overmuch newlylegalized alcohol.”
Via LISNews


Vandalism + Library Books=Art?

This is an interesting story which has spawned an idea that actually seems to hold some potential. Take freakishly vandalized library books and use the creeps work to make art. Seems like you don?t really need other artists to comment on and use his ?work? though to make a point. Isn?t the vandals ?statement? valid enough already to constitute an exhibition? I suppose it could be argued that without the additional artist?s comments, such a show would glorify the original perpetrator.

Here?s another potential Library themed art show we should work on: let?s save the icky and unusual things people return with their books and make an exhibition out of those goodies. Or, we could cover an entire wall with bookmarks returned in books. C?mon, floor to ceiling bookmarks would really catch your eye! Oh, how about this: we could put an enormous, extra fancy gilded frame around the most mangled romance novel we can dig out of the returns. We could call it ?True Literary Tragedy?. It?s funny on so many levels and it really, really makes you think. Now THAT is art, my friend.

Original story from the SF Examiner via LISNews