past entry 10sep

Hi, The job is great, thanks for asking. You can check out my library at the library website which at some point in the future, I will be redesigning. Still working on the move to ibiblio. You know, this whole website takes up less than 2 MB… for four years’ worth of content.

You’ll have to scroll down for this gem from Neil Gaiman’s blog.

if the whole point of the offended librarians is that librarians can, and, wisely, do, look like anyone, then any action figure would do. (“Isn’t that a Gandalf toy?” “Nope it’s a librarian. One with a hat and a beard.” “And he’s next to a… Bettie Page toy?” “Nope. Just a cute, half-naked librarian with a big smile and a Bettie Page haircut.”) [ thanks michael ]

Hey, a writer is writing about reading. She’d like some input into people’s feelings about reading for a book she’s writing. Five questions, give her a hand?

PATRIOT Watch: doesn’t this article make it seem, from the headline, that librarians are doing somethign bad? I mean, they’re against making something easier…. really they’re just making sure it’s not so easy to get at your library records. [ thanks john ]

PATRIOT Watch: Slate chimes in detailing the “Attack of the Angry Librarians” among other things. [ thanks john ]

Librarian dating.

past entry 07sep

Hi. Sorry if you were using the LiveJournal RSS feed and it broke when I changed formats. Regrettably, I have nothing to do with it, and LJs RSS feeds are sort of orphans in terms of support. Feel free to try one of the other feeds, linked above. Also, I have personally checked all the links on the links page and added a few sections, one on tech and one on library school. If anyone has suggestions for good resources in those sections, please let me know.

Hey I’m starting my job during Library Card Sign Up Month. I guess that’s better than Pester Your Librarian Month. But really, isn’t every month Pester Your Librarian Month? I wonder why the the press release doesn’t have the URL on it? Maybe it won’t fit on one line?

What do you do when you follow all the steps an organization gives you to avoid spam and you still wind up getting some? You ask a lot of questions. Emma Jane details her back and forth with ALA about junk mail she received when they sold her name to mailing lists before she had a chance to set her communications preferences at all. Upshot? Her name and address were sold before she even got her membership card and could login to set her preferences. Uncool.

PATRIOT Watch: Library cartoon. And not the one we already all know about.

Dear editor, do you really think no one has ever written a newspaper story about a library and used the phrase “checking out” in the headline? Austin TX seeks their own Big Beautiful Library, with retail space. [ thanks alisha ]

If reading banned books were really that scandalous, no one would admit it. Me? I read porn — among many other things; where’s my t-shirt? [ thanks jenn ]

When does “own” not mean own? When you own an ebook, of course. Smart talk from the shifted Librarian.

past entry 05sep

Hi. Haven’t gotten a lot of feedback on the CSS setup, so I am assuming it’s mostly okay? Also, today is my birthday. Also, I got my first royalty check, it was for $38.

ALA is investigating whether their relationship with their law firm Jenner & Block is a conflict of interest since, well, they supported the RIAA in their recent lawsuit. Any word about this on the ALA website? No. [ thanks john ]

It is still okay to bring your gun into the library in Michigan, says the State Supreme Court. [ thanks tom ]

Meanwhile, in Kentucky, it’s okay to wear your cross to work again also. [ thanks taylor ]

“Hey Hey librarian, tell me what they’re reading” one of the great hits from the PATRIOT Act summer tour. [ thanks beth ]

If you’re going to ACCESS 2003 in Caliornia Vancouver BC, consider spending some time at the Hackfest. [ thanks dchud ]

Attractive redesign over at Rogue Librarian. Would we expect anything less?

past entry 02sep

Hi. Please join me in the awkward phase between pure-CSS implementation of this website, and the move to a new webhost where it will be maintained much more elegantly with Movable Type, not the hinky cut ‘n’ paste that I do now. If you can’t read the new site, or if it looks unbearably awful, please let me know. My new job starts on Monday. I’m not sure why I thought this would be a grand time to mess with the website.

Not like I’m under thirty, but if you are, or you’re just young at heart, check out the NexGen Librarian listserv over at Topica. If you’re into social networking, there are librarian groups at Friendster and worth checking out. I’m at both, under my real name. If you’re there, introduce yourself. [ thanks chris ]

The NPR librarians have a few words to say