Secret Wars

Dorothea has been initiated into the dark secret of Librarianship, and is revealing it to the world.
bq.I am developing a sense of a quiet but deadly conflict between public-service and technical-services librarians. – “Dorothea Salo(Clash of the concepts)”:http://www.yarinareth.net/caveatlector/archive/week_2003_10_12.html#e002236 She makes some excellent points, but I do sense a slight tilt toward the technical-services side.

The Singles Club for Shy People

bq.I don�t want to over-generalize here (even though that�s my favorite thing to do on this blog). Some people come to the library to actually work. Namely, those people can be classified as: girls. Everyone else goes to the library because they want to seem smart and get noticed in an atmosphere of pseudo-intellectualism.

Ritter and Cash

This morning I went online for a couple of minutes and read that Johnny Cash had “passed away(Country legend Johnny Cash dies)”:http://www.msnbc.com/news/965586.asp?0sl=-31. Sad, but not surprising to due his health problems and the recent loss of his wife. Then, on the way to work, I heard that Johnny Cash and John Ritter had both died.

Action Figure Outrage

Remember the “Librarian Action Figure”:http://www.libraryplanet.com/archives/2003/07/11/index.html#002417? Most librarians I knew thought it was funny, but “not(Librarians oppose shushing action figure)”:http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/West/09/08/offbeat.librarian.ap/ “everyone(‘Quintessential librarian’ becomes a divisive doll)”:http://www.nationalpost.com/home/story.html?id=C947F0A8-F26C-47A7-838B-01AAD1E09B52 thinks so. I think everyone should keep in mind that sometimes, any “publicity(Stronger Than a Silent E)”:http://www.motherjones.com/news/exhibit/2003/36/ma_509_01.html is good “publicity(Librarians to the Rescue)”:http://www.npr.org/display_pages/features/feature_1415714.html.

Librarian Action Figures

Nancy Pearl You know you have arrived as a librarian when you have an action figure. You can read about Nancy Pearl’s “achievement(Toymaker finds librarian who’s a real doll )”:http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/135224851_librarian10. And then you can visit “Archie McPhee(Welcome to Archie McPhee Online)”:http://www.mcphee.com/ to find out if it is in stock yet.

Moore-Valenti Connection

Michael Moore , whose career has benefited from support from librarians, cites as a kindred spirit one of the greatest foes of libraries, Jack Valenti . Kind of an odd choice for someone concerned about the “forces of capitalism.”