We have experienced 15 deaths in my library this semester. Three victims were decapitated. The bodies of two other victims were never found. Others were abused and left for dead. My library is facing a crisis. Staplercide—the murder of library staplers—is at an all-time high. —
Staplercide!: The lives and deaths of academic library staplers
via the pinakes
Where is Hercule Poirot when you need him?
kjtgp1 asked: Thanks for reblogging my tea time ring! I actually work part time as a page in a library, so I can appreciate you pinning it your Great Gifts for Librarians pinterest board. thanks again!
You’re welcome. It’s very clever and makes for a fun and memorable gift. Hope you sell many rings.
(via How to Kill a School Library: 10 Easy Steps | School Library Journal)
Step One: Fire your librarians. If you really want to get rid of library programs and services, start at the top. Ship them off to traditional classrooms or Timbuktu—just get rid of them. Some are rabbler-rousers and troublemakers, and others just won’t get off their soapbox about all the great things libraries can do for kids. Once they’re out of the picture, it’ll be easier to do what you want with the library.
Congratulations to the ten books that were named the Best Books of 2013 by The New York Times! We’re especially proud of Alan Blinder and After the Music Stopped!
Surely supernovas explode that instant, somewhere, in some galaxy. The hut vanishes, and with it the sea and the sands – only Karun’s body, locked with mine, remains. We streak like superheroes past suns and solar systems, we dive through shoals of quarks and atomic nuclei. In celebration of our breakthrough fourth star, statisticians the world over rejoice." Manil Suri, "The city of Devi —
(Source: telegraph.co.uk, via willywaldo)
Now you can enjoy tea time, wherever you go! This size 7 adjustable ring starts off with an antiqued brass base, that looks similar to an old doily. The porcelain tea cup and plate feature a rose pattern, and are accompanied by a plastic vanilla Mickey Mouse Head Doughnut.
Fun and simple this ring is perfect for any occasion!
(via Mickey Mouse Head Doughnut and Tea Cup Ring by kjtgp1 on Etsy)
Definitely have to add this to LJ’s Great Gifts for Librarians Pinterest board. You never know when you might be stuck at the reference desk at tea time.
NPR Book Concierge -
So here’s a thing that’s cool: NPR’s interactive Book Concierge lets you find books by genre, theme, and even book length.
It’s got everything from picture books to historical tomes and is a nice reprieve from the usual “best of” lists that happen this time of year.
Best Media 2013: Best Audio -
This year’s best audiobooks, chosen by LJ‘s reviewers, demonstrate the format’s remarkable range. Genres on display among the fiction selections include literary classics and short stories as well as urban fantasy and detective tales. The nonfiction list addresses college football, Winston Churchill, Arctic rescue missions, and the memoirs of an entertainment legend, among other topics. No narrator is on the list more than once; authors reading their own work, professional narrators, and celebrities all appear. The wide variety ensures that there’s something here for every listener—enjoy!
Ancient Texts From Vatican And Bodleian Libraries Digitized : The Two-Way : NPR -
Cause digitized is way more fun than dusty.
The New Digital Divide: Privilege, Misinformation, and Outright B.S. in Modern Media -
This article spoke to me on many levels: as a human, an internet person, but most especially as a librarian. There have been times in my life where my non-librarian friends have questioned why I teach our adults about things like Facebook.
"Facebook? Uggh. Why can’t you teach them something useful.”
It’s fine. I get it. This type of person doesn’t realize that just having the ability to think Facebook is stupid is a privilege in itself. In order to have an opinion on Facebook, you first need to have knowledge about it.
But what struck me most about this article is our responsibility as librarians to combat the digital divide that is forming between “internety people” and “non-internety people” and make sure it doesn’t become a menace to society (any chance I get to use that phrase, taking it).
I’d like to propose an idea. It’s something I’ll probably try in my library (having just decided this three minutes ago). I welcome thoughts from other librarians and also would love to see someone try something similar in their communities:
As You May Know, I am a Full Time Internet: Internet 101 Series
What is a Meme?
Students will learn the definition of a meme, the origin of the term, and then look at different examples. We’ll take a look at I Can Haz Cheeseburger? Fail blog, Forever Alone, the Ridiculously Photogenic Guy, Insanity Wolf, and more. We’ll discuss our thoughts on how we think memes go viral and then we’ll try creating our own memes!
Haters Gonna Hate: Internet Trolls and How to Spot Them
In this class, we’ll take a look at different blog posts and explore the comment threads below. We’ll compare and contrast commenting guidelines from different online communities. Students will learn how to spot internet trolls by digging deeper into their commenting history.
Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction?
Students will learn how to look up the edit history for Wikipedia articles. The instructor will demonstrate how easy it is to modify a Wikipedia article and the consequences of doing so. Making use of the footnotes and References section, we’ll fact check a statement from a Wikipedia article to determine whether it can reasonably be considered factual.
And then I’d supplement these classes with a class on finding long-form journalism articles on the web, online security, and a live “appy hour” because I think they would fit in nicely. There. Steal my ideas. I’m here to help!
(Source: imgfave, via booksandpublishing)
A Second Veterans Day Conversation on Hobbies: Trench Art -
EB: You know, I didn’t ask you why you collect trench art.
MH: I guess it’s something to do with reckoning with the experience of war. I think the participants and survivors themselves found something in the creation of these pieces that in some small way was a means of coping with the brutality around them and a way to mark their own or their fellows’ service. It’s chilling, disturbing, to see such pastoral images of flowers and vines hammered onto projectiles that were created for mass destruction and loss of life. Yet, with millions killed and no veterans now alive, trench art survives as something to hold and contemplate. I guess that’s it.
A fascinating conversation between LJ senior book review editor Margaret Heilbrun and reviewer Ed Burgess on her passion for collecting World War I trench art.
Are you a librarian and/or LJ book reviewer with a hobby you’d like to chat about with Margaret? If you’d like to tell us how your hobby grew out of your reading and what it means to you, email email@example.com
Great Gifts for Librarians -
Inspired by School Library Journalâs 2012 Librarian Lump of Coal Gift Guide, and selected by the completely subjective methodology of âI thought it was cool,â here are 10 (and more) gifts for the librarian you actually like.
Happy Cyber Monday! Time to shop for your favorite librarian. How about some of Game of Thrones leggings? Or the perfect librarian cardigan?