Beyoncé listening to her music.
I’m pretty sure that’s exactly what I look like while listening to get music.
This gif is for our former LJ Book Reviews editor and Tumblr maven Molly McArdle. Merry Christmas!
Library and literary miscellany from your pals at Library Journal.
Bey models the pair of earrings Jay got her to mark the anniversary of the day “Crazy in Love” placed first on VH1’s list of the 100 Greatest Songs of the 2000s.
Oh my. Beyoncé not only has a personal librarian, she also has an official court painter. That girl rocks! Whoever does this blog is sheer genius.
I am one of the unconference unorganizers for this event aimed at librarians who do any kind of programming.
"Darien Library invites all programming librarians or professionals responsible for organizing and planning programs for their libraries to attend an unconference Friday, September 27, 2013. The day-long festivities will include time for networking, idea exchange, and inspiration."
Was one of Brooklyn’s finest in Harlem in 1939? This Sid Grossman photo of “Harlem Loiterers” from the Prints Collection at NYPL’s Schomburg Center for Research In Black Culture has created quite a stir since being posted to the Center’s Facebook page the other day. Why? Because the man on the right looks a heck of a lot like Jay-Z (for evidence, check out these photos of Jay-Z when he visited The New York Public Library in 2011). Cue Twilight Zone music, right? Schomburg’s Curator of Digital Collections Sylviane A. Diouf found the photo while researching an exhibition, and said, “I was immediately struck by the similarity to Jay-Z and actually laughed out loud … I still hope somebody will tell us who that you man really was.”
So is Jay-Z a time traveler? Is this someone else - anyone know who? What do you think?
My favorite answer so far has been Tumblarian librarianpirate’s: “Wrong. Beyonce is a time lord, Jay-Z is her companion.”
As a… digital archivist. In 2011. Don’t be too disappointed though, we’re guessing the boss wouldn’t have popped by very often for this kind of gig.
"The Library Journal’s Tumblr unearthed a job listing from the “I Need a Library Job” daily email circa 2011/your greatest dreams. The request for a technically-savvy digital archivist was sent out by Parkwood Entertainment, Beyoncé’s management company. Apparently, some lucky Temple University students were also encouraged to apply.”
Oh hey, GQ.
So today I was checking the INALJ (I Need a Library Job) daily email of job postings when I came upon this:Digital Archivist for Beyonce Parkwood Entertainment No location given- probably NYC Parkwood Entertainment is seeking a digital archivist interested in organizing and building an archive for a major pop star (Beyonce) starting with approximately 130 TB of footage with an eye to expanding further in the future. Candidates should have experience with servers and enterprise class storage and be able to recommend hardware solutions. Looking for someone to start immediately, pay is negotiable. Prospective applicants should e-mail resume and cover letter to: Annette Govan - Ag@Parkwoodent.com and William Kirstein - William.Kirstein@gmail.com
Mystery solved! Thanks Cait!
And this room—she calls it her “crazy archive”—is a key part of that, she will explain, so, “you know, I can always say, ‘I want that interview I did for GQ,’ and we can find it.” And indeed, she will be able to find it, because the room in which you are sitting is rigged with a camera and microphone that is capturing not just her every utterance but yours as well. These are the ground rules: Before you get to see Beyoncé, you must first agree to live forever in her archive, too.
LET ME BE IN YOUR CRAZY ARCHIVE, BEY.
Beyoncé’s inner sanctum also contains thousands of hours of private footage, compiled by a “visual director” Beyoncé employs who has shot practically her every waking moment, up to sixteen hours a day, since 2005. In this footage, Beyoncé wears her hair up, down, with bangs, and without. In full makeup and makeup-free, she can be found shaking her famous ass onstage, lounging in her dressing room, singing Coldplay’s “Yellow” to Jay-Z over an intimate dinner, and rolling over sleepy-eyed in bed. This digital database, modeled loosely on NBC’s library, is a work in progress—the labeling, date-stamping, and cross-referencing has been under way for two years, and it’ll be several months before that process is complete.
BEYONCE ARCHIVISTS. BEYONCE’S PERSONAL LIBRARIANS.
There, across from the narrow conference room in which you are interviewing her, is another long, narrow room that contains the official Beyoncé archive, a temperature-controlled digital-storage facility that contains virtually every existing photograph of her, starting with the very first frames taken of Destiny’s Child, the ’90s girl group she once fronted; every interview she’s ever done; every video of every show she’s ever performed; every diary entry she’s ever recorded while looking into the unblinking eye of her laptop.
Today is officially dedicated to Beyonce’s personal library, aka the Beyonce Archive, aka library Eden???
(The LJ tumblr is unofficially dedicated, every day, to Beyonce’s top knot.)
"You can’t block Beyoncé from a library. This is America."
If Beyoncé doesn’t make you proud to be an American, I don’t know what would.