McCain is Saved from Librarian Fashion Faux Pas

I guess you can’t have it all. According to Technorati links about the Carol Kreck video clip, where she is shown defending her right to free speech on public property in Denver at an open McCain town hall meeting, she is a both a “Democracy Superhero” as well as an “affront to fashion conscious Americans“. You go girl!

In all seriousness, take a look at the comments about this clip on YouTube. Some of the comments are so rude you can’t take them seriously. But of the serious comments, I have to say that the Kreck supporters were more on target. For example, one obvious McCain supporter comments “Refusing to put a sign away was apparently a violation of the rules of the townhall meeting. That is why she was asked to put it away. She refused and was then asked to leave. She refused and was then trespassing. If she wasn’t allowed to be there and refused to leave, then that is trespassing. She should have put the sign away and then sought to ask hardball questions to McCain. That would have been the smart thing to do“. Are you kidding me? If her sign had said McCain for America (or something like that) she would also have been asked to leave? Uh huh.


Circulating Shoes?

Well, the Annoyed Librarian did it again – made me laugh out loud! Take a look at this hilarious post. But once you’ve finished chuckling, read the comments. Behind the sarcasm, as usual, is a really good point!

Libraries are in the midst of a major identity crisis. If you believe this post, you believe that libraries will not exist in the future.


I really loved the post below from Barbara Fister at ACRLog. I’m picturing our library with giant earbuds. Our library is six stories tall. It would certainly capture students’ interest. The ETS’ ICT exam measures not only computer skills but also information literacy skills. We have been interested in a trial here on our campus. I just hope the jazzy new name doesn’t make it sound too frivolous to spend a lot of money on.

The ETS has renamed its ICT exam to iSkills to make it sound more relevant and hip. At least they didn’t call it iSkillz. I’m guessing people got tired of explaining the acronym – or correcting people when they assumed the C stood for computer. But in the rush to be cool, I wonder: Should UDub rename its LIS program iSchool? Should we drape giant white earbuds over our libraries to make them appear more plugged in? iDoubt it.”

Where Do You Think You’re Going, Mister!?

Where Do You Think You're Going, Mister!?

I’m going to use this comic as the introduction to my Faculty Blogging Workshop next month!

I saw it on Nicole Engard’s blog What I Learned Today.

Hot Books – Playing at the Library

One of our librarians, Sandy Hudock, thinks we should host a matchmaking night at the library. If you want to meet someone you come and hang out in the call number section of the library that represents your interests. Then you look for someone else with the same interests as yourself. In general, I think the idea of playing in the library is wonderful. Below is an example I read about on Jenny Levine’s blog. It’s for a game they played at the New York Public Library – kind of a combination of tag and hide and seek with a book twist. Check it out.

Come Out and Play Festival » Blog Archive » Hot Books

Annoyed Librarian

Well, I’m sure you have to be a librarian to appreciate this post, but I must say I was practically rolling in my desk chair over this one. To heck with Lonelygirl15! Who is the Annoyed Librarian??

Here’s an excerpt from the Annoyed Librarian’s critique of ALA’s Top 10 Reasons to Become a Librarian. Recruitment material indeed!

“3. Good working conditions.” Relatively speaking, of course. “I’ve worked in factories where I stood on my feet for nine hours. I’ve worked in kitchens where I came home smelling of puréed peas…. In a library, you’re clean, dry, warm, and working with people who are generally happy to be there.” Well, my library is certainly better than a factory or a kitchen, but talk about trying to find the silver lining. I’m not sure about people being generally happy to be here. Most of my colleagues didn’t just stumble in from a pea factory, though, so perhaps they’re not as grateful as they should be. But yes, I’m clean, dry, and warm. If I were a puppy, this would be the perfect job.”

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