Book Review: Bookhunter by Jason Shiga


Author: Jason Shiga Title: Bookhunter  Publication Info: Sparkplug Comics (2007) ISBN: 097427156X Summary/Review: This graphic novel is a crime procedural set in an alternate universe of 1970s Oakland where the public libraries have a criminal investigation unit.  Many of the procedures used to solve crimes are totally antithetical to librarian ethics, but otherwise it is an enjoyable adventure where the…

Book Review: Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson


Author:  Brandon Sanderson Title:  Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians Publication Info:  Scholastic Paperbacks (2008) ISBN: 9780545024938 Summary/Review: Another audiobook I downloaded based on title alone from the public library and one that shows that Young Adult literature is far ahead of grown up fiction for imagination and creativity.  Alcatraz Smedry is a teenage orphan with…

Banned Books Week 2010


It’s Banned Books Week again where we celebrate intellectual freedom by reading and highlighting books that have been banned, challenged, or otherwise suppressed.  Usually I pick out a banned book or two to read but I’m behind the curve on this one and haven’t even finished reading a book I started a couple of weeks…

Library Blogs


I keep hearing that Library Blogs are a thing of the past, something I’ve been hearing since I started following Library Blogs about five years ago.  Luckily, just like the frequently misreported death of libraries themselves there are many Library Blogs alive and well.  I follow dozens of them in my Bloglines feeds. Coincidentally, today…

Return of A Day In a Life of a Librarian


Back in July, I participated in a web-wide librarian event entitled Library Day in the Life.  This event was created by the terrific librarian-blogger Bobbi Newman to allow people who work in libraries to share the great variety of work we do with students, patrons, and fellow librarians.  For more on what I do, check…

Sesame Street @ Your Library


This is part two of my tribute to Sesame Street on its 40th Anniversary. Sesame Street is an educational program for preschoolers with one goal to help children begin to learn to read.  As a result they’ve been a boon to my profession with sketches that make the library look like a fun place. Of…

Book Review: Rex Libris: I, Librarian


Author: James Turner Title: Rex Libris: I, Librarian Publication Info: San Jose, Calif. : SLG Pub., [2007] ISBN: 9781593620622 Summary/Review: Rex Libris is a tough-as-nail librarian now several eons old fighting to protect knowledge and make sure books are returned on time, even when they’re held by intergalactic space creatures.  This comic book/graphic novel is…

A Day in the Life of a Librarian


Librarians everywhere are signing up for the Library Day in the Life project as a way of showing what we do to fellow librarians, library school students, and anyone curious.  I missed out on this the last time it occurred so I definitely wanted to participate this year, especially since I’ve been looking for ways…

library links for 19 February 2008


To start things off today a fun Sesame Street clip, “No Cookies in the Library” (via the new WorldCat Blog): And now a couple of links about reading and writing: Resources for Book Suggestions by Brian Herzog (Swiss Army Librarian, 2/14/08) – an exhaustive list. Information Overload: The Blogger’s Worst Enemy and 8 Ways to…

Peter Brantley Lecture


The following are notes I took at a lecture I attended recently by Peter Brantley. The notes are a bit scattershot since Brantley spoke fast and I had trouble reading my own handwriting. I was impressed that he referred to a lot of current articles in his talk, so I’ve linked them where ever possible…

library links of the day


I’m so far behind on these “of the day” posts.  I’ll start this one off with a fun clip from the Star Trek animated series: via Librarian In Black And now the links, focusing mainly on Library 2.0, library humor, and all of the above.  The essence of Library 2.0? by Meredith Farkas (Information Wants…

Library Links of the Day for 22 January 2008


Data: Students + Facebook + Library Outreach (Friends: Social Networking Sites for Engaged Library Services, 12/15/07) – conclusion: some users think using Facebook to interact with librarians is weird but it’s worth trying anyway. AACR2: The Movie (The Other Librarian, 1/14/08) – librarian humor can be so obtuse. Ten Questions to Ask Every New Employee…

Library Links of the Day for 11 January 2008


On being in bed with Google by Paul Courant (Au Courant, 11/4/07) – a response to the criticism of the University of Michigan Libraries collaboration with the Google Book Project. Some of my earlier posts on this topic include Boston Athenaeum Lecture Series: Libraries and Copyright and Library Trick or Treat. Pew Internet & American…

Library Links of the Day for 27 December 2007


I’m on holiday break thanks to my union so I’m not thinking too much about library work right now, but here are three interesting stories I’ve culled just for you! Ten Stories that Shaped 2007 from LISNews (12/20/2007). Here are my contributions to four of the stories: 10. Movie Review of The Hollywood Librarian &…

Library Links of the Day for 17 December 2007


Striving to be “container neutral” as a Librarian by Laurie (Laurie the Librarian, 11/22/2007) via Librarian in Black – “Container Neutral is defined as choosing the best format for the information source based upon needs not upon a goal to collect resources in a particular format.” A Treatise on the Black Market of Holds by…

Library Links of the Day for 12 December 2007


“A Librarian’s Worst Nightmare” by Jacob Leibenluft (Slate, 12/7/07) is basically a screed against Yahoo! Answers. As always, Jessamyn West at librarian.net (12/10/2007) has a great rebuttal on how librarians (or a least one librarian) really feel about Yahoo! Answers. Steve at Library Stream (12/10/07) provides an excellent introduction to Library Thing, part of the…

Library Link Dump


In my last post, I promised I would no longer save up lots and lots of articles and blog posts and then put them all in one post, but I have a bunch of library news I’ve saved up over the past month. So this is my last “link dump”. In the future I’ll do…

Library Trick or Treat


In preparation for Halloween, here’s a nice bag of links about libraries. First, a trick: The headline of The New York Times article Libraries Shun Deals to Place Books on Web (by Katie Hafner, October 22, 2007) is very misleading. Jessamyn West at librarian.net puts it best in her post Libraries Shun Deals to Place…

A couple of quick library funnies


The Modesto Bee runs another installment of “Ask. Mr. Library Man.” Highlights include: Q: Dear Library Man, since you’re a dude and a librarian, should we call you a “guybrarian”? A: New words, often called “neologisms,” are coined all the time, and some become official dictionary words. But “guybrarian” is just embarrassing. Let it go….