Do you love big words? Love your Theory words? Then you’ve probably noticed that MS Word likes to underline a lot of your prose in red. For some reason their dictionary is not as complete as it should be given the ubiquity of the software in academic settings. I wonder why that is? Here is … Read more 147 $20 words that MS Word does not know
I find this quite a good statement of the reason librarianship should require a master’s degree. I also found the video interesting in the way that it mixes media together.
A bit of satire in response to the question, “How many control freaks does it take to screw in a light bulb?” Any resemblance to organizations you may have heard of is completely coincidental. —————- To the Control Freak Light Bulb Screwing-In Community: A friendly member of our committee has asked a question of us, … Read more How many control freaks does it take to screw in a light bulb?
“The HMC announces an open call for entries to exhibit at Raday Konyveshaz & Gallery, Budapest, exhibition opening on August 24, 2011. … Submission deadline is March 15.” How influenced the digitalized area the traditional reading culture? Is it finished the Gutenberg area? We are waiting artist books, artworks on or of paper may be … Read more Call for entries (artwork) – Library Thoughts – Gondolatok a könyvtárban
An item in the New Yorker’s “Talk of the Town” section in the last issue is about the difficulty of keeping track of a valuable information object over time: a concert ticket. How do people remember where they put it? This one has to do with a long awaited reunion show by Pavement, in Central … Read more Organizing personal info in an age of change: Tickets to a Pavement concert
I have commented on problems stemming from automated reasoning as capitalism shifts to an AI foundation. Here is a juicy example of what I am talking about.
From an early pamphlet advertising a bibliographic database, found among the ephemera saved at the University of Virginia Libraries: “Why use a computer search? Consider the time it takes to search manually through the many issues of printed indexes. The computer searches these indexes in seconds; the search is faster, more comprehensive, and often … Read more Ephemera from UVa Library’s computing past
From The Onion Unable to rest their eyes on a colorful photograph or boldface heading that could be easily skimmed and forgotten about, Americans collectively recoiled Monday when confronted with a solid block of uninterrupted text. … “Nation Shudders At Large Block Of Uninterrupted Text
I am working on a list of quirky libraries. The criteria are as follows: Exists for a quirky, artistic, or demonstrative purpose – in other words, not a normal library intended mainly for study, even if it is about a quirky topic (like medical history) Not too serious or ambitious in intention or realization If … Read more Help me compile a list of quirky libraries
For your ALA Annual Conference calendar: Library Juice Press and the Alternative Press Center are going to have a reception and party on Saturday night, June 26th, 7pm. Details: Location: 21M Lounge at the M Street Bar & Grill, 2033 M Street, Washington, DC Time: 7pm ’till close, Saturday, June 26th Refreshments: Cash bar and … Read more Library Juice Press / APC Reception at ALA in Washington DC
For fun on a Friday, a couple of recent New Yorker “Shouts and Murmurs” columns related to our world: Live Your Life and Subject: Our Marketing Plan
Uhhh… Hey Beavis. This scholarly recommender service wants to know how I rate this article.
Riddle: Why is a library like an aquarium? Answer:
A co-worker of mine shared this video with me, done by somebody she knows at the library at Indiana University. I think it is great, creates such a sunny feeling about their library’s services, and gets the important things across. I am going to talk my co-worker into copying Carrie Donovan so that we can … Read more ASK video
This is a call for people to send me used pocket cards, you know, that your library may at one time have used to keep records of what books are checked out. I’m helping my designer design a cover for an upcoming book. If you send a card or cards to me, you’ll be acknowledged … Read more Help needed – used pocket cards
Winning entry in the 2008-09 UMD Library Student Video Contest, by Jacob Strassman and Matt Moline…
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 15, 2008 Librarian documentary to begin DVD sales on website MADISON, WI – The Hollywood Librarian: A Look at Librarians Through Film today launched sales of the DVD version at its website, www.hollywoodlibrarian.com. The feature length documentary, which premiered in Washington D.C. in June 2007 and has been screened in 13 … Read more Hollywood Librarian press release – DVD on sale