Montana libraries get looms!

loomThree libraries in the ImagineIF library system in Montana are now offering patrons the opportunity to try weaving on a loom. As Helen Carter Bergner put it on Facebook, “libraries are getting 3D printers … why not looms?” I agree! If we’re going to offer maker spaces and technologies, let’s offer all kinds! Thanks, Anna Bendiksen.

November 21, 2014 at 11:14 am Leave a comment

Sham Journal Accepts Totally Absurd But Completely Appropriate Paper

mailinglistI love that this happened. It’s not exactly a library shenanigan, but it’s library-related. Well done, David Mazi√®res and Eddie Kohler! They submitted a sham paper (full of swears!) to a sham journal in 2005 to make a point (and make a lot of people laugh).

Recently, another scholar,¬†Peter Vamplew, sent the same sham paper to a different sham journal and received an acceptance (contingent on receipt of $150). The journal even sent a sham “reviewer report,” re-posted in full at Scholarly Open Access. Apparently, the sham paper is “excellent”!

Thanks, Steve Lawson and io9 (from whom I stole the headline).

November 21, 2014 at 10:22 am Leave a comment

funny library play for kids

sears_SM“Bobby Lucelee: A Very Silly Play for Kids” is available in PDF format here from author, playwright, and cartoonist Jonathan Caws-Elwitt. It calls for six actors and is, indeed, quite silly.

 

Sample dialog:

BARRY: Who’s Bobby Lucelee?

LIBRARIAN A-M: Well, duh, that’s what we’re all trying to find out!

LIBRARIAN N-Z: Psst . . . librarians aren’t supposed to say “duh”.
(Librarian A-M shushes Librarian N-Z.)

LIBRARIAN N-Z (To the audience): Who can think of some ways to find out who Bobby Lucelee is?
(Ad lib as audience members make suggestions.)

BARRY (To Librarians): Where are the books on stamp collecting? I need to get started on my homework.

CHRIS: Stamp collecting? I thought the assignment was on Italian cooking.

LIBRARIAN A-M: I thought it was on Bobby Lucelee.

TERRY, CHRIS, BARRY: Shh!

Thanks, Jonathan Caws-Elwitt, and I hope anyone who performs the play will send a video to Library Shenanigans!

(p.s., I know the cartoon illustration has nothing to do with libraries or the play, but I loved it so much I couldn’t resist using it.)

November 5, 2014 at 10:34 am Leave a comment

All About the Books (No Trouble)

Staff of the Nashville Public Library recorded a library-centered version of the Meghan Trainor earworm. Thanks, Steve Lawson!

November 4, 2014 at 4:13 pm Leave a comment

Ona Simaite, brave librarian

holocaustmuseumAccording to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, this librarian performed truly courageous library shenanigans during WWII:

ONA SIMAITE (1899-1970), Lithuania

Ona Simaite, a librarian at Vilna University, used her position to aid and rescue Jews in the Vilna ghetto. Entering the ghetto under the pretext of recovering library books from Jewish university students, she smuggled in food and other provisions and smuggled out literary and historical documents. In 1944, the Nazis arrested and tortured Simaite. She was then deported to Dachau and later transferred to a concentration camp in southern France. She remained in France following her liberation.

Photo credit: Yad Vashem photo archives.

Thanks, Dina Wood and the USHMM Facebook page!

October 30, 2014 at 1:27 pm 1 comment

Lena Dunham student film at the Oberlin library

Lena Dunham’s student film “Pressure,” filmed in the Oberlin library when she was 19 (so, about 2005). I don’t know if she got permission to film in the library. I’m guessing not.

September 29, 2014 at 5:14 pm Leave a comment

loud eating in the library

I must confess, this one made me laugh out loud, somewhat against my will. Seeing someone take big bites out of a head of lettuce would probably be funny in any context, but it’s especially funny in a library.

We think this may have been filmed at UCCS, which suggests that the pranksters could make Colorado College their next pranking site. Not sure if that makes me happy or worried. Thanks, Steve Lawson!

September 26, 2014 at 9:35 am Leave a comment

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