Librarians need a seaside rest home!

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According to Livia Gershon’s article “Being a Victorian Librarian Was Oh-So-Dangerous,” Melvil Dewey “predicted that female librarians would have trouble doing the job because of poor health.” Indeed, at the turn of the last century the Brooklyn Public Library Association proposed a “seaside rest home” for broken-down librarians.

When Diane Westerfield forwarded this article to me, I responded that maybe Dewey had the idea that librarians might suffer from nervous exhaustion or whatever because he was sexually harassing them and perhaps there was some emotional fallout from that. Diane then found this hair-raising portrait of Dewey available at Find-A-Grave. The look in his eyes! Yike!

 

August 8, 2018 at 3:20 pm Leave a comment

Purple Syllabus

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The Purple Syllabus, created by “Prince fans affiliated with the University of Minnesota Libraries in conjunction with the Prince From Minneapolis Symposium,” is awesome.

Thanks, Kris Kanthak!

April 24, 2018 at 11:28 am Leave a comment

no dogs, drunks, or smallpox

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The Hyde Institute Library in Barnet Vale, Hertfordshire, England had some strict rules for its patrons.

Citation for the original is uncertain. According to the Bodleian Library, the source may be a 1930 issue of the Nottingham PostA slightly different version of these rules may have appeared in the May 2, 1930 issue of the Western Gazette. Yet another version appeared on page 11 of the May 29, 1930 issue of the Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser.

Thanks, Woody Guth3!

April 24, 2018 at 11:16 am Leave a comment

“Horoscopes for Librarians”

Horoscopes for Librarians” by Mayur Chauhan and Sally Miller in McSweeney’s is funny even if you don’t care about astrology. Thanks, WoodyGuth3!

April 10, 2018 at 11:53 am Leave a comment

oh my gosh just look at this dress

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it’s by Sylvie Facon

thanks, Suzie DeGrasse

March 1, 2018 at 4:35 pm Leave a comment

who says libraries can’t have fireplaces?

fireplaceStudents at the Portland State University Library figured out a building-safe way to study by the fire. As librarian Joan Petit puts it: “The most adorable thing I’ve ever seen at work: students using the large-screen monitor for studying ambiance.” Thanks, Joan!

February 27, 2018 at 11:11 am Leave a comment

Weird Book Room

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How did I not know about the Weird Book Room at abebooks.com until now? I definitely need a copy of Acrobat Hamster. I do NOT need a copy of Electricity in Gynecology, though.

Thanks, JoAnn Jacoby!

February 23, 2018 at 1:54 pm Leave a comment

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