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dead mouse is not in database.

mouse7The Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) at the University of Reading found a dead mouse in its 155-year-old “perpetual mouse trap.” Rest in peace, little mouse. Your deed shall live forever in the records of the museum. Thanks, Lynne M. Thomas!

February 5, 2016 at 10:28 am Leave a comment

Bodleian coloring book


The Bodleian Library at Oxford University has released a digital coloring book of images from their collections! Apparently, it’s a trend — the Wangensteen Historical Library at the University of Minnesota is doing something similar, as are many libraries. Thanks, Lynne Marie Thomas and Marianne Aldrich!

January 29, 2016 at 2:04 pm 1 comment

moral support during finals

20151210_095034_resizedHere at Tutt Library, Colorado College, we’re giving students back some of their leftover energy from the first part of the school year, when they arrived full of enthusiasm and excitement for their studies. Thanks, Jonathan Caws-Elwitt, for the idea!

Other libraries provide similar moral support during finals:

pulltagsKellie Meehlhause uploaded this photo to the ALA Think Tank Facebook page, and others followed up. Thanks, Anna Bendiksen!

December 15, 2015 at 10:06 am Leave a comment

book menorah

20151209_103237_resizedHanukkah began this past Sunday, and here at Colorado College we are celebrating with a menorah made out of bound volumes. (I’ve previously posted about Christmas trees made in similar ways.)

December 9, 2015 at 10:50 am Leave a comment

library slide

slideThe library of Hoseo University in South Korea has installed a two-floor metal tube slide! Thanks, Diane Westerfield. See this post for more library slides.

December 9, 2015 at 10:18 am Leave a comment

room-naming shenanigan

Colorado College’s Tutt Library will begin a major renovation in the summer of 2016, and the college will of course provide naming rights to high-level donors. For now, though, we notice that several spaces in the current building have acquired home-made honorifics. Suddenly this week we have rooms, nooks, corners, and even door knobs named for librarians both real and fictional: S. R. Ranganathan, Louise Kampf, Manly Ormes, Carol Dickerson, Melvil Dewey, Rupert Giles, and Starr Lackawanna.

No one has taken credit for this shenanigan. Perhaps several people are responsible? We look forward to seeing who else might be judged worthy of a naming opportunity. We expect that not all the names will belong to librarians. Perhaps I’ll name my office after Doctor Who companion Ramanadvoratrelundar, or Project Runway mentor Tim Gunn!

Addenda, November 18: B.R. Coad and E.J. Josey.

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November 17, 2015 at 1:44 pm 3 comments

“roots libraries” diagram poem

rootslibrariesNow and then I myself perpetrate a library shenanigan. I’ve been making a lot of diagram poems lately, using images from old library books and other things. Ohio Edit recently published my “roots” series, which includes a diagram showing my library roots. (It also includes one for my book roots.) The illustration is from: William Austin Cannon. The Root Habits of Desert Plants. Washington, D.C.: Carnegie Institute, 1911 (full text available from Google Books). If you’d like to make a similar diagram poem showing your own library roots, email me the image ( and I’ll collect them in a separate post.

October 22, 2015 at 4:13 pm Leave a comment

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