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Purple Syllabus

purplesyllabus

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

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

reflection adds books to room

reflected booksSometimes it’s the littlest shenanigans, even unintended ones, that can brighten up your day. A whiteboard was recently installed in the area outside Colorado College Special Collections, and now, when I look up from my desk, I see the reflection of the books on bookshelves behind me in the glass in front of that whiteboard, making it appear as if you could reach into the whiteboard and pull out a book made of pale fog.

 

January 25, 2018 at 2:35 pm Leave a comment

streamer shenanigan

At some unknown library, during some sort of party for perhaps some sort of holiday, some unknown staffers figured out that they could run a streamer through the electrical outlet in the floor of one floor to the ceiling of the floor below.

But apparently they got in a little trouble for doing it and aren’t supposed to do it any more or tell anyone it can be done.

Thanks, anonymous person who told me about this and provided pics!

December 8, 2017 at 3:41 pm Leave a comment

loud eating in Tutt Library

The best thing about this shenanigan, to me, isn’t that it takes place at my own library (I’m in charge of Special Collections at Colorado College). No, the best thing about it is that my new library director, JoAnn Jacoby, sent this link to the whole library staff saying it had gotten almost 4 million hits on youtube, whereas this other video — of JoAnn talking about libraries — has gotten — well — somewhat fewer (99 as of this moment).

September 28, 2017 at 4:50 pm 1 comment

poem for a sculpture

Segal Woman with Sunglasses on Bench
This sculpture by George Segal sits on a bench at the Milton S. Eisenhower Library at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. An anonymous sestina was recently found in its hands:

Dearest Muse,
I do not invoke but address you,
For I wish to thank you for your watch
Over this humble (or not so) university library
Where thousands and I have spent hours in study.
Please accept this work.

O, I cry to passerby—have you seen her? Have you come inside? Have you
Paid a salute for a blessing on your work
From the Muse of the Milton S. Eisenhower Library?
There she sits by the door to the quad, a study
In worn marble on a plain iron bench. She keeps watch
Over all those who enter her domain. (They smile. Do I amuse?)

She wears a watch
And goggles pushed up into her hair—a practical Muse.
I imagine she has come fresh from diving, some study
Of fantastic ocean creatures or slowgrowing plankton—the steady work
Of science as it takes the world and me and you
Forward, sometimes through this library.

Students, teachers, passerby—there is so much to do in a good library.
Sometimes you can even get done your work.
More often you are caught in the endless flood of work, study,
Essay, friends, study, and the sun rises but not on D-level and you stare into dead space and muse
That somewhere out there is the world (you’re bad at it) and friends (who all got this assignment done like competent people) and food (you don’t recall the taste of strawberries, nor the sound of water, the touch of grass…) and you, in the dark, useless, last, you—
Rest. Restore. A library has comfortable chairs, and the Muse will keep watch.

There is merit, too, perhaps more in lighter study:
Humanity in its prime, learning and laughing as they amuse
Themselves and each other at their work.
In a word: people-watch!
Joining with near-stranger to work a project, emerging from the depths to unforeseen companionship, you
Will find no purer kinship than in a university library.

And what they build—oh, the works!
Endocrinal Effects of Neural Synapse Protease to Satanism in Dungeons & Dragons: A study;
Blueprints for a rocket, a solar shade, a perfect clockwork watch;
Essays and stories and poetry, the architecture itself for a whole new library—
For inspiration, above all, is the gift of a Muse.

 

Thanks, Esau Katz, for bringing this to my attention!

June 5, 2017 at 1:30 pm Leave a comment

miniature horse receives MLS

https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FUNCLibrary%2Fvideos%2Fvb.110056955968%2F10154435743040969%2F%3Ftype%3D3&show_text=0&width=560

“Kiwi the miniature therapy horse was awarded an advanced degree today at UNC Health Sciences Library — a Master of Library Shenanigans.”

(As far as I know, this degree is not affiliated with the Library Shenanigans blog.)

Thanks, Joan Petit!

May 9, 2017 at 11:40 am Leave a comment

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