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Melvil Dewey / Harvey Weinstein

modifiedgrid(Original grid, before my modification, from CNN; portrait of Dewey from the Library of Congress)

Goddammit. According to this article by Erin Blakemore, the inventor of the Dewey Decimal System benefited from a system he didn’t invent, the system of patriarchy, in the exact same way that Harvey Weinstein does. That is, he was a serial sexual harasser of women, taking advantage of his professional position to, well, take advantage of the women he met through that profession. “Shenanigans” isn’t a strong enough word to describe this behavior.

Thanks (or more like the opposite of thanks), David Weinstock.

January 10, 2018 at 4:40 pm 1 comment

gingerbread cuneiform tablets!

Cuneiform Gingerbread Tablets from Tavola MediterraneaTurn to the ancient libraries for your holiday baking this year and try Farrell Monaco’s gingerbread cuneiform tablets.

Thanks, Andrea Krupp!

December 23, 2017 at 8:42 pm Leave a comment

Book O’ Clock


Clever idea by Anotrey. Thanks, Lorena Stabins and Staying Cool in the Library!

May 24, 2017 at 10:59 am Leave a comment

library shenanigans, 1893-style

Craig Conley of oneletterwords sends me these images from the 1893 issue of Cassell’s Family Magazine:


March 10, 2016 at 1:55 pm Leave a comment

The easter bunny’s WHAT?!

easterbunnyThe easter bunny’s WHAT?! Library barcode placement fails. (The answer in the case of the easter bunny is “assistant,” and it’s a skunk.) Here’s another fail. Thanks, Jonathan Caws-Elwitt!

May 1, 2015 at 9:59 am Leave a comment

did you mean goddesses for biscuit?


Damn You Auto Suggest brings together outlandish “did you mean…” responses from library catalogs. Send them a screen shot! But I doubt you can beat “did you mean goddesses for biscuit?”. Thanks, Steve Lawson!

September 25, 2014 at 1:09 pm Leave a comment

Lego librarians, Oranges and Peaches

legolibrarianLego recently introduced a librarian minifigure holding a copy of Oranges and Peaches, which is a bit of an inside joke for librarians (though really, in the age of Google, are there any truly inside jokes any more?).

Oranges and Peaches (a misunderstood Origin of Species) is an imaginary book made real; full story here. (The tale almost certainly originated in the 1995 movie Party Girl; a reference to it appeared in a scholarly article the following year.)

vikinglibrarianThe description of the Lego librarian leaves something to be desired: it contains references to overdue books and shushing, not most librarians’ idea of the important part of our work. But of course, the librarian minifig has already been repurposed: Kristin Bell has made a Lego Viking librarian (something we all need in our minifig collection). I might also like to see mash-ups with the Warrior Woman or Medusa, but maybe not the Street Harassment Construction Worker.

Thanks, Joan Petit!

May 8, 2013 at 2:02 pm 8 comments

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