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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

spotlight on writers from “Sh*thole Countries”

shitholeSeveral libraries are doing this sort of thing in response to Trump’s idiotic and disturbing comment about U.S. immigrants, but I’m especially proud of the Winton Road Library in Rochester, NY, because I’m a Rochester girl through and through (just ayask my ayaccent).

Thanks, Jinny Spencer and Joan Petit!

January 30, 2018 at 1:32 pm Leave a comment

hmmf.

http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cai.2a12029Erin Blakemore on women’s reading rooms and the problem of “library loafers.” Thanks, Dina Wood!

January 26, 2018 at 10:43 am Leave a comment

Melvil Dewey / Harvey Weinstein

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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 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

…like … how to become a jellyfish … in the world of business…

“Reading Outside the Box” is a web series starring Mr. Peter, a children’s librarian. In each episode, he unboxes a box of books and talks about them, whether he actually knows anything about them or not. In this episode, he and another children’s librarian, Miss Abby, made me laugh like six times.

Thanks, Peter!

December 1, 2017 at 10:38 am Leave a comment

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