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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 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

“Book Spine Poetry Trash”

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The Los Angeles Public Library and the Houston Public Library are expressing their baseball rivalry via an excellent “book spine poetry trash” battle.

Thanks, Dan Rather!

I tried to find a book spine to express my own feelings about this, but there don’t seem to be any books titled “Indifferent” or “I Don’t Care” or “Sports Rivalries Are Meaningless.”

November 1, 2017 at 1:34 pm Leave a comment

Keeping Up with the Librarians

22405907_1731469186863434_4114428447239838673_nSo, in case you haven’t heard, librarians at Invercargill City Libraries in New Zealand did a “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” parody photo and put it on their Facebook page with this text: “It has been 10 years since the Kardashians first graced our screens. To celebrate, our social media team decided to have a totally impromptu, definitely not planned, photo-shoot. — with Sandra Rought, Marge Colley Miller, Christine Landrum, Marc Moore, Tl Thorn, Shaun Stephanoff, Gail Groeneveld, Emma Whatmore, Stephen Leung, Elaine O’Shea, Sue Watson Hess, Anette Norström and Sandra Dee.”

For more information, see this Buzzfeed post, and for once, you can actually read the comments — lots of people saying they’d rather watch this show than the one it’s parodying.

Thanks, Sue Spengler and others!

 

October 20, 2017 at 4:28 pm 1 comment

museum twitter battle!

View image on TwitterNow and then we here at Library Shenanigans have to include shenanigans from our museum siblings, and this is one of those times.

Headline from the Evening Standard: “Epic battle erupts between Science Museum and Natural History Museum during Twitter’s #AskACurator day.” Two London museums debate who would win in a fight.

Thanks, Jackie Batey!

September 15, 2017 at 4:23 pm Leave a comment

Pack Horse Library

kidsIn the 1930s in Kentucky, women on horseback delivered library books, traveling over 100 miles per week, as part of a WPA initiative to increase employment and literacy.

Read the full article at Atlas Obscura.

Thanks, Linda Gresham!

September 11, 2017 at 9:55 am 2 comments

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