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giant schooldesk sculpture

When he was a student at Colorado College in the early 1990s, artist Giles Thompson built this large schooldesk sculpture. It stood in the CC library until 1999, when the college donated it to the Business of Art Center in Manitou Springs. At some point after that, it was painted red, perhaps to protect it from outdoor conditions.

Giant chair-desk by Giles Thompson ca. 1992

Giant chair-desk by Giles Thompson, CC class of 1993, Tutt Library, ca. 1992. PP95-62 #68.

Library staff Jessie Brown and Rita Edgington in the giant chair, August 1993.

Library staff Jessie Brown and Rita Edgington in the giant chair, August 1993. PP95-62 #102.

"Necktie" event at Tutt Library, 1994. Schooldesk in background.

“Necktie” event at Tutt Library, 1994. Schooldesk in background. PP 95-62 #110.

Sculpture in Manitou Springs, date uncertain. At some point after 1999 the chair was painted red. Photo from the Manitou Springs Arts Council.

Sculpture in Manitou Springs, date uncertain. Photo from the Manitou Springs Arts Council.

January 9, 2015 at 11:03 am Leave a comment

short film made in and around Tutt Library

This is quite lovely! Congratulations to director Chauncey Crail and the rest of his Colorado College team (Corrina Leatherwood, Caitlin Taber, James Dinneen, Dylan Pearl, Holly Pretsky, and Alec Sarche, plus many more).

January 8, 2015 at 1:45 pm Leave a comment

Sham Journal Accepts Totally Absurd But Completely Appropriate Paper

mailinglistI love that this happened. It’s not exactly a library shenanigan, but it’s library-related. Well done, David Mazi√®res and Eddie Kohler! They submitted a sham paper (full of swears!) to a sham journal in 2005 to make a point (and make a lot of people laugh).

Recently, another scholar,¬†Peter Vamplew, sent the same sham paper to a different sham journal and received an acceptance (contingent on receipt of $150). The journal even sent a sham “reviewer report,” re-posted in full at Scholarly Open Access. Apparently, the sham paper is “excellent”!

Thanks, Steve Lawson and io9 (from whom I stole the headline).

November 21, 2014 at 10:22 am Leave a comment

Lena Dunham student film at the Oberlin library


Lena Dunham’s student film “Pressure,” filmed in the Oberlin library when she was 19 (so, about 2005). I don’t know if she got permission to film in the library. I’m guessing not.

September 29, 2014 at 5:14 pm Leave a comment

loud eating in the library

I must confess, this one made me laugh out loud, somewhat against my will. Seeing someone take big bites out of a head of lettuce would probably be funny in any context, but it’s especially funny in a library.

We think this may have been filmed at UCCS, which suggests that the pranksters could make Colorado College their next pranking site. Not sure if that makes me happy or worried. Thanks, Steve Lawson!

September 26, 2014 at 9:35 am Leave a comment

Hombre McSteez’s aug(de)mented reality

Hombre McSteez uses an unusual stop-motion technique to make wonderful short videos. Check out the library shenanigan at the 1:03 minute mark:

Thanks, Suzie DeGrasse!

June 12, 2014 at 4:12 pm Leave a comment

a quiet prostitute in the library

Handwritten-NoteLibraries provide a great many unofficial services we don’t learn about in library school. According to a recent news story, a woman in Nashua, New Hampshire has been arrested for solicitation in the Tewksbury Public Library. She and the undercover detective communicated using written notes so as not to disturb the library patrons. Yay?

The public comments on this story are predictably amusing. I’ll share a couple of non-public comments made to me:

“Was she on the library staff? I only ask because so many library workers find it necessary to supplement their incomes by taking on second jobs.”

“I get the impression that [college and university libraries] they are among the most favored places for assignations. However, with the increased use of motorized compact shelving I worry about unwary ‘patrons’ being crushed.”

Thanks, Megan Lewis!

June 12, 2014 at 11:53 am Leave a comment

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