Monthly Archives: October 2012

scary books from YRL

Over the past week, the UCLA’s Charles E. Young Research Library (YRL) has been featuring “scary” books from its special collections on its Facebook page. I think that is a fantastic idea, a great way of showcasing some of our fabulous materials. Oliver Mattheusens, a library assistant in my department, has certainly been enjoying himself […]

quote: intoxicated librarians?

The Burgess sisters arrive together. Tara and Lainie do a little bit of everything. Sometimes dancers, sometimes actresses. Once they were librarians, but that is a subject they will only discuss if heavily intoxicated. -Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, p. 58 Why does there seem to be a lot of correlation between librarians and drinking?

Social Media Roundup of Internet Librarian

Originally posted on PC Sweeney:
So you didn’t go to Internet Librarian? That’s Ok. The best thing about internet Librarian is that everyone is so… Internety. All of the awesome stuff that happened throughout the conference was digitally shared via all kinds of avenues. Instead of making you scour the interwebs for all of this…

Originally posted on Wendy Welch, Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap:
The last stop on loop two of the book tour was Charlotte, North Carolina, where the Women’s National Book Association held a Bibliofeast in honor of Book Month. I didn’t know much about the place before we got here, but Helen, a friend from…

Mobile phones, toilets and libraries – beyond access

Originally posted on Wait… What?:
Everybody loves memes and those who work in or care about international development are no exception. One meme that popped up early 2010, is the oft-quoted “there are more mobile phones than toilets.” Apparently, the origin of the phrase was the India census. Subsequently, the statistic was used to raise…

of friends and communities, publishing and bookstores

This is my friend, Wendy Welch. She is a storyteller, cultural ethnographer, professor, bookstore owner, and author. She crochets, sings, plays the harp, and canes chairs. She is basically an all-around superwoman. History I met Wendy about 15 years ago, in grad school at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She was a year ahead of me […]