Monthly Archives: November 2006

Brochure happy


Brian Mathews posts about ALA’s Emerging Leaders projects and mentions a few items that caught his attention. The one that caught my eye was this one:

Design a membership brochure at attract nextgen librarians. (sic)

Oh, for the love of Mike.

When, oh when are librarians going to stop throwing brochures at every conceivable issue and audience?!!? Perhaps a marketing campaign directed towards recruiting NextGens as librarians should be a bit more….NextGen.

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For those of you who enjoyed Animator vs. Animation, there’s a sequel.  Enjoy.

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The Librarian Returns

This just in from the AP:

He’s a good-looking geek with a taste for derring-do and a job as a librarian who often saves the world.

Noah Wyle is back for “The Librarian: Return to King Solomon’s Mines,” a sequel to the 2004 TNT film, “The Librarian: Quest for the Spear.” It’s a rollicking adventure in the spirit of Indiana Jones.”

Wyle plays Flynn Carson, the mild-mannered bookworm who helps care for the repository of humanity’s greatest secrets hidden beneath the vast Metropolitan Library. It’s never boring in this artifact-crammed refuge (King Neptune’s trident has a habit of spraying Flynn, and the playful sword of King Arthur loves to challenge his brinksmanship). But Flynn longs to be out in the world on a new mission.

He gets his wish when the Curator (played by Bob Newhart) dispatches him to Africa to find the fabled mines of King Solomon after a package arrives with a long-lost map.

Soon enough on this quest, Flynn meets a gorgeous archaeologist (Gabrielle Anwar) who, in spite of himself, he digs. A pair of sexy eggheads, they team up, head off, and do their share of bickering.

Then — small world! — he also runs into Uncle Jerry (Robert Foxworth), a lifelong friend of his father, who died when Flynn was just a boy, leaving him a special secret.

Many obstacles will clutter the path of our heroes, while the fate of the world hangs in the balance (never mind how). There are skirmishes and leering villains, dank fortresses and elusive mysteries. There’s action, comedy and traces of romance.

We’ve seen it all before. But who cares? It’s a fun expedition, with all ages welcome. “Return to King Solomon’s Mines” sets off 8 p.m. EST Sunday on TNT.

OK, the first one was kitchy and just a bit (ahem) unbelievable, but nonetheless….I’m setting the DVR.

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Ginger meets Alannah

Ginger meets Alannah

Originally uploaded by moranb1958.

Just before the slurp…..


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Packers and puppies

DH and I had the opportunity to attend a Packer game this past weekend. The game was brutal (the Packers lost in a big way) but being at Lambeau Field was amazing.

We’ve been to Lambeau before, but it was pre-remodeling. The old Lambeau was scruffy and a bit garish – bright green and yellow corrugated metal. The new Lambeau is beautiful – brick and windows and a lovely atrium that, according to my buddy Terri who lives in GB, is used all the time for parties and receptions.

We were lucky enough to have gotten a pair of club seats which were a gift from a friend of DH’s brother, Fr. Mike. These were seats in a general area of seating and not the private rooms. But they were comfortable seats, behind glass, with a waitress checking in occasionally to see if you needed anything. For those of you who haven’t yet experienced Lambeau, the general stadium is open air (no domes for the Pack!) and the seating is on aluminum benches. Yup – a whole stadium of bleacher seats. And cold ones at that; aluminum gets very cold in winter in Wisconsin.

There were folks giving massages just outside the seating area. (DH got his first-ever massage.) There were food vendors for virtually anything you’d like. It was warm, and comfortable, and a lovely way to watch a game.

Sort of.

The weird thing about being in these lovely seats was the disconnect you feel from the rest of the Lambeau fans. And for anyone who’s ever been to Lambeau, a large part of the experience is the crowd. They’re loud and responsive and enthusiastic and at points their shouts are so loud, it’s almost deafening. Sitting in the stadium during an exciting game will give you chills. And I’m not talking about the cold.

I am grateful for the experience of this wonderful afternoon…..but I think I’d prefer to be in the maddening crowd.

A pair of my high school buddies lives in GB, and the day was made extra swell because we were able to catch up with them. Terri and Bob also had, as an extra added bonus, a litter of nine 5-week old golden lab puppies in the house.

Days just don’t get any better than this.


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Don’t mess with these librarians….

In the Nebraska library that was my last POW, I would occasionally have patrons who would be reluctant to leave (usually the computers) either when their time was up or when we were closing the library. Apparently, I wasn’t using harsh enough measures.

In a story that had me virtually speechless, a student at a UCLA library was tasered when he wouldn’t leave “in a timely manner.” Tasered.

[UCPD Assistant Chief of Police Jeff] Young said the CSOs on duty in the library at the time went to get UCPD officers when Tabatabainejad did not immediately leave, and UCPD officers resorted to use of the Taser when Tabatabainejad did not do as he was told.

Good God. One student was quoted as saying,

“It certainly makes you wonder if something as small as forgetting your BruinCard can eventually lead to getting Tased several times in front of the library,” he added.

Now, I suppose we don’t know the whole story here. But at first blush it seems rather…severe. Kind of the antithesis of customer service, isn’t it? This is not your warm and fuzzy library. Eeesh.

H/T to Michael Casey at LibraryCrunch.


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South Park

Which South Park kid are you most like?Kyle

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So I’m in a meeting this afternoon, being teased by coworker Superturbo for not having updated my bookmarks in ages. I haven’t used in a while. I hadn’t really seen the benefit, but I was convinced.

So I came back to my office after the meeting and imported all of my Firefox bookmarks into That’s when the problems started.

I’ve got a lot of bookmarks. A lot. And so they imported, and I started going through the list, determining whether they should be shared or not. After doing this for a little while, I get this message:

Unbelievably irritating. So, what’s the scoop here? You can access your bookmarks a very few at a time? You can import, but don’t import too many?

I’ve been blocked from the site for over an hour now. Not surprisingly, this has not endeared to me.

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Let the kids go to the Zoo

Lifehacker writes about a new search engine geared towards children and safe searching. It’s called Zoo.

Designed for tweens and teens (specifically, ages 8-13), the site pulls search results from the likes of Google and Wikipedia, and news from ABC, Fox, and Yahoo. purposely has no image-search capability, and it promises to weed out “adult” words while retaining suitable results. Says the press release:

A child using the search term “breast cancer” will get plenty of information, but the word “breast” delivers no results.

The look of the site is definitely designed for a younger user:

I tried a few searches myself. It doesn’t favor educational sites, so a search is going to be as unwieldy as any other search engine. I did try to search for something mildly inappropriate, and was given this error message:


Sorry, Zoo does not provide results for this search term. Please try another search.

This might be a good search engine to bookmark for children’s computers….

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I’ve never been much of a bookplate person, though they certainly would be handy when loaning a book to a friend. I usually write my name in the cover, but bookplates are so much more elegant….or more fun, depending.

Enter My Home Library. Delightful place, geared towards children’s books, though the bookplates are so much fun you may want them for your grown-up self. There are bookplates in black and white…

…and in color…

..and they’re all delightful.  Take a look.

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