Saturday, March 5, 2011

Look who is advertising themselves ...

I had to read it twice. Yes, it's real. No, I have not included a link.

Note that "this advert is not endorsed by this blog". It was found on the sidebar of a Facebook Page.

The good thing (for me at least) that as I have not yet lost the capacity for surprise, clearly I have not yet become jaded by the "offerings" of the Internet - as well as those other Professional Places Of Which We Will Not Speak. At least, not here, and not now ....

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Published Article # 1 for 2011

Sydney broadsheet Sydney Morning Herald yesterday published my latest offering, in the infamous Column 8 section. I'm so glad that I'm not the only one amused by my musings ... otherwise there may be those who have "mental health concerns" about me. No, wait! That complaint has already been made ...

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Warrior Library in Real Life

Unless you live in or near the town of Warrior, AL (Zip 35180, population 13,225 according to Zip-Codes, or 3000-odd according to a number of other sources ), you may never have heard of it - nor the Warrior Public Library.

Obviously the staff there are, by default, Warrior Librarians. You can "check out" the library website ( , but don't forget to bring it back on time.

A little library joke there. OK, it wasn't a very good one. Mea Culpa, yet again.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Folklore and Library Administration

I recently purchased a pair of Peruvian Worry Doll earrings at a local fete, and was interested to hear the folkloric background of these enchantingly cheerfully colored figures.

Apparently, legend has it that one could tell all one's troubles to these dolls, then place them under one's pillow - from whence they would vanish, taking one's problems away with them.

Needless to say, they don't quite work for the vast majority - particularly adult users who's mothers aren't prepared to get up in the middle of the night to remove them.

This struck me as particularly pertinent ... how many of our profession have poured out our deepest most professional concerns to personnel Up The Management Line (or Food Chain, depending on your organization) - only to never hear from the manager ever again. Not to mention the troubles not actually going away either.

Just a thought.