10 January 2010
A librarian plays with Google’s autocomplete feature. Hilarity ensues.
(FWIW, if I type “andromeda is”, it autocompletes to “andromeda israel”. If I type “andromeda is “, it has no suggestions at all. Apparently I’m…nothing?)
12 December 2009
On the internet, everyone gets their fifteen seconds of fame.
9 December 2009
The biography “Napoleon” by Emil Ludwig recently arrived at Toledo’s main library, with a brief note that read: “I removed this book from your stacks in 1949 and did not check it out. I apologize. It’s an excellent book and in good condition.”
And this, I guess, is why your circ clerks need to have some discretion about fines.
24 November 2009
McSweeney’s list of library science jargon that sounds dirty.
You know….none of it sounded dirty before it was in a list….
9 November 2009
Hilarious slideset on library 2.0 OPAC features with a great subtitle — “Utilising Web 2.0 in the OPAC: lipstick, cowbells and serendipity.”.
24 October 2009
“A headstrong young protagonist in way over her head visited the microfilm room of the New Haven Public Library Tuesday night in order to delve deeper into a riveting plotline that could put her career—and maybe even her life—on the line….”
Having dealt with microfilm myself recently (for the first time in, probably, decades), I admit the suspense potential is pretty high. But findability? Not what I’m used to.
3 October 2009
This cartoon doesn’t realize that it’s making the same claim as discovery interfaces and other current OPAC design thinking, but it is.
11 September 2009
Thank you, McSweeney’s.