Humor

J.K. Spears? Britney Rowling?

Here\'s a fun item that uses the similar rags-to-riches histories as a jumping-off point for examining other parallels between Harry Potter\'s creator and the teen pop star.

Oprah Makes a Correction

The Onion has this handy infographic on why Oprah dropped The Corrections. LISNews has more on the real Oprah/Franzen story.

Library installing toilet alarms To Stop Sex

Charles Davis writes
\"Library bosses in Aberdeen are installing alarms in the
toilets to stop readers having sex in them.
The alarm goes off when more than one person tries to
enter the toilet at the same time.
Aberdeen Central Library staff have been forced to close
both the Ladies and the Gents.
According to the Daily Record, council bosses say drug
abusers have also been using the toilets.
Story from
anan
ova.com
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Penny-Arcade on the Book(Is it Broken?)

Penny-Arcade, the gamer\'s gamer\'s comic strip, has their own take on the enduring value of the book.

Librarian as Shh-er GIF

Robert writes \"The October 24th \"Free Animated GIF of the Day\" e-mailing from the Andover Update Newsletter (http://www.osdn.com/newsletters/) is a GIF of a librarian complete with hairbun and goggle-sized glasses hovering over a booktruck and throwing a shh at some unseen patrons. For a copy, go to the Animation Factory (http://www.animationfactory.com) and search \"librarian\". Other versions are for sale. \"

A search at animationfactory turns up a few more as well. WEB4LIB turned up a few more interesting librarian images around the web. A Fun One from the Camden County Library, an Inspiring One from Europe, and some funny ones from the Australian Library and Information Association Here, Here, and Here, and of course the classic librarianavengers.com.

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Warrior Librarian Weekly

Aaron Tunn pointed us to the Warrior
Librarian Weekly
.


Recent additions include:

What Librarians can learn from Kids: The
learning curve continues to climb.

Flame Wars: Caution,
all listserve subscribers...you could be next!

Deductive
Reasoning
: Find out how library decisions are
made...

And....

Answering Machine Messages
for Libraries
: Cut down on some unnecessary
interruptions to your workday...

Librarians face new competitor

As if it weren\'t bad enough that folks think the Web has all the answers, now it looks like we\'ve got a talking coconut to compete with.

BTW, Weekly World News is one of the tabloids published by American Media, site of the anthrax incidents.

Beefy Library Security

Another Ryan writes \"We would all do well to take a leaf from the book of the Cedar Rapids Public Library.


Full, uh, story from The Onion\"


New security will include, requiring a birth certificate and two forms of photo ID for a library card. The daily children\'s story hour has been shortened to 20 minutes. And while the library has always officially had a no-loitering rule on the books, it will now be strictly enforced, they are, after all, the most prominent public building in the second largest city in Iowa


Please note the source on this one before you take it seriously.

Harry Potter not blamed for September 11 yet

Terrorism experts today confirmed that the popular Harry Potter fantasy novels by J.K. Rowling are not currently under suspicion for causing the tragic events of September 11. The novels, in which a boy discovers that he is a talented wizard, have not yet been accused of hijacking jumbo jets or piloting them into office buildings.

The books\' complicity in everything else that\'s wrong with the world, however, remains to be seen. -- Read More

That\'s Why I Go the Public Library, Where I Can Look Up Anything

Groan...After a brief vacation, which evaporated all too quickly, I\'ve found myself back at my desk under a mountain of e-mail which I suspect I\'ll have finished answering sometime after the next ice age. I did receive a link to the following story, however, which I have decided to share. David Grebe has written a column for the Ames (IA) Tribune entitled \"Worldwide Puritanism.\" He talks about employers cracking down on \"inappropriate use of the Internet,\" and how one little typo, such as inputting \".com\" rather than \".org,\" and haven\'t we all done it, may have resulted in a meeting of the minds at his workplace over the issue. Obviously, when Internet activity logs are maintained, such a \"boo-boo\" can result in a somewhat embarrassing incident, which, of course depends upon one\'s sense of humor. more...

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