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Yes! There are Zombies in the Library.
The South Australian Library & Information Network (SALIN) Committee has chosen to celebrate our diverse and changing profession through production of the 2011 calendar "Zombies in the Library". In 12 beautifully rendered scenes the calendar covers such topics as the role of the Zombie in reference, the frustrations faced when the Undead hog the photocopier, and for cataloguers, poses the eternal question: 299.675 or 398.21? Funds raised from the calendar will go to recovering the committee's costs, and any excess will go to charity.
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In a Saturday Night Live sketch "Bronx Beat", Katy Perry plays a teen who reads stories to children at her local library. At 4:00 mark, "come for the boobs, stay for the books."
Reacting to news that independent outfit Shaker House Books had closed Monday, longtime customer Stephanie Brear said she couldn't believe she "flushed seven years down the toilet" patronizing the local store.
To top off your work week, an outrageous video entitled Bestie X Bestie by Dean Fleischer-Camp. Writers/performers/best friends Gabe Liedman and Jenny Slate (formerly of SNL) tell us "What's Wrong With Books".
(may not be appropriate for work or for all viewers...some profanity)
“Eat the Director’s Brain”: The Second Annual Collingswood Book Festival 5K Race to Raise Money for the Collingswood Public Library’s Teen Area
Beyond spice: 5 witty library videos
A little more than a week ago, a video produced by the aftershave’s marketing team debuted in response to a tweet from librarian Andy Woodworth (@wawoodworth) requesting that the Old Spice Guy aka Isaiah Mustafa speak up for libraries. (The Old Spice team has been making custom videos for fans using social media.) The video has had more than 200,000 views. Before you could finish whistling the “Old Spice” tune, a parody appeared on YouTube and went viral—with over 1.3 million views.
But wait, there's more for library fans. YouTube has a mother lode of library-related videos from comedy sketches to singing librarians.
With tongues firmly in cheeks, a team of "engineers" from McSweeneys.net ran an extensive comparison of e-readers and rated the venerable newspaper as their top choice. A sampling:
"The most obvious advantage of The Newspaper was the size of its display, which outclassed its rivals both in terms of size and elasticity. The Newspaper display could be read at full size or, when flipped open, twice its normal width. We also had no trouble reading copy when the display was flipped to half or even quarter size. One of our engineers even figured out how to make a hat."
Capitalizing on the dislingualities of certain public figures, author Jacob Weisberg (also editor of the George W. Bushisms series) has come out with a new edition, "“Palinisms: The Accidental Wit and Wisdom of Sarah Palin” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).
“Palinisms” takes you on a journey through the former VP candidate’s other-worldly syntax and impenetrable logic, as when she takes the media to task: “The perversion over these last years of what the media has done to conservatives, I think it’s appalling and it violates our freedom of the press.”
He notes that since McCain-Palin lost the election he finds Palin’s know-nothingness less scary. Now it’s become funny. “Palinisms,” he writes, “consist of a unitary stream of patriotic, populist blather. It’s like Fox News without punctuation. It is so devoid of content that it hardly deserves the adjective ‘truthy.’” WaPo.