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Action Figure wars
Nancy Pearl's Action Librarian doll has been pushed out of the news by Mattel's Barbie. She's dumped Ken, ending their 47 year-old relationship (Barbie, not Nancy) in favor of her new beau - Blaine, the Australian body-boarder superstar. Could things be hotting up in the action doll market?
Sculpter Clayton G Moore's "collectable" Giles (pictured), from the incipid "Buffy, the Dragon Slayer" TV series has completely sold out. The show, which is popular with people who can't read without putting their feet on the table and wouldn't know a library if they were chained to it, has spawned a merchandising empire that could finance the average public library for a year. (Not that we have anything against the Buffy series or anything. It fills a niche market for people who are either in a coma, or would like to be. But Giles has done wonders for the image of school librarians.)
Librariaphiles might also be interested in the Cat Woman-inspired new Barbie, keeping in mind that Cat Woman was the nemisis of both Batman and Bat Girl (who was a librarian in her real ficticious life). This new doll will be officially launched at the New York Toy Fair in mid-February.
If these toymakers had any imagination, they would have done a Bat Girl/Librarian morph-figure. Maybe it's not to late for WLW to take out a patent on this idea ...
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Bookmobile to aid refugees
Where was CNN when Regis Philbin first proposed his bookmobile to aid refugees from Delaware? The mainstream press were notably absent from the capital, Wilmington - which Regis suspects may not even be on any maps.
In Regis' own words, he may not even be who he says he is. The most recent information available is that he actually is Dustin "Screech" Diamond (most notabely from Saved by the Bell, Saved by the Bell-The New Class and Saved by the Bell the Movie-Saved by the Bell Goes to Haiwaii). After Screech's popularity declined with lagging Neilson ratings, he decided to disguise himself with a rubber mask and by screaming every other word.
Although not apparently a graduate of any library school, his flare for library design sure beats a lot of professional library designers ..
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Web site exaggeration uncovered
Speaking at the Catholic University of America, library legend Sandy Berman was in no position to know that photographs from his lecture - "Not in My Library: Issues of Workplace Speech and Governance" - would be incorrectly captioned.
Pictured here is the graphic that was described as (and we quote from the web site) "A standing room only audience listens intently to the lecture". And yet an empty seat is clearly visible in the front row.
Whilst delivering the 14th Annual Stone Lecture for the School of Library and Information Science, Berman also could not have forseen the possibility of coverage such as this ....
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WLW EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW
Funny, you don't look like a ...
Dr Clio Cresswell lectures in Mathematics. And yes, this really is a photograph of her. And yes, she really did agree to be interviewed by the newly created Warrior Librarian Division of Human Interaction.
Author of Mathematics and Sex(published by Allen and Unwin Australia, ISBN ), Cresswell talks frankly about her own personal reaction to the familiar "funny, you don't look like a math professor" type of comment, and her views on cataloging - particularly added entries ...
This week, the Warrior Librarian Research Team attempted to survey a number of households to assess the relative percentages of people that stack their bedside reading material in verticle piles, as opposed to those who maintained a more orothodox "shelving" method.
Whilst the survey sample was too small to be statistically significant, it appears that for the 0-5 age group, a random access method was most popular (floors being the most popular shelving equipment); with the 6-18 group mirroring their younger peers ...
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MORE ORIGINAL HUMOR
Research has shown that the average librarian will take 15 to 20 minutes to read this web page. Anecdotal evidence is suggesting that many librarians fear they do not have enough time to investigate the humor links. The majority of the 90+ original library humor items (all written by Biblia, and not available anywhere else on the 'net) in the Humor Index are designed to take less than 2 minutes to read.
However, if you choose to hang around there for hours reading them all, then re-reading them, then WLW cannot take any responsibility. You now have the choice of using the genetically unmodified Alphabetical Index or the dolphin-safe Dewey Version. Caffeine-free version has been temporarily canned, pending an FDA investigation ...
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MASS MEDIA: Yet again, there has been no coverage in any of the national papers on either Biblia or Warrior Librarian Weekly. Sheesh, even the Blacktown Sun and the Blacktown Advocate seem to be completely tied up with other stories ...
CONFERENCES Biblia's next conference appearance is scheduled on June 29, 2004 for the School Library Association of Queensland. Members and friends of MEMO can click here for the report on the Fargo conference.
ACADEMIA: The University of Texas at Arlington now lists this website on its page 'Websites for Professional Growth'...
INTERNET: Google now lists 'about' 1,830 hits for a search on the phrase "warrior librarian". Not that we check regularly or anything ....
FROM THE MAILBOX: Having been turned extraordinarily narky by the flood of "undelivered" email notifications (for spam that we didn't send), we wrote a stern missive to the Symantic Corporation, outlining our angst at their inefficiency in returning mail to the spoofed address in the "from" header, rather than the originating sender. Boy, we bet that sure gave them a shake-up ...
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Mom, what's a library? asks the Washington Post in its effusive praise of Google. The claims of falling circulation rates are nicely, if somewhat incorrectly, balanced ...
The loss of any staff from a school library has wide-ranging effects, as one school principal found out ...
Newspaper reports of the jamming of cell phones warns that although it is illegal in the USA, no-one has ever actually been prosecuted under the 70-year-old communications law. We didn't know the technology had been around that long ...
In Orange County, one family's objection to "To Kill a Mockingbird", one of the nation's most challenged books, skipped the paperwork ...
One college paper editor claims that there are a lot of similarities between the gym and the library. But from the sound of it, he's actually been in a gym ...
Touted as "sexy librarians, the kind of headmistress that schoolboys dream of and saucy Miss Jean Brodies", the Marc Jacob's Retro fashion show was somehow something to do with librarians. Or for librarians. Or something ...
Who is surprised that For Leisure, Americans Prefer Books to the web, apart from maybe the Washington Post ...
According to the Romance Writers of America, 51.1 million Americans read romance novels, up by 10 million readers since 1998. The books generated $1.52 billion in sales in 2001, with romance fiction paperbacks making up more than half of all paperbacks sold ...
Linux World is worried that the leaking of the source code for Windows 2000 is a "disaster" for open code. Sorry guys, no-one really cares ...
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Never refuse to lend books to anyone who cannot afford to purchase them, but lend books only to those who can be trusted to return them.
Ibn Tibbon 1120-1190(?)
This is a fun game!! Can you get the car out of the parking lot with a limited number of moves. We thought it was more fun smashing the cars up, but then we tried it at the end of a bad day in the library ...
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WARNING:This week's pick is not for the squeamish, those of delicate sensibilities, or people who just 'would rather not know'. A brief search through the information on Rectal Foreign Bodies has not revealed medical intervention being required for the removal of any library policy documents, budget allowances or Desk Rosters ...
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