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International Cookware-on-Head Library Day proclaimed
Monday, August 2, 2004 has been proclaimed as International Cookware-on-Head Library Day, as not much else is happening on that date that celebrates information sciences, literature, reading, literacy, books, libraries or library workers.
Although the old saucepan-on-the-head might be a little old hat, this well-tested millinary-alternative should not be discounted. However, patrons and staff alike are encouraged to experiment with other kitchen wear. Mixing bowls and colanders would also be ideal. The WLW Occupational Safety and Health Consultancy Team (available for hire at very reasonable rates) recommends that deep-fryers should not be used unless empty and cold.
To celebrate this unique event, WLW will publish any photographs sent to this publication that illustrate people donning cranial cookware in a library setting.
In line with our editorial policy of economic minimalisation (otherwise known as being cheap), we will award an autographed Warrior Librarian poster to the photograph judged as "best", based on weirdness of kitchenware, number of participants in the graphic, most ordered shelving in background, and whatever else occurs to us at the time ...
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American Library Idol winner may cut new album
Although possibly best known in contemporary library circles for his work on the Anglo-American Cataloging Rules, Michael Gorman also has achieved fame through his fly-fishing publications and is well-known as major figure in the history of Irish fiddling, both as a master fiddler and as a composer.
However, recent reports state that a world tour may be on the cards, with "concerts drawing a broad cross section of baby boomers, twentysomethings and teenagers, proving not only the enduring appeal of showmanship but of the music itself" - despite using only the most basic of stage sound equipment.
Although this might possibly be in reference to a different Michael Gorman ...
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Interactive, plastic AND with batteries!
With Christmas (and probably other religiously significant festivals from other cultures) only six months away, this could be the ideal time to beat the shopping crowds and get that reading promotion prop you've been looking for.
The Yano interactive story teller toy is non-gender specific, so younger male readers won't be self-conscious about using them in public.
Yano is described as "an electronic animated talking pal and is for ages 3 and up ... when he talks because his head, eyes, ears and mouth moves, plus the amulet around his neck lights up. Different stories are available to snap in."
WLW was unable to get a product sample to test, but apparently its even got a remote control, which will appeal to that nerd factor so prevalent in today's youth ...
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Miss Universe denies librarianship background
Australian Jennifer Hawkins swoop into victory at the 2004 Miss Universe competition was accompanied by speculation that she was either a former librarian or library student.
The 20-year-old Bondi-based model and Newcastle Knights football team cheerleader is the first Australian to win the coveted title since Perth's Kerry Ann Wells was crowned in 1972, which library associations warn should not be interpreted as any slur on the appearance of Australian professional librarians.
Currently in New York, Ms Hawkins was due to be interviewed by satellite hook-up on Sydney radio earlier this week, but was a "no-show" at the appointed time. Which pretty much demonstrated that she certainly is in no way connected with information or library services ...
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This week, WLW actually got a book to review, which is sort of nice for readers who may not have any interest in the moldy collection of weed-sale bargins, texts from courses completed three decades ago, assorted realia which may at some previous incarnation have been an actual book, and the other clutter which gives Warrior Librarian Central that patina of third world charm that plain old cash can't provide.
Journey to Zigamazoo, written by Captain Cosmo and the Electric Brownie (probably not their real names) is described by the authors as "This is the tale of a young boy named Jerome and his journey to a land far, far from his home. The adventure quickly turns when he learns that adults are forbidden in this world that is hidden. The land that he comes to is a place called Zigamazoo. A magical world where wishes come true for those who venture to the eternal fire on Mount Zigamazoo ...
... It seems quite inviting and indeed quite delighting to live without rules and without any schools; never having to do what adults expect you to. However, the cost that each child will pay grows larger the longer that they stay away from where their roots lay. "
Is this an effective "hook"? We haven't considered this aspect - we were only requested to review the book, not the publicity for it. But we got side-tracked. ("Oooh - what a surprise", we hear you say, in that smarmy sarcastic tone that makes teeth feel loose and the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, and spawns a spate of letters to newspaper editors supporting justifiable homocide as a defence.)
Published by Trafford, the book is a print-on-demand publication that you can preview and order through the website. We found interacting with the text a little difficult due to the layout combined with our failing eyesight, but the flow of rhyme might make it a good read-aloud. Which, unfortunately, would reduce the value of the overly-abundant illustrations. But then, what do we know? You might have a different opinion - you should make up your own mind, and not be dictated to by the biases of reviewers who clearly have different agendas.
32 pages; saddle stitched; catalogue #03-1214; ISBN 1-4120-0846-8; US$15.99, C$19.99, EUR12.99, £8.99; 5% of profits go to charity ...
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MORE ORIGINAL HUMOR
Research has shown that the average librarian will take 10 to 15 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: Although Ingram Library Services Further Developments may not be a mass media publication, strictly speaking, at least they run a good story ...
ACADEMIA: There are now 51 institutions that have a link to Warrior Librarian on their web sites, including the Tasmanian Department of Education ...
INTERNET: Google now lists more than 3,000 hits for a search on the phrase "warrior librarian". Not that we check regularly or anything ...
FROM THE MAILBOX: Many thanks to all those organizations and individuals who continue to offer us cheap valium. We didn't realize that the need was so obvious ...
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So what did the WLW review team think of the latest Harry Potter movie? Click here to find out ...
The choice of New York Public Library as the venue for the Council of Fashion Designers of America's 2004 awards may (or may not) be connected to the NYPL's addition of Biblia's Guide to Warrior Librarianship to their collection ...
Ronald Reagan is the first politician to participate in the new promotional campaign, Get Buried @ Your Library ...
Scholastic, the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books, announced that Warner Bros. Pictures has acquired the movie rights of The New York Times best-selling mystery novel Chasing Vermeer. At this time, the rights to the Little Golden Book Tootle are still available ...
The new board game Booktastic! apparently has the approval of teachers and librarians, although no-one sent us a product sample to review ...
China's 100 million elementary and middle school children in poor rural areas will benefit from Premier Wen Jiabao's support of a proposal by 55 writers to establish school libraries. The writers will donate their books and money ...
The King of Malaysia has congratulated the Malaysian National Library on their launching of the portal, "Our King", an initiative to provide information on the Malaysian monarchy system ...
Some great news for libraries - there is now a virus that attacks cell phones ...
Needham & Company will discuss dextrocannabinoid compounds and CB2-selective receptor agonist compounds from Pharmos' proprietary synthetic cannabinoid library at the Third Annual Biotechnology Conference. They'll probably cover the difficulties in barcoding receptor agonist compounds, and have a panel discussion on borrowing limits for same ...
The Thomson Corp. has announced the release of the new version 3 of ISI Web of Knowledge. The enhanced solution, resulting from 2 years of design in close collaboration with librarians and researchers, offers "new personalization, better search tools, a cleaner and more intuitive interface, and a new journal analysis tool". It apparently also has a citation thingy ...
Is Orlando, FL geographically inconvenient and you can't get to the ALA Conference? Maybe you could catch the forum on fish deformities, being held at the Wilsonville Public Library, 8200 S.W. Wilsonville Road (Oregon) at the end of the month. It's free, but advance registration is requested ...
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We will be playing the kind of music that'll make you think your life would have been better if you'd had a bigger intake of beer.
Lucky Oceans on ABC Radio National (Australia)
Although it doesnt include the Blacktown Guardian, Blacktown Advocate, or the Blacktown Sun, Today's Front Pages does provide the front pages of 241 newspapers from 32 countries ...
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