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Dislikes: people who aren't statues yet; bros; Perseus
Archives specialist Nancy Wing shows you tips on how to navigate Archives.gov for your genealogy research.
Wednesday, March 12 at 9:30 a.m. in Room G-25, Research Center (Penn. Ave. Entrance).
Image: Photograph of Dr. Grover and Classes in Archives Administration and Genealogical Research, 1950. National Archives Identifier 3493215
I’m a born librarian with a sex drive
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So Help Me, I am Weeding this Goddamn Personal Finance Book from 2001 Despite the Fact that it Circulated 11 Times This Year: the thrilling new installment in my ongoing series, Fuck You if You Base Your Collection Development Practices Primarily on Circ Stats
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So re: the neo-Nazi propaganda cards tucked into some of the German literature books, it’s interesting b/c I’d noticed a few before, and one or two on the shelf in that general vicinity, but hadn’t really tracked where they were being put other than “German literature.” But this last one was in a copy of the Nibelung saga, which of course is not itself Nazi literature, but is one of those national epics of the kind Hitler loved so much. I wonder whether the other items the cards were tucked into had a similar relevance? At any rate, I am now flipping carefully through each book in the section (which I’m weeding shelf-by-shelf anyway so it’s not a hardship), hoping that any further cards fall out.
This is not that uncommon an issue in libraries, although I suspect academic libraries see it less often than public ones. As a counterpart to those individuals who steal or damage books in order to keep others from accessing them, we have the persons who sneak propaganda into certain books in order to reach potential readers. Sometimes it’s Bible tracts in pro-gay or anti-religion texts, sometimes it’s anti-vax bullshit in books about childrearing and medicine, etc. It’s very hard to catch people in the act with this since it’s often something done very quietly as they appear to be browsing. I had thought these cards were of fairly recent vintage, for instance, but the one I pulled from our copy of the Nibelung saga was quite yellowed, as are the book’s pages (they’re a lower-quality paper that has yellowed considerably with time). It would seem the card has been in there for quite a while.
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…and a venom-filled shout-out to the assmunch who put neo-Nazi business cards in a bunch of our German literature books
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So re: the whole “lol, old people can’t tech” thing that we librarians like to go on about as an excuse for brushing off elderly patrons and making fun of them behind their backs etc., I would like to tell y’all a story about the extremely elderly gentleman recently whom I taught to search our databases, specifically how to use one database to see if we had a specific journal, then to use the holding database to find that publication and search within it, then how to get the full text of the articles he wanted. He was active, engaged, and cottoned onto the process immediately, as opposed to many of my young college-age patrons, who only pick up about half of what I’m showing them and need to be shown multiple times. The extremely elderly gentleman went his way, delighted that he could now get articles from his favorite magazines even after we’d discontinued the print subscription, and it was one of the easiest and most satisfying interactions I’d had in a long time.
That’s it, that’s the story.
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Every patron seems to have a different suggestion for what ridiculous color my hair should be next and I think that’s absolutely adorable <3
Oh my god
That means someone checked out 50 shades of Grey then masturbated to the book or had sex on it.
THAT MEANS SAID SOMEONE CAME ON A LIBRARY BOOK AND THEN RETURNED IT.
I LOVE BOOKS TOO BUT COME ON!
They did come on tho. On the book.
This doesn’t surprise me though. One time at work I almost brought this topic up with my boss about the Fifty Shades books and their cleanliness but then I realized how inappropriate it would be to discuss it with her so I just said nevermind… even though I’m pretty sure she knew where I was going.
omg I’ve been asked if we “sanitize” our library books. lol
The thing is, they picked on 50 Shades because of the content but my bet is that a huge number of library books have traces of all manner of bodily effluvia because PEOPLE ARE DISGUSTING.
We once found Valerie Steele’s historical study of corsetry in the men’s restroom, which is pretty funny if you’ve ever read it.
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