Newsletter (Oct 2007)
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Were Librarians Unpopular as Kids?
It seems so. A survey was recently posted on the Annoyed Librarian blog asking “were you unpopular as a kid?” The survey started when a reader queried as to why blogging librarians tend to brag about their greatness, and another reader responded “librarians tended to be unpopular kids growing up, and as adults the job becomes their 24/7 identity.” To read more about the survey, visit the Annoyed Librarian blog at
Those of you who have read the introduction to my book, Casanova Was a Librarian, may recall reading that one Halloween I dressed up as a stereotypical librarian, but to my dismay, many of my co-workers didn’t know I was in costume. If you’re a woman thinking about dressing up as a “librarian” this Halloween, you may want to check out the non-stereotypical librarian costume for sale at the BrandsonSale.com website.. They have a sexy school librarian costume for sale. The form fitting, low cut costume features images of books spines on its mini-skirt. It also comes with rhinestone glasses, and a removable “Naughty Librarian” badge. You can see a picture of the costume at
When fashion designer Paula Ryan offered style advice to the library profession, librarians in Christchurch decided to dust off and done their library smocks as a backlash to her offer. Watch the news report at http://www.tv3.co.nz/.../Default.aspx.
“The Librarians” Mini-Series to Air This Month
Back in March I mentioned “The Librarians” mini-series, a six episode half-hour comedy/drama under production by the Australian Broadcasting Company. According to the Internet Movie Database (www.imdb.com), episode one is set to air October 31, 2007. No information as to whether or not it will eventually air in the U.S.
Female Librarian Ordained Priest
In a September 27th news article the Eden Prairie News (MN), sixty-year old Judith McCloskey, a former librarian and nun who earned her MLS from Case Western Reserve states she was ordained into the priesthood of the Roman Catholic Church in August. The Roman Catholic Church and a spokesperson for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis dispute her claim.
Books By and About Librarians
If you’re a romance fan, or if you just like reading books with librarian characters, I just read about a new romantic suspense novel by Jacqueline Seewald, a retired English teacher and librarian who earned her MLIS from Rutgers University. The book, The Inferno Collection, centers on a college reference librarian who tries to solve the mystery surrounding her friend’s death. You can find more information about the book at http://www.amazon.com/...qid=1191138276&sr=8-1.
On September 13th, the Knight Ridder Tribune News Service ran an article titled “A Bookworm’s Best Friends: Great Books about Librarians” which was picked up in a number of newspapers. The article includes information on six children’s books. If you’re curious which books are listed, they are:
For more information about librarians…
Be sure to purchase a copy of my new book, Casanova Was a Librarian: a Light Hearted Look at the Profession, by Kathleen Low, available from McFarland (www.mcfarlandpub.com), Barnes and Noble, Amazon.com, and other retailers.
Thanks for reading along with me!