Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Scientist, Library

Hot lab equipmentWith 2009 right around the corner, I have decided that I needed to redecorate a room in my house to make it "more WDL". Which would be the lucky room?

It was the bathroom.

The design is simple: Vintage Laboratory.


Don't question my aesthetics.

This means that I am using lots of graduated cylenders and test tubes to hold my bath products, laboratory quality containers for my cotton balls, and q-tips and bars of soap.

The white sear sucker shower curtain, with silver grommets is reminicent of a lab jacket.

The wall is decorated with a vintage framed print of a skeletal system diagram. I'm thinking that a diagram of the human eye might also be in order.

Toothbrushes in a graduated beaker! Mouthwash in a volumetric flask with a stopper! Gorgeous. Tylenol in specimin jars! hot. They aren't just for urine anymore! (specimin jars, not Tylenol..just to be clear!)

All of these things can be found at scientific surplus stores, and images can be blown up at Kinko's from old text books. Frames are a song at Target and other home interior stores.

All of these things are easy to wash, should they get slightly dirty...and best, I can see the contents of each container.

Moral of this blog: Experiment with your space in 2009!

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

2008, Goodbye

Good buy kittens!Another year has come and gone. For me, it is hard to believe that I've "done it" all by myself...and by that I mean I've proved quite a bit to myself this year.

Some of the other things I've learned this year:

a)It is super sad when your cat dies.
b)I enjoy quiet nights more than going out.
c)I want to date myself.
d)Special libraries are amazing. I was out the other day, at another kind of library, and nearly needed to be diagnosed as agoraphobic.
e)Packing and moving a library is NOT AS FUN as it looks in the movies.
f)That women should not wear Ugg boots. For any reason.
g)Good friends keep secrets.
h)It is challenging to meet with a donor who is giving money to the library in honor of a dead child.
i)Quality over quantity.
j)Singing at the top of my lungs in my car is cathartic.
k)Singing at the top of my lungs in the library when no one is here is fun.
l)Shelving is a necessity in the library, even if it doesn't "look aesthetic", Mr. Architect.
m)I wish I knew how to read Hebrew. (yeah yeah yeah, go ahead, call me a bad Jew). My cataloging life would be easier.
n)I'm in the right profession. If you realize this isn't for you, get the HELL OUT! It makes it tough for the rest of us. Yeah, the economy sucks, but don't make life hell for everyone because it is for you.
o)I appreciate bedtime.
p)I can step out of my comfort zones and not die.
q)People should not wear flip flops in the winter. For any reason.
r)Life does exist outside of the office....though this is tough right now.
s)I'm 32, and building my second library. This is awesome.
t)Ask for advice when you need it. Thank you Sarah M and Susan S. and Nedda A. and my old cataloging gals from the More Northern Library. Looking like you know how to do something is totally different than knowing how to do it.
u)Buy a lab jacket. Dress up everyday, but be protected!
v)Want and need are very clear to me now.
w)Good collections are well weeded.
x)Stay current in your field - thank you RSS feed!
y)Not using credit cards was tough. I'm a cash only boy now.
z)Update your blog or people leave nasty comments!

Overall, 2008 was good, not great. Unless you count the Obama thing, then it was great.

Stay tuned in '09. Building a new library and opening a museum are kind of sort of time consuming! I'll have lots of practical WDL style advice for you all.

Moral of this blog: Happy New Year!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Thanksgiving 2008

william sonoma aprons are hot

Moral of this blog: I'm thankful that I'm hot.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Icon, New Fashion

Michelle O

Moral of this blog: Yeah! A new fashion icon. I haven't had one in a while.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Vote, Rock the

Go Obama!

Moral of this blog: GO OUT AND VOTE!

Monday, November 03, 2008

Jackets, Military

Grey Military JacketWhen working in a Special Library, one must look like they are in charge. This can easily be accomplished by yelling and screaming at everyone, OR by looking the part.

In order to do this, I highly suggest purchasing a military style sports coat. As you can see from my picture, you will not only look amazingly thin, but also emanate a certain "Do what I say" aura. I can't promise you'll look this hot.

This jacket has plackets on the shoulders, as well as four pockets. The four button look is timeless, as are the high, small, lapels.

Additionally, posing against a brick wall will also make you look like you are in charge, and lend purpose to your lunch break in a valuable way - photographing yourself. . It allows you to check for bad posture, a un-centered belt buckle, and best of all, lends purpose to that 60 minute gap in the middle of the day.

Moral of this blog: At ease!

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Eve, All Hallows

Superman is Gay and HotOne of the hot parts of being a special librarian, who runs his own that you get interns from foreign countries! OMG! I bet you didn't know that.

There are tons of perks. Including ordering things from Gaylord, wearing a lab jacket, accidentally falling asleep at your desk, putting people on hold so you sound busier than you are, and no filter on your internet searches!

Meet my hot intern. She is from Germany.

Her job is to come as my sidekick to cocktail parties.

She was my Lois Lane at this party.

Moral of this blog: Superman is gay now.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Wishes, Happy Sukkot

Happy Sukkot to all of my devoted and hot Jewish readers.

Mostly, this means my friend Scott.

Moral of this blog: Scott, tell your Mom I said "whats up."

Friday, October 03, 2008

Entendre, Double

homo ad

While cataloging today, I came across an old copy of Time Magazine from November 19, 1945. This ad amuses me to no end. And now you can enjoy it too.

Moral of this blog: Happy National Coming out day. (even thought that's not today, but soon enough)

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Library, Building a Special

Bigger, better, strongerIt's not everyday that you get to build a library.

Somehow, thanks to my Library School™ one of my focuses was Collection building. And thanks to my degree, and a lovely woman with fashionably bobbed white hair in Columbus Ohio Library Administration, I popped out of my first phase of librarianhood with a few gold stars on my chart.

My first library was an image collection. Upon being hired, I was shown into a room that can only be compared to a garage filled with boxes... and told "This is your library!" I almost died.

But instead of keeling over, I started opening boxes. In a year, 65,000 images were ready to be used or scanned. All organized by subject, medium, and geography. I had all the furniture taken out, and built ins put in. I was given 4 workstudy students...and before I knew was fully functioning, and being used by staff.

This one is a little different. Again I was shown into a crowded, cob web filled room filled literally like a bad used book store with books, desks, and boxes.

And then led into another room lined with book cases. More?

And then shown a room on the first floor filled with boxes of books that had been donated by elderly people, that had never been carried upstairs...because they were too heavy.

And then I was informed that the second project office contained more materials.

I was nervous, and a bit overwhelmed. I had pictured a sunlit (with filtered UV of course), gorgeous mahogany shelved library. I guess if I wanted that, I'd have to work for it.Then I remembered I wasn't a celebrity librarian for no reason. So, I went to the scientific surplus store, and bought myself a white lab jacket, and set to work. And presto. The magic started. I am now literally weeks from being in this fantastic new space.

So, for all of you new, still wet behind the ear, celebrity wanna be's, yet another deluxe pointer list. This one is called:

"So you want to build a special library from scratch."

A)Find out what the organization's mission and goals are. Collections need to be built on something.

B)Write them down. Type them up on letterhead, and post them above your desk.

C)Now, it's your turn to write something original. It's called Policy and Procedure.

D)Go over it with your supervisor. Unless that's you. Have another "higher up" take a look at it. It's going to need official approval...whether that is board approval or upper administration.

E)Policies should outline your collection development strategy and describe your collection. This is going to be really important to you in the very near future.

F)Now that you have permission to "do what you do" and "how you plan to do it"'s time to start shopping for a catalog.

G)Catalog shopping is NOT FUN. It is boring. You need to make sure that you buy the catalog that best fits the projected direction of your collection. You do not need a super deluxe catalog. Unless you have a large collection. Be aware that catalog vendors will tell you anything you want to hear. ANYTHING.

Does this catalog allow for media attachments? Sure! Does this catalog have customized search features? Sure? Does this catalog come with hookers? Sure!

Try them out. Make sure their systems are compatible with yours. Did I say try them out? DEMO!!! I could go on for days...this is a whole other post.

H)While you are catalog shopping, does an old system exist? How did they catalog the collection before you? Or didn't they? Assess the old system. It may save you a lot of time in converting into the new system if you don't have to redo everything.

I)Create a "play budget" with dream $$ figures. What expenses are you realizing you'll encounter? Write it up on letterhead and submit it to the powers that year they won't be shocked when you ask for a library cart, glue or that conference in Anaheim.

J)Buy a lab jacket. Do you really need to? No. But I am single handedly shaping the next generation of hot librarians. This way you can dress well, and not get dirty while being productive.

K)Start assessing your collection. Does your current collection actually meet the standards of your organization? Or the needs of the organization? Where can you get materials to fill in the gaps?

L)Shop for a book vendor. Set up some accounts. They are free to set up, and some require a minimum of spending, double check on that. This is also a good time to find out what other libraries do what you do...and get in touch with their administration / librarians. If you don't belong to some organizations, join them...SLA, ALA, ARLIS, JLA, etc.

M)Do you have business cards? No? Get some. And hand them out to EVERYONE. Not your your ass off. Start a buzz about your organization.

N)Now that you have chosen a catalog, you can start cataloging. Is it private? or a public catalog? If its public, make sure your web portal is accesible, and easy to navigate. I actually chose to make my Donors searchable, so people can see what they have given, and in whose honor, if applicable.

O)You're going to need to start thinking of facility now. Where is this stuff going to go? Do you have enough shelf space? Figure out how much you'll need, and put it in writing. Share it with administration. Is your collection going to grow? Plan for empty shelving. It might not be pretty at first, but you'll be happy in 10 years when you don't have to put books on your own desk. Talk with your operations team, and your architect. Desks, lighting, security....its all on you to make it happen. Make sure you have what you need.

P)Are you going to lend? Or is it a private collection? If you're gonna lend, get moving on that OCLC contract. Now you can share with everyone via Inter Library Loan AND you're collection is searchable by many many libraries.

Q) Seriously invest in scanning equipment. Trust me.

R)Weed while you work. Notice you have 5 copies of something? You won't need that many. Many organizations hold on to everything that is donated. Remember, if it doesn't fit the collection policy GET RID OF IT. Seriously, someone will want it.

S)Supplies! Oh My G-d! Book Jackets, Bone folders, glue, Clear Spine Labels, Call Number Tags, Donor Labels! Set up accounts with Vernon, Demco, Gaylord, etc.

T)Volunteers! A pain in the ass at first, a G-d send later. You can't be the cook, the waiter and the bottle washer forever. A few hands on training sessions, and you've just tripled your working capacity!

U)Send out library updates. If you don't let administration & co-workers know what's new and happening in the library, they won't ask. Be the face of the library. Don't make the library an unapproachable place. Include a column in the newsletter...and it doesn't have to be about new books. It can be anything to do with your subject or subjects.

V)Be sure the library is a line item in all staff meetings. Consider this internal PR.

W)If you need help, more supplies, more money...ask for it. You may not get it, but if you don't express the need...they will always be shocked when it "comes out of the blue" later. Prime the pump. That projected budget will be your best friend in years to come. When you write your first official budget, you will find you are treated more generously.

X)Consider your users. Make your users feel useful, put a suggestion box on your desk, or online. Let them suggest titles. Do they have to be IN facitlity to use your materials / information? What are your user hours? Are commonly used materials on a convenient shelf?

Y)Call a near by grad school. Organize professional librarians in training for internships. Benefit to both parties involved..they get a grade, you get free professional help.

Z)You are vital to the organization. They hired you for a reason. Groom your collection. You now represent the knowledge & know how of the organization...make sure you always keep your game face on, and keep on studying your subject. The day you stop learning, people should be attending your funeral.

There is more, but this is a good idea of what a librarian needs to do to get a library started. It takes time, energy and committment. Some people aren't cut out for this, and there are lots of other great library opportunities for you. For those with the drive to lead...this is where it's at.

Moral of this blog: If you build it, they will come.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Tovah, La Shanah

me & my homies

Happy New Year to all my gentle readers. Especially, the hot gay ones.

moral of this blog: Blessings for a sweet New Year!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Construction, Under

super hot construction worker librarian
Please forgive my absence. I have been toiling night and day getting my new library ready to open. The current construction is amazing, and I'm very excited about getting into this new space.

I am working with 5 volunteers and the intern to prep the collection for the new steel shelving .... and I'm busy cataloging my head off, as well as getting my new web page for the library ready with lots of FAQ's and important links! It's all very exciting.

And as you can see, I even dress the part to tour the construction site.

Moral of this post: Hard hats are hot.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Me, Happy Birthday To

32 Years Old

Moral of this blog: 32 is going to be fantastic.

Monday, August 11, 2008

In, Things I believed

brusha brusha brushaOnce upon a time, when I was small and naive - I believed in lots of things. I was reminded of this recently, when I called my nephew in NY.

One of his teeth fell out. He was upset that the tooth fairy had forgotten to leave a present for him under his pillow. During this escapade, I heard my dear, sweet, Chanel lipsticked Grandmother call - "Look again!"

And so he did.

You know what the tooth fairy leaves these days? $5.00. He was elated.

I was shocked. When I was a kid, I was lucky if I got a couple of quarters. Once I got a half dollar...which I thought was great. In fact, I still have it in a cedar box I call my "special box.". Not to be confused with Paris Hilton's vagina, which she also calls her "special box."

When I was a kid, I had quite an imagination. Morbid perhaps.

I believed:

- Dragon flies could sew my lips shut.

I lived in a duel faith home, and celebrated Easter. I ardently believed the Easter Rabbit had fangs. Thanks Bunnicula.

- chocolate milk came from brown cows.

- that the tooth fairy was mean, and could possibly steal more teeth
out of my head while I was sleeping.

- if I ate carrots, I could see in the dark.

- that squirrels had little apartments in trees.

- if I swallowed a watermelon seed, it would grow in my stomach.

- that I would be a librarian when I grew up.

Imagine my surprise as each of these things was slowly dispelled for me, spare one. As an adult, I guess I still have a few things I believe in, that perhaps aren't so true.

- when people fall in love, it's forever.

- people are intrinsically altruistic.

- eating leftovers is fun.

- the Loch Ness Monster.

- everyone knows I'm gay. (who knew some girls thought I was cute & thought maybe they had a chance?)

In my life, I have always been kind of nervous - I always have a feeling anticipation. I tend to plan for the worst, because everything that happens after that "isn't as bad." While I realize this perhaps isn't the healthiest way to live, I can't help myself. I remember as a child, I was not like this....I believed the best of everything, that animals talked when I wasn't around, that I might actually find a buried treasure when I dug a hole, that maybe I could enter another world through the back of Grandma Loretta's wardrobe. Sadly, being naive was actually more fun.

Now I deal with things like death, student loan payments, writing policy and procedure at work, and finding out that some guys are idiots.

I like to imagine, what if I would have carried my naivety with me this far? Would I have become this successful? Where would I be now?

Is there a "happy-in between " with boyishness and being a professional? Or does life continue to lose its magic as we age?

What won't I believe in next? To be honest, I wouldn't have imagined myself where I am today just 10 years ago. Just 5 years ago. Actually, 1 year ago. It is this time last year that my whole life changed, and now I see for the better.

By the time I realized the tooth fairy wasn't real, I was finished losing my teeth. I spent a lot of time worrying and being scared for no reason.

I won't be living my life like that anymore.

Moral of this blog: $5.00, my ass.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Day, Bastille

Moral of this blog: Yes. That is a baguette in my pocket.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Flops, Flip

If you are going to wear flip flops:

a)Get a pedicure, or at least trim your toe nails. This is for the boys.
b)Wash your feet.
c)For the love of G-d, do not wear socks.
d)Don't wear them to dressy restaurants. They are not dressy.
e)Wash the flip flops if they get dirty.
f)If they are falling apart, do not duct tape them, or fasten them with security pins. Throw them away.
g)If I can smell them from where I'm sitting, throw them away.
h)Don't play with your toes when sitting on the train. This includes picking your toes, and clipping your toe nails - despite my #1 rule.
i)Stop wearing them when it snows.
j)Don't wear them so small your toes hang over the edge, that's gross.
k)Flip flops are not "Friday Casual", they are "I'm running to the drug store at 9 pm casual"
l)Do not take them off and sit cross legged at your desk. Save it for home.
m)If you are missing toenails, or not wear flip flops.
n)If you have bunions, they may be comfy...but we have to see those knobs. Go get some Easy Spirits.
o)Corns are also disgusting.
p)Hairy feet are also disgusting.
q)It is not cutsie if they match your outfit. Its cliche.
r)Don't run in them. You will fall.
s)Ladies, at least polish your toe nails if you are going to do this.
t)Don't wear shower shoes in public. (for the college/gym set)
u)If your flip flops are all squished and flat, buy new ones. There is no way they are comfortable anymore.
v)Don't call them 'thongs'.
w)Do not take one off to swat bugs, and then put it back on.
x)Toe jewelry? Come on people. I still see dirty toenails even with that ring.

I know I could come up with more. But that's all I have.

Moral of this blog: You can not convince me otherwise.

Crowds, In

Too Many People!Recently, I have noticed something about myself that actually kind of surprises me.

I love people, and I love being out and about, or to translate for Canadian Readers, oooot and aboooot.

In the past week, I have gone to concerts and took in the amazing voice of Martha Wash, Tiffany (yeah go figure, it was free), and last night, Bonnie Raitt. Outside of the fact that this clearly notes that my music tastes are all over the place - I also noted that I hate crowds.

Rather, I hate being in crowds.

The idea of seeing a large group of people excited seemed very appealing to me - I thought I'd catch the spirit and be one of the cheering masses. Instead, my pulse races, I clench my jaw repeatedly, and start getting freaked out that people touch me constantly when walking past me.

A bump, a jostle, a polite "excuse me" while putting their hand on my shoulder or waist, or torso. ACK!! Don't touch me!! I have enough trouble hugging my own Grandmother. This just puts me over the edge.

Oddly, I live in an urban area...which is congested. But as big as the city is, and as full of people as it is....I have managed to keep at least at an arms distance from anyone else. I've even had to deal with "close talkers" and survived, either by verbalizing my distaste for their proximity and letting them adjust, or just stepping back.

But then, I go and do something stupid like attend a street festival. Or go to a concert. What was I thinking?

And on top of it, I am forced to see people wearing shorts so short that their baby making anatomy may reveal itself at any moment - and people who are so grossly over weight that they can't help but touch me, even from 2 feet away.

I remedy part of this by taking nerve pills. The other remedy is keeping Purrell in my bag at all times. Some how washing my hands makes me feel better. And last, body language that says "don't touch me or I may scream, loud..." seems to work pretty well.

All in all, for living in a bustling city, I do pretty good. I realize that I prefer my crowds to be more like back yard barbeque's, and book discussion groups. Perhaps I've lost my edge now that I have a job that is basically just me in the library...and I don't have to worry about the unwashed masses. All I know is that I hate crowds. I hate being in crowds. And I hate being touched by people I don't know, unless I initiated it. But that is a whole other post.

Moral of this blog: I want to just sit and not talk and not have to be the centre of attention all the time. You know what that's like don't you?

Friday, July 04, 2008

Day, Independence

Hot dogs, hamburgers, lemonade.

Not for me, not this year. This is more like "Independent Day" for me. It is amazing to me how much my life has changed since this time last year. I can't even believe that about a year ago, I was getting ready to attend the Gaming in Libraries conference here in Chicago. I had little to no knowledge that I would be single very soon....let alone be LIVING in this great city.

In reality, I was single by that point, I just didn't know it yet.

And a season passes. And another...and so on and so forth until I find myself sitting alone in my Pre War walk up, sitting on the davenport next to my aging kitty Sophie.

Lots of good things have happened. Cool job, lots of new friends, closer yet to my older

And so, as I can't help myself from doing, wonder what exactly I should reflect on this Independence Day. Am I glad I'm an American? Sure. Lots of great perks...and even though it's expensive, gas is cheaper here than in London (where I wish I really lived). I'm braver than I've ever been. That's great too.

I'm setting up a brand new library from scratch for a major museum. That's amazing. I would have never dreamed that.

I used to want to be head of Catalogs for Sotheby's. I would still do it if they called me, but they won't.

I've gotten to that point where I realize that I'm in the income bracket I'll probably be in for the rest of my life, really know that I need to give up some bad habits, and try to do a few more push ups before bed...this chest is going to start sagging any day now, I just know it.

I'm also one of those people that gets pissed off that things close because of holidays...because I couldn't care less that it is a holiday.

Close the grocery store on December 25th? WHAT?? I need milk. I have the day off so I can catch up on chores! Like today.. everything is closing at 7. Oh well. Guess I'll wait until tomorrow to buy dusting polish.

Moral of this blog: Yes, that is a firecracker in my pocket.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Better, Doing

Its been 8 days, and we both still miss her very much. Thank you for all your kindness and support.

Moral of this blog: Time heals. But I wish it would happen faster.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Good bye Moscow

Good bye sweet heart.
Moral of this blog: I'm heart broken.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Dreams, Wet

Before CocoAudrey Tautou will play legendary fashion designer Coco Chanel in a biopic to be directed by Anne Fontaine. How fantastic that two of my favorite things have been rolled into one.

If I had to give it up for a girl, Audrey would be the one I gave it to. I love her work - started with Amelie...and
ended up with me "special requesting" my local video store to get every movie listed on IMDB so I could watch them all get my fix.

I am thankful I live in a huge city, and I can rest assured that this picture will come to my town when it starts to hit the small screens.

Production is slated to begin in late 2008. Watch for Coco Before Chanel!!

Moral of this blog: C'est tres bonne.

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Show, Good

Moral of this blog: I feel the same way girl.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Kosher, That's not

Looking through old ads - and I find this.

Moral of this blog: supergross. This is why I'm kosher.

Red, Fire Engine

Hot red wagon!

This is my new book wagon! I'm so jazzed.

Moral of this blog: Hot librarians need hot accessories.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Pomade, Murray's

Murray's Pomade RocksI'm not going to lie to you. I worry about my hair not staying put.

I have tried every pomade on planet earth, and finally, I find this. And while I don't exactly look like the target market, pictured on the lid of the tin...according to their website, 20% of their market is made up of folks like me!

People who touch themselves when they think of Dan Kloeffler!

OK, not really. But I really do touch myself when I think of Dan Kloeffler. I just meant the ....oh,wait. You got what I meant.

This pomade would keep my faux hawk looking sexy in a wind storm. Which is very practical, given that my job often requires me to take breaks outside. AND I can brush it flat, and get that sexy, shiny, patent leather look Cary Grant made look so sexy.

And it smells good. I still have a nice supply of my other pomade that smells like orange sorbet on hand, but I think I'm gonna stick with Murray's for a while.

Moral of this blog: Why am I just finding out about this stuff now?

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Questions, No Stupid

Famous book with appropriate titleI hate to share this piece of information with aspiring librarians. I hate to say this in front of seasoned librarians....

Remember when your teachers told you "oh, Honey, there is no such thing as a stupid question..."

They were totally telling a lie. A big one.

I just want to warn you that once you sit behind any sort of desk, and do your thang, stupid questions will roll in. Just like my sister in law when she hears there is going to be free food or child care.

One of the first stupid questions you will be asked:

"Can you help me?"

Did Rose Kennedy own a black dress?

The obvious answer is yes. That is why I am collecting a pay cheque, and sitting behind this fine Gaylord® catalog desk. (PS mine was actually was actually designed by an architect.)I am here to answer your questions. See the big sign that says "ASK HERE!" or in more archaic facilities a sign reading "REFERENCE"?

The hard part is, we can't actually help everyone. Some people want to know things that don't have answers to, like "Why does Mommy cry?" and "Where is my Dad?" or "Will this rash ever clear up?" But overall, librarians help people.

Stupid question #2:

"Where are the books?"

Look around Bright Eyes. Yes, there are closed stack libraries. They are the exception rather than the rule. The books are everywhere. SURPRISE!

Maybe I wouldn't be so quick to call a question stupid if it was phrased properly, for example:

"Where is your Liberace section?"

I want them to say "Where are your biographies?" or "Do you have any materials about Liberace?" (I don't really want someone to ask me about Liberace, I'm just saying...)

I want to say "Just look for the Grand Piano and candelabras!" But I don't.

Then there are the specifists. They know that we have exactly the book they want.

"Do you have any books about black, gay clarinet players with diabetes who lived in Northern Maine?"

Why YES! It's your lucky day. Let me take you to the Ethnic Artist Homosexual with Medical problems shelf!!

Another type of stupid question you will surely get at some point, will come from a genealogist. I can assure you.

"Where are the books on the fill in the family surname family?" Refer them to the Mormons in Utah. Most libraries will have a great collection of genealogical materials, sometimes even have titles of "founding members" of the community you are in. More than often, we do not have those titles. The question may sound earnest, but really, it's stupid.

Other questions will include (but do not require an MLIS):
"Do you have bathrooms?" No, actually, I've been peeing in potted plants for months.

"Can I use a computer?" I don't know, CAN you?

"I need the phone number of the President of the United States" And I need Mary Poppin's umbrella.

"How long can I rent this DVD for?" Um, they are free. You have to check it out on your card. We don't rent things in public libraries [unless your library does, but you don't count for arguments sake - this is MY blog after all].

Of course, some people live for these moments, to instruct and inform the public. I've done my penance. Now, I hand the baton to the next generation of librarians. Today, I receive information requests, and form the questions myself. And of course, my questions are never stupid.


Moral of this blog: I checked this book out before, it was red with know which one I mean?

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Flowers, May

Read My TulipsOne of the things I love most about Spring is the ready availability of tulips in this fine city of mine.

Here, I have a spray of parrot tulips in a seafoam green McCoy vase on my Duncan Phyfe dining room table. You can see my letter opener next to the vase.

This morning when I woke up, the tulips had all opened up, and some of them started to tilt under their own weight. It was so wonderful, I had to capture the moment.

Moral of this blog: Read my tulips. Spring is here.

Friday, May 02, 2008

Library School, Courses I wish they had in

Hot Librarians workin' itSo, today after a few phone calls, I decided that there were things I wish I would have learned to deal with while I was in Library School™. Not that I can't function properly without knowing these things, I'm just saying they would have been nice to know.

I decided to create a bunch of course listings that I think that other librarians, and Graduate Students in our fine profession would have also enjoyed/would enjoy that in our day to day lives, we could do an even better job.

LIS503 Info. Retrieval
Focuses on finding materials/regalia in your building/office/desk that another librarian hid or misplaced while working for their library. This class will offer filing techniques, searching methods, instruction on inserting batteries in flashlights, hand washing methods, case studies in hoarding and effective methods for dealing with hoarders and their aftermath, and edification on proper recycling behaviors. No books required. In fact, throw one away.

LIS598 Classification
This course discusses and elaborates on quick patron personality type identification. The aim is to reduce the amount of time you spend working with crazy people who just want to chat, while getting to the bottom of a query. Guest speakers will include but are not limited to: schizophrenics, manic depressives, the unbathed, a stage mother, elderly couples, perverts, a homeless guy with a shopping cart, drug addicts, and emo teens. Subscription to People magazine required.

LIS564 The Internets *6 credits
Course work prepares future reference librarians for dealing with terminology that patrons/customers will use that makes no sense. Course will be taught by the editors of Pre-req: LIS512 Jive

LIS587 Youth Literacy
Intensive focus on WWF Smack Down Magazine, Teen Beat, Teen Vogue, Nintendo Wii, and Harry Potter. Learning to realize that only a few kids read is easy once you take this class! Your sense of disappointment in the real world is dissipated 10 fold. Field trips to inner-city Urban school libraries will show you that 73 books in a library is a lot. Core component class for AV/Media Specialist track students, and Youth Librarians.

LIS 541 Informatics
Work includes identifying various illegal substances, bodily fluids, and drug paraphernalia. At the end of the course students will be expected to clearly identify which substance a patron has been impaired by, and possibly what they ate for lunch. Text Book Required: High Times Compendium 1995-2005

LIS599 Health Science Libraries
Students will provide accurate diagnosis of rashes, leisions, and assorted scabbed over sores. Intensive focus on STD identification will be offered over the last two Sundays of the course.

There are more. I could go on for days, but I coulda had a leg up.

Moral of this blog: Um, my friend has this blotchy rash, and um...

Continues, The Search

My Girl, ChanelWell, I hoped, but didn't anticipate the large number of nominations I've already received! And I am pleased to say so far, every single submission (and I hate that word, I feel like a dominatrix)has been amazing. And not one holiday themed sweater in the mix.

Men...where are you? Statistically, I know we are in the minority in our field. And so far, that statistic is about right....5 ladies to 1 far out of 30 submissions, only 6 guys. Pretty good for one day.

Here's what you can plan on & here is what I'll need:

1. A photograph (or a few!) & permission to use it.
2. Contact information (e-mail address, a we blink where I can contact them)
3. Plan on writing a brief bio. Nothing too personal, I know people get freaked the hell out about personal information.
4. Willingness to be included in the 100 Most Beautiful Librarians "issue" to be created by the WDL.
5. Submissions can be sent to wdlibrarian at Gmail dot com

I've had tons of questions. Don't over analyze it folks, this is a light hearted attempt to stir up the library community.

To qualify:
1. Do you have an MLIS or are you working on one? You'll be considered!
2. Have a super cool librarian job like me? You'll qualify!
3. You don't need to be young! Helen Mirren and Diane Keaton and Daniel Craig and Ian McKlellen would all make this list if they were librarians.
4. This isn't a movers or shakers issue....but if like to move and shake - submit!

Who are the judges? Simple. ME. Don't pre-judge me. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Let me decide, don't do it for me. SUBMIT!

Already, I am getting flack from the library community:
"Our jobs aren't about being beautiful..."
"We are not models, we are librarians."
"This is superficial"
"This is not a measure of our worth."
"This is stupid...."
"This is worse the NY Times Hipper Crowd of Shushers article"...

So, why would I do this? Because I can. Because we are not just librarians, we are people too. As I sit here sipping my black coffee, I am impressed by the great response so far, and it's only been one day.

To all of those people who think this is a disgusting exercise in vanity: suck it. And I mean that in the most endearing, non aggressive way. But nonetheless, suck it.

Moral of this blog: wdlibrarian at Gmail dot com is waiting for your nomination!

Thursday, May 01, 2008

People, Beautiful

Girlfriend looks like a muppetIs it that time already? I've decided to take matters into my own hands, and find the 100 Most Beautiful Librarians. Of course, I'm number 1, but is it possible to actually get 100 nominations? Submit a hot librarian. wdlibrarian at gmail dot com.

Prizes? The prestige of being named one of the 100 most beautiful librarians. By me. To qualify, you must be a librarian, or as most job ads say "completing your MLIS degree". What is hot? You tell me. Results will be published at a later date.

Moral of this blog: Where my people at?

ed. Yes! archivists, catalogers, directors, and MLIS students may all submit! Especially beautiful ones!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Friends, Dirty

Huge TetonsTaken from a text message with my realtor friend:

Realtor: The couple finally landscaped that house I told you about
WDL: Hot. I can't wait to see it!
Realtor: Maybe you can come and see it afterwards and give your opinion. I have to sell it! Tell people about it PLUS its huge and cheap. Like my boobs.

WDL: I think I can find a buyer for those

Moral of this blog: Mammaries. Light the corners of my mind.

Kidding, Just

Moral of this blog: I love this clip. Just kidding. No I'm not. Just kidding.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Taylor, Chuck

Classic Chuck TaylorsOne of my favorite things to do is dress up. I dress up almost every single day - and by dress up I mean a collared shirt with cuff links, a sports coat, dress trousers and neck wear.

I love to wear black Chucks with what I have on. It is sort of a visual contradiction in style to add something so casual to something so dressy - but the mix actually works. The contrast is fun, and unexpected.

Mind you, the Chucks need to be in good shape. When you start to notice that they are looking grubby, it is time to wash the white rubber and bleach the shoelaces.

Another reason that I love to wear the shoes - they are classically stylish. The low top Chuck, or the "Oxford" was new to the Baby Boom Generation. Before this, only the high top was available. The high top was first introduced in 1917 by Converse. Basketball player Chuck Taylor loved them, and became their first real spokesperson for the shoes.

You know anything from the late 40's has to be good. Exept SPAM®. (but that was actually the late 30's!)

The nickname "Chucks" stuck after this, the shoes were his namesake.

And while the shoes are offered in other trendy colors, I love the classic black Oxfords. Mind you, I still love my Italian loafers, and my dozen or so other pairs of classic styled shoes, but these are close to being my favorites.

A few days ago, I wore a two piece, pin striped, khaki suit to work. With a deco bow tie and cuff links. And my Chucks. More people did a double take then I ever remember. Perhaps they were offended, perhaps they were noting the boyish charm I exuded. I may never know.

Moral of this blog: Chucks are hot.

Monday, April 07, 2008

Sedaris, Amy

Moral of this blog: Tonight, Amy can entertain your ass.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Intercourse, Reference

come on baby, 2 more minutesApparently, timing and technique are everything. Perhaps it is because I read both articles today, or their uncanny timing in coming out. Either way, my mind quickly drew parallels.

A forefather in our field Samuel Swett Green talked about “Personal Relations Between Librarians and Readers” way back in 1876. He encouraged librarians to "mingle freely with … users, and help them in every way", and to ice the cake he offers suggestions to improve “[p]ersonal intercourse and relations between librarian and readers." Hot, right?

May's issue of The Journal of Sexual Medicine will publish a survey of sex therapists which concluded "the optimal amount of time for sexual intercourse was 3 to 13 minutes."

While the journal Biblioletra, recently published an article which points out "sometimes questions are quickly resolved, while other questions seem easy but [take longer]."

This same article notes that a librarian "must be willing to modify [their technique], because some patrons would have been unsatisfied..." and further "a well-trained reference librarian will sometimes initiate....if a hesitant user appears to need assistance.”

While the sexy article noted "... research has shown that both men and women want [sexy time] to last longer." The therapists did rate sexual intercourse that lasts from 1 to 2 minutes as "too short."

Extrapolating from all of this, a few points that librarians should keep in mind during a reference interview:

1) If it feels like it has lasted long enough, it probably has.
2) Use an established technique. Does your library have guidelines?
3) Asking more questions can lead to a more satisfying experience the second time around.
4) It is not necessary for it to last more than 13 minutes, even if the patron wants it to last longer.
5) Librarians should always make eye contact.
6) Satisfying the customer can lead to a true happy ending. They may even tell a friend!
7) One to two minutes is probably not enough.
8) Stay on top of your patrons - initiate if necessary.
9) In academic settings, often the patron wants it quickly.
10) In public settings, often the patron wants it anonymously.
11) In special settings, often the patron expects to be billed.
12) Small talk can often make the intercourse more enjoyable for both parties.
13) Keep in mind their are others waiting, you may have to do this dozens of times in one night. Pace yourself.
14) If their are children, involve them! They hate standing on the sidelines.
15) Use hash marks to keep track. You may determine that you need a helping hand on certain nights!
16) If you can't finish, get the customers e-mail address or phone number.
17) If you don't call back the next day, statistically the customer may never return to use your services.
18) Don't point. Guide the customer to exactly the right spot.
19) Customers don't always ask for exactly what they want. Probing them can lead to full satisfaction, in many reader/librarian situations.

and of course..

20) Always practice safe reference.

So you can see, our jobs are very important. We should see parallels in everything we read. Librarians should strive to keep the customers coming. Without them, what would we do?

Moral of this blog: Librarians do more than check patrons out.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Trying, How to succeed in Libraries without really

Today, I thought it would be a great idea to give pointers on how to succeed at work. With so many aspiring librarians / librarians waiting in the wings for that first opportunity - I present a list of musts:

The Fringed Acid Washed Denim Jacket. Farrah Fawcett had one in the '80's, you should too! This look says "I'm ready for casual Friday...NOW!!" HR are you listening??

Men, I didn't forget you! Crack out that stylish Member's Only jacket! Is it pleather? I HOPE SO! Nothing says "I'm business first" like an exclusive club jacket.

Why be wasteful, and get a haircut, when you can buy other things like used cars, camping equipment, and food for your dogs and cats! Let your personality speak for itself. Business in the front, Party in the back! Look out accounting, here comes our new Chief Financial Officer!

Why let your reputation precede you? Let your aroma say hello first! POUR ON THAT FRAGRANCE!! Nothing makes people notice you like perfume...and why waste money on that fancy department store stuff? You can pick this stuff up for a song at garage sales, and drugstores! They even have the aeresol kind now! Hot.

Chew gum during meetings! I know you're the fun loving type (and probably committed to your job!) if you snap and pop that Bazooka Joe! I bet you're as bubbly as that bubbalicious! If it's good enough for celebrities, get on that band wagon! Besides, a little glamour at work never hurt anyone *wink wink*

Oooh! Someone went out for a drink! Forget that flashy Starbucks disposable cup, crack out the booze in a bag! Now everyone in the office will know that you're a big earner, and too good to just "make it at home, and bring it in a Travel Mug™!" Someone's paving the road to the top!

We bend and lift ALL the time in our field. Why wear cumbersome coats and jackets? Break out the tubetop! This will free you up, and totally let your bosses know you are ALL work and no play. You are dressed for success, and everyone can see it! Sorry boys! You'll just have to settle for the a-line T-shirt!

Knock Knock? Who's there? LIBRARY JOURNAL'S MOVERS AND SHAKERS ISSUE! Nothing's gonna grab them like a Terry Cloth Track Suit! How else could you move and shake better? This look lets them know you love technology (ie: gaming in libraries) AND you love to work with teens! You're a shoe in with this look!

Ladies! Listen up! Your appearance counts. Make sure you accentuate it! A few times! Nothing says "I pay attention to detail" like a few good layers of foundation. Who am I kidding! You knew that already!

You see "camel toe", I see "tailor fitted wardrobe". Nothing says more about you than a fitted wardrobe. The mystery is "who will climb to the top first? You? or your trousers?"

And of course, none of this matters if you don't have a winning smile!! Just remember, it's not how many teeth you have - it's how big your heart is.

The list could go on, but with these tips - you're sure to get to the top before any of your colleagues. Being noticed is how it all begins! Feel free to add more suggestions in the comments! Thing big! And remember = PERMS EQUAL SUCCESS!

Moral of this blog: Happy April Fool's Day!

Monday, March 31, 2008

Fans, Former

Weighing my options Removing rather than responding (or accepting) criticism? Not hot.
Former fan | 03.30.08 - 4:55 pm | #

Hmmm. A reader from Bellevue, WA area wrote the above to me. They had left a far more cutting comment, and I deleted it. Why? I didn't know how to respond. Do I owe explanations? Do I want to put myself out there to keep one rather nasty reader on my blog roll?

It is true, my blog is not the same as it used to be. Truth be told, I'm not the same person I used to be 6 months ago.

I'm a blogger, a librarian - I am not a professional writer, used to dealing with criticism.

Now that I have worked in management, and now run my own library - I do get criticism. One rule I have for those who criticize: don't come to the table empty handed. Come with suggestions. If things are happening a certain way - it is more than likely because I am not aware you are unhappy. Tell me what you'd like to see. I'm doing this all by my lonely kids. This is not a corporate sponsored enterprise.

On the other hand, I have to laugh. My blog is titled "The Well Dressed Librarian" -and guess what I post pictures of & write about? The best dressed librarian I know. No where in the fine print did this blog claim to be a mecca of civilization or a cornerstone of our industry. In my first post, I offered to lend a voice to this segment of the market. And so I have. My blog has been picked up and run by the newsletter of no less than 2 ALA accredited Library Grad Schools, I've been mentioned in one scholarly publication, my blog has been used as a training tool in at least one major US public library, and most importantly, my Mother reads my blog.

I am also impressed that someone who wanted "feedback" left a fake e-mail address, and no other way of contacting them - spare posting a response. You got what you wanted Sleepless in Seattle. I hope you are content, and a little wet that I replied.

So, what has changed in my life? Outside of a 9 year relationship ending by surprise, signing my half of my gorgeous house over to my ex, moving 500 miles away to a big city, living alone for the first time in my life, suffering a nervous breakdown, and starting a brand new job - nothing has changed. Nothing at all. Perhaps my blog isn't the most important thing to me. I post here to amuse myself, and it amuses me even more that people actually read what I write.

Is there more to it than that, or am I totally missing something? I am not Aaron Schmidt, Michael Stephens , or Stephen Abram. If you want news and information, check them out. I seriously don't mind losing traffic to these folks. If you want to know what the Well Dressed Librarian is thinking about -then read my blog.

As I've said before, we have never relied on Elsa Klensch to solve the Iraq situation, don't count on me to fix the Libraries of the 21st century. I've never promised I could, all I've done is tell people what I want them to know about librarianship. Almost a quarter of a million hits later, I must be doing something right.

I've mentioned before, customers from the library where I worked in the Almost Square State™ were astounded when they would see me out in the city. I don't live in the library! Don't be one of those people, Bellevue. You should know better.

I bleed when I am cut, and I respond when I'm poked. Especially twice.

Moral of this blog: Anonymous comments with no substance are not hot.

For Men, Accessories

So I walked into a bar...I was inspired this morning, when fellow blogger and librarian, Director LaFlamme, e-mailed me to say he was "wearing cuff links today." To say the least, I was delighted.

I too, am wearing cuff links, as I do everyday. It all started when I was a freshman in college, and a great uncle passed away. Dear Great Uncle Joe left me all his cuff links, and tie bars. Follow with another sad passing, Great Uncle Luke - and my inheritance grew. When Grandbob (Grandpa Robert) passed away, I was given his jewelry box.

My collection has since grown, with my own acquisitions.

Vintage Eiffel Tower cufflinks

There is something about these little pieces that delight me. Each one can start a conversation. Some hold special memories.

Today, I am sporting a vintage tie bar, that has a bowling ball and bowling pins on it and cuff links that were purchased in Paris from an antique shop. I smile each time I see them.

The cuff link has an interesting history, in the late 1700's, they were reserved for the upper class. They were made of expensive materials and often sported by royalty. When the French Cuff shirt popped on to the radar in the 1840's, middle class men started wearing cuff links made out of cheaper materials. Often, a hair of a lost loved one was placed under glass in a cuff link to commemorate them. In the Victorian era, men began wearing cuff links with more casual clothing, they weren't just for fancy dress dinners and the Opera anymore.

The industrial revolution brought along mass production, and by the 1920's, cuff links were all the rage. A revival in the 60's, by accessories giant Swank, filled the market once again. Cuff links remain popular to this day, and are becoming more popular each day, as retailers like Target, and JC Penney's increasingly provide affordable French cuff shirts.

Tie bars, or tie clips became popular in the 1920's. These replaced the tie tack, which is frowned upon because it has to pierce the tie each time it is worn. The tie bar is a practical piece of men's jewelry - as it hold the tie in place, and prevents it from blowing around in the wind and falling into your luncheon soup.

These are the easiest accessories for male librarians. A tie bar to keep your tie safe from prying little hands, a pair of cuff links to add a little flare to a white button down shirt. You can choose to be adventurous, or tame.

I wore my Grandbob's silver deco cuff links and matching tie bar to my first job interview when I relocated back to the city. I wanted to "bring him along" for luck. Thank you Grandbob!

EBay, tag sales, and large department stores are mecca for these objects. Let your personality show through when picking yours out!

Moral of this blog: Eat that, Bellevue, WA.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Hot, Argyle is

super hot librarian

Moral of this blog: Nobody does it better.

Breast, Robin Red

Big, pert BreastsToday, on my drive to work in my large SUV, on a winding road that wraps one of the largest cemeteries in the city of Chicago, I came to a stop at a stop sign.

And there, with its head cocked to the side was the first Robin I saw in 2008.

"WDL" you say to yourself "is this really worth writing about?" To this I can only reply "Shut your pie hole."

Of course it is worth writing about, because it reminds me of so many other things I call "yearly firsts."

One of the yearly firsts that we as librarians can look forward to is the cataloging backlog. Finally, our fine men and women in cataloging get caught up, as we spend out our year end budgets. With strained eyes, due to a lack of natural light, they take up their laser wands, bar code and catalog each book. They finally get down to one wagon of books to work from - and then the ritual "we finished it" pot luck, complete with crockpot cooked nibblies. And then the new budget is approved, and once again, the librarians begin spending like crazy, meth-addicted, Baker and Taylor whores. And so another cycle ends.

One of the other firsts I look forward too is in the complaints department. While these never really stop, the special one is always the first complaint of the year. Usually it has something to do with bad parking, a rude paraprofessional, a librarian that didn't quite address your honor students needs. I like these, because I can use my new letter head, and enclose a business card. And solace the masses with deep and slightly feigned remorse about their experience.

I also look forward to the first day I can just wear a sports coat to work. While I look incredible in my camel colored wool overcoat, complete with tortoise buttons - it is still a relief to walk out of the house with dress shoes and a sports coat on. Taking this a step further, I look forward to the first day I can wear seersucker. This requires much warmer weather, and a light breeze. While I do like the original blue, I admit I look better in tan seersucker. It flatters the complexion.

Honestly, I also look forward to the first long weekend. We all do. Like that first cup of coffee in the morning, that last cigarette at night - it is just short of delish.

I also look forward to the first person I meet at a function (isn't that a fun word?)who is a)surprised b)shocked c)curious about my sexuality. The questions people ask astound me. My favorite question is "Does it hurt?" I'm pretty sure I know what they mean, but am still shocked each time someone asks. I much prefer people to be shocked that I'm a librarian. No one ever asks me if that hurts. Though, sometimes it does. Be shocked that I'm liberal. Be shocked that I wear plaid mixed with argyle. Don't be shocked that I have kissed a man. Men. whatevs. You get the picture.

And my favorite first, seeing the first lily of the valley. I always pick a sprig, and press it in my journal. This goes back years and years. I've been journaling since high school, and I can flip back and find the first one. It was my Grandmother's favorite flower. Often, in spring, she'd dig up a clump and put them in a tea cup on the kitchen table. Hmmm. That is a nice thought. It makes me happy just recounting it.

And of course, spring cleaning. That goes without saying, and merits a post of its own.

Moral of this blog: All the birds of the air fell a-sighing and a-sobbing,
When they heard the bell toll for poor Cock Robin.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Pumps, Fuck Me

I am loving this song right now.
A fairly recent obsession with Amy Winehouse has lead me to purchase both of her CD's, Back to Black, and Frank.

I know it's horrible to be a crack head, but we all loved Billie Holiday and Edith Piaf. Tragic lives, but soulful voices. Amy gets to join this crew.

And this particular song makes me laugh, especially because I can not find the explicit version anywhere. It's all about these trendy girls, and how they will never find love - their bag of tricks has dried up at age 30.

I'm starting to think the same thing, only I never had a bag of tricks and I'm hardly trendy. I do not want to be a footballers wife - I've dated my share of athletes. I think I'll stick to the scholarly boys. Nerds are hot anyway. I know. I'm living proof.

In the past few weeks, I've gone out on several "dates" - one was great. My standards are just too high. But I'm not really prepared to negotiate my fine points: Tall, college educated, funny, social, emotionally available, employed, and thin.

My Mother reminded me if it wasn't for blue collar workers, I wouldn't be here. My Dad is an automechanic - and kind of looks like Jason Lee with the moustache. Guess Mom thought that was hot back in the day. Should I open myself up to EVERYTHING? Should I date a deisel mechanic? I don't think so. If that is going to keep me single, than so be it.

I don't want to be fondled by dry, rough hands. Or ones that require Lava soap to come clean. I wouldn't mind a manicured hand feeling me up though. That is, if I let people feel me up. Which I don't. Usually. Sometimes. OK, I totally do.

In another discussion with a co-worker, I realized that maybe my "age gates" are too small. I'm 31 - so in reverse, I'll date to 25. But it has to be an even that means I'll date up to 37. 6 years on both sides. I was advised to lift the upper end to 40. Which means 9 years - if I swing that both ways, I could date a 22 year old - and that isn't going to happen.

I wish dating were more like a library. I walk in, look up what I want on the OPAC, go to the shelf, and find what I'm looking for. Best of all, when I get to the shelf, if I look to the left or right of my title - there might actually be something I want even more, that I didn't think of looking for.

Sort of like when I went to the shelf to check out A Passage to India, and found Maurice. That was fate. I had a love affair with that book for years.

Moral of this blog: I better dust off my Fuck Me Pumps.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Day, St. Patrick's

Hotty McHot!
Erin Go Bra-lessCan I say enough about Holiday Themed Clothing ™? I will answer that question for you.


I decided to keep it simple, as I encourage all librarians to do. A tightly patterend green shirt, that almost looks solid - with a great piece of neckwear. This one was landed at Brooks Brothers. The dark green stripe was just enough to say "I can read the calendar, but this is all you're getting out of me."

Why why why? you think "Does he go on and on about clothing?"

a)This is called the Well Dressed Librarian, so SURPRISE!!
b)We can't pin our degrees to our chests, people need to take us seriously for other reasons
c)I hate looking at poorly dressed people
d)I hate looking at poorly dressed librarians
e)I'm trying to help, in a non-obtrusive way. If you are reading this and don't like it, there are millions of other things to do instead. Like read my old posts.

I keep reading and reading about the deterioration of our profession. Has the deterioration started from within? Or is it something external? Who knows. My vote is from within. And I am unanimous.

Last week, I had the honor of attending a major gala for my organization. One of the things I heard several times that evening was "Wow. You don't look like a librarian!"

What does that mean exactly? I've been thinking of it over and over again in my pretty little head. Does it mean that they want me to be a graying middle aged woman? Does it mean they want me to be wearing things from the Comfort Zone™? Should I have swapped out Italian Leather loafers for something with an insole lift and velcro straps? Should I have stood in a corner, rather than sticking my hand into those of random strangers and saved my business cards for a rainy day? Perhaps, I'll never know.

Perhaps I'll make up reasons and write about them later, which seems more likely.

Moral of this blog: It isn't easy being green.