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National Library Week! Yay!

I wanted to write more this week, but I've been way too busy celebrating National Library Week. That was before I discovered it wasn't a real holiday. At the very least I thought it might be one of those jumped up holidays created in the feverish dungeons of Hallmark to get people to spend money on useless and stupid holiday cards, but it turns out Hallmark doesn't even have a card for National Library Week. I know, because I've checked. It was especially fun celebrating National Library Workers Day yesterday. That's the reason I'm moving so slowly today. It's been a long time since I was out drinking and dancing until 4am with a bunch of library workers. I think the last time that happened was the era when people were getting down that night and shaking their booty. Good times. We all started in the middle of the afternoon at the extremely popular martini bar we opened in the library last year (and who said the AL can't recommend popular innovations!), and it went on from there. Our ...

Share Your Story!

If it weren't for the kindness of strangers, I might never have anything to blog about. I know, I know, some of you are thinking, damn those strangers! But that's just not polite. A reader forwarded me a call for submissions to a newsletter of sorts published by our old friends the ALA - Allied Professional Association. I haven't paid much attention to the ALA-APA since I pointed out how silly their arguments for increased librarian pay are, and that was way back in the winter of 2006. Where does the time go? One would have thought that such a useless organization as the ALA-APA would have disappeared by now, but such is not the case. Apparently they publish something called Library Worklife, which they describe as "HR E-News for Today's Leaders," and they've been publishing it for years without my knowing about it. Those ALA-APA folks should put me on more of their mailing lists so I can find out about this exciting stuff. After all, it's a library publication for ...

I Heart Library "Provocative" Statements

Some disappointed soul wondered why I would criticize the Darrell Stalemates this week but not the Taiga (so-called) Provocative Statements. Why haven't I addressed the Taiga Forum and its provocative production? Boredom, mostly, but let's take a look at them. For those who don't know, the Taiga Forum is just a fancy name for a bunch of associate university librarians and assistant directors who get together at ALA and complain about how library directors never seem to retire. That, and they make statements which they think will be provocative. It's not entirely clear who they intend to provoke, though, because nobody seems to pay them much attention. That's sort of the nature of being anAUL or AD, really. It's like being Vice President. Nobody really cares what you have to say. You're not at the top giving all the orders and you're not at the bottom doing all the work. So what do you do? You make provocative statements and write performance reviews. Maybe they're meant to provoke ...

I Heart Library Manifestos

You didn't really think I was leaving, did you? I've already written about one of the best things about being a librarian - the fact that librarians don't have to do much of the hard work of the library. That's what we have parasupport workers for. This frees us real librarians up for the challenging intellectual work of librarianship. For example, there's all those great articles published in library journals. If librarians had to do the hard grunt work of libraries, they wouldn't be able to write up all those magnificent case studies and how-we-dunit-good articles they do now. Those things take some serious thinking! They also wouldn't have time to write manifestos, and some librarians seem to love manifestos. You might remember a couple of years ago when the other AL published the Librarian's 2.0 Manifesto. If that was the sort of clever, thoughtful, affirmative gobbledygook you like, then you'll love the new Darien Statements on the Library and Librarians. When I read these, ...

Annoyed Librarian Exposes Self, Ends Blog

The Annoyed Librarian has been around about three years now, and in that short time has moved from cranky countercultural library blog to slightly less cranky countercultural blog that somehow managed to get itself hosted by a mainstream library publication. On the way it won all sorts of contests and generally proved it's the absolutely best library blog in the entire world. Not that the competition is very stiff, but still it's been an honor. And now it's time to expose the AL and end on a high note.  After all, when the AL looks upon the breadth of her domain, she weeps, for there are no more worlds to conquer. That, and I'm trying to fulfill the responsibilities of my intervention. Before my demise, I just want to offer a quick apology to some of my foils over the years. First, the Regressive Librarians. You guys have been such easy targets and awful sports over the years that I'd almost lost my will to poke fun at your insubstantial rants and your irritating shenanigans ...

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