Archive for September, 2008

I have heard Gov. Palin’s style referred to in the press as the “sexy librarian” look but dismissed it, as I do most such remarks. However, I discovered today, thanks to the Carleton Place Public Library blog, Tales from an Open Book, that an Italian design label, Marni has been inspired by us. The Wall Street Journal had this to say:

The Italian label offered its take on sexy librarians this season, much as Prada did last season. While Prada stuck with more classic lace patterns on its skirts and tops — albeit over flesh-colored linings — Marni reinterpreted lace in its own modern way. Large polka dot cut-outs gave the look a 1960s pop feel, and there was no lining underneath at all. While Prada’s show was kinky and voyeuristic, Marni’s was flirtier.

It would be hard to over emphasize how much I hate these “fashions”. In fact, I feel inspired to let my hair grow long, so that I can put it in a bun.

This is your home town librarian?

Would you let this woman read to your children?

Is it just me or is that not a modernized version of prison garb? Clearly, I have no fashion sense; however, those who do can see many more pieces of the Marni collection in New York Magazine if they wish.

I will never understand the world of fashion. Never. Can someone please find me a hair net?


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The Library History Round Table was alerted by a member some months ago that Google had scanned many library classics. A fellow member has followed up and made many of the titles available through his own Google “My Library” page.  My library for the Library History Buff brings together some amazing titles, e.g. The very first issue of Library Journal, Traveling Libraries by Frank Avery Hutchins (1902), A Library Primer by John Cotton Dana (1920), Simplified Library School Rules: Card Catalog, Accession, Book Numbers by Melvil Dewey (1904), and many more. Do check this out; I have not even begun to indicate adequately how many interesting titles are there.


Some of the titles are not full text because of lingering copyright issues. Most that I have actually clicked on are.

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The Embry-Riddle library (Prescott, AZ) has developed a library toolbar. It is quite an interesting idea. If you look at the last page of the installation instructions you can get a good sense of what it looks like. I, however, downloaded it (it downloads very quickly) and tried it out. It allows you to link to the library’s and the university’s home page; a drop down box under “Questions” offer choices such as “site map”, “contact us”, “site search”, etc.  There is also an interactive weather applet. When I put my cursor on it, I was given the weather for the Tuskeegee Institute. I have no idea why. At least it was smart enough to know that I am in Alabama! Whatever the case may be, this toolbar struck me as another cool use of technology.

The library at Clatsop Community College (Astoria, Oregon) has a rather spare home page. However, when one scrolls down a few lines, one sees the enormous tag cloud that ultimately dominates the page. I have mixed feelings about the way this looks but the links are, undeniably, interesting and often surprising, since the relation to the tag is not always immediately clear. I clicked on “lies” and was taken to the “Vaccination Liberation Home Page” and “Vaccination Risk Awareness Network”.  On the side bar one finds “Book Talk” with an invitation to view or edit. This proved to be a link to Library Thing. There are some questions in my mind about the value of both these features but I thought it might be of some interest to those of you who do have to think about how the Library’s home page should look and what should be on it.

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