Number 23. Jordan. Sandberg. And now us. Let's get on with the show ...
Creative Librarian experiences the value of being a middle man -- helping to get things done by understanding the needs of different participants, and knowing something they don't. This is a role that librarians are (or at least ought to be) pretty good at.
Liz B at Pop Goes the Library interviews Jeff Chow, developer of virtual middle man Library Elf, asking if he'll take the J. Lo approach and call it L. Elf.
rhl space ponders whether Playaway digital audiobooks (each title on its own inexpensive player) would make a good addition to library collections. This has potential as an idea other librarians can steal, one of our suggested topics.
The Distant Librarian does a nice wrap-up of a federated search symposium, with some practical points from Roy Tennant and a good, stealicious idea from a vendor at the end.
Good advice from A Librarian's Guide to Etiquette: Use water words to let people know how busy you are. That is such a totally great idea for librarians to steal!
Across quite a bit of water, way over in the Phillipines, aczafra.com was blogging about Steven at Library Stuff blogging about Jenny at ALA TechSource blogging about Casey Bisson blogging (and presenting) about a mash-up he's doing with an OPAC, blog, comments, tags, Amazon.com stuff, and other content. Our suggested topic of what would really happen if patrons could add tags to OPACs is left unaddressed, since Bisson proposes in an example that a reference librarian would add tags.
A follow-uppish post at Maison Bisson leads off with a link to an ebyblog commentary on patron privacy which observes: "If your library offers book clubs that have people read the same book then there is another privacy issue. If I know how long someone has been in the club and what books the club has read then I can probably tell what that person has been reading, even without the library keeping a patron history."
Amanda at blogwithoutalibrary.net ran across a company you can pay to print a wordcloud from your site on a t-shirt. Which reminds us that we still haven't seen anyone else talk about inverse tagclouds. Our genius goes unrecognized.
Perhaps we just need to read Diffusion of Innovations. Christina's LIS Rant has a rant that's much more of a rave about how the parts of that book she's read so far have flipped on a light switch about those amazing ideas that just don't catch on, and what factors affect the adoption of innovation.
A couple of the Out of the Jungle folks have done a nice series of posts about career development for (law) librarians, starting with Where do baby librarians come from? and continuing with Just where do baby librarians come from? (illustrated!) and More about librarian development - seriously.
:31 Librarian has the ol' searching vs. finding epiphany, and writes about it well.
Scott at BiblioTech Web directs our attention (though we're a little distracted by a CSS boo-boo; scroll down past the white space if it's not fixed yet) to the elements of online collaboration in a hilarious techucational cartoon. Watch it, but not while consuming a beverage.
Linda at The Lipstick Librarian (who inspired us to start this site 7 years ago this month) confesses to not being as starry-eyed about being a librarian as she used to be.
No stars in library worker Kristina's eyes. She now knows that it's completely unacceptable to use her creativity, initiative, and own off-work time to start a well-received (except by TPTB) blog for her library's teen group.
Boobies or innocently naked boys in videos are what's completely unacceptable to patrons of the library where Popular Librarian works. Violence is, of course, no problemo.
If you're on two blogs, you can get into our Carnival twice! Moonlighting over at PLA Blog, Steven this time points to a news snippet about a public library auctioning its naming rights on eBay. Bidding starts at $325k; local pickup only, no shipping. Steven's round-up of local library news also mentions that Laura Bush announced the 2005 National Awards for Museum and Library Service last week.
Speaking of the First Lady, and leaving the warm incest of Biblioblogworld, Chicago radio legend Steve Dahl wonders on his blog whether Laura partied with her husband during his substance-abuse days. "That would be hot as Hell, but that's just what I think. She must have, right? There's nothing like a librarian who likes to get naked, or necked, as they say in TX."
Returning briefly to Terra Blogga Biblioteca, Steve Lawson at See Also ... discovered from other sources -- namely, MySpace and Facebook -- that Librarians are Hot. He also found words of wisdom imprinted on the cover of the 1931 edition of Ranganathan's 5 Laws: "To be literate is to possess the cow of plenty."
Back outside the Libraryblogiverse again, BoingBoing has the lyrics to "Blogue", a parody (actually, a burlesque, if we correctly remember the discussion of those art forms in the "Pretty Woman" federal court case years ago) of Madonna's "Vogue". It took this long for someone to think of this?
That's it. Show's over, folks. Move along safely to the great egress. Carnival #24 will be hosted by Grumpator. (Submission instructions are here.) Now, if you'll excuse us, we have to go find a middle man to make sure someone cleans up after the carnival animals and the cow of plenty.