- Edward Gorey, Boston Globe article, 1998, as quoted in Salon
The librarian's book of lists
Editor: George M. Eberhart
Summary: Eberhart (American Library Association editor), who admits to compulsive listmaking, applies his hobby to all aspects of the librarian's world, listing, for example, the top 10 things to do when you're a library director, top 10 blogs in six different subject areas, 10 reasons to be a librarian, 10 reasons not to, top 10 library music videos, and top 12 silly reasons to ban a book. Filled with library trivia, history, and information, this is an enjoyable read for anyone who loves libraries.
Librarians are funny people. Both funny haha and funny weird. I know this to be true because it has been my greatest pleasure to have worked side by side with so many over the last 11 years or so. (Why yes, thank you, I do look good for my age). So I was pretty sure I was on to a good thing when I accidentally came across Eberhart's book which is exactly what the title suggests: a list of serious/humorous lists put together by Eberhart himself (a list-maker extraordinaire which is something I admire because I heart lists - we control what we can to the nth degree, and for me that's lists) and a number of librarians from around the world. Short post for today that is, simply, 5 librarian's lists that scream READ ME in this book :)Runner-up lists:
YES I CAN SEE THAT LOOK ON YOUR FACE. I had it, too. I read the title of this list and I was all, 'Say huh?' This definitely comes under the heading of 'Things I'm not sure I ever needed to know but now can't forget.' Such as a Southern Boobook which makes a book-book sound, and a Yellow-Headed Warbler which makes a shhh-shhh-shhh-shhh-shhh-shhh noise. I kid you not.
A list based on Pratchett's Discworld series, the 8th novel in particular, where the Libarians of Time and Space teach these three rules to seniors:
Most of us leave under our own steam by the front door, usually in an orderly fashion. Imagine if some of us left the way Leary has suggested we could do: