You can proclaim your intentions with a Kill Your Library T-shirt
I can’t find a clip of this online, but I was watching TV tonight and saw a commercial for the Lied Library at UNLV. There were shots of the library’s impressive architecture and robotic book retrieval system, and the commercial followed a visitor to the library finding something to read and having a cup of coffee. The commercial emphasized that the library visitor wasn’t a student at UNLV but a “student of life” and closed by saying that the library was for all the citizens of Nevada. I thought this was interesting, because while state libraries are open to everyone I don’t normally see this type of outreach. I wish I could link to the commercial!
Updated to add the link, courtesy of my husband’s superior searching skills:
Of course I don’t think the library advertising budget translates into very visible commercial placement. Due to Mr. TangognaT’s unfortunate sports obsession, we spotted the ad while we were watching The Mtn. channel. My husband says no one watches The Mtn., so I guess it must not cost too much to buy commercial time there. Still, it was the first time I’ve seen a commercial like that for an academic library on TV, and I thought it was interesting that they were doing that type of outreach.
I always feel a little sad when a blog I follow gets shut down. Tales From the Liberry is morphing into Borderland Tales and Ref Grunt is officially retiring to a life of more anonymous tweeting. I’ve felt removed from the library blogging scene for some time, and these two blogs were among the group that I started following when I began blogging myself. Best of luck with your new projects guys!
There’s an Alternative Press Festival at the City Library on December 5th, so check it out if you are curious about the zine scene.
Here’s an article in Publishers Weekly about graphic novels at Columbia University, “Comics Go to the Ivy League“
Blog@Newsarama points out that a librarian got in trouble for recommending his daughter’s manga adaptation of Macbeth.
From the same people that did the literal version of “Take on Me,” here is the literal version of Tears for Fears “Head Over Heels.” This is lovely music videos from the ’80s that features a monkey in a library, librarian stalking, and windy card catalogs:
Over at the Neon Season there’s a call for donations. Check it out if you have some manga to spare that would be appropriate for a school library.