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Slate recently ran this article, which raised a few hackles and triggered massive *headdesks* heard ’round the internet.

Then Salon posted this brilliant rebuttal, and all was right with the world again.

Well, until the next time that someone who doesn’t know what they’re talking about opens their pie-hole.

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There are people who get it, and people who just don’t.

Do libraries give us a core service?

My “favorite” comment in the article is from Terry Genelin, resident, Le Sueur. Way to be nasty and ignorant at the same time!


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Computer Classes

This is a visual representation of the computer class I taught yesterday, when the instructor terminal rebooted every 10-15 minutes of the entire two hour class:

This is a visual representation of the Computer class Cleery taught today, when the students’ terminals shut down for no apparent reason:

It’s not been a stellar week for computer classes at the library. Thank heavens I have a four day weekend to recover!

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Way back at the very end of January, my home library ceiling got damaged thanks to an ice dam. Well, we’ve finally gotten around to having the damage repaired (just in time for winter, hooray!) and I’ve spent the past several weeks putting the room back together.

So as a refresher, here is the room the day it was damaged:

And here is what the room looks like today:

I got a new bookcase, had the walls repainted a different shade of blue, and have weeded my collection down so that all of my books fit on the available bookcases. There are more bookcases on the walls you can’t see in this picture, just in case you were wondering. It’s not all the way there yet–I still need to hang up pictures (obviously) and finish organizing the last chunk of books–but it looks pretty darn good so far.

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Dam it!

So there’s a lot of snow in Minnesota, and many people are experiencing leaks due to the charming and delightful physics of ice dams. Because my home library/office ceiling decided to start dripping water sometime Thursday morning, I joined the ranks of the leaking, damp, and annoyed. Homeownership is fun! (Luckily only three books were damaged, and none of them are irreplaceable; I shudder to think what would have happened if I had discovered the leak after work, rather than before.)

But because I had to pull all of the books off of two cases–as well as move several floor stacks–it got me thinking about my library. And its idiosyncratic organization. I know where my books are, and I can find what I want quickly, but Mr Lush is utterly stymied by it. I don’t think I’m ever going to embrace a strictly-alphabetical-by-author-system at home, but I might possibly be willing to consider a slightly more logical one.

I’ve been meaning to replace a skinny case with a larger one, and then reorganize everything, for quite a while. I was vaguely planning on perhaps doing this in the spring or summer, but things appear to have been bumped up a bit. This will also give me the opportunity to weed my collection; I really ought to get rid of a few books, if for no other reason that I’m running out of room to store them properly. And do I really and truly need to keep those college text books the bookstore wouldn’t buy back? Probably not. If I can weed ruthlessly at work with no compunctions, I can surely do it at home too.

This is obviously not a viable long-term solution.

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Here’s some interesting bookish links:

Kirkus 2010 Best Books for Children and Teens I have sadly read only a very few of these books. But should I ever run out of things to read, this will be a good place to start.

A Screenwriter’s Hogwarts Decade I had no idea that the same person had been the screenwriter for all but one of the Harry Potter movies. And I also had no idea how closely JK Rowling had been involved with the movies.

James Frey’s Fiction Factory and James Frey’s Next Act which combine to paint a horrific picture. Liz B has an excellent roundup of related links over on A Chair, a Fireplace, and a Tea Cozy. It’s not so much *what* he’s doing as *how* he’s doing it that’s the problem. That contract is BAD.

The Bookseller Who Doesn’t Read Novels He clearly cares about the business and is working very hard to make it succeed, so I’ll just cringe mildly and move on.

My bright idea: English is on the up but one day will die out Language nerd alert! He makes good points, and I think he might have a case. But we won’t live long enough to see if he is right or not. C’est la vie.

The Book Collection That Devoured My Life No comment.

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Pet Peeve

I’ve read several books recently that use foreign languages within the English texts, usually because the book takes place in another country. Which is all well and good, and does lend authenticity and flavor and je ne sais quoi.


In all of the books, there were problems. Problems that ripped me violently from the story at hand and destroyed my enjoyment of it. Problems that could have been avoided by very basic research, in almost every case. Words were misspelled, grammar was overlooked, linguistic conventions were ignored. Even if neither the author nor the editor speak the language in question, it’s not that hard to crack open a bilingual dictionary to make sure a word is SPELLED RIGHT. If it’s something a little more complicated, like capitalization or abbreviation rules, there are experts that can be consulted; there is also the Internet, if all else fails.

But for the love of all that’s holy, do your homework!

Fine, whatever, not everyone is a polyglot like me, so for the majority of readers, this is not an issue. But it looks really, really bad to those of us who do notice, and it makes me question how much work and research and effort went into the rest of the book, and what other errors might be lurking in the text. It’s sloppy and unprofessional, in other words.

After all, if errers creep into the text and aren’t corrected, you mite start to question my authority, nicht wahr?

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