New Spice

Lyn shared this one (thanks, Lyn!). Pretty good impression, and pretty cute video. It's a good day for library links.

Again...may work best to view it on YouTube

"Library Girl"

Nice! A library-related video that I don't find embarrassing...  Clever lyrics and I dig the song; I do believe I would purchase it on iTunes if available.   

On her FB page, one fan recommends this as a way to have a copy (so to speak) of her music. I had no idea; this could be a good great beautiful thing. I'd like to support her as an artist though.. Reina, I'll be happy to send $.99 or $1.29 (true to iTunes form), your call. 

Check her YouTube channel for other music and some FAQs. Happy listening!!  

(If the formatting of the blog does not adjust to view the full video, clicking the video will take you to YouTube...where you can see it all.)


Treasured treasures.

I know there is a lot of action with this blog... Try to keep up, will you? 

I suppose it's lack of time/energy, not lack of content, that has allowed this well-intended blog to become somewhat of a ghost-town. Allow me to sweep a tumbleweed or two aside and share this...

Today, via Twitter (@Mental_Floss), I learned about Forgotten Bookmarks. Though not library-related, it has to do with books (more accurately: bookmarks), so it works for Don't Be Daft.  

The page was created and is maintained by a rare book seller by the name of Michael - who now runs his family shop where began working at the tender age of 7. Within his Forgotten Bookmarks Q&A he thanks one Carol Corbett for her help...whether she helped with the Q&A portion or the site as a whole, I'm not sure. At any rate, props to Carol as well. 

Michael's site intro reads as follows (click for full photo):

Below, I have copied the photos from one his posts to give you a taste of what it is he's doing (read: this content does not belong to me). You may peruse his many entries by visiting his blog. Additionally - if you're into social networking - you may follow him on Twitter or head to his Facebook page. You librarians might dig some of the rare book convos happening on a message board he's created; you can ask questions as well. 

It's the romantic and the random in me the bookmarks, hope you do as well! ~ A

Example of post (book + front & back of bookmark-photo):  



I follow Mental Floss on Twitter...  Sharing this tweet/link as it's library-related ☺. 

Retweeting @mental_floss: Here's one for the library science majors: 'Librarians Doing the “Thriller” Dance' -- http://bit.ly/9riTqj


I'm sorry we lost your book; it was swallowed by the sea.

As I mention in the "What's the Point" section over to the right...Renee and I are not librarians. 

I can absolutely appreciate that libraries& librarianship have their own history; a way they came about and a journey in regard to what they have come to be. 

That being said, some of said history is giggle-worthy for me. In this case, it's not just the history, but the earnest citing and adherence that made me lqtm (laugh quietly to myself). 

We work in interlibrary loan - which (though we do more than just ILL) is exactly what it sounds like...loaning items between libraries. In regard to lost books, Interlibrary Law (which reminds me "spirit law" in the Bring It On movies) states that once the lending library has placed an item in the mail to the borrowing library, they (the lending library) are no longer responsible for the item. Once it's been mailed - the borrowing library is responsible for it until it ultimately returns to it's home. 

This has been a subject of debate b/c when/if a book is lost in the mail - someone has to be responsible for recovery cost, etc... According to the rule, the borrowing library will be responsible...period. 

Our supervisor forwarded a message today from one of the listservs she follows; the message is in response to this debate. I'm not mocking, mind you, but I did find it to be...humorous. Okay, maybe I'm mocking a little. The following is from a gentleman who works at a medical library in Miami, FL. 

"This has been discussed MANY times on this list, and your interpretation is more than an interpretation, it's the way it is. This sacred rule of ILL dates back to when King Khufu's ship was losing papyrus scrolls over the side in its journeys along the Nile. It was actually drafted and set in force by the head librarian, Marion the Sumerian, at the Royal Library of Alexandria, if memory serves. Ptolomeic code 11427, para. 3, sp. 36. Loosely translated from what remains of the original hieroglyph: ""If the library of the 1st part requests an item from the library of the 2nd part, then the library of the 1st part shall be ultimately responsible for the item's safe passage to and from the library of the 2nd part, even in the event that the contracted courier comes under attack by pirates and/or crocodiles. Even if Osiris shall cause the sea to boil and swallow the ship up. So shall it be written, so shall it be done."" Seriously. I'm not kidding!"


A Long December...

There are more pictures of Renée's finger. Lots more. It became infected and...just...gross. Then it healed. There are few people who have it within them to turn slice like that into a month (or close) long healing process. Two of those few people - are me & Renée. 

She celebrated 5 years of employment here since we (I) last posted. Her gift from our department was her very own miniature skeleton. I believe the box actually said..."My First Skeleton". ( ...Only at a medical school gift shop. We didn't have anything like this at the supe store at Alabama.) There is a story behind it (the skeleton); I trust you'll trust me when I say...trust me, it was an appropriate gift.

I'll leave it to her to post pictures [of the skeleton]...maybe THAT will get her started in participating in this blog. That, and she's come across some lovely article titles lately.

The impetus for this particular post is William and the signing of my birthday card for the year. I've mentioned his talent before...thought to share it again now.  

Happy New year!!! ~ A



Once upon a time...

This is the story of a girl and workmen's comp...

For half of each work day, and all day Tuesdays, girl works in Historical Collections and Archives.  She has a knack for this area...a certain talent & thirst for the knowledge and history. 

Within this position, girl maintains and repairs books.  She is thorough and does her job well.   

One day, after her repair work was complete, girl was cleaning tools and supplies.  Among those supplies, girl was cleaning her scissors. 

While cleaning her scissors, girl sliced finger.

Girl's coworker and friend now affectionately calls her "Triple Stitch"...or "Stitch", for short.