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Earlier today, I was watching Glee on Hulu. The commercials that streamed were PSAs featuring the Glee cast encouraging viewers to be responsible citizens and all that jazz. Guess what, though? Rather than focusing on the usual “be nice” or “respect” messages, one of the PSAs featured information on how libraries can share books to keep their collections fresh and reduce their carbon footprint. Pretty cool.

The only problem is that I can’t for the life of me find a standalone stream of the clip! In the comments section for the Glee episode Theatricality, someone mentions seeing this clip, so at least I know I’m not crazy. As soon as I find an embeddable clip, I’ll share.

Gotta go, the season 2 Glee premiere just started!

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The unmistakable smell of old books has been distilled into a perfume… and I love it. Charmingly named In the Library, CB I Hate Perfume‘s creation is a must-buy for for the bibliophile, English teacher or librarian in your life. My fiance bought me the 2 mL “travel size” for a recent gift. The perfume’s website describes In the Library as:

English Novel taken from a Signed First Edition of one of my very favorite novels, Russian & Moroccan leather bindings, worn cloth and a hint of wood polish

I’ve got to be honest here, the wood polish bit turned me off to the whole idea of a book-scented perfume. I work in a public library, whose cacophony of smells is already a lot to take in. I didn’t think I needed to introduce more in to the mix.

Description aside, I am ultimately glad I got this perfume as a gift. It smells great, even somewhat floral*, which is nice. I can dab on the slightest amount of the perfume absolute to last me all day without feeling overwhelmed by smell.

*I am in no way a perfume or scent expert.

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In an earlier post, I wrote about libraries in the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation. The glorious tension between the library and parks department lived on in an episode aired February 4, entitled “Sweetums.”

Pawnee Public Library Sign

If you’d like to see the library-specific content streaming at Hulu, start watching the full episode at the 8 minute mark (library content runs about a minute).

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MemorableĀ library-related quotes (spoiler alert):

Marcie: Hmm, you seem to have a $40 late fee on a book called Mysteries of the Female Orgasm!
Leslie: No I don’t!

Leslie: Punk ass book jockies! (screamed as she runs out of the library, 16mm films in hand)

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Episode review at tv.ign.com

“Sweetums” | Parks and Recreation | A.V. Club

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PS: http://www.pawneeindiana.com/ is a site necessary for all Parks and Rec fans to visit.

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What the Librarian Did

What the Librarian Did by Karina Bliss

This is a real book. I’m not joking.

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For months now, I’ve been meaning to publish a Libraries in the Mainstream post about the Thursday night NBC comedy, Community. Large segments of this amusing* show are set in the library of their community college in Denver. Here is a rap.

*(Though you’d never guess it was amusing from the pilot, which comes across simply as poking fun at community college students. I later gave the show a second chance based on a friend’s recommendation. I was pleasantly surprised. )

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My third favorite television show growing up in the 1990s was Wishbone. For those of you unaware of this spectacular gem of a show, please consult its Wikipedia page and your local PBS affiliate for more information and to watch an episode or two. I promise that if you love reading, this show will at least make you smile.

At any rate, the episode entitled One Thousand and One Tails was on WKAR in East Lansing, MI when I went to my gym this afternoon. Lucky for me, the episode was beginning right as I got on to the elliptical machine (as if anyone cares what my workout routine entales). Here’s a synopsis of the episode, from KQED:

David has an adventure with bandits on the information superhighway while Wishbone tries to save Emily from the power of greed. Meanwhile, Wishbone, as Ali Baba, has an adventure with forty thieves, and Scheherazade saves her life through the power of stories in “The Thousand and One Arabian Nights.”

I HAD hoped to embed a series of videos produced by the Wishbone team in this post, but alas, finding anything but the show intro and a variety of bad (surprise, surprise) content tagged with “wishbone” on YouTube was impossible. Instead of a bunch of cute videos about visiting your local library and how fun going to the library with one’s family is, I’ve got this video of a barking Jack Russell.

And since this post is “just for fun,” here are some adorable pictures of my two dogs, one of which is part Jack Russell Terrier. Soccer, the dog best known for portraying the most literary pooch of all time, was a Jack Russell.

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Happy belated Xmas, librarians. I had a man once ask me why on earth I’d want to be an old librarian with a bun and cranky glasses. Most librarians I know, though there are exceptions, are very much the opposite of the stereotype.

At any rate, it’s Christmas time. If you can spare the 30 seconds to watch the first video below, you’ll laugh as hard as I did at the shock and horror with which George Baily reacts to discovering his wife is a librarian.

And to end it on a more positive note:

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Two things I love, strike that – three things I love, all in one place: libraries, public broadcasting, and Rachel Maddow. šŸ˜€

UPDATE: 12/29/09

From TPMDC Morning Roundup on December 28, 2009 :

Bush Library To Hold Photos, Cowboy Hats, Gift From Pope, And Saddam Hussein’s Glock
The Washington Post reports that the George W. Bush Presidential Library, set to open in 2013, will include all manner of political artifacts of his administration, as well as the lavish gifts that a president receives: “Included here are 68 million pages of documents, a surfboard, 175 million e-mails, countless cowboy hats, 3,845,912 photographs, Stan ‘The Man’ Musial’s autograph, gold and silver swords, handmade quilts, diamond jewelry, cowboy boots, classified files, a gift from the pope and the 9mm Glock pistol that Saddam Hussein was armed with when he was rooted out of his spider hole in Iraq.”

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Last Friday’s episode of Rachel Maddow is worth a watch, especially for the AV archivists in the audience. It involves “a minute or so” (Maddow’s words) of footage disappearing from the C-Span Archives. If I didn’t, ironically enough, have an epic final in my archival administration course tomorrow, I would expound further on my reaction to this clip. For now, all I’ll say is, “Oh no, they didn’t.”

UPDATE: Oh man, I LOVE video digitization discussions in the mainstream! They explain, for those who think archivists are wasting time and money by their very existence, why keeping records is such an important endeavor.

On Monday, December 21st’s episode of The Rachel Maddow Show, the McCain/C-Span video archive missing footage issue was cleared up (skip to 2:15 if you’ve watched the clip from 12/18/09):

We have re-digitzed and re-posted this particular Senate session directly from the original analog tapes. -Statement from the C-Span Archives to TRMS regarding the footage in question

It’s situations EXACTLY like these that justify a solid records management program for a given institution, ESPECIALLY one related to governmental affairs. I have no further comments.

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How exciting! Wednesday night’sĀ episode ofĀ Glee featured not only a mention of “library research” AND a brief discussion about homeless people and public libraries,Ā but even a scene set in the school library itself. Granted, the episode was about defacing Glee Clubs’ yearbook pictures, but libraries were featured just the same. Here are some pics and quotes (sorry about the resolution):

“I’ve done a little library research.” – Kurt, spoken before opening a pile of yearbooks to illustrate why a Glee Club photo should not be taken

Kurt: Shortly after the yearbook came out, he had a nervous breakdown. He’s now the homeless man who sleeps in front of the public library.
Quinn: Patches?
Kurt: Patches.
Blond cheerleader: He rags on my mom.

Later in the episode, Rachel (pictured above) makes a trip to the library to review the 2008 yearbook, in which she made a point of joining every extracurricular activity to practice posting for any future paparazzi she may have to deal with. Ah, Glee. Here’s a link to the latest Glee episode, “Mattress,” on Hulu.