Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Bad Headlines Department

200-year-old Kate Chopin's house burns down
via Books - Top Stories on 10/1/08
200 years old? I didn't know Kate Chopin was still alive!

Good News Department

Two-Thirds of Americans Have a Library Card
via Stephen's Lighthouse by stephen on 10/6/08
Some great demographic information here, too

Eco, Green, etc.

Eco-friendly books run the gamut of green
via Books - Top Stories on 10/6/08

This trend was first spotted last spring by Trendwatching in their Ecoiconic briefing. Since then, entire television networks have changed entirely to how-to-go-green programs. Presidential campaigns have gained ground by emphasizing the need for alternative energy resource. The whole world has gone green.

It will be interesting to see if this trend lasts. Some anonymous people have already tired of the green trend

Libraryland and Related Occupations - Humor

Book News: Larry Doyle Wins Thurber Prize for American Humor
via Library Journal - Collection Development on 10/7/08
Wrote TV's The Simpsons and Beavis and Butthead.
It's about time the Simpsons got their proper respect!

Webinars, Library
via A Librarian's Guide to Etiquette by J on 10/7/08
Every time a librarian uses the word webinar, a little piece of his or her soul dies.
We just can't stress enough how important this is. Our souls are already in mortal danger from dealing with nasty business at the reference desk.

Caveat: An extra little piece of soul that drops off when the librarian uses "webinar" and "webcast" interchangeably. ACK!