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The Accidental Library Marketer — Check it out!


It’s been an honor and a privilege to work with a number of ITI authors, but I was never so intimidated as when editing Kathy Dempsey’s The Accidental Library Marketer — given that she edited some of my own earliest work over at Computers in Libraries magazine. Be that as it may, her due-out-any-day-now book, quite simply, rocks. Get it. Now. In tough economic times her succinct and down-to-earth advice is more important than ever.

Also, if you’re headed to ALA next weekend, be sure to stop by Kathy’s book signing at the annual Swap & Shop on Sunday July 12. Swap & Shop runs from 11-1:30 in the special events area in the exhibit hall — so you can go even if, like me, you’re only springing for the exhibits pass! :) And check out her new site at — the URL sums it up right there.

Awful library books blog FTW

This blog cracks me up. I think I weeded some of these books once upon a time…

How she really sold all those books

Seen on “Not Always Right” the other day:

Customer: “Do you happen to sell that Harry Potter book?”

Me: “Yes, sir, we do. Would you like me to show you where they are?”

Customer: “If it’s no trouble…”

Me: “No trouble at all. ”

(I lead him over to the children’s section and hand him the first book in the series.)

Me: “Here you are. Is there anything else I can help you with?”

Customer: “No, I think that’s all I need.”

(The customer shovels a dozen copies of the same book into his arms.)

Customer: “The church is having a book burning tonight and I just need to make sure I bring enough.”

Me: *laughs*

Customer: *completely serious* “I’m not joking.”

Me: “Oh. Well, you do realize that there are now four books in the series?”

(I knew there was a logical explanation!)

Garb for your next ALA conference?

Things you find on Flickr while looking for something else…..!

Letter Monsters!

Is it just me being overtired, or are these Letter Monsters really, really cool? (You can also see them in PDF at his blog.)

Facebook in reality

Maybe I’m just easily amused, but this one made me snort coffee.


According to Typealizer, the writing on this blog puts me as:

ISTJ – The Duty Fulfillers

The responsible and hardworking type. They are especially attuned to the details of life and are careful about getting the facts right. Conservative by nature they are often reluctant to take any risks whatsoever.

The Duty Fulfillers are happy to be let alone and to be able to work int heir own pace. They know what they have to do and how to do it.


(Speaking of “careful about getting the facts right,” don’t look at the spelling on Typealizer too carefully….) :)

Soylent green is polyfoam filled

‘Tis the season for our house to be awash in toy & gadget catalogs. I’m innocently browsing along until I’m arrested by the above “Friendly Faces Trophy Mount” — it “looks cool like Dad’s!” I don’t know about you, but my kid would have nightmares for weeks…

Face your inner manga

It’s an avatar

Originally uploaded by lib_rachel

I just built myself an avatar at What’s yours look like?

Happy keyboard = happy books

If I had this keyboard, everything I wrote would be happy, happy, happy!