Archive for May 2009

Snakes alive!


I’m in Madison this morning, about to go give a talk to the support staff section of WLA. I’m away less than a day, and apparently we already have a new pet in the house.

In all the recent discussions about becoming a competent library presenter, I’ve never seen any advice on keeping your home reptile-free in your absence. Hmm… :)

Awful library books blog FTW

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

Getting a job in a tough economy toolkit

This is fascinating. I’m wondering how it reconciles with the whole recruitment push, or if they’re going to lay off that for a while?


For Immediate Release                                                                 Jenifer Grady
May 15, 2009                                                                           

ALA Wants Your Stories About How to Get a Job

In preparation for a new American Library Association (ALA) Web-based toolkit called Get a Job!, the association is seeking your stories and advice about what to do and what NOT to do to find employment, particularly in this economy.  ALA asks employers and consultants to share words of wisdom about what a candidate has done to impress you.  ALA wants new employees to share their best tactics in landing the job of their dreams.  ALA also invites everyone to send their best preparation, interviewing or “I wish someone had told me” anecdotes for possible inclusion on the website.

Get a Job!, will debut at the ALA Annual Conference, and in addition to the expected resume and cover letters suggestions, will also feature advice on how to use social networking tools in your job search, what to do if you’re laid off, budgeting assistance, networking techniques, and strategies for finding out about the economy and jobs in various parts of the United States.  The interactive toolkit will include information specific to those seeking their first job, mid-career staff and those changing professions.

The site will be a one-stop resource including and/or linking to information prepared by units within ALA, as well as linking to information about related best practices from other fields. As the site evolves, it will offer tips, suggested links and readings, a blog, podcasts from experts, timelines, and activities/checklists for new librarians and support staff.

Get a Job! is being developed by nine units within the American Library Association in collaboration with the American Library Association-Allied Professional Association.

Email your stories to Jenifer Grady at by Friday, June 5, 2009.

KFC discovers that Oprah is popular — librarians laugh

Apparently, the raincheck thing? Not working out so well, people everywhere getting turned away. Isn’t it odd, Oprah tells people to go get free chicken, and they actually try to do it…

Ads that make me sigh

How-to Geek is looking for an UberGeeky Tech Writer Guy.


It’s too bad they’re not looking for UberGeeky girls, because, you do have to like an email address like

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!)