November 2, 2012
"He always pictured himself a libertarian, which to my way of thinking means ‘I want the liberty to grow rich and you can have the liberty to starve’. It’s easy to believe that no one should depend on society for help when you yourself happen not to need such help."

— Isaac Asimov, I. Asimov: A Memoir (1994)

(Source: downlo, via librarianpirate)

October 31, 2012

mckillington:

i-zelyonii-popugai:

mustbekarma:

agentbartowski:

can you use the term, “i shit you not” in an english essay or is that unprofessional?

nonononono, never use “I” statements in formal essays.

One shits you not

Also acceptable: This author shits you not

It’s best to avoid the “general you.”
“One would not be considered shitted,” is probably the best way I could think to word it formally. 

(Source: tacoposey, via librarianpirate)

September 29, 2012
librarianpirate:

Alright you effers!  If you don’t stop throwing your ball into my tulip field, I’m going to set my UFO wheel of cheese on you.
(Caption by my coworker who has challenged us all to find a more ridiculous cover for a book in the library.  I’ll update y’all if I find one more ridiculous.)

Cover art designed within an Amsterdam “coffehouse.”

librarianpirate:

Alright you effers!  If you don’t stop throwing your ball into my tulip field, I’m going to set my UFO wheel of cheese on you.

(Caption by my coworker who has challenged us all to find a more ridiculous cover for a book in the library.  I’ll update y’all if I find one more ridiculous.)

Cover art designed within an Amsterdam “coffehouse.”

September 12, 2012
Librarian Pirate: 2 things that are bothering me right now.

jtwiggjtwigg:

theovens:

1. as a 5th year tenured teacher, i make well-below 70,000. i don’t know any teacher who makes this amount. i don’t know where the district has found this average salary.

2. i wake up at 5:30 am, leave the house at 6 am, come home at 6:30 pm every day sometimes to work even more on grading. friday, some of my saturdays and and all of my sundays i work from home on grading, data entry/analysis and lesson planning. each year i end up paying over fifteen hundred dollars on school supplies and books for my classroom and seeking out more supplies by writing grants. i do this and work this hard to try to be the best teacher for the 130 students that i have every year because i do truly love and support them. so when you tell me that i am selfish or yell from your cars that i am lazy, all i want to do is turn into the Hulk and bash some buildings.

this is the only profession where everyone thinks they have a say over what you do, when no one really knows what you actually do and no one does what YOU DO.

important real talk // support & solidarity with chicago public schools’ teachers

Added emphasis mine.

September 11, 2012
How many librarians does it take to change a lightbulb?
How many public librarians does it take to change a light bulb?
Well, first we'll have to pass a bond measure to pay for the replacement.
How many academic librarians does it take to change a light bulb?
No fewer than three, acting as a committee to determine the best solutions and alternative practices, which, after a lengthy review process, will be presented to custodial staff.
How many catalog(ue) librarians does it take to change a light bulb?
I don't understand why we don't call it an 'Electric Lamp, Incandescent' any more. And in any case, I just changed that light bulb a few years ago.
How many library school students does it take to change a light bulb?
LED light bulbs are a far more efficient technology with a lot of applications in brick-and-mortar information facilities, but it would be even better if we just digitized the collections and put them into accessible silos.
How many emerging technologies librarians does it take to change a light bulb?
Have you tried turning it off and on again?
September 7, 2012
Librarian Pirate: An Interesting Question


gailsimone
:

This came up on Twitter and I must admit, I am of two minds about it.

A poster posted a photo link showing a pink Batgirl outfit for very little girls (or boys, if they are so inclined!).

My first reaction wasn’t, “Oh, man, here we go again, enforcing gender roles on children, everything has to be pink for girls, so typical!”

My first reaction was along the lines of, “Oh, that is adorable.”

But was I right, or were the people who said the first thing right?

It’s very interesting…some people immediately objected to the idea of a pink Batgirl outfit. They felt it was forcing girls to be pink and princess-y and all the stereotype stuff.

I see their point and it’s clearly true that that happens a lot.

But I also have a niece who loves superheroes and is simply DRAWN to pink and always has been. If there were a thousand Batgirl costumes and one pink one, there is absolutely no question which one she would choose.

I also have to say, I go to cons all year long, and see adorable kids in Batgirl uniforms, many of which are purchased, not home-made. I have to say I see dozens and dozens in the more traditional colors for every one I see that is pink.

But maybe cons are different. Maybe there are stores where pink is the only choice, and if a little girl wants to be Batgirl, she HAS to be pink. That would bug me.

But I do have a problem seeing the harm, when a little girl has a choice, of letting her make up her own mind. I don’t find the costume problematic in itself.

Am I wrong? Am I missing something? What do you guys think. I admit, I haven’t given it much thought yet so I’m curious to know.

http://www.chasing-fireflies.com/images/28812_p.jpg

I think the pinkification of everything girly can be a problem in that it often seems like girls don’t have other options? That said, Chasing Fireflies (where the original image is from) has five batgirl options for little girlsand only one of them is pink. If there was a version in orange then I know my 5 year old would be ALL over it and if there was a version in purple my three year old would be all over it (side note: Pippa’s favorite super hero is hulk BECAUASE he wears purple pants. I really need to get her into Huntress). So IMHO pink can be a problem when it’s the only option but when it’s one of five options? Let the girls choose pink if they want pink!

I ran into a similar situation last summer during the Women’s World Cup. Excited about the USA team and the imminent birth of my daughter, I thought it would be great to get her a USWNT onesie.  I checked out the US Soccer website and there was a girl’s onesie in pink.  This irritated me for two reasons 1) because of the perpetuation of stereotypes and 2) it is not a color that the USWNT wear on the field (at the time they had a white kit and a black kit, and in 2012 they have these great red & white striped jersies that I think would look fetching on a baby).  But the only option for baby girls was pink.  Now, the body shape of an infant doesn’t vary much by gender so I could have got a boy’s onesie in blue or red.  Yet there was a subtle difference that fans of US Soccer would notice.  The pink onesies had  two stars above the US Soccer logo signifying the two World Cups won by the USWNT.  The blue and red onesies had no stars indicating that these were onesies for the USMNT who have not won the World Cup.  This meant that apparently only baby girls would root for the USWNT with pink as the only option and only baby boys were intended to root for the USMNT. It was all rather absurd.  Suffice to say, I never got that onesie.  US Soccer doesn’t seem to offer onesies anymore, but if they’re reading this I think the red and white stripe onesie available for all babies with USMNT or USWNT options would be great.

March 20, 2012
librarianpirate:

Today in zero circ books. I’m thinking of putting it out on display with a sign that says, “SERIOUSLY people? If it weren’t for this book The Hunger Games wouldn’t exist! Check this book out right now and get it off my zero circ list.”  (I think I have to work a little on my wording)
I’ve always assumed that if The Most Dangerous Game and The Lottery had a baby and that baby was raised on reality television then the baby would be The Hunger Games.

librarianpirate:

Today in zero circ books. I’m thinking of putting it out on display with a sign that says, “SERIOUSLY people? If it weren’t for this book The Hunger Games wouldn’t exist! Check this book out right now and get it off my zero circ list.”  (I think I have to work a little on my wording)

I’ve always assumed that if The Most Dangerous Game and The Lottery had a baby and that baby was raised on reality television then the baby would be The Hunger Games.

September 12, 2010
Just have to note that the tube of Jamestown Settlers is pretty awesome too.
librarianpirate:

The piratots to not need more plastic crap … even if it IS a tube of pirates!

Just have to note that the tube of Jamestown Settlers is pretty awesome too.

librarianpirate:

The piratots to not need more plastic crap … even if it IS a tube of pirates!

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