Have you ever wondered if maybe you’ve shelved your books wrong? Do you wish that you could check with a character from Victorian literature to make sure everything is as it should be?
Well, you’re in luck because in 1987 Columbia University produced a film to help you do just that! Marvel as Sherlock Holmes lectures John Watson about simple steps you can take to make sure your books stay nice and preserved.
In addition to idiots, Sherlock hates bananas and paper clips.
Dumb waiter at the Troy Public Library. This place is so beautiful inside. All libraries should look this nice, and classic.
Who doesn’t love a dumb waiter?
Anyone who has an MSIS or a MLS has gone through the unique and bafflingly painful experience that is library school. All graduate degrees have an inherent amount of strife built into them but library school offers a set of circumstances not seen in other degrees. Guest lecturers, waking requirements, mixed signals about how wrong apprenticeship is while requiring internships, politics between concentrations, and the constant unceasing question, “you have to go to school to be a librarian?”. These are really no worse than the comments you hear within the classroom, whether its positive reinforcement like “you know there are no jobs right?” to complete misinformation, or “well libraries are really only for educated people”.
We here would like to offer an alternative to the angry tears these and other phrases induce and instead present our own “overheard in library school” stories in hopes of turning those frowns upside down!
So as your trying to tackle cataloging for the first time and find yourself buried chest high in records, or you’re trying to explain to someone at a party what the term “information professional” means, remember that its important to take a break to have a laugh. And if that laugh happens to come wrapped in the suffering of your fellow library science students doesn’t that make it all the better?