The painfully clichéd librarian..

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Re: The painfully clichéd librarian..

Post by Sootyzilla » Sun Dec 28, 2008 17:36

i think an argument between a bear and a panda about libraries is sufficiently incredible for them to be allowed the odd politically incorrect lapse.
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Re: The painfully clichéd librarian..

Post by bookish » Thu Jan 01, 2009 08:03

I'm interning at the New York Public Library (the one with the lions!) this summer. I've always seriously considered becoming a librarian. You know, if the whole Pulitzer-Prize-winning-author thing doesn't work out. I'm beginning to think I've embraced the new wave librarian stereotype too far, as I own way too many cardigans, have made several librarian-themed mixes, and wear some form of argyle on a daily basis.

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Re: The painfully clichéd librarian..

Post by gogogadgetpop » Thu Jan 01, 2009 12:10

I worked at a library this summer and found my time there quite enjoyable! It was an old archives library in this amazing Art Nouveau building with an enormous reading room and stacks with glass floors. I liked all the people I worked with, none of the pettiness that you find in some offices. It was quite nice to be around people that had and interest and respect for the past.

Not to come off as a book fetishist, but I liked the different smells of the old books. Some were sweet, some were smokey, some smelled like maple syrup... maybe I had too much time to wander the stacks during my breaks.

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Re: The painfully clichéd librarian..

Post by alongwalkhome » Thu Jan 01, 2009 17:56

I found a currant in a book once when I was interning at a small public library in Bradford and it completely disgusted me. I'm a total sissy about "organic matter" in used items. It was then and there I made my decision not to be in a public library setting. I thought it best left to those with stronger constitutions.

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Re: The painfully clichéd librarian..

Post by grumpytimes » Thu Jan 01, 2009 21:51

i love the way vellum has that caramel smell when it's rotting. i don't know of anything else that dies so delightfully.

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Re: The painfully clichéd librarian..

Post by Mr Bear » Fri Jan 02, 2009 18:41

Sorry about my previous post in this thread - I didn't really mean it, it was just an unsuccessful attempt to be funny.

As you were...

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Re: The painfully clichéd librarian..

Post by JohaN » Wed Jan 07, 2009 09:52

so - do all you librarian types know this site then:
http://warriorlibrarian.com

No, really

(Oh, and my mum was a librarian, so i'm sortof entitled to post here, i guess.
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Re: The painfully clichéd librarian..

Post by whit » Tue Jan 20, 2009 08:41

I'm not a librarian but I love libraries. I used to hang out in my uni library a lot - I took 3-hr naps there, discreetly ate snacks (bad for the books, I know, but my hands were always clean), hung out w/ friends, had coffee from the vending machine on the library steps. The uni library was open til midnight, so it was a lot of fun. Some friends didnt think so and made a silly song about me and my love for the uni library. haha.

anyway, I majored in comparative literature in college so the preoccupation with the library was understandable. Oh, also, I have a lot of cardigans and hoodies and wear plastic frame glasses.
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Re: The painfully clichéd librarian..

Post by mixforamatchbook » Thu Jan 22, 2009 06:43

gogogadgetpop wrote: Not to come off as a book fetishist, but I liked the different smells of the old books. Some were sweet, some were smokey, some smelled like maple syrup... maybe I had too much time to wander the stacks during my breaks.
Agreed. I like the ones with charcoal scents and crackly pages.

I should also say that while my office is in a rare books library, I'm not a librarian - just someone who is writing their dissertation in one. I like the librarians very much, though. They have mastered the art of the whisper talking and wear sweaters constantly, even in the summer. While I admire all this, I think I am (along with the rest of the visiting fellows) just a big headache for them. Especially when we try to sneak coffee into the reading room or "break" the card catalog "again." Oh, well.

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Re: The painfully clichéd librarian..

Post by tonieee » Sat Oct 17, 2015 09:04

I've just come across this ace article by Neil Gaiman about libraries: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2013/o ... aydreaming

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Re: The painfully clichéd librarian..

Post by Silver Girl » Wed Oct 21, 2015 10:13

I believe that cardigans may well have formed part of our volunteer library assistant code of practice...
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