Archive for December, 2015

don’t fear the reference desk

Posted in Library Science stuff, Music with tags , , , , on December 30, 2015 by phanteana


(i had to Google who Glen Benton is in order to get the joke. mission accomplished)



misty mountain mosh

Posted in Music, Popular Culture with tags , , , , , on December 23, 2015 by phanteana

the many faces of Metal…


…and when music and Middle-Earth collided (some of which hearkens back to the pre-Peter Jackson era).

reading party tonight! alright!

Posted in Library Science stuff, Popular Culture with tags , , , , , , on December 17, 2015 by phanteana

remember the American Library Association Read Campaign posters displayed just about everywhere? they featured a variety of celebrities promoting the fun and value of reading. i’ve had this one as a bookmark for the past 25 years (given to me by my then-local library), and it’s still in one piece. but for every celebrity that has been a part of the campaign, there are some who have yet to participate. here’s two that should be added to the list:


better listen to these guys. if not, they might throw a book at you.

surprise, surprise

Posted in Library Science stuff with tags , , , on December 14, 2015 by phanteana

the library contains a plethora of wonders waiting to be discovered by its patrons. it also, however, can occasionally harbor a few (unusual) surprises in its collection.


i’ve added a poll to see what readers of this blog have come across in their libraries. feel free to share your answers.

do the Dewey

Posted in Library Science stuff with tags , , , , on December 10, 2015 by phanteana

on this day in 1851, Melvil Dewey was born. he was the founder of the widely used Dewey Decimal Classification System, which is still implemented into many libraries despite the radical shift towards digitization. Mevil Dewey, thank you for your contribution to libraries everywhere!



silence is golden

Posted in Art & Photography, Music, Popular Culture with tags , on December 8, 2015 by phanteana

it is one of the most iconic and recognizable songs in contemporary music. from its opening notes to its closing tune, “The Sound Of Silence” is inescapable. it has been featured prominently in popular culture, and has received musical makeovers from countless artists in a variety of genres. the latest of these renditions comes from an unlikely candidate who has managed to turn a simple folk song into a profound listening experience. now, they’ve paired with a brilliant director who has created some visionary clips throughout his career (including this one and this one, among many others) to present an audiovisual encounter that alters everything we know about the original version. welcome back, gentleman.