Archive for January, 2016

librarians are doomed (again)

Posted in Library Science stuff with tags , , , , on January 29, 2016 by phanteana

many years ago, librarians existed in droves and a new-fangled invention called the Internet was still in its infancy stages. the MLIS was/still is a respectable degree with several job options. but no one could have predicted that Google and other search engines would wind up besting the librarians at their own game: reference and research assistance. back in the day, students had to spend hours in a large room filled with books and converse with live human beings, often dressed in moth-eaten sweaters and over-sized glasses (yes, i’m exaggerating the librarian stereotype), in order to locate information for that Psych 101 term paper that was left all by its lonesome until 3 days before the due date. now, they can simply sit back in their PJ’s and find exactly what they need after a few clicks of the mouse (if they’re a PC person).

so what does this mean for librarians? are they really doomed to spend their careers locating lost sets of keys rather than teaching patrons how to utilize the computer? this might be typical for public libraries. but in the corporate library where i work, foot traffic isn’t as heavy and we don’t have to kick people out past closing time. here is a list of the top LIS schools as of 2013. they all have their merits and downsides, like any educational institution. but with budget cuts, changing professions, and the Internet takeover occurring simultaneously, are MLIS programs in danger of becoming obsolete? this is not the first time we’ve heard that librarians are a dying breed (thanks, Google!). as long as people show continued interest in libraries and the folks who strive to make them a better place, then perhaps we’re not as doomed as the Internet claims us to be.

8 reasons to catalog (and how to do it)

Posted in Library Science stuff with tags , , , , , on January 17, 2016 by phanteana

cataloging, organizing, rearranging, inventory managing…regardless of whatever term is used to describe the process, it has to be done. it can be an overwhelming ordeal, or it can be a beneficial cleansing experience not only for library staff and patrons, but for personal home collections as well (because everyone has a ton of books/DVD’s/etc. that should be grouped together by genre or author, or they need a better way to keep track of any material lent out to family and friends). Book Riot provides its readers with 8 reasons to catalog (and how to do it). it’s a win-win situation for all!



Posted in Film, Popular Culture with tags , , , , on January 15, 2016 by phanteana

Alan Rickman (1946-2016)


i was never a big fan of Harry Potter. but i always liked Alan Rickman as Snape Reznor.

farewell spaceboy

Posted in Music, Popular Culture with tags on January 11, 2016 by phanteana

“I’m a born librarian with a sex drive” – David Bowie (1947-2016)

one error to fool them all

Posted in Popular Culture with tags , , , on January 7, 2016 by phanteana

Google Translate is typically a useful tool when it comes to searching for random words or phrases in other languages, but like any product it has its moments of unreliability. due to an automated error earlier today, the system equated Russia with Mordor. while the bug appears to have been remedied, the story provided a laugh to internet users and Tolkien fans everywhere. in Soviet Russia, One Ring finds you!

124 years old, who would believe it!

Posted in Film, Library Science stuff, Popular Culture with tags , , , , , on January 3, 2016 by phanteana

Happy 123rd Birthday!! 😄🎁🎊#JRRTolkien #Tolkien #quotes #cheers #happiness #storyteller #BarrowRider #shire #BilboBaggins #FrodoBaggins #GandalfTheWhite #GandalfTheGrey #Legolas #elves #hobbits #wizards #Thranduil #ElvenKing #Galadriel #love 💚