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Shifts update notice - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Shifts update notice
Chapter 27 of Shifts--Interlude (5), where Francis Apcarne is born--is up. Added a para about where Remus was hiding himself and made Andromeda's mood a bit less over-the-top. Other than that, just took out some of the many, many typos (including "You pout yourself in this position").

I feel a need to rant, but have no subject in mind. I guess I'll think about it and do it later, or maybe write some kind of fic later. Sigh.

It's been a bad couple of days, mood-wise. Must kick my brain into gear and make work for a living.

EDIT IN: Because I'm going to do a whole post some other time, and this isn't worth its own.

I realized something while watching the commercials in AI last night. I'm going to watch at least the first episode of Stacked, with Pamela Anderson as a librarian. Either it will be horribly done (which is probable; comedy writers seem not to know what's actually funny in libraries, as opposed to what's a cliched library stereotype), or it will surprise me and be funny. PA seems to know exactly what her niche in the entertainment world is and not take herself too seriously, which is helpful in a comedy. So, huh. I guess I'll watch and see what they do. But she'd better have some student loans hanging over her head. Masters-level. Serious student loans. If they hire her because she's cute and needs a job, despite having neither education nor experience, I'll have to weep.

Speaking of odd things about libraries, the Massachusetts Library Association's conference is called "Defying Classification." Guys? We're librarians. I don't care how uncool classifying things is or how radical-chic you think it sounds, classifying things is a huge part of our job, and it would be darned hard to do the rest of it if things weren't classified. Why treat it as something that should be fought against? Try defying the status quo: Say it loud, I'm classified and proud.
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rabidsamfan From: rabidsamfan Date: April 1st, 2005 02:09 am (UTC) (Link)
*boggles at the thought of Pamela Anderson in grad school*

I'm with you on the classification thing. Let's face it, there are two things which make our profession a profession -- cataloging and classification. Those are the root theories of librarianship, and the root practices too. Everything else is gravy.
kokopelli20878 From: kokopelli20878 Date: April 1st, 2005 02:53 am (UTC) (Link)


Sorry dear, I can't say it loud.

If it's classified, I can only discuss it with someone who is cleared for that level with a need to know.

What? You were talking Dewey Decimal?

Sorry, I'll go back to lurking.

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fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: April 1st, 2005 04:10 am (UTC) (Link)
That's why things are cross-catalogued. It's an arbitrary decision in plenty of places, but the book's got to go on the shelf somewhere. Classification is how it gets there and how you find it.
harriet_wimsey From: harriet_wimsey Date: April 1st, 2005 06:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Hmm. Maybe I'll have to watch the first episode, at least. I hadn't heard anything about the show, but if books are involved in some way, I may need to give it a chance.

Classification and the larger peeve that it stems from was actuallly something I thought about when researching schools. The first place I looked at sounded entirely too ready to jump on any bandwagon that came along, and adopt the lingo to go with it *shudders*.
sep12 From: sep12 Date: April 1st, 2005 09:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hadn't heard about this show yet. While PA is not among my favorites, I'm gonna have to watch this. Anything about books can't be ALL bad, can it? And I'm right with you about the student loans; as a librarian wanna-be, the amount to be paid back is almost frightening. I'm not getting my hopes up too high, though. It's TV. Not even the reality shows are real anymore.
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