The life of a librarian-to-be

Is busy, busy, busy — and complicated! Libraries aren’t mausoleums of books anymore (if they ever really were) and I’m currently sitting in a bustling, dynamic room where students are studying, chatting, drinking endless cups of overpriced burnt coffee, and all those other (PG-rated) things that college is all about. I’m juggling about 12 browser tabs in two browsers, keeping up with three email accounts, my Google Reader, Twitter, Facebook, my school’s Moodle site, and a number of news sites and search result pages.

This site is intended as a Grand Central Station for my online presence but NOT intended to be a regularly kept-up blog. I hope to post essays from time to time about my thoughts on the field and my personal interactions with it, but don’t expect a daily dose of news and notes. For that, you should head over to my Twitter feed at http://twitter.com/linkedlibrary, helpfully previewed to your right.

Just for fun, however, here’s a list of my top ten favorite movie library roles:

  1. The public library, Something Wicked This Way Comes
  2. The New York Public Library, Party Girl (honorable mention goes to Leo’s record collection)
  3. Hogwart’s library, Harry Potter (I’ve only seen the films once, so I don’t remember the specific one)
  4. The New York Public Library (yes, again), Ghostbusters (shushy librarian is both evil and dead!)
  5. The monastery library, The Name of the Rose (far cooler in my imagination than in the movie…)
  6. The public library, Se7en (“Just because he’s got a library card doesn’t make him Yoda”)
  7. The high school library, The Breakfast Club (I wish my HS library had been that vast!)
  8. Random college library, Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (Astonishingly lowbrow, but so funny I can’t even be mad about the smoking in the library)
  9. Rob Gordon’s music collection, High Fidelity (I actually hate this movie, but love his obsessive organization)
  10. The library, Beauty and the Beast (because libraries can help people connect!)

Honorable mention goes to the Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV show, for having the best-stocked high school occult library ever.

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