A Little Reminder

For those of you who believe the Internet is all you’ll ever need:
“Google can bring you back 100,000 answers, 
 a librarian can bring you back the right one.”
Neil Gaiman

And don’t you forget it!

The Radcliffe Camera
Oxford University

I’m Proud to be a Librarian!

It’s been pointed out to me, that my business blog isn’t so much about business, as it’s about me. Well I am the business, so it’s kinda the same right?
OK maybe not  Perhaps I should give me a break and talk about something relevant to me AND my business.
As I professed previously, I’m a librarian (and much like Rachel Weisz in The Mummy, proud of it).  Sadly the “L” word is much maligned and very misunderstood.  I propose for clarity we go for Information Goddess/God, which is a lot more accurate.
So who are these Information Goddesses/Gods?  Besides the obvious choices: Melville Dewey, Benjamin Franklin, and of course The Librarian (of Terry Prachett ‘s Discworld’s Unseen University) – here are a few more (and yes we are multi-talented so we always have multiple roles): 
Gothic – Spain 2007
Philip Larkin – 1922 – 1985 – British Poet and Head Librarian at the University of Hull
Golda Meir – 1898-1978 – Fourth Prime Minister of Israel
David Hume – 1711 -1776 – British philosopher and economist. More recently of Monty Python fame (the one who could out consume)
Giacomo Casanova 1725-1798 – Venetian adventurer and author and well you know %-)
Marcel Duchamp 1887-1968 – one of the most influential Dada Surrealist artists and yes, the one responsible for the famous is it a commode or fountain debate
Jacob Grimm 1785 – 1863 – German author of Grimm’s Fairy Tales (along with his brother  Wilhelm) – responsible for my childhood nightmares !
Batgirl – debut in 1961 – American, Head of Gotham City Public Library (my list my rules, reality is merely a state of mind)
Gottfried van Swieten – 1777- 1803 – Austrian Imperial librarian responsible for introducing the first card catalogue – Google should bow down in thanks!
Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz – 1646-1716 – German Philosopher and founder of modern Library_science
Natural History Museum– London – 2009 (Yes they have a BIG library)
Even popular acclaimed novelist Philip Pullman had the distinction of working as a librarian
Finally to round off this selective list, my personal favourite (but he really does need to come to grips with IT!) – Rupert Giles – British Librarian and Watcher – Buffy and the Scoobies would never have been able to save the world so often without him.
Oh, dear.  Looking over this blog entry I seem, once again, to have avoided completely talking about any work related issues.  Oops!
Anyway…  I hope you have enjoyed the list.  As a proper librarian, I’m always eager to increase your knowledge, so informative/related/interesting links have been included.
Maybe I’ll blog about something work related next time.
Then again?
WOMAD 2008

Books – What to Read? What not to Read!?

Contrary to popular belief, I do not have my nose to the grind stone all the time.  Well not quite 🙂
Sometimes I actually take time off to do my other things and one of my favourites is to read a proper book (don’t even get me started on Kindles, or any other electronic type book, I have a penchant for the paper kind – so old fashioned the “real book”).
I read a lot (A LOT!) for work.  Emails, tweets, blogs, reports, funding applications, directories, instructions, press reviews, manuals –  blah blah blah.  For time I away from work stuff I want something completely different thank you 🙂
My new favourite place – Twitter – offers a  cornucopia of book stuff – list, clubs, reviews etc and literary ideas to keep even me going.
First there is  Flashlight Worthy and true to its word –  “Recommending books so good, they’ll keep you up past your bedtime. ;-)”  An extensive and diverse booklist and serendipitously I’ve just started reading one of its recommendations before it became a recommendation!

FLW just hit 100,000 Twitter followers this weekend. Help celebrate by checking out some of their book recommendations.

FLW seems to know me so well – House of Leaves by House of Leaves  by Mark Z. Danielewsk.  I’ll let you know how successful this trial is 🙂
Another find is Worlds Without End for my true love – fantasy, science fiction and other speculative fiction.  I really like this site because you can set up personal lists, ratings, make your own recommendations and you can compare and contrast with other aficionados.

And lastly, for a bit of fun and to see the true awfulness that was available in public libraries, there is the incomparable Awful Library Books .

There is much fun to be had on Twitter and the greater web but I must turn off the computer now and go and read that actual “real” book!  I have a bit of time before I have to do the next “work” thing 🙂

 Michaelmas Daisy – Autumn 2009
Just a reminder as I told you this blog wasn’t going to be very straightforward 
the Zen Dog motto – 
“He knows not where he’s going. For the Ocean will decide. It’s not the DESTINATION. It’s the glory of THE RIDE”