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Sunday, July 15

Ask, and a librarian will tell you where to go

After all the positive connections in the last few years between the comic and the library world, there was not one, but TWO panels in the past two weeks that were negative to libraries and librarians.

Library offense 1: Black Canary 1
"a librarian or whatever blessedly boring thing you like-".

Writer Tony Bedard should spend a week at the reference desk with me. There are some moments where it can be quiet, but it is not blessedly boring. This week for instance, several known patrons are all over the press for being involved in Bloods and Crips drive by shootings. Summer reading programs, computer classes, business assistance, displays, movies, program planning, and more were packed into my six day week. I hate this stereotype that libraries are shushed places where the staff just drinks tea and reads classic literature at their damn desk!

Library offense 2: from one of my favorite writers, Sean McKeever on SpiderMan Loves Mary Jane 20:

I hate the false reinforcement that libraries have been replaced by the internet. In fact, visit a public library in the United States and you'll find they are being used more heavily each year. The Internet has led to dramatic increases in the circulation of all library information services and materials in ways that extend the use of those services well beyond the walls of the brick and mortar building.

I know that in every catagory- from the people counter to computer usage to program attendance- my public library has grown, sometimes with dramatic numbers. We know Peter Parker is a nerdy scholar, and maybe McKeever is even wink-winking this, but I know some people will take this at face value as fact.

And on his last SMLMJ issue!
He does make up for it in this redhead lovin' panel:

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At 5:14 AM, Blogger Dave Carter said...

I thought that Dinah's comment in Black Canary was meant to be ironic, since she knows that Oracle is a librarian and her life is anything but boring. At least, that's how I'm choosing to read it :)

At 5:43 AM, Blogger Rich said...

Could be worse. You could be an accountant.

Like me...

At 1:00 PM, Blogger Mark said...

Sing it, sister!

At 5:08 PM, Blogger redlib said...

You have such a positive midwestern outlook! Thinking of Oracle did not occur to me at all.

Yes, you have a bad rep too, but at least accts are paid more. We get the ridicule and the lousy pay!

Right on library brother!


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