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The book currently on my scanner is _The Image of Librarians in Cinema (1917-1999)_ by ray tevis and brenda tevis, so I was particularly amused to see this new fiction title: _Betty Page Presents: The Librarian_ (2012). I haven't read it, but it seems to be pretty much what the title says it is: inspired by the images of Betty Page, a librarian transforms herself from dowdy bookgeek into a fetish princess. Wouldn't this look cute next to your librarian action figure?

This has been a public service announcement.
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Vintage photographs from inside ten famous libraries. I wonder if there are any library ladders? You know who has really sexy library ladders? The Boston Athenaeum. (I note here that Mr. Naggy Spellchecker is absolutely no help in spelling 'Athenaeum,' and that my screen reader insists on pronouncing the acronym for the New York Public Library "nipple.")
http://www.flavorwire.com/328811/vintage-photographs-from-inside-10-famous-libraries
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Oo, men with glasses on library ladders...I wish this came inbraille...
http://menofthestacks.com/
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I'm refining my e-library, but I'm still having trouble finding the DDSN for various subjects, such as alchemy, codes, and cryptography (although I have found the numbers for Halloween 394.264 and tie-dye 746.6). Does anyone have a link to an exhaustive online list of subjects and their numbers?
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My big project over the past month has been culling my book collection, labeling what's left with braille labels, and
converting a closet into my personal library
http://www.ehow.com/how_4843763_closet-bookshelf.html
or, as I have dubbed it, the Closet of Mysteries.
(For an even tinier library, check out this traditional British red phone box converted into a town lending library
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/somerset/8385313.stm
and a second example
http://www.ragandbone.com/blog/?p=1980 ).

I culled approximately nine boxes- and crates-worth of books, which GotBooks.com just picked up and took away. GotBooks.com http://www.gotbooks.com is a great resource if one is downsizing one's library, and the man who took away the books was extremely polite and efficient. The request pickup form is even accessible.

Also, yesterday I gave LJ user herooftheage a chance to show off a bit
http://herooftheage.livejournal.com/386035.html
when I asked for his help in getting the boxes down the two flights from the attic to the ground floor. There were four or five significantly-sized boxes and, after he made only two trips, I asked, "Did you just bring down two boxes at once?" to which he replied, "No, I brought down three," to which I can only contemplate how pleasant it is to share a domicile with someone that strong.

Lastly, I think there should be a t-shirt featuring the bibliophibian mentioned in the following comic (description courtesy of LJ alexx_kay):
Wondermark, by David Malki!

Panel 1: A man and a woman in 19th century garb, in a library.
M: SO MANY BOOKS! I thought we were trying to CUT DOWN the amount of STUFF in our lives?
M: There must be a THOUSAND books here.
W: I've pared down the collection to the esentials.

Panel 2:
M: How many of them do you ever actually READ?
M: Why not donate them to the library? That way they'll still be there whenever you want them --
W: They're not really for me.

Panel 3:
W: Look, WE love to read because we grew up in homes filled to bursting with weird and wonderful books.
W: I'm keeping these books not because of how often I read them all, but so, on rainy days and lonely nights, our children can discover them for themselves.
M: By the time we ever have children, we will be DROWNING in a SEA of books, gasping for breath in a little air pocket near the ceiling.
F: Then they will be bibliophibians.
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Kes: Short but information-rich, if you are going to read one article on the subject of ebooks and accessibility for blind readers, read this one.

E-Texts for All (Even Lucy)
By Char Booth, E-Learning Librarian, University of California, Berkeley Aug 5, 2010
http://www.libraryjournal.com/lj/community/academiclibraries/886230-419/e-texts_for_all_even_lucy.html.csp

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Lucy is partial to a few sayings that have helped me understand the e-text accessibility paradox. The first is that "ebooks were created by the blind, then made inaccessible by the sighted."

Online text formats like DAISY and EPUB were pioneered in part by the accessibility movement as an alternative to expensive and cumbersome Braille texts.
As ebooks have gained popularity, however, digital text became inexorably less accessible as for-profit readers like the Kindle and Sony Reader muscled onto the scene. A patina of
digital rights management (DRM) has been added in order to protect the intellectual property of vendors, contrary to the open and accessible orientation libraries have long held toward literacy and learning.
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The random page button on
the Library and Information Science Wiki
http://liswiki.org/wiki/Main_Page
is full of nifty terms, like "book dummy" -- how did I never learn about book dummies?

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