Tuesday, July 10, 2007

We own funny

Chances are, if you're reading this blog, then you are a friend of libraries. You appreciate what libraries have to offer you, you value their role in your life, and deep-down you think that libraries and librarians are pretty cool. Right? Right?
Like any cool, hip group of people we have our own lingo (with a heavy emphasis on acronyms). We also have our own comic strip, complete with in-jokes. Unshelved is written by honest-to-goodness librarian Gene Ambaum and drawn by cartoonist Bill Barnes, and in the library world, these guys are famous. They write funny strips that point out the foibles of both the librarians and the patrons, and many of the storylines are based on actual library encounters (librarians around the country are constantly sending them anecdotes). They've published 4 collections of their strip, and we have two of them here at the library: Unshelved, vol. 1 and Library Mascot Cage Match. They also have a website - with an archive - where they post their strips: http://www.unshelved.com/. You can even subscribe to the site, so that you get your daily dose of library humor.
So check it out, and see what us ultra-cool librarians think is funny.

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