Aug 09 2009

Barnard Library seeks Information Services Technologist

The bad news at Barnard is that some really great people have accepted retirement incentives. The good news is that we get to keep their positions. I hope we get someone with imagination and gumption in this newly created Information Services Technologist position. A coupla things...

Aug 08 2009

Interior, the

See, Lisa

I (mostly) recommend and (somewhat) don't recommend this book. It's a pretty good read, but doesn't necessarily achieve what it sets out to do. I love Lisa See's historical novels, which is how I ended up reading the first two books in her mystery series.

Aug 8 2009
Aug 06 2009

Stealing Buddha's Dinner

Nguyen, Bich Minh

You can just imagine the fun of growing up in the Midwest with a name like Bich (not pronounced the way it's spelled) and being so tiny that your peers want to use your head as an armrest, right? That's not what this childhood memoir from a Vietnamese-American whose family moved to Michigan when she was a baby is really about, but details like provide access points for people of all backgrounds, I think. Something else that will appeal to lots of y'all is Nguyen's love for and descriptions of food, especially the 1970s/80s candy that give her in her youth both torment and succor. She is a total foodie and is enraptured by the food writing in the Little House series. Who knew?

Aug 5 2009
Aug 03 2009

LCSH Weeks 26-29: from Alcoholism in the Bible to Vermicomposting

I'm really behind no my LCSH Watch, so I'm combining my reports on weeks 26, 27, 28, and 29 here. That pretty much covers the month of July, but you probably don't care anyway.

Aug 03 2009

American in Paris, an

Vandenburg, Margaret

While supervising a project to increase the lesbian fiction holdings at Barnard, I discovered this novel by Barnard professor Margaret Vandenburg. To my discredit, I'm kind of cloistered in the library and don't know much about what goes on on campus, but since Teresa Lee (LIS student whose project the lesbian fiction collection is) determined that the book has circulated sixteen times in the last six years, I guess there are plenty of people who know about Dr. Vandenburg's work.

Aug 2 2009
Aug 01 2009

Life Sucks

Abel, Jessica
Soria, Gabe
Pleece, Warren

Yup, it's back to vampires for me. I let a dozen books go by since the last one I read, unless you count the zombie book. Life Sucks is a graphic novel about a reluctant vampire, a vegetarian convenience store clerk named Dave, who is competing with a trust-fund surfer vamp for the affections of a hot mortal goth girl. I wasn't especially taken with the story or the art, I'm sorry to say, which is especially grating considering the anticipation with which I waited for it to be released from NYPL's nearly three week long "in transit" status. I think the problem is that the book really should have been about the girl, Rosa, with her traditional Mexican mother who wants her to get married and procreate, and her own identity struggle, including her desire to be a vampire.

Jul 31 2009
Jul 30 2009



Where have I been all of Ker-bloom!'s life? artnoose has been making this handset letterpress zine every other month since 1996. I finally got around to reading it when I received several copies in a zine donation at Barnard.

Here's a cover scan from issue 55 and Kelly Wooten's review of it in Library Journal:

Jul 30 2009
Jul 29 2009

Murther & Walking Spirits

Davies, Robertson

You know how I'm often, perhaps self-righteously, claiming that my favorite authors are women of color? Well, I have to admit that there are a few white male authors in my heart, too. And you can't get much whiter than white Canadian Robertson Davies, eh? I've read, with affection, his three completed trilogies at least twice apiece, but I hadn't yet gotten around to rereading the first two of what Wikipedia surmises would have been called the Toronto Trilogy. The bad news is that I'm now pretty sure that Murther & Walking Spirits is my least favorite of Davies' novels.

Jul 29 2009
Jul 26 2009

LCSH Week 25: LC welcomes Oyl, Olive (Fictitious Character) but not Fat Acceptance Movement

Is there a connection?

This week on LCSH Watch (Week 25 June 24, 2009)

  • Androcentrism in art
  • Cardboard boats
  • Chemical toilets
  • Portable toilets
  • Lobbying
  • Meteorology on postage stamps
  • Online authorship
  • Oyl, Olive (Fictitious character)
  • Terminally ill children in literature
  • Webometrics
Jul 24 2009

LCSH Week 24: Kittehs in the LC!

Library of Congress Subject Headings Weekly List 24 (June 17, 2009)

This week on LCSH Watch, it's pretty much all about the cats. But there are also BROKEN HOMES, CHORES, DALAI LAMAS, FISH CULTURISTS, the PUBLIC THEATER, and TANTRIC BUDDHIST PRIESTS.

And cats: