Well, we all have busy lives and no mistake.  Sometimes it really is a challenge to get to the gym, but luckily your workout worries are over, for The Betty Glover Library Workout tape (ca. 1987) is here to help.  Tremendous.

Wow, that lady is scary.  Come on you “library desk-potatoes”, one and two, one and two…

Or if you’re really after a bit of physical exercise while you’re in Christchurch for conference, you could always just go for a walk around Hagley Park, hire a bike, or get a visitor’s pass for a local gym.


Okay, so this Married to the sea cartoon is a wee bit risqué but we’re all grown-ups here, aren’t we?  Still, I’ll hide it after the jump for those of you with a sensitive disposition. (more…)

Cripps, Bloods, Killa Beez – gang warfare is nothing new but who woulda thought that reading material used threats of violence against each other?  Daily cartoon Married to the sea clearly has more insight into this state of affairs than the average punter (or even doting librarians).
I wonder which the “toughest” books would be? Motor manuals or encyclopaedias (throwing their weight around)?

There’s something about a collective noun. They are quite odd and often funny. Christchurch City Libraries has a cool page of collective nouns for groups of animals. I like the idea of a flange of baboons and a crash of rhinoceroses.

At conference time Christchurch will be thrumming to the rhythm of lots of librarians. What could we call these groups of librarians en masse? My coinage is a susurrus of librarians (see the rather nifty All sorts collective nouns site for other librarian collective nouns and more).  Got any suggestions?


I don’t think I’m alone in my admission that indie-queen Parker Posey’s turn in 1995 film Party girl was a bit of an inspiration to me.  She goes to parties, steals couture and…works in a library.  In the scene below she lets loose the kind of sarcastic barrage towards a customer that I have always fantasized about delivering myself (but would never in a million years indulge in).

It’s soooo unprofessional (but pretty funny).

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Aussie comedy The Librarians is having a second season in Oz. Much in the same way as Paula Ryan’s comments on librarian ‘fashion’ made a lotta librarians grumpy, this series divided librarian viewers between those who found it droll and those who found it repulsive.

Here’s a clip from the latest series. What do you reckon? Close to the bone, or wide o’the mark?

You may be aware that Christchurch City Libraries has been celebrating 150 years of public library service in our fair city this year.  There’s a whole raft of events happening this month including a competition for library customers of all ages to create a Youtube clip about the library.  The Youtube competition winners were announced on Friday and as one of the judges I had the pleasure of awarding the prize for best Youth entry, Love in the library below.

Winner in the Kids category was Monster in the library and Choices took out the gong in the Adults section.  Congratulations to all the winners.  There is clearly a lot of talent out there.

If you want to check out the other entries have a look at Christchurch City Libraries’ Youtube Channel.