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Day Forty of the CMLE Summer Fun Library Tour!

It’s SO true!!

CMLE is a multitype system, so we have all kinds of different libraries in focus, in size, and in communities served. But, as with so many things, the similarities we have are much larger and more significant than these surface differences.

And you can really see that when you think about things you say all the time in your library! This is a blog entry from awfullibrarybooks.net, with statements made in one library. Hopefully you guys do not say all of these on a regular basis; but I’m guessing that many of them will sound familiar!

(It’s almost always a bad idea to read comments – but in this case they are also funny, so click on this article to read through them as well!)


“No, I am not hiding the tax forms. They haven’t come in yet.”

“Yes, you must wear shoes, shirt and pants in the library.”

“What do you mean someone found a butcher knife in the toilet?”

“Yes, when there is an ‘out of order’ sign on the printer, it means it is NOT working.”

“I’m sorry, I can’t call another patron and tell them to ‘hurry up and finish’ their book so you can have your turn.”

“What is that smell?”

“No, I don’t know President Obama personally and cannot get him on the phone about your tax refund.”

“Email is not pushing a piece of paper into the disk drive.”

“No, I don’t know your password for email.”

“Guess what I found inside this book?”

“We have no plans to train kids on how to mug people. Our ‘Mug Me’ program is about decorating a coffee mug.”

“Someone better check on Porn Guy.”

“We can get you images of PAINTINGS of Jesus, but there are no PHOTOGRAPHS of Jesus.”

“It’s your turn to move the dead deer in the parking lot.”

“I know you paid a lot in 1986 for your chemistry text, but I am sorry we won’t be able to use it in the collection.”

“No, I don’t need to look at the rash on your chest.”

“Sexkitten1994 is not a good choice for an email when you are applying for a job. How about we make another one?”

“I am going to need the gloves and bleach again.”

“I’m sorry, we don’t have a special summer reading program for the gifted.”

“I’m so sorry you misunderstood that Boogie Nights is a movie not appropriate for children. It is our policy not to comment on patron choices.”

“I’m sorry you are sad, but it is not appropriate for us to put a warning label on a book if the main character dies.”

“No, I am sorry, the library staff cannot watch your baby while you run to Walmart.”

“Is that blood?”

“I guess I am the ‘Head Bitch in Charge’. What can I help you with?

Day Thirty of the CMLE Summer Fun Library Tour!

Library people are just neat! We all know this is true, and many others do as well. There are a lot of comics out there that talk about the coolness (and foibles) of library people. Today we are looking at comics drawn by Chris Hallbeck and Gene Ambaum. Right now they are drawing a comic called Library Comic. They used to draw Unshelved, a very popular comic with a main character named Dewey.

Check out a recent comic:

CMLE Summer Social Activities!

You know how much we like to hang out with our members (and other library friends!); and we miss you when things are slower in the summertime!

After our recent poll to see what things people might want to do to gather and chat libraries (and other fun stuff!) this summer, we are setting up a few events. Our top vote-getters in different categories were for dinner and tea time, and to have meals/chatting instead of discussions or postcard parties. Our top locations people want to go were St Cloud and Cambridge.  So we are starting with these, but can expand these if people want to have more opportunities to get together and chat about library stuff!

  • Thursday, July 20 at 5:30pm We will be at the White Horse Restaurant and Bar: 809 West Saint Germain, St Cloud, MN 56301. They do not take reservations, so we will plan to just be a few minutes early and to hold a table (or two!) as library people come in.
  • We are rescheduling our Cambridge event! If you have a place you would like to meet, just check in!

There were also a number of votes from people who just wanted an opportunity to drop into CMLE’s Headquarters (570 1st Street SE, St Cloud, MN 56304). So we are setting up HQ Office Hours! Of course, members are always welcome to drop in to chat about things or to come by and ask focused questions about projects, planning, and any other library topic at any time. (We love guests!) This will just provide a definite time where we will be in the office, and ready to chat with you!

Starting Wednesday, July 12, and every other Wednesday after that (we define this as: all Wednesdays with an even numbered date), we will be in the office from 11:00 to 1:00, and ready to chat about writing policies, working through materials selections, negotiating with vendors, planning your website or social media, going to conferences as a presenter or an attendee, zines/manga/pop culture coolness, or anything else you want to discuss! Would you like to just come say hi for a minute, and put a face to our names? Do it! You can test out the bike desks, see the plants and ever-changing seasonal decorations, and check in on Orville The Official Office Bear! No need to call ahead, just drop in and we will be happy to see you.

And of course, if you want to casually chat at other times, just check in and we will set up a time. We are not formal here – we just want to hang out and talk about libraries!

We are looking forward to seeing you this summer, and hearing all about your adventures!

Day Twenty Eight of the CMLE Summer Fun Library Tour!

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I love newsletters, and I love reading through them in my email! One of my favorites is a pretty bare-bones setup, called Data is Plural.

(As a researcher, it always make me chuckle, because this is a standard way new grad students can set themselves apart from non-researchers by pretentiously saying “Actually, it’s ‘data are’ not ‘data is’ to show you know what you are doing. You need a few pretentious tools when you are a scared, brand-new researcher!)

This weekly newsletter is produced by Jeremy Singer-Vine. He gathers together all kinds of interesting databases, each filled with information that would be very useful to you – sometime, in some situation. There is always something fun to browse, and I enjoy just looking at things that I never knew were being collected!

This is a link to one week of the newsletter, with these topics and a link to sign up for it yourself:

  • Supreme Court transcripts. Oyez.org bills itself as, among other things, “a complete and authoritative source for all of the [Supreme] Court’s audio since the installation of a recording system in October 1955.”
  • Federal corporate prosecutions. The revamped database includes “detailed information about every federal organizational prosecution since 2001,
  • Business owners. The Census Bureau’s Survey of Business Owners and Self-Employed Persons “provides the only comprehensive, regularly collected source of information on selected economic and demographic characteristics for businesses and business owners by gender, ethnicity, race, and veteran status.”
  • Antibiotic resistance. ResistoMap is an interactive visualization of antibiotic drug resistance, based on more than 1,500 bacteria genome samples from people’s intestinal tracts.
  • L.A. pot dispensaries. The Los Angeles City Controller has released a map of the city’s openly-operating medical marijuana businesses.