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Casanova Was a Librarian: A Light-Hearted Look at the Profession

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What do Casanova, Pope Pius XI, Benjamin Franklin and first lady Laura Bush have in common? At one time, all were members of the librarian profession. While librarians are often stereotyped as quiet, shy ladies who wear their gray hair in a dignified bun, that doesn?t reflect the variety and diversity of today's library professionals. A From pick-up lines to bumper sticker ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published March 29th 2007 by McFarland & Company (first published 2007)
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This book is a cute little book full of librarian trivia, history, and fun. There are librarian poems, songs (who knew there were so many pop/rock songs about libraries and librarians), and pick-up lines. It was quite fun reading all the funny anecdotes from yesteryear and realizing that very few things have changed about libraries in over a hundred years (though thank god for the Internet, makes it much easier to answer random reference questions over the phone). It was also very awesome to rea ...more
A random listing of librarian related items and facts that is presented with such dryness that it completely undermines the author’s claims that librarians are not the boring people they’re thought to be.
I know several librarians of varying ages; they are fun, outgoing people that deserve a better representation than this black and white listing of outdated facts.
Some interesting information, but some of it was repetitive, and the organization of the book seems fairly disjointed (oddly enough.) It sometimes read like an advertisement for different librarian products. These things, along with some errors (eg: Longfellow died in 1882, but then went on to be a librarian from 1929 through 1935? Wait, what? See page 9.) led me to become disenchanted with this book. A good concept, but unfortunately the end result left me wanting.
David Kealii
This is a great introduction to the library profession! Filled with humor, Low makes great use of jokes and original source material from the late 1800's and 1900's to highlight how the profession has both changed and remained the same.

This should be required reading at MLIS orientations.
Touches on a little bit of everything about librarians. Very fun book with many little known facts. Good book for skimming and finding what's interesting to you.
Colleen McClowry
a well-rounded overview of the profession for those who know little about it

best part = the librarian pick-up lines

"I'd catalog you under Desirable!"
Highly amusing and very informative. Who knew you could play library science jeopardy?
One paragraph on Casanova?!?
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