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(American Library Association)   It's National Library Week. Remember those things that were like Wikipedia, only they took four hours?   (ala.org ) divider line 84
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2010-04-12 08:08:39 AM  
You're confusing "Library" with "Encyclopedia," subby.
 
2010-04-12 08:27:00 AM  

The English Major: You're confusing "Library" with "Encyclopedia," subby.


Eh, when you've seen one book, you've seen them all.
 
2010-04-12 08:27:01 AM  
I think I'll get myself a library card to show my support. I love that form of socialism!
 
2010-04-12 08:43:30 AM  

40yoVirgin: I think I'll get myself a library card to show my support. I love that form of socialism!


Careful...reading and writing is elitist.
 
2010-04-12 08:47:10 AM  
St_Francis_P: 40yoVirgin: I think I'll get myself a library card to show my support. I love that form of socialism!

Careful...reading and writing is elitist.


True... the nice thing is you aren't likely to bump into any Tea Partiers in a library.
 
2010-04-12 08:47:54 AM  

40yoVirgin: St_Francis_P: 40yoVirgin: I think I'll get myself a library card to show my support. I love that form of socialism!

Careful...reading and writing is elitist.

True... the nice thing is you aren't likely to bump into any Tea Partiers in a library.


Dunno. They might be there to burn some books.
 
2010-04-12 08:56:42 AM  

No YOU'RE a Towel: The English Major: You're confusing "Library" with "Encyclopedia," subby.

Eh, when you've seen one book, you've seen them all.


True. They're all the same; a cover, some pages, and ink. Lots of words too.
 
2010-04-12 10:33:07 AM  
My grandma once made a liberry pie. It was delicious.
 
2010-04-12 10:56:53 AM  

The English Major: No YOU'RE a Towel: The English Major: You're confusing "Library" with "Encyclopedia," subby.

Eh, when you've seen one book, you've seen them all.

True. They're all the same; a cover, some pages, and ink. Lots of words too.


Or "ink squiggles," as I call them.
 
2010-04-12 11:01:29 AM  

The English Major: No YOU'RE a Towel: The English Major: You're confusing "Library" with "Encyclopedia," subby.

Eh, when you've seen one book, you've seen them all.

True. They're all the same; a cover, some pages, and ink. Lots of words too.


Some have pictures.

www.abqjournal.com
 
2010-04-12 11:15:03 AM  
My library is great. I just got an email telling me books that I wanted are ready to be picked up.

My local branch is kind of small, and doesn't have a huge selection, but it's connected to about 100 libraries all across the state and they have merged listings. If there's a book I want to read, I go online and do a single search of the combined catalog, find the title, and click request item. Within a couple of days, they've shipped the book from one branch to another on their shuttle, they email me and I come pick them up. If it's a popular book, then my request goes in queue and I get an email whenever my turn for the next available copy anywhere pops up.

Teabaggers can suck it, it turns out that Socialism totally kicks ass and my local government entity is efficient and well run.
 
2010-04-12 11:28:26 AM  

VictoryCabal: Teabaggers can suck it, it turns out that Socialism totally kicks ass and my local government entity is efficient and well run.


I am a masters degreed librarian, certainly not a Socialist and your library is not a Socialist institution. You will notice that in Socialist and Communist countries that librarians are routinely imprisoned.

Libraries = freedom: freedom to read, freedom to express yourself, freedom to inquire, to think, to learn, to decide.

Libraries were established by the great free societies. Libraries were shuttered by repressive regimes like Cuba and Venezuela.

Support your library. Support freedom.
 
2010-04-12 11:33:00 AM  

feckingmorons:
Libraries were established by the great free societies. Libraries were shuttered by repressive regimes like Cuba and Venezuela.


Not entirely so. I have it on first hand witness that Cuba has an inordinate amount of romance novels.
 
2010-04-12 11:35:25 AM  
Subby, you're a regular library card.
 
2010-04-12 12:32:05 PM  
I wish libraries could figure out how to lend Kindle books. I'd never leave the house.
 
2010-04-12 12:36:36 PM  

lobootomy: I wish libraries could figure out how to lend Kindle books. I'd never leave the house.


I wish my library had hot librarians. I'd never leave the racks stacks shelves.
 
2010-04-12 12:37:13 PM  
I read around 200 books a year-without libraries I'd be the most well-read homeless guy around.
And they're great for the community-they organize lots of activities.
 
2010-04-12 12:40:27 PM  
I like my local library. What offends me is that for some unfathomable reason, my state legislature considers prison funding higher priority than library funding.

*sigh*
 
2010-04-12 12:46:22 PM  

notmtwain: Subby, you're a regular library liberry card.

 
2010-04-12 01:34:27 PM  

Weaver95: I like my local library. What offends me is that for some unfathomable reason, my state legislature considers prison funding higher priority than library funding.

*sigh*


Start a privately-run library capable of political donations and see how fast that changes.
 
2010-04-12 01:36:09 PM  
I go to my library for the free coffee and wifi.
 
2010-04-12 01:36:31 PM  

netweavr: Weaver95: I like my local library. What offends me is that for some unfathomable reason, my state legislature considers prison funding higher priority than library funding.

*sigh*

Start a privately-run library capable of political donations and see how fast that changes.


we've got a privately run prison system - but they bribed judges to fix cases so they'd always have plenty of 'clients'. I'm not sure more of the same is the way to go.
 
2010-04-12 01:37:19 PM  
I had this (new window) in my room as a kid.

/also have one now
 
2010-04-12 01:39:07 PM  
Or you could just go for the librarians

tannas.files.wordpress.com
 
2010-04-12 01:39:29 PM  
I immediately thought of these:

farm4.static.flickr.com

/They were entertaining for some reason.
 
2010-04-12 01:39:32 PM  
Card catalogs rule!
 
2010-04-12 01:40:12 PM  
A library is just a place where homeless people come to shave and go BM.
 
2010-04-12 01:40:49 PM  
Anybody else out there actually own an encyclopedia? I've got a monstrous 30-year-old Britannica set that looks wonderful on my shelf, but I doubt will ever be opened. What the hell do people do with these things?
 
2010-04-12 01:42:11 PM  
Our local Teabaggers Club meets in the library. None of them have seemingly made the logical progression of "No taxes or government services!" to "Hey, who owns this building?"
 
2010-04-12 01:42:37 PM  

lokiminio: I immediately thought of these:



/They were entertaining for some reason.


God dammit I miss those. They were awesome.
 
2010-04-12 01:42:42 PM  
I think of all the buildings I miss from my college career, I miss the library the most.
 
2010-04-12 01:48:41 PM  

netweavr: Weaver95: I like my local library. What offends me is that for some unfathomable reason, my state legislature considers prison funding higher priority than library funding.

*sigh*

Start a privately-run library capable of political donations and see how fast that changes.


Here in North Tahoe they tried that and it was shot down. Quickly. Pretty sure it was the part about the private company wanting to fire all the librarians, hire people at part-time minimum wage and charge a per-book fee for borrowing. Some things are better left as public entities.
 
2010-04-12 01:53:17 PM  
Libraries are Holy places to me. Churches of Knowledge, if you will. I have spent literally thousands of hours in libraries, and have since I was a kid. Without libraries, we are much poorer as communities.
 
2010-04-12 01:53:42 PM  
I work in a museum, and the biggest turn-on ever, is the smell of old, really old paper.
 
2010-04-12 01:53:52 PM  

40yoVirgin: St_Francis_P: 40yoVirgin: I think I'll get myself a library card to show my support. I love that form of socialism!

Careful...reading and writing is elitist.

True... the nice thing is you aren't likely to bump into any Tea Partiers in a library.


Ah, the tolerance of liberalism.
 
2010-04-12 01:56:28 PM  
www.marriedtothesea.com

RIP Dewey Decimal.

LOL the DDC and even LoCC are SO antiquated by now. DDC- I mean, the idea that you could arbitrarily categorize works into one of 10 slots and that would be a functional system.

LoCC makes the same arbitrary categorizations. Just more "categories". Leading to more questions about what's the "right" category for a work which may be part Biography, part Philosophy, part Military History. In truth a book CAN have more than one of these, since it's in fact an attribute, not a category.

It was a system designed to make the most of a confusing cloud of data WITHOUT the ability to "search" by computer. Which is why it's totally obsolete now.
 
2010-04-12 01:59:19 PM  

The Gosh Darned Batman: Our local Teabaggers Club meets in the library. None of them have seemingly made the logical progression of "No taxes or government services!" to "Hey, who owns this building?"


Conservatives are people who want to sell everything you paid for, and get your support to do it through free speech arguments. Most liberals are too dumb to realize that free speech is good only if you think critically about it, and don't do everything that you talk about. So, it is valid to discuss selling the library other people paid for while in the library, but totally invalid (at least ironic and self-defeating) to actually sell it.

Basically it makes sense that teabaggers are too stupid to know what free speech is for (they just do whatever they talk about - in this case theft from the rest of their community's investments) and liberals are too dumb to stop people from taking idiotic action (in this case protecting their own library investment).
 
2010-04-12 02:00:28 PM  
Instead of being like Wikipedia but taking longer, I prefer to think of my library as Amazon, except without the shipping times, or having to pay for anything you want to read.
 
2010-04-12 02:02:02 PM  

FarkinHostile: Libraries are Holy places to me. Churches of Knowledge, if you will. I have spent literally thousands of hours in libraries, and have since I was a kid. Without libraries, we are much poorer as communities.


This. I love my local library, and they are on a first-name basis with me.
 
2010-04-12 02:04:32 PM  

lokiminio: I immediately thought of these:



/They were entertaining for some reason.


YOU had a "Microfilm Scanner 800 II"?

OH, we would have DREAMED of havin something like that where we grew up. All we had was:
www.scan2archive.com.au
The reel-to-reel one
or
www.lagrange.edu
The 2D plate one

Some decidedly analog technology there. OMFG those were a PITA to find and set up. And if you wanted a copy, you needed to move it to the "special" machine that was WAY expensive to use and set it all up again.

I'd forgotten about that stuff. Man, life SUCKED ASS before the Internet and Google!
 
2010-04-12 02:05:10 PM  

The Gosh Darned Batman: Our local Teabaggers Club meets in the library. None of them have seemingly made the logical progression of "No taxes or government services!" to "Hey, who owns this building?"


Just like you, and other libtards, haven't made the leap that libraries represent the kind of local government and expense that many conservatives don't have a problem with.

Uncontrolled wasteful Federal spending is a problem. The support of local government entities that are subject to a lot more local control isn't a problem that most conservatives worry about.

Still, sometimes the problem comes from 'fake' conservatives. There are always the tightwad old farts who object to libraries, schools, and anything else that they don't personally use, and complain about taxes they pay..but screech for unending benefits for their own group. These idiots arent as much conservative, but are narrow minded selfish twits. They can be lifelong democrats, or republicans, even though they've ever put thought into their political affiliation.

I see a lot of this fake conservatism from farmers screaming for more monetary support for their own incompetence, aka small farm subsidies.

/love my local library
 
2010-04-12 02:10:52 PM  

Galileo's Daughter: FarkinHostile: Libraries are Holy places to me. Churches of Knowledge, if you will. I have spent literally thousands of hours in libraries, and have since I was a kid. Without libraries, we are much poorer as communities.

This. I love my local library, and they are on a first-name basis with me.


I am too, but they usually say stuff like 'Steve, didn't we tell you to leave?' or 'Are you going to keep your pants on today, Steve?'
 
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2010-04-12 02:12:07 PM  

This: Anybody else out there actually own an encyclopedia? I've got a monstrous 30-year-old Britannica set that looks wonderful on my shelf, but I doubt will ever be opened. What the hell do people do with these things?


I have my grandfathers old encyclopedia from the 50s. It has entertaining entries such as, "Someday man may travel into outer space" and how many Negroes live in Chicago.
 
2010-04-12 02:14:05 PM  

Oznog:

YOU had a "Microfilm Scanner 800 II"?

OH, we would have DREAMED of havin something like that where we grew up. All we had was:

The reel-to-reel one
or

The 2D plate one

Some decidedly analog technology there. OMFG those were a PITA to find and set up. And if you wanted a copy, you needed to move it to the "special" machine that was WAY expensive to use and set it all up again.

I'd forgotten about that stuff. Man, life SUCKED ASS before the Internet and Google!


Actually, just had to 2D plate ones. I just chose that picture at random. Reel-to-reel looks like it would have sucked ass. The plate ones were fun cuz you could make the text fly by at super-speed.
 
2010-04-12 02:16:33 PM  

mechgreg: Instead of being like Wikipedia but taking longer, I prefer to think of my library as Amazon, except without the shipping times, or having to pay for anything you want to read.


Inter-Library loan works great even if your local library is small. Except getting really popular new releases might be a bit difficult, so you might have to wait a while.
 
2010-04-12 02:23:07 PM  

Oznog: All we had was:

The reel-to-reel one


That's all we had, too. I remember trying to find my birth announcement, and of course it was at the end of the reel.
 
2010-04-12 02:24:36 PM  

incrdbil: mechgreg: Instead of being like Wikipedia but taking longer, I prefer to think of my library as Amazon, except without the shipping times, or having to pay for anything you want to read.

Inter-Library loan works great even if your local library is small. Except getting really popular new releases might be a bit difficult, so you might have to wait a while.


Yea I don't read a lot of new stuff so that isn't as huge a deal for me. My wife does but she is a speed reader and our local libary has a shelf of new releases on what's called like the rapid read shelf. They are usually a few copies of the books that you would otherwise take months to get. You have 7 days to read them and you don't get to renew them, and I think late fees are like a buck a day. But if you can read fast you can get new books right away.
 
2010-04-12 02:26:19 PM  

incrdbil: Just like you, and other libtards, haven't made the leap that libraries represent the kind of local government and expense that many conservatives don't have a problem with.


Bullshiat. The teabaggers aren't screaming for "moderation", they're screaming "zOMG SOCIALISM!!!1".

A conservative is one with a political ideology. A teabagger is an extremist nut-job.
 
2010-04-12 02:31:30 PM  
Also - you can donate books to libraries this week to celebrate.
 
2010-04-12 02:33:21 PM  

feckingmorons: Libraries were established by the great free societies.


And by steel tycoon Andrew Carnegie.
 
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