Wednesday, July 30, 2003

  The "M" Word, or No One Writes Mysteries Anymore

In a newspaper article about one of our branches the other day, a patron complained that she wished that we had a separate mystery collection, instead of mixing them in with the other fiction. The branch head said that they keep them all together, so that all of an author's books are together, even if they write in more than one genre. While this is a perfectly reasonable and valid explaination, I don't think that it is the real reason. I believe that the real reason is that no one writes mysteries any more.

Now, of course, this is an exaggeration, new mysteries come out every day, but the fact is that fewer and fewer call themselves mysteries. Nowadays, they say things like, "An FBI thriller," "A Novel of Suspense," "crime story" or "A Stephanie Plum novel." A rare few boldly proclaim themselves to be mysteries: "A Thomas Black Mystery," "A Needlecraft Mystery," "A Kensington Mystery," A Lupe Solano Mystery," "Being a Jane Austen Mystery," etc. Some of the "thrillers" and "novels" even say things like, "Edgar Award winning author..." Um, how do you win a award from the Mystery Writers of America if the books that you write aren't mysteries? The impression that I get is that to some authors the "mystery" label is an epithet.

Saturday, July 26, 2003

  Some pics from my Bloomington trip:

buildings at Collins
Edmondson Hall (the library is in a sort of penthouse at the very top)
the entrance to Edmundson Hall
one of the Collins dorms
one of the entrances to Collins
flowers in the garden at Collins
James at Collins
the entrance to the library (You walk up a long turning staircase to get there, almost like you are ascending a tower.)
there is a fireplace (all the furniture is disarray because they had just cleaned the carpets)
windows on three sides
a reading area with cushy chairs
a great magazine selection next to the circ desk
a nice selection of videos

Thursday, July 24, 2003

  Hmmm... Something has gone wrong over there in the sidebar... I'll take a look at it when we get back from Bloomington tonight.

Wednesday, July 23, 2003

  I'm trying to pick out new glasses. Click on the pic for a full face view:

Frame A

Frame B

Frame C

Frame D

Tuesday, July 22, 2003

Wednesday, July 16, 2003

  While I call myself The Spinster Librarian, I'm not actually a librarian yet, if you want to get technical about it. I'm what's known as a para-professional. (SpinsterParaprofessional.net just didn't have the same ring to it...) When I finish my masters in library science degree, then I'll be an actual librarian. So it's off to school I go this fall to finish the degree and become a real librarian.

I've been hired to be the graduate assistant in charge of the Collins LLC Library at Indiana University. Collins sounds like a pretty cool place. My friend Angela lived there and worked in the library when she went to IU:
Collins is the coolest! I loved working there! The vibe there is so cool and alternative. All the freaky hippy, punk, goth kids lived there (probably not too different now.) Also, all the very OUT gay kids lived there. So, it is a fun library to work in because the people there like reading and different kinds of stuff. They are not in the library just to check out videos and read Cosmo. They like Jim Jarmusch movies and foreign flicks. The CD's are more ecclectic than the other libraries. More Ani DiFranco than Mariah Carey. We also did a lot of special displays for political type holidays. Coming Out Day, AID's awareness, Human Rights Day, that kind of thing. The kids are political there. Also, that means the sky is the limit on what you can do. No one will be offended, they will probably cheer. Collins is the only place to escape the frat boy types that are there on a Budweiser scholarship and the sorority chicks who are there for their MRS. and find time to read Danielle Steel when they are supposed to be an English major.
At first, I thought that it was just a coincidence that I was assigned to Collins, but thinking back on my interview and resume I realized that they had pegged me as the "pinko commie"* and assigned me appropriately. I'm not complaining, far from it, Collins sounds like heaven to me.

* a Rush Limbaugh fan once called me that for listening to NPR

Friday, July 11, 2003

Librarian action figure (link from Jonny)

When you push a button on her back, her arm raises to make a shushing motion.

The part that disturbs me most is that a librarian participated in the creation of this thing...

Monday, July 07, 2003

  Which presidential candidate is right for you?

My results:

1. Kucinich, Cong. Dennis, OH - Democrat (95%)
2. Kerry, Senator John, MA - Democrat (85%)
3. Gephardt, Cong. Dick, MO - Democrat (80%)
4. Dean, Gov. Howard, VT - Democrat (77%)
5. Edwards, Senator John, NC - Democrat (77%)
6. Lieberman Senator Joe CT - Democrat (75%)

Wednesday, July 02, 2003


Movie tickets: $6.50 each
Large Diet Coke to share: $3.75
Taking goofy pics in front of the Hulk display: Priceless

  Lots of things have been happening but I haven't had time to blog about them...

Memorial Day We were supposed to go to my sister's house for a cookout, but before we left, James wanted to take a look at the fridge to see if he could figure out why it wasn't cooling properly. He took the cover off the back, and started poking around back there. When he reached in to move some wires aside, he inadvertently touched a fan blade that was hidden behind them. Ouch! It was bleeding pretty bad, so I had to drive him to the hospital for eight stitches. (He was really bummed about having bled all over one of his favorite t-shirts, but I was able to get the stains out with Oxy Clean -- that stuff rocks!) Anyway, apparently a blood sacrifice was exactly what the fridge needed, because over the next couple of days, the temperature dropped back down to where it should be, and it has worked just fine ever since.