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As you can see, I am no longer actively posting on La de da. If you would still like to read my rambling thoughts, please find me on Twitter.

Thanks for reading ❤

Not library related

That’s right, fair readers.  Not library related.

[head explode]

But when a man who made movies that changed my adolescent life passes away….its okay to go off topic.

RIP John Hughes.  You will be missed.

In the words of a genuis, don’t waste good lip gloss fair readers. Have a good weekend.


Is that a poem in your pocket?

Hello fair readers!

Today is Poem in Your Pocket Day in honor of National Poetry Month!

toothpaste for dinner!

toothpaste for dinner!

So I thought I would share my favorite poem with you!

Its a Billy Collins poem and a long favorite of mine, called

Another Reason I Don’t Keep A Gun in the House

The neighbors’ dog will not stop barking.
He is barking the same high, rhythmic bark
that he barks every time they leave the house.
They must switch him on on their way out.

The neighbors’ dog will not stop barking.
I close all the windows in the house
and put on a Beethoven symphony full blast
but I can still hear him muffled under the music,
barking, barking, barking,

and now I can see him sitting in the orchestra,
his head raised confidently as if Beethoven
had included a part for barking dog.

When the record finally ends he is still barking,
sitting there in the oboe section barking,
his eyes fixed on the conductor who is
entreating him with his baton

while the other musicians listen in respectful
silence to the famous barking dog solo,
that endless coda that first established
Beethoven as an innovative genius.

Taa daa. What’s your favorite poem?

Have a lovely day fair readers! And don’t forget to put a poem in your pocket. 🙂

Happy National Library Week!

That’s right fair readers! Its that time again…..

National Library Week!


In honor, my co-worker and partner in crime, Sarah and I set up a little display in our library.  It has a read alike theme but instead of being based on books, the suggestions are based on pop culture websites like Flickr, hulu and even Adult Swim.  Here are some pictures of the display…enjoy!

The entire display is called If you like...@ your library

The entire display is called "If you like...@ your library"

We went with a circle/bubble theme for all the signage.

We went with a circle/bubble theme for all the signage.

If you like Adult Swim then check out...

If you like Adult Swim then check out...

If you like Hulu then check out...

If you like Hulu then check out...

If you like Google Maps then check out...

If you like Google Maps then check out...

The whole display.

The whole display.

We also did one for Politico, Flickr, and IMDB.  Its a fun theme to do at a law school because I find that students forget about all the super cool resources they have available to them!  So we provide just a little gentle reminder. 🙂

Well, have a happy National Library Week fair readers!!

Out of this long political darkness a brighter day will come.

Fair readers,

I’m sick, my body hurts, and my head feels like I’ve been hit by the train Obama rode to the capital in….but it would be a travesty for me to not come here, to our shared space, and tell you how exciting this day is.  How hopeful we feel.  How we all feel, not just Democrats but all of us, that change has come.

Happy Inauguration Day, fair readers

A brighter day has come.

Contemplating 2009

Hello fair readers!

I hope you had a lovely New Year’s celebration!

I’ve been thinking about New Year’s Resolutions and what I’ll be focusing my next year on. I’ve always found it better to make goals for myself, being the task-oriented librarian that I am.

So here it goes, Leah the Librarian’s New Year’s Resolutions are as follows:

1. Be nicer to people

I have a great tendency to be judgey and negative. I will try very hard to think of things in terms of being less negative and just nicer.  For the most part, I consider myself a fairly nice person but I surely could use some improvement in this department.

2. Start that other blog you have been talking about starting for ages.

That’s right, I have an idea for another blog.  One that will be anonymous (maybe) and more focused.  Less of a life blog and more of a blog with a purpose.  The problem is…how to advertise it when if it will be anonymous.  Something to ponder.  Also, most think of clever name!

3. Get financially organized.

Seriously…time to become an adult and learn to spend and more importantly *save* like an adult.  Less take out…more cooking.  Less frivolous spending, more frivolous saving.

Three seems like a nice, achievable number…right?  I think so too.

I hope your New Year is going splendidly thus far fair readers.  And have a lovely weekend.

Sexy Librarian.

Hello fair readers!

I had all sorts of plans to post a holiday happy day posting and that added to a lot of nothing.  So, here it is.  Moment of zen:

Happy Holidays from La de da!

So you might be wondering about the title of this posting.

Sexy librarian.

One of my favorite things about WordPress is that you get to see what search strategies lead people to your blog the most.  Some examples from mine are: progressive, libraries, leah the librarian, etc.

But the number one search term that leads people to La de da is this…sexy librarian.

I laugh when I think of how dissapointed this searcher must be when they stumble upon La de da…expecting perhaps a hottie with glasses and instead reading a posting on copyright law or Studs Terkel.

Kind of the polar opposite of what these searchers might be expecting to find.

So I’m just going to apologize right now to those of you looking for sexy librarian stuff.  I am happy that you are here, realizing what librarians are actually like.

And all of the things that what we stand for.

Happy holidays fair readers…even you sexy librarian searchers….and have a happy new year.

Patriotism (Librarian Style)

Hello fair readers!

As I’m sure many of you know another major election is upon us.

And while many of you know who I prefer….


The most important thing right now is that everyone is registered to vote!

So while I pretty much depise MTV, the best thing they have ever done is to create Rock the Vote.

Go to:

you can register to vote easily and online.  You just have to print this little sheet out and mail it.  How easy is that?  Seriously.

Don’t be lame.

Register to vote.

And then after registering, do the world a favor and vote for a candidate that’s actually worth a damn.

Oh yeah, you know it. 🙂

Have a lovely Sunday fair readers!

Step on a crack.

Step on a crack.

Originally uploaded by leah the librarian

My luck, fair readers, has been particularly awful in the past few months.  I keep looking back, trying to think of all the awful things I have done in my life.  Cars I have cut off at intersections; bums who I have refused change to; tourists who I refuse to stop walking so they can take their pictures on Michigan Ave.  Is it all coming home to roost?

Today, while cleaning my apartment, I decided to bring down some empty boxes that are still remaining, doing nothing, from my move about a month or so back.  I walked down to my naively unlocked storage area to find, low and behold, my bin of Christmas items, was no longer there.

I checked around, just to see if perhaps someone had moved it.  I’m not even sure why I did that.  I then realized, stunned, that someone had stolen my bin of old, crappy Christmas ornaments that are of absolutely no value to anyone but me.  An ornament from Western Michigan University’s bookstore that I received  upon graduating with my English degree.  An insanely tacky silver and white sparkly ornanment that simply reads “2002”.  A year of really no significance in my life.  A box of glass Santas doing various tasks like fishing and sun bathing.  A gift from my Father one Christmas that everyone expected me to hate but I really actually loved.  And most importantly, a stocking, sewn by my mother when my sister and I were little girls.  It’s green fabric, with little red strawberries dotted all over.  The toe is too pointy.  It’s perfectly imperfect.

And now they are all gone.

I keep wondering what this person will do with my crappy Christmas ornaments.  Sell them on Ebay?  Probably not, considering a vast majority of those items were bought at places like Michael’s craft store.  3 boxes of ornaments for $10.  My guess is that if my little note does not guilt the person into returning these items, they will end up in a trash bin.  Thrown away because those items could not mean anything to anyone except me and the members of my family.

I have always believed that humans are fundamentally good.  Many idiots.  But with decent intentions, none the less.  However in the past few weeks, I just feel like I do not understand people as a whole.  What possesses people to do these little things that considering world affairs, don’t mean much.  I am alive.  I have a job.  I have the people I love.  I have my health.

But what don’t I have?

One strawberry stocking, poorly made, but made with love none the less.

People suck.

Lessons. Week One.

Hello fair readers!

I have officially finished one week as a librarian!  And how do I feel about this?

Pretty damn tired.

But! I’m also so excited and learning so much.  I thought I would share with you some of the things I’m learning as my first week of as a Reference Librarian.

Lesson #1:

Not all libraries work completely from their website.

I’m just going to be fair and say that some libraries websites are just more useful and stronger than others.  I came from a library where the majority of questions I would start from the website.  However in my current library, I work almost completely from the Metropolitan Library System‘s website.  And specifically from SWAN, the shared library catalog of 80 member libraries.  And SWAN rocks.  It corrects mispellings, has pictures of books, and even enables users to pay their fines online, a useful thing some other urban libraries (ahem CPL! ahem) should really add to their system.

Lesson #2:

People love….let me restate this….LOVE urban fiction, romance, and mysteries.

Seriously.  I had no idea how popular urban fiction was.  It is damn popular.  I have placed probably at least 50 ILL requests and located just as many in our own library.  And you know who is really popular?  Zane.  Omg Zane.  I didn’t even know who Zane was before this week.  I think she rides the lines somewhere between Romance and Urban Fiction.  I”m not sure.  Now I must say that I’m fairly tempted to place a hold on Dear G-Spot just to see what the big deal is.

Lesson #3:

At a small public library you actually can get by with just a few essential databases such as Reference USA, ESBSCO host, and OCLC databases.

OK I’m going to be honest.  I was frightened to go from Northwestern University Libraries’ massive electronic resources to 6-7 databases.  But you know what?  I’m getting by.  And not just getting by, it’s going fine.  I’m actually pulling out all that book knowledge gained from my Reference courses at Dominican University and utilizing it.  And a lot of people are actually more comfortable roaming the reference section than launching into databases.  I had no idea.  I understand this lesson doesn’t always apply.  But it was a big lesson for me this week.

So those are the main lessons so far.  And I will certainly keep you updated.  But you know what rocks?

Being a real librarian.  I love it.  And it feels so good.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.