dx1007ex_91978.jpgContinuing the horror theme I began in the “Zombies + Libraries = Awesome!” post, I was browsing the “archivist” tag in today, and found that archivists are their own class in the Heroes of Horror, a supplement for D&D players who want to bring a bit of the horror genre into their gaming.

 I’m not super-familiar with D&D, but I found a couple of the tidbits of information about the “archivist class” especially fun:

This quote made me think immediately of the SAA Code of Ethics:

The most important characteristic for an archivist is a keen Intelligence. That intellect must also be tempered with a high degree of Wisdom, due to the fine line the archivist must walk in studying evil without being corrupted by it.

These next two quotes sound a heck of a lot more glamorous than my general daily activities during the small amount of professional experience I’ve had…but I don’t know that someone outside the profession would want to re-enact the creation of EAD finding aids just for fun:

The archivist’s class features all serve to further his overall purpose, which is to seek out mystical, divine lore from strange and forbidden sources, and to gain both understanding and mastery thereof.

  The archivist can use his dark knowledge to help his allies fight off the corrupting influence of other creatures.

This next quote I can see on a t-shirt…Archivists: Not as Stuffy As Wizards.

Something that also struck me was that, even in D&D, archives is viewed as a vocation, and one that won’t necessarily reward you with gratitude (or monetarily).

Generally speaking, you aren’t quite as stuffy as the average wizard, given your breadth of experience and high Wisdom score, but neither are you a chest-thumping champion of the gods. The secrets you uncover are their own reward, and your confidence in yourself and in the job you do is more rewarding than the empty gratitude of some group or hierarchy.

Here’s that vocation thing again:

It is often said that archivists are born, not made. Many who embrace this class do so out of a genuine thirst for learning, often accompanied by a reverence or admiration for divine power.

My favorite, saving the best for last:

 Many archivists are archivists for life; the more hidden lore they uncover, the more they feel they still have to learn.


Tim Gunn, the stylish voice of reason on Bravo’s Project Runway, is getting his own series on Bravo, “Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style,” (based on his book of the same name).

However, the truly exciting part of reading the article announcing his new series was that, when asked about his distinctive speaking style and wit, Gunn, who describes himself as a “big nerd,” said,

My vocabulary comes from years of teaching…My mother was a librarian, and I grew up with tons of books, and they are a blessing and a curse.

I knew there was a reason I felt such a kinship with him. 🙂

One of my friends pointed out these incredibly fun and funny time-wasters to me a few days ago, and I have to say, after having played with them for the last half an hour, they definitely live up to the hype. simpsons_katie.jpgSouth Park Informationatrix

These are the two that I created in my own image (see, funny AND you get to have a little bit of a God complex!). Each picture is an active link to the site on which they were created.

 Be forewarned, the game that allows you to create the Simpsons avatar is within the promotional website for the Simpsons movie, so you will have to look for it a bit; it’s along the top of the screen. It’s well worth it though, trust me.


Geranium, originally uploaded by librarykatja.

Gotta love that red. It’s a power color. 🙂

Illustrated LibrarianI love the Dewey Decimal System

Though I am way behind the times in blogging about it (Jessamyn West did on back in February, along with countless others, I’m sure) this was too cool and funny to not mention again. 

The Illustrated Librarian is a book that holds 12 temporary tattoos, which range from “I Heart the Dewey Decimal System” to “Read or Die.”

I’m inspired. I’m thinking that, instead of “Thug Life,” which is what I’d originally planned on,  I’ll get a tattoo that says “Literate 4 Life.” What do you guys think?

xkcd consistently has some of the funniest, most observant, geekiest comics out there, and for that, it has my undying love. It’s primarily filled with math, physics, and web-related humor, but there’s a good deal else in there as well. To that end, the most recent comic is entitled “Librarians,” and it is a rib-tickler.

I would’ve posted it in here, but unfortunately it is too long to be able to squeeze into the allotted amount of space and still be legible. So, as all those kids on Reading Rainbow used to say, “You don’t have to take my word for it!”

Go check it out!

Employee’s Only, originally uploaded by librarykatja.

Misused apostrophes make my head hurt.…hit something.

Whoever made this sign, which I took a picture of while walking around downtown Lawrence, needs to read “Eats, Shoots, and Leaves.” Pronto.

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