Archive for August, 2013

What perserverence and determination look like

If you ever wanted a clip to show  your students what determination to win and achieve looks like, then this might be the one to show them.  I am going to put this on my school blog because I know my boys will relate to it, but it would be great to show any kid I think.  This guy is just so cool, and I particularly love the reaction of his fellow riders at the end!

It is from @timoslomo on Twitter

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How I Live Now the movie

Over on Zac Harding’s blog I read the good news and I must (absolutely must) (and I don’t care how squeely sounding my high pitch voice becomes actually) but one of my total favourite, and a book I thrust into the hands of many unsuspecting boys who go on to love it, is going to be a movie.  Out here in 2014 How I Live Now is coming and it is going to be a big event for me.  I have been a huge fan of Meg Rosoff for a long time loving all her books, well if I was being truthful I would tell you that I didn’t love her most recent one, but I have loved all the rest.  Anyway enough of this unattractive ranting.  Here is the trailer.

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Lego Librarians

Image: Lego bios

I’ve been quietly seething for the last few days and as my opinion hasn’t diminished I’m hoping a wee rant and public posting will allow me to move on.

Have you seen the new Lego Librarian in Lego’s mini-figures Bio series?

I guess we need to celebrate that Lego has acknowledged our profession and immortalised it in Lego. That is pretty cool. And honestly, I don’t mind the cardigan, I mean, well, aren’t they kinda chic this season?

No, it’s the mug that I take exception to. The mug with its “Shhh!” message! What is with that antiquated librarian image? Surely, the Shushing Lego Librarian isn’t a stereotype that we are happy to identify with?

Mr Library Dude

Thank goodness for Mr Library Dude’s humour.  Joe Hardenbrook (aka Mr Library Dude) wrote a thoughtful piece on Image, Public Perception, and Lego Librarians and went on to digitally redesign twenty-eight Lego Librarians – a brilliant assortment of librarian personalities, examples of how the public may perceive us, including satirical captions.

Regardless, the “shushing” mug has got to go. How about a “search engine” or “knowledge creator” coffee mug instead? Would these slogans be as immediately identifiable as a librarian? Sadly, I think not. Enhancing our professional image is certainly worth fighting for.

Any other suggestions for librarian coffee mug slogans?

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