Link roundup : February 27, 2015

First, a note (now that I’ve gotten through the initial bustle of dealing with the news):

I’m job hunting again, since my position is being cut due to budget issues. I’m looking widely (and have already had some interviews) but if you’re reading this and know of a position that might suit someone with my interests and skills, feel free to point me in that direction.

  • My resume is online here (PDF).
  • The thing I most enjoy in library work is connecting people with information and resources that make their lives better, easier, or just more fun.
  • That translates into especially loving reference, instruction, reader’s advisory, and collection development, as well as a fascination with how we can use technology to do things better.
  • I’ve got a broad range of library skills beyond those things, too, and strong technology/user training/etc. skills and experience, but am not a coder. (I’d like to do more of that sometime.)
  • I’ve got a particular interest in accessibility issues, and in how collections and library services support and reflect the diversity of the community a given library serves and the world at large.
  • Geographically, I have some preferences, but I’m really looking for the right mix of job and life (I’d like to put down roots somewhere), and willing to consider a lot of options.
  • If you’ve ideas or other questions or want to talk about a possible job, feel free to contact me via the contact form (or the email on my resume).

On to the links! I didn’t manage a roundup two weeks ago because I was in Boston for job hunting purposes, so this is a long one.

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The Librarians and the Apple of Discord

IMDB : aired December 28, 2014 : previous episode 
John Rogers (executive producer) answers questions about this episode. 
index and explanation of these posts

Plot:

Dragons. Stolen treasure. Bad things ensue. (Also, the reappearance of Flynn and some rather amusing use of meeting rules for benefits to all. Well, mostly all.)

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The Librarians and Santa’s Midnight Run

IMDB : aired December 21, 2014 : previous episode 
John Rogers (executive producer) answers questions about this episode
index and explanation of these posts

Plot:

The spirit of Santa is kidnapped by the Serpent Brotherhood, and the Librarians need to rescue him.

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The Librarians and the Horns of the Dilemma

IMDB : aired December 14, 2014 : previous episode 
John Rogers (executive producer) answers questions for episodes 1-3
index and explanation of these posts

Plot:

The Librarians in Training and their Guardian go to Boston to find out why interns are disappearing at a major corporation.

(I should add that I did the annotations for this, and then WordPress entirely ate the post, and I had to redo the whole thing. So if there is something I did not remember to explain this time, please nudge me in a comment. Also, there is some additional rambling about Knossos at the end of this one.)

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The Librarians and the Sword in the Stone

IMDB : aired December 7, 2014 : previous episode 
John Rogers (executive producer) discusses episodes 1 and 2.
And then answers questions for episodes 1-3
index and explanation of these posts

Plot:

Second half of the pilot episode. As we begin this episode, the Serpent Brotherhood are set on returning magic to the world, have artifacts in hand to help them do that, and the Librarian and the others need to stop that. Somehow.

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Links roundup : January 30, 2015

Welcome to this fortnight’s roundup.

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The Librarians and the Crown of King Arthur

IMDB : aired December 7, 2014
John Rogers (executive producer) discusses episodes 1 and 2.
And then answers questions for episodes 1-3
index and explanation of these posts

The plot:

Flynn Carsen, The Librarian, discovers that someone is killing off other former candidates for the position. It’s up to Flynn and his new Guardian (Eve Baird) to figure out what’s going on, and save the three who are left. Oh, yes, and save the world. Again.

This (and the following episode) aired together as the pilot for the series. Like all pilots, there’s rather a lot of introducing people, the setting, the assumptions of the show.

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The Librarian: Quest for the Spear

IMDB : Wikipedia
aired originally December 5, 2004
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The plot: 

Flynn Carsen, a 30 year old perpetual student with 22 degrees, is forced out of his school and applies for a job as a librarian at the Metropolitan Library. Once hired, he discovered that The Library holds a wide number of mystical and powerful artifacts, and that his job is to protect them and find those that might cause damage in the larger world. On his first day of work, members of the Serpent Brotherhood steal one of three parts of the Spear of Destiny. You can guess how the plot goes from here, with chases, adventures, and various death traps.

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The Librarians: Now With Footnotes

Index:

The project:

In brief, I’ve really enjoyed the commentary that Kristina Killgrove has been doing over at poweredbyosteons.org about the TV show Bones. (She’s a forensic anthropologist, and her primary area of study is people we don’t know much about in ancient Rome.)

I thought it might be really interesting to do something similar for The Librarians that looks both at how the library bits are portrayed, but also footnotes the various people, places, books, art, topics, and other things mentioned. I love my profession, and I think that our-world librarians do some really amazing things – but I also have a great fondness for pulpy shows and movies of this kind of genre, and the mixture of that with a joy-in-knowledge is a lot of fun for me.

I was also really curious about how many of the references are accurate (and which ones) and making connections between different bits of info, and so on and so forth. (Short version: the show runners are definitely playing with realities not ours, but a vast amount of the stuff that sounds like it’s real is accurate, once you allow for the premise.)

(See below for other links of interest, and more about the mechanics.)

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Links of Interest : January 16, 2015

This fortnight’s link roundup: ancient music, carnivorous sponges, copyright, evaluating information, and a lot more.

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Hi, I’m Jen

Librarian, infovore, and general geek, likely to write comments about books, link collections, and other thoughts related to how we find, use, and take joy in information.

I'm the Information Technology Librarian at the University of Maine at Farmington, the small liberal arts college model campus in the University of Maine system.

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