As soon as heard about this card game, I knew it had to go on my wish list. Now to find people to play it with! Players compete to create the best romantic fan fiction pairing from favorite characters from pop culture, history and literature. A co-worker says it’s like Cards Against Humanity for pop culture nerds. Perfect!
Anything else I should add to this list? What do you get for the book lover in your life (or better yet, what’s the last thing you bought for yourself that you absolutely loved)?
Do you have a librarian or book lover in your life? This gift guide will help you pick out a wonderful and unique present for her. Need a birthday gift? Anniversary gift? Christmas present? Check out these great gifts below (and husband, if you’re reading this, I’ll take one of each!).
Need more ideas? Here’s two other librarian gift guides from years past: Librarian Gift Guide Part 1 and 2.
Do you have a librarian or book lover on your list to buy for this year? Start with the gift guide I began here and read on! You don’t have to spend much to satisfy the book nerd in your life – trust me: as a librarian, I’d love anything on this list, including these DIY ornaments. And there’s always the possibility of a book raid at your local second-hand store. There’s nothing more fun that used-book shopping with a friend!
Kate Spade has some great library-related accessories in their current collection, from a library scarf, to cute glasses earrings and a dictionary wallet. I’m partial to the bright red glasses earrings, $48
Yesterday, after a great day of lectures, I decided to brave The Strip. A friend had never been to Vegas before, so I felt it was my duty to show her around. And it was fine because the entire time we kept telling each other things like,
“I hope these foreign tourists don’t think the rest of America is like this,” and
“Why did they bring their baby?!?” And
“OMG, that lady is pregnant. She must be miserable,” and
“It’s so loud. It’s so crowded,” and
“Did that DUI patrol van just pull over a cab?”
We did go to the Bellagio, which is beautiful if you can forget it’s also a casino.
The seasonal art installation was quite spectacular, except for the creepy talking trees.
And then we walked to the Venetian, because who doesn’t want to see a fake gondola?
I can honestly say that unless I have a very good reason to go back – like for work, or a wedding – I don’t need to go to Vegas ever again.
It’s Banned Books Week, which means it’s time to bring out your copies of To Kill a Mockingbird, The Hunger Games and Lady Chatterly’s Lover, since all of those books, and many, many more, have been challenged for some reason or another.
Have you read Eleanor & Park, the fabulous YA novel by Rainbow Rowell? If you haven’t you should. It’s so, so wonderful and exactly the kind of novel teens need. Because we are all awkward and we all have insecurities, especially during our teen years. There’s a big Banned Books Week discussion happening around this book right now – you can read about the censorship issues and the importance of this book here and here. So go check it out of your library and celebrate that your librarians cared enough to order it and keep it on the shelves in your community.
There’s an interesting discussion happening in library land about what to wear at work, particularly as a leader or manager. Librarian in Black has an excellent post on the subject, as does Agnostic, Maybe.
This made me start thinking about what a professor looks like. Now that I’m teaching, I’ve ditched my jeans and TOMS for long-neglected heels and dresses. I’m a dressed-up version of me because I want to look the part. I want my students to respect me. I always complain about looking too young and blending in with my students. I figure dressing up can’t hurt.
The hard part is that we don’t have a dress code…at all. I’ve seen other professors wearing jeans, even shorts! I can guess which area of law professors teach by how they dress: the East Coast profs wear suits to teach. The environmental and animal law profs don’t. For the most part, I suppose you could call it “Portland business casual.”
I’m trying to remember what my professors wore in college, law school and library school. It all sort of blends into one blur of suits, skirts and cardigans. I’m not willing to put on a suit when I teach. On the other hand, you won’t catch me in Crocs or flip flops either.
What does a professor look like? What does a librarian look like? Me.
At work I use a standing desk, but periodically need to sit for various reasons. I had been using an Apple bluetooth keyboard when typing on my computer and iPad, but was having problems syncing between the computer, the keyboard, the iPad and then back to the computer. The computer wouldn’t forget the keyboard and would continually try to sync between keyboard and computer even while I was using the keyboard with the iPad.
And since I’ve had a lot of back pain lately, I have had to sit down more than I’ve liked to work. Which means I’ve been switching between computer and iPad more frequently. A coworker told me about this keyboard, a non-Apple product that seemed to solve the problem of synching devices with a bluetooth keyboard amongst multiple Apple devices. Ironic, eh?
It really works. Out of the box, you sync the keyboard to up to three devices. I paired it with my computer, my iPad and my iPhone. Now, the keyboard permanently remembers these three devices. To switch device, I just press F1, F2 or F3 and I can immediately begin using the keyboard with the device I have synced with that button.
If you regularly use more than one device with a wireless keyboard and need a reliable keyboard that syncs seamlessly, I highly recommend the Logitech K811.