Sunday, August 26, 2007

Your Host...

...The Rotten Librarian himself.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Okay, it's my blog and I oughta post

Hi, I am LibrarianRandy and I am...ahem...a rotten librarian, actually I am a professional rotten librarian. I have been working in a public library as a teen librarian for five years now.

It is my job to assist teens with finding fulfilment - no not that kind of fulfilment, the literary kind, and not that kind of literature either *sheesh* get your mind out of the gutter. Teens comprise about 25% of the usership of public libraries but receive the least service therein. Most public libraries, and fewer and fewer public schools, have librarians who work directly with teens full time. Which is really too bad since kids between twelve and twenty have been having dropping literacy rates for the last decade or two. Anyway, it is what I do and something that I enjoy talking about so you will definately hear about it here.

I have seen my share of rotten librarianship in only five years. I have made a fair number of mistakes myself and have witnessed some of the pitfalls my fellow book pushers have fallen into, not to mention a pretty varried collection of general weirdness from both the patrons and the staff. I thought it might be cool, and dare I say it, useful, to host a blog about those trips and traps as a warning to those who may follow. Beware, from this point on there may be dragons, so bring your own weenies.

Welcome to RottenLibrarian! If you have been visiting this site for a bit you will have noticed that it is as much about slamming your host, me, as anything else. So go ahead hit me with your best shot I can take it, after all sticks and stones may break my bones but groupings of pixels can never hurt me. This site is for librarians and so it stands to reason that there would be a shoe blog on it. We librarians are nothing if not fashionable, or at least well shod. Since it is my library blog it also includes a healthy amount of information about role-playing games, fantasy, science fiction and movies. So, if you have anything you wish to share about librarianship, best practice or worst, shoes,questionable pictures of gamer folk or just want to take a pixalated roundhouse at me, feel free! Post your heart out and enjoy the show.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Dust and Fear 07

We have arrived at scenic Indianapolis for GenCon!
We have liqour and swag bags. I have taken pictures. Bruce is outdoing Brian on the Fart O Meter.


Requests, do we take 'em?

'Cause I, for one, would like to see some fabulous combinations of the varied intellectual and blogerial powers collected here.

Like, for instance, a pic of Dave's dog in those Fab orange pumps. Reading a book.

With a chicken.

C'mon....admit it. I'm not the only one.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Hooray for librarimen, a quote..

..."While on the subject of burning books, I want to congratulate librarians, not famous for their physical strength, their powerful polical connections or great wealth, who, all over this counrty, have staunchly resisted anti-democratic bullies who have tried to remove certain books from their shevles, and destroyed records rather than have to reveal to thought police the names of persons who have checked out those titles.

So the America I loved still exists, if not in the White House, the Supreme Court, the Senate, the House of Representatives, or the media. The America I loved still exists at the front desks of our public libraries."...

- Kurt Vonnegut

Saturday, August 11, 2007

To : Friends of Librarimen around the world

As we all know libarimen (in their own minds) live in the late 1800's, and as such, know not how to craft these technical missives we call 'blogs'. It's not their era, or area of expertise.

So if we want to see actual writings from libarimen, some kind soul will have to instruct, nay, apprentice a libariman, and school him in basic arts of 'blogging'.

Any volunteers ?

Friday, August 10, 2007

Gah! Not the shoes!

In an effort to un-shoe the blog, here is a picture, a pic of my dog:

Fugly Shoe Friday


So, everyone, here's today's fugly shoe. I have to admit, I was actually on the fence about these for awhile. I mean, I love a platform, I could work that heel, and maybe with a cool pair of jeans and a pink fitted shirt?

But then I started to wonder about the colors. And the weird sheen from the satin in that dark orange. And the proportion is off--the peep toe is too small a window and the heel is too stiletto for the platform front.

Anyway, I say nay. And as I'm the arbitrary arbiter of all things fashion on this blog that is, ostensibly, about books, what I say goes. They are thus the inaugural pair of shoes for this blog's new weekly feature, Fugly Shoe Friday.

TTFN, boys. I'm off to spread my friendly faerie of fab fun elsewhere I'm needed.

Is this a shoe blog yet? Shoes are like dandelions, you know. Eventually they just take over.

UPDATE: oh, sorry, almost forgot: in case you're interested, they're by Marni, and go for about three hundred. In the UK--i.e., three hundred Pounds.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007


To all libarimans and non-librarimans "posting" on this blog:

FRIDAY will see the dawn of a new age here at the inauguration of a new weekly feature we friendly faeries of fab like to call "FUGLY SHOE FRIDAY."

Well, it would be a new age. Except, erm, the last freaking post to this blog before this one is, you might note, also a post about shoes.

If "somebody" that is not a superfabulous non-librarian --some actual librarian, perhaps???-- doesn't post to this blog soon, there is a very real chance that the blog will become KNOWN in the blogosphere as essentially, well, a blog about shoes.

Shoes, Randy. Shoes, shoes, shoes, more shoes, and, finally, shoes.

I'm just sayin'.

Best wishes,

Your fabulously fab faerie friend.

Monday, August 6, 2007

Fabulous Shoe of the Week

So, I'm not a librarian either (DO any real librarians actually post to this blog???), but what every good blog for and about and/or authored by librarians needs, in my opinion, is a good dose of fabulosity.

As a non-librarian lucky enough to have been gifted by the great goddess with extra doses of fabulousness, I consider it my duty to ensure that there is SOMETHING shiny posted to this blog every week. Like a friendly little faerie of fab, if you will.

In that spirit, I hereby inaugurate the "FABULOUS SHOE OF THE WEEK" feature.

Because this blog is supposed to be informational, I feel like I should at least TRY to teach you something that will help you begin to become more fabulous non-librarians all on your own. To wit: These beauties are by the famous shoe designer Christian Louboutin, and are called "Pigalle." As you've probably already guessed, both the shoes and the designer are Elvish, erm, I mean, French in origin. These pumps have Mr. Louboutin's signature red sole and six-inch stiletto heels. They're quite rare, but if your feets are the right size and you have a spare $600-700, you might be able to pick up a pair on e-bay.

Cursed Roland

Damn Randy!

That is all.
Wait, do I have to BE a librariman to blog here? I mean, I was invited...

Or does general geekiness apply well enough to enable this? I think I qualify there.

Maybe I will post, and see if I get tossed out... :)

For my very first blog post ever, I want you all to know that Comcast is the work of the devil. That is all for now. -M

Sunday, August 5, 2007

Several invitations have been sent out in hopes of helping our Librariman to get this blog started right. If you have something to share...please do.

Librariman Unite!

This is a call to arms for all able bodied librariman.. If you are a man or a near facsimile of a man and you are a librarian then you are a librariman.