Follow That Tattooed Librarian

One day this past spring my sister and I were listening to an interview on the radio. The woman being interviewed was Marilyn Johnson, who wrote This Book is Overdue! How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All (HarperCollins Publishers, 2010). Before I left for library school my sister gave me a copy. It’s so funny! I love the author’s writing style, very smooth, light, and funny. Especially Chapter 5, “Follow That Tattooed Librarian,” an excerpt of which is given below:

By and large, [librarians] are cat people, not dog people. Librarians’ favorite wall decorations are posters of the goofy “LOLcats,” adorable cat pictures with misspelled legends: I Can Has Cheezburger? or drunk dial kitteh callin u at 2 am. Is it the misspellings that crack them up?

As a breed, librarians tend to share a sense of humor that is quirky, sardonic, and full of wordplay […]




I’ve decided to keep a blog about my experience at library school. This is my first year in the Masters of Library and Information Studies program and I have chosen to specialize in Archival Studies.

The Tabularium was a building in the Roman forum housing the Roman Public Record Office. This was where the state archives were held, including deeds, laws, treaties, and Senate decrees. It was built in 78 BC ( I thought it would make a neat name for my blog (if you know me, you know I like Latin and history and all things old).

I am taking four courses: Information System Design (right now we are learning to build a database); Information and Society (“an introduction to the world of information, documents and information agencies from a historical and social perspective”); Archival Principles and Practice (pretty much what it sounds like); and Knowledge Management Foundations (extra credit will given for those who look up one of the many KM definitions).

I joined the our student chapter of the Association of Canadian Archivists and am one of the two first-year student representatives.

That’s it for now!