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Subject:Of Possible Interest: Losing Libraries
Time:09:08 am
Not directly related to the strip, but I figured it might be of interest to fellow readers:

Losinglibraries.org (which also has a Twitter account) tracks libraries in trouble across the nation. They have a map of reported budget cuts and closings, and suggestions on how to help keep these vital resources alive.
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Subject:E-books?
Time:11:39 am
A while back, there was a series of strips about a man in the library with an e-book reader. The strips' take was... not favorable.

I got a Kindle for my birthday several months back. To me, it's like a thing out of legend. (An idea reflected in the rather neat handcrafted Kindle cover I purchased on Etsy.) I open it, and I can magically summon almost any book, the single page rewriting itself to become the proper text. I carry with me in one lightweight package a library of thousand-page tomes, short stories, and everything in between. Thanks to sites like Project Gutenberg and MobileRead, I have the classics - thousands and thousands of them - freely available at my fingertips.

And, of course, there are other perks. Instant, pop-up dictionary definitions on request. Mobile internet access - email, encyclopedias, information of all kinds. Also, Minesweeper and now GoMoku (Easter Eggs in the Kindle software).

My sister, on the other hand, hates the thing. It's not a proper book. You can't feel the pages. You don't get the real experience in the ancient and sacred tradition. You get a computerized simulation. Another step towards electronics taking over our way of life. And my access to the Gutenberg library has kept me from making trips to our actual, rather exceptional hometown library. I must admit she has some valid points.

Too, it's expensive. And, really, I can, in theory, just as easily download and read e-books on my laptop.

There's more to be said, I'm sure. What's your take?
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Subject:Not Invented Here
Time:09:15 pm
For those who might not have seen, Bill is teaming up to do a 2nd strip called Not Invented Here.

The LJ syndicated RSS feed for the webcomic can be found here.
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Subject:ROTFLMAO
Time:12:50 pm
Today's strip is priceless. I always enjoy it when my comic geekdom intersects with my library geekdom. Two great tastes that go great together!
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Subject:My New Library Blog
Time:10:49 pm
I have decided to take my livejournal and make it specifically for library related items that I come across. I am considering a career as a librarian and will use this blog to research. Join in! Would love if you would become my friend and join in on the fun.
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Subject:This seems like a natural...
Time:08:24 pm
Current Mood:geeky
The Dewey Donation System, a site for organizing and publicizing donations of books to libraries in need, seems like it would be a natural match with Unshelved. And given the wide variety of readership of people who are fond of Dewey in either media, it could be good synergistic publicity for both.

Just a thought. And pimping donations to a good cause (2 of them this year, in fact).
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Subject:Phillip Pullman???
Time:01:23 pm
Current Mood:curious
My boss thinks the recent strips are about the His Dark Materials series.  What do y'all think?
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Subject:Sunday Book Club question
Time:05:46 pm
Current Mood:tired
Something I sorta noticed, but I'm not sure of: What kind of correlation between books and recommendations by each character is there? Or is there any?

Ok, that's an awkward question. Perhaps some examples...

If (as in the case of this most recent book) Tamara recommends a book, I can guess that it's going to be a children's book, or in this case, a book having to do with African(-American) culture.

Dewey's recommendations are going to be Graphic Novels, YA books and Science Fiction. Or Zombies. Or maybe all of them at the same time.

Was it Colleen and Mel who were arguing Freakonomics vs some other book I don't recall offhand? They don't recommend enough books.

(Frankly, I would appreciate some sort of level guide for the books listed. I picked up Dragon and Thief a while back out of the club, but might not have had I realized it was a YA book. Nothing against YA, but I finished it in about 2 hours, and it would have helped to know that ahead of time.)

I ramble because I care...
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Time:10:19 am
Today's strip made me literally laugh out loud. I love when Dewey just goes off on his own tangents in front of the patrons.
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Subject:Unshelved Pictures
Time:07:32 am
Once I manage to get the pictures off my phone, I'll be posting a Sunday Book Club strip that I found hanging at my local book store.

However, yesterday I finally processed my San Diego Comic Con 2007 pictures (better late than never!) and have 2 of Bill & Gene. Anyone else have pictures they want to share; maybe some from ALA? Just remember to put them under a lj cut!

Bill & his (then) new IPhoneCollapse )

Bill & Gene at their boothCollapse )
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Subject:Happy Birthday
Time:07:28 am
Happy Birthday to Bill Barnes... ok, it's a day late but still!
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Time:10:44 pm
Current Mood:curious
Please recommend your favourite inspirational and/or motivational books to me. Any genre. Fiction or non-fiction.

I'm very keen. Thanks. (:
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Subject:The Colbert Question
Time:03:01 am
As a dedicated Unshelved reader and Colbert Report viewer, I have to ask...

Are librarians really hiding something?

What do you guys think? (And how long before the question shows up in the strip?)
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Time:11:49 am
Today's strip is exactly the reason why I'd never want to work in a public library again (and have to wear a shirt like that!). I'd have the same, wouldn't be able to keep working there if I assaulted a patron, reaction as Tamara.
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Time:09:47 pm
The most recent Sunday strip for Why Good Girls Don't Get Ahead, But Gutsy Girls Do has me very tempted to pick that book up.

Anyone read it and have an opinion on it?

I will say I've NEVER had a desire to read Between a Rock and a Hard Place. I've gone hiking up in the area where that hiker got hurt, and the book hits just a bit too close to home for me.
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Subject:When linking to strips
Time:09:38 pm
When linking to strips, please link to the archive URL (ex/ http://www.overduemedia.com/archive.aspx?strip=20060829), not the .gif itself. That way it's easier for people to look at the strips just before and after the one referred to. It's especially useful if a particular strip is part of a storyline.

Thanks!
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Subject:What's your favorite strip?
Time:11:21 am
To put us off to a good start, let's talk about favorite strips.

Mine, personally, is the library raid strip from back in 2004. I work for a document delivery company[1] that does book loans, and one of my company clients can never, ever, EVER return their books on time, without me poking and proding them. I took that strip, wrote in the name of my problem company, and posted it on my work computer.

Every time I feel the urge to strangle them come up, I can look at the strip and laugh.

A close second favorite strip/storyline is the "What Would Dewey Do" storyline.


[1]For those who don't know, a document delivery company is essentially an outsourced ILL & reference library.
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