January 2nd, 2014 Brian Herzog
I find it a little uncomfortable having my first post of a new year be about something I don't completely understand, but I have no problem embracing ambiguity - especially to further the cause of humor.
So, have you every played Cards Against Humanity? I have, twice, and I still don't really understand it. I mean, I laugh at the funny words, but I just don't get it. But I do get that Emily at Shelf Check is working on a Cards Against Librarianship version:
Emily also says that she hopes to have a printable version available in a week or so, before ALA Midwinter, so keep an eye on Shelf Check.
And in case you are a Cards Against Humanity fan, they also have a research lab that lets you test out and rate new cards by playing an online version.
Thanks Sharon for sending me these links.
July 10th, 2013 Brian Herzog
Just a couple of unrelated interestingnesses this morning.
The first is a neat image my friend Chris forwarded me from something called Facebook:
I don't know anything about this image, other than I like it. And it would be a good image for a caption contest.
Secondly, last week on BoingBoing Cory highlighted some Dewey Decimal System jewelry, made from old catalog cards:
There's lots of it available on Etsy. I think it'd be fun to match the Dewey subject to the function of the piece - like, a ring magnifying 395.22.
Yay for creative people.
Tags: art, book, card, cards, catalog, ddc, decimal, dewey, image, jewelry, libraries, Library, public, reading
July 25th, 2012 Brian Herzog
Earlier this summer, my coworker Tommy got the idea for a library art project: mail a letter to 200+ libraries across the country, asking them to send him one of their library cards.
He enclosed a return envelope, and most of them responded! For the next few weeks, Tommy's envelopes, with new library cards enclosed, poured into the library from all over the country. It was fun to see the variety and creativity of library cards.
Tommy's project was dependent on how many library cards he received. In the end, the number he got fit more or less perfectly on one of the coffee tables in the library, so he got permission to arrange them on a table and cover them with a protective epoxy. It looks great in the library, and the plan is to leave it in the library permanently. Tom also put up a sign on the table explaining what he did - the table is very eye-catching, and has already proved popular with staff and patrons.
Here's the top of the table - click to see a bigger image:
Nice work Tom - and thanks to all the library who participated.
April 10th, 2008 Brian Herzog
Inspired by the kid who collected 3000+ library cards, I thought I'd put up all of my library cards, too.
Unlike his collection, though, these cards were all issued to me because I either lived or worked in the towns where these libraries are located. I didn't get them to build a collection - I just always use the library where I live.
Even just with this small collection, it's interesting to see the variety in designs. This gave me the idea to create a Library Cards flickr group - how about showing off your library card?