Monthly Archives: April 2007

Bizarre reference questions

Loved this article on crazy reference requests.

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The Golden Demographic Strikes Back

Warning, some language in the linked post may NSFW. Brilliant open letter to one of the toadying soap opera journalists out there about the state of affairs on soaps. He rips apart the arguments we hear network executives and soap opera press keep spinning–chiefly the crap about the youth demographic and how they need young characters to keep that demographic happy.

Which has never made sense to me. Even when I was a young adult, I never liked the youth-focuses plots on soaps. Of all the entertainment genres out there, daytime soap operas probably do the worst possible job at portraying teenagers. As a teen you’re immersed in the culture anyhow. What the heck is the point? I tuned in for the melodrama with the older characters. I still tune in for that.

The networks, particularly ABC, need to wake up and fix the damage before they kill off the genre entirely.

Bringing history to life


We have a really talented library school student doing a practicum in our History of Medicine collection. Her name is Tyler Love and she’s been photographing some of the medical instruments and ephemera. All of which, by the way, have fascinated me for a number of years now. Every time I’m down there I see something I never noticed before.

Her photographs themselves are really good, but what I particularly love is the sense of discovery she conveys and how she’s sharing that sense with us.

Picture above is hers and used with permission.