Grounding Academic Librarianship and Elitism


Less than four months into my MLIS, I have already become immersed in the library world within academia. Not only do I wish to be an academic librarian after I graduate, but being in a library program, working within an academic library, and doing service work in library-related activities has basically taken over my being. And I like it. For the past year, I have wanted libraries to be my life because I felt like I finally found my passion. But now that I am fully immersed in this deep dive, I also see the danger of academic elitism, an elitism which underpays adjunct professors and reflects neoliberal ideals. Will being an academic librarian make it difficult for me to effect change in the “real world” because I am so entrenched in academic lingo? Will lengthening my CV remove myself from applying the principles I promote? I often…

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Bad Romeo/Broken Juliet Dual Review

Often while rating books on Goodreads I have to really think about how many stars I am going to give a book. Usually hovering between, “Is this a 3 or a 4? Well it’s sort of in between do I go higher or lower?” Bad Romeo and Broken Juliet are two books that I did not have to question how I was going to rate them.

I borrowed both of these books as audiobooks through the Overdrive app and my local library. I listened to Bad Romeo and then anxiously waited on a Hold List for the Broken Juliet. The books are a two volume series and follow characters Cassie Taylor and Ethan Holt through their tumultuous relationship from their first year in acting college through starring in a Broadway play. Readers are present for every up and down of the couple as they experience a love story as powerful as that of Romeo and Juliet.

I enjoyed listening to these novels…well I mean duh, they both got 5 stars from me! As a reader it’s always fun to get caught up in a story and taken to a different life/world. I love watching movies and seeing plays so it was interesting to see the relationship of two people in budding acting careers. I hate giving away spoilers in my reviews so in turn keep the details mostly under wraps. But I think if you enjoy stories that have couples that have real problems and their hard work in those relationships you’ll enjoy this book. Author Leisa Rayven hit a home run with this story as far as I’m concerned!

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Bad Romeo by Leisa Rayven. Book 1 in the Starcrossed Series

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Broken Juliet by Leisa Rayven. Book 2 in the Starcrossed Series

Anthropodermic Bibliopegy.

Ok. So since I read the original article scientists have run tests and one of the three books have been proven to actually be bound in sheepskin instead of human skin. However, the practice of binding books in human skin in olden times was not as rare as one might think. It may give you the creepy crawlies to think of holding a book bound in someone’s skin. The article mentions that when this practice was used it was often to bind the chronicles of a criminal’s crimes in his own skin. I wonder if this was in practice today how many crimes would still happen.

As it was recently found out that one of the volumes in question was bound in sheepskin it’s curious to think about why the author would say it was bound in the criminal’s skin. Was someone misinformed? What actually happened to the criminal’s skin?

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Funny Man Turned Author…It Works!

Funny man Colin Mochrie, known for his work on Whose Line is it Anyway? and his improv comedy talent has tried a new outlet for his talent– writing. In the preface he admits hating writing because it was work, and he hates work, but I think he did a fine job with this collection of short stories.

In Not Quite the Classics Mochrie takes the first and last lines from 12 classic novels or poems and then writes a short story building from the first sentence and ending with the last. It was an interesting premise and overall it worked for him.

Not all of the stories are laugh out loud funny, but I found myself chuckling to several of them. It is the best when you figure out where the plot is going. The light bulb moment.

I normally do not read compilations of short stories as I like one continuous flow between characters and plots for an entire book, but I made the exception for Colin Mochrie because I enjoy his comedy. Honestly, Colin should work more often and add another volume of short stories for his many fans!