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The laughing librarian : a history of American library humor

Author: Jeanette C Smith
Publisher: Jefferson, North Carolina : McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, [2012]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This examination of American library humor over the past 200 years covers a wide range of topics and spans the continuum between light and dark, from silly parodies to portrayals of libraries and their staffs as objects of fear. By highlighting the humor in this seemingly serious occupation, this study provides insights into many aspects of the profession"--Provided by publisher.
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Genre/Form: Humor
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jeanette C Smith
ISBN: 9780786464524 0786464526
OCLC Number: 761369349
Description: viii, 231 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Humors and blunders --
Batgirl was a librarian : library superheroes --
Librarian types and stereotypes : she's a keeper! --
Library staff : they also serve --
Shhh! the unforgivable sin --
Parodies : with apologies to --
--
Edmund Lester Pearson : the main guy --
Norman D. Stevens and the Molesworth Institute --
Will Manley : the bad boy --
Technology : the Internet's a drunk librarian --
Mad magazine : it's a mad, mad, mad, mad library --
The New Yorker : the smart set just loves to read --
The fear factor --
For sex, see the librarian --
Joyfully subversive.
Responsibility: Jeanette C. Smith ; forewords by Will Manley and Norman D. Stevens.

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"This examination of American library humor over the past 200 years covers a wide range of topics and spans the continuum between light and dark, from silly parodies to portrayals of libraries and their staffs as objects of fear. By highlighting the humor in this seemingly serious occupation, this study provides insights into many aspects of the profession"--Provided by publisher.

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