Unshelved by Bill Barnes and Gene Ambaum
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Wednesday, October 01, 2003

Librarian Action Figure Redux

Librarian Action Figure

Okay, for those of you who were not amused by the Nancy Pearl Librarian Action Figure, perhaps you'll be mollified by the actual catalogue description:
You can have all the books, magazines, periodicals, journals, videos, and CD ROMs in the world, but without a librarian you'll be frustrated and overwhelmed before you can say 'Dewey Decimal System.' And although most librarians can't travel faster than a speeding bullet, or leap over tall buildings in a single bound, they can direct you to an article on the physics of speed, an instructional pamphlet on high jumping, and a book of photographs of the world's tallest buildings.
--although in light of the OCLC/Library Hotel flak, maybe they should put a TM in there. :)

Also, I'm happy to report, the figure comes with a small plastic version of Nancy Pearl's book, Book Lust and a stack of books (including Devil's Dictionary, Eudora Welty, and Bulgarian Flax. There are also two bookmarks, a Nancy Pearl trading card, and a check-out card in a 'classic library sleeve' on the package. I'd say that's worth US$8.95. They also include a link to where they're selling her real-life-sized book. So, I think the total package shows more pro-librarian action than some of the naysayers thought.

It's definitely on my Yule wish list.

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