Wednesday, 13 February 2008

With love to librarians

Here is a Valentine's Day greeting from SINTO to all librarians and friends of libraries wherever you are. These images are from

The first one intrigued me. At first I thought it was a case of an aberrant apostrophe. It should be "Everyone loves a librarian" which is true, but is neither short for "love is" nor possesive and so does not need the apostrophe. Perhaps it should be "Everyones love's a librarian"? But then I remembered Lynne Truss who points out that until recently an apostrophe appeared in the plural of abbreviations (e.g. MP's) and that this convention still applies in America. If the heart symbol is an abbreviation of "love" does the third person singular form of the verb take an apostrophe - I heart; you heart; he/she heart's? I simply don't know.
But that isn't the point! Librarians are lovable. In the US they have a National Librarian Day on April 16th. Should we have the same here? Perhaps it could coincide with the Library & Information Show or the CILIP Umbrella conference. Whenever - let's celebrate being librarians!
STOP PRESS The Hollywood Librarian, subtitled a look at librarians through film, is the first full-length documentary film to focus on the work and lives of librarians and to compare their portrayal in films such as Sophie's Choice, Philadelphia, It's a Wonderful Life, Lorenzo's Oil, Desk Set and The Shawshank Redemption with the realities of the modern information profession.

1 comment:

Tom Roper said...

And you can see Hollywood Librarian in the UK!
The British première will take place at the University of Sussex on Monday 25 February in Arts A2 lecture theatre at 7 pm. More information