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Interview with the Librarian – Volume 18

In Volume 18 we speak with Carolyn from Dunedin Public Library in Florida.

You can find Carolyn on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Circ_Nation

Word of the Week

Berserk
Initially used to describe Norse warriors who worked themselves into a frenzy and fought with frightening ferocity. The word berserk has now been tempered to mean losing your temper. It is thought the word derives from the Old Norse berserkr, possibly combining bjorn (bear) and serkr (coat). Another theory suggests it stems from berr ‘bare’ … Keep Reading

Interview with the Librarian – Volume 17

In Volume 17 we speak with Sierra Jones-Martel from North Grenville Public Library.

You can find them on Twitter: https://twitter.com/NGPLibrary

Word of the Week

Quarantine
Originally derived from the Latin quadraginta / forty in reference to Jesus’s 40 days in the desert. It was later adopted in Venice as quarantina giorni to denote the length of time which ships suspected of carrying the plague were kept in isolation. Elsewhere it was used to signify the 40 days that widows were allowed … Keep Reading

Interview with the Librarian – Volume 16

In Volume 16 we speak with Jacqueline Knee from West Dean College.

Follow West Dean College on Twitter: https://twitter.com/westdeancollege

Word of the Week

Elysian
Using my Ancient History degree here… the word stems from Elysium which was an afterlife concept held by some sects in Ancient Greece. Elysium was a paradise, so expectedly, Elysian means delightful or blissful. You may remember the Elysian Fields appearing in Gladiator!

The Interview

What’s your role in the library?
I’m the assistant librarian, with a … Keep Reading

Interview with the Librarian – Volume 15

In Volume 15 we speak with Beth Hewitt from Falmer Library, University of Brighton.

Follow Falmer Library on Twitter: https://twitter.com/FalmerLib

Word of the Week

Chrestomathy
A collection of selected literary passages (usually from a single author); a selection of literary passages from a foreign language assembled for studying the language; or a text in various languages, used especially as an aid in learning a subject.

The Interview

What’s your role in the library?
Information Adviser at Falmer Library, University of Brighton.… Keep Reading

Interview with the Librarian – Volume 14

In Volume 14 we speak with Karen Fraser from Shetland Library.

Word of the Week

Highfalutin
Used seamlessly by Karen in her answers, and a word I will certainly be using as soon as an opportunity presents itself. Highfalutin is used to describe speeches, literature or titles that are unnecessarily flowery or pretentious.

The Interview

What’s your role in the library?
I’m the ‘Executive Manager’ — embarrassingly highfalutin job title. Some folk still refer to me as ‘Chief Librarian’ which I … Keep Reading

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