Did you hear? One of the coolest librarians alive works here! March 27, 2013 11:58 AM   Subscribe

Congratulations, Jessamyn! There wasn't any prize, but I'm sure it's the honor of being part of a Flavorwire list that makes all that great work worthwhile.
posted by Toekneesan to MetaFilter-Related at 11:58 AM (69 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite

Also, nice picture.
posted by Toekneesan at 12:01 PM on March 27, 2013


Hey! I know half those people and I should probably meet the other half. Thanks for the shoutout.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 12:02 PM on March 27, 2013 [7 favorites]


Oh, sweet! Yay, jessamyn.
posted by Sidhedevil at 12:03 PM on March 27, 2013


Did you hear? One of the coolest librarians alive works here!

I would have gone with: "Check this out! One of the coolest librarians alive works here!"

But thanks for pointing this out. And for skipping the corny joke. And congrats, Jessamyn!
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 12:09 PM on March 27, 2013 [8 favorites]


Also, nice picture.

Not enough quizzical yet bemused exasperation. Also, she was photobombed by Scrabble.
posted by Slap*Happy at 12:16 PM on March 27, 2013


We knew she was cool before they did.
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 12:19 PM on March 27, 2013 [11 favorites]


"One of?"
posted by Lame_username at 12:20 PM on March 27, 2013


Huzzah!
posted by gauche at 12:26 PM on March 27, 2013


I would have gone with:

You'll find the coolest librarian in 021 -- do you have a specific title?
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 12:33 PM on March 27, 2013


Congratulations, you cool librarian, you!
posted by xingcat at 12:44 PM on March 27, 2013


I clearly need to search on pictures of librarians before my next haircut. Congratulations, jessamyn, and great hair.
posted by EvaDestruction at 12:58 PM on March 27, 2013


hell yes scrabble.
posted by boo_radley at 1:02 PM on March 27, 2013


All the really cool librarians are dead. What with the lack of body temperature and all.
posted by maryr at 1:02 PM on March 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


Awesome! Congratulations!
posted by blurker at 1:04 PM on March 27, 2013


Hey, how come I'm not on the list?



Possibly because I'm not a librarian.
posted by Jahaza at 1:07 PM on March 27, 2013


Hey, congrats!
posted by scody at 1:11 PM on March 27, 2013


Nice!
posted by OmieWise at 1:13 PM on March 27, 2013


Yay! You are indeed the Fonzie of librarians.
posted by bondcliff at 1:19 PM on March 27, 2013


Also, nice picture.

Thanks. When I cut my hair off I decided to get some professional-ish headshots done by a local photographer (who does great work). He did my photo for about.me also. I'm going to send those other librarians notes to see if they want to start the librarian justice league or something.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 1:28 PM on March 27, 2013 [23 favorites]


Yay!
posted by LobsterMitten (staff) at 1:28 PM on March 27, 2013


the librarian justice league

Don't involve Batman. Guy's a dick.

also not a librarian
posted by shakespeherian at 1:31 PM on March 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


Very cool! Thanks for linking it--today I am feeling very ambivalent about libraries and librarians and the future, so this was a great reminder that people are out there doing innovative things with the 'library' concept. Jessamyn is definitely one of them and it's awesome to see some folks I hadn't heard of on the list, too. Yay for cool librarians!
posted by librarylis at 1:31 PM on March 27, 2013


"I'm going to send those other librarians notes to see if they want to start the librarian justice league or something."

That would be the most awesome thing,
Literacy for all!
posted by Blasdelb at 1:32 PM on March 27, 2013


start the librarian justice league

Oh please yes, this would be so great!

Congrats!
posted by rtha at 1:44 PM on March 27, 2013


Light the Book Signal!
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 1:56 PM on March 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


How very cool!
posted by Splunge at 1:56 PM on March 27, 2013


Very cool.
posted by MoonOrb at 2:47 PM on March 27, 2013


Cool very.
posted by Melismata at 2:56 PM on March 27, 2013


also not a librarian

Batman is totally a librarian, it's how he keeps his crime files organized. He was trained by the world's greatest librarian, Barbara Gordon, who also had to set up the Batcave with wifi.
posted by Slap*Happy at 2:58 PM on March 27, 2013 [6 favorites]


Libertarian?! You never told ... [adjusting glasses] ... Oh! Yes. yes.
posted by not_on_display at 3:04 PM on March 27, 2013 [5 favorites]


Christian Zabriskie was very excited about the photo they used for him.
posted by unliteral at 3:20 PM on March 27, 2013


Christian is RAD and I dropped the Flavorwire people a note to say that while Ingird (pictured at #1) is also RAD she is not one of the people listed underneath the photo of her.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 3:21 PM on March 27, 2013


I have pseudo-bragged on an alarming number of occasions that I know the world's most badass librarian online. While I don't think it's ever impressed people much about me, personally, it has led to some awesome conversations.
posted by Navelgazer at 3:31 PM on March 27, 2013


Congratulations, Jessamyn!

If you set up the Justice League of Librarians, I think you should be Digital Diva!

Or Jessamyn Justice!

The Librarian of Liberty? Jessamyn Explains It All?

Well, anyway, your catchphrase could be, "Reference THIS, literacy newb!" And then you throw dictionaries and stuff.

Or tablets pre-loaded with Wikipedia, if you want to get all digital on their illiterate asses. Whatever.

Anyway, yay!
posted by misha at 3:33 PM on March 27, 2013


I think her superhero name should be AskMe and she should have a big + on her unitard and wield a badass hammer that solves things. And maybe she's blind, like justice, but uses echolocation to master the art of parkour.
posted by Toekneesan at 4:06 PM on March 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


Hells to the yes! Good for you, Jess! (see what I did there?) Anyway, we all know that Nancy Pearl has her own action figure, right? Well, I think it's time our beloved Jessamyn gets her own action figure as well! What say you all? In fact, maybe we should have action figures of all the mods. What an interesting collectible set that would be.
posted by Lynsey at 4:08 PM on March 27, 2013 [3 favorites]


The whole idea that some people are Librarians is just superstitious twaddle, and congratulating Librarians for being Librarians is idiotic and anti-rational.

Of course, I would say that - I'm a Taurusarian. We're notorious for being assholes.
posted by the quidnunc kid at 4:17 PM on March 27, 2013 [3 favorites]


Awesome!
posted by Rustic Etruscan at 4:24 PM on March 27, 2013


Mazel Tov.
posted by JohnnyGunn at 5:06 PM on March 27, 2013


When I cut my hair off I decided to get some professional-ish headshots done by a local photographer (who does great work).

Smart. Everybody should have a professional headshot. You know how they say most of us are one accident or illness away from bankruptcy? We're also all one YouTube video -- which we may not even be aware has us in it -- away from being a celebrity. Be prepared, I say.
posted by Bunny Ultramod at 5:21 PM on March 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


Hells to the yes! Good for you, Jess! (see what I did there?) Anyway, we all know that Nancy Pearl has her own action figure, right? Well, I think it's time our beloved Jessamyn gets her own action figure as well! What say you all? In fact, maybe we should have action figures of all the mods. What an interesting collectible set that would be.
posted by Lynsey at 4:08 PM on March 27 [2 favorites −] Favorite added! [!]


In a world with 3d printing, all things are possible.
posted by bq at 5:25 PM on March 27, 2013 [1 favorite]


*Unreal Tournament "Headshot" Sound *
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 5:26 PM on March 27, 2013


Hush your bazooka, the quidnunc kid, my birthday is in early September and I'll fight anyone who calls me a Virginian.

and then I will tidy up afterwards because that's how we roll
posted by Sidhedevil at 5:38 PM on March 27, 2013 [2 favorites]


Congrats! It is true.
posted by Miko at 7:49 PM on March 27, 2013


YAY!! Good Job!!! Very exciting!!!
posted by pearlybob at 8:53 PM on March 27, 2013


Jessamyn is awesome, and I love what she does in all her spheres of influence...

But Colin McMullan needs my phone number. Or I need his. Or something.
posted by hippybear at 8:56 PM on March 27, 2013


Clearly the librarian justice league needs to be a critical faction in the next Fallout game. Just sayin'


Also congrats to jessamyn!
posted by Doleful Creature at 10:25 PM on March 27, 2013


Congratulations Jessamyn, you are one of the top two coolest librarians I know! (the other is my birthday twin, whom I believe is a member here.)
posted by SuzySmith at 12:41 AM on March 28, 2013 [1 favorite]


Wow, that's very cool jessamyn!
posted by vacapinta at 2:43 AM on March 28, 2013


WOHOOOO!
posted by odinsdream at 6:27 AM on March 28, 2013


Congrats!

The idea of the Librarian Justice League is delightful. FOR GREAT RESEARCH!
posted by rmd1023 at 7:02 AM on March 28, 2013


The idea of the Librarian Justice League is delightful.

She would be Chief Justice.
posted by Devils Rancher at 7:06 AM on March 28, 2013


Congratulations!

Who is working on her cape design?
posted by TangerineGurl at 8:25 AM on March 28, 2013


NO CAPES!
posted by Devils Rancher at 8:40 AM on March 28, 2013


Congrats Jessamyn!

Hey! I know half those people and I should probably meet the other half. Thanks for the shoutout.

Other than you, Nancy Pearl is the only name I recognise, although I know about 8-bit Library and the Riot Grrl zine library.

*mutters something about how I used to be with it, then they moved what "it" was. And it will happen to you!*.
posted by Infinite Jest at 9:44 AM on March 28, 2013


Congrats Jessamyn! The Justice League should have cool catch phrases like "Index this!" or "Don't make me go all Dewey Decimal on your ass!".
posted by arcticseal at 9:55 AM on March 28, 2013


Which half of those people do you know? And how do you introduce yourself to half a person, and which half do you select?

Congratulations!
posted by plinth at 10:23 AM on March 28, 2013


The Justice League should have cool catch phrases like

"Your punishment is overdue, Book-Burglar. And now your breath-borrowing privileges are about to be revoked."

"Some say that we librarians love to see people reading. But once my book-bullets have pierced your body with many wounds, Dr. Illiteracy, we'll love to see you bleeding. 'Cos that sorta rhymes. Plus we hate you."

"Don't make me throw the book at you, Marginalia-Man. For one thing it might damage the spine. Also, fuck you for writing in library books at the goddamn time, you ass."

"I'm going to catalogue you under Dewey Decimal classification 155.937, Captain No-local-government-services. Jesus Christ this is the stupidest catchphrase anyone has ever said."

"Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh".
posted by the quidnunc kid at 10:58 AM on March 28, 2013 [5 favorites]


For a brief second, I thought Jessamyn's white shirt was the top of a lab coat, and was like "wait. Librarian AND scientist?!?"
posted by Phredward at 11:04 AM on March 28, 2013


LIBRARY SCIENTIST!
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 11:35 AM on March 28, 2013 [5 favorites]


That Jessamyn, she's alright.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 11:47 AM on March 28, 2013


Congratulations.

Glancing at the page I first saw "Coolest librarians" and David Bowie, Beyonce, Tina Fey…
posted by bongo_x at 2:06 PM on March 28, 2013


They fixed the picture of Lauren and Christian, and looking at the new picture, I realize I'm using the term "fixed" loosely. Cool. Post-publication peer review works..
posted by Toekneesan at 3:55 PM on March 28, 2013


You need to move into Mad Library Science. Hold the world for ransom with a novel method of folio preservation and storage that involves shooting death rays without warning...
posted by Slap*Happy at 6:45 PM on March 28, 2013


If there really were mod action figures, you could only collect them together once in a great while. Most of the time they would have to be kept apart, connected by wireless, but kept in separate corners of your house.
posted by Toekneesan at 8:15 AM on March 29, 2013 [1 favorite]


Yay! This is so awesome!
posted by bitter-girl.com at 8:39 AM on March 30, 2013


Woo, congrats, jessamyn!
posted by rangefinder 1.4 at 10:56 PM on March 30, 2013


Excellent! Congratulations J.W.
posted by Skygazer at 11:42 PM on March 30, 2013


Or tablets pre-loaded with Wikipedia

Isn't that librarian Kryptonite? Are you trying to suggest that Jessamyn is the Bizzaro SuperLibrarian?
posted by PeterMcDermott at 3:48 AM on April 1, 2013


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