November 2009


Storm Trooper + Lesbian Aerobics Instructor = Halloween Party Librarian Style

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Over the past month I have been working on helping Eric Sizemore here and there with the Library Jeopardy video for Staff Development Day at Champaign Public Library. I was unable to be there on the day that the skit was performed, but I’m very happy that it was a hit.

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I participated in a 49-hour film competition in which each team was given one line of dialog, one shot, and one prop to make a 5-minute movie. Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties, my final 49-hour edit was not used in the competition this past Friday. However, it is here for all of you to watch. The line is “Don’t go in there,” the prop is a mousetrap, and the shot is a low-angle shot.

The experience was great. I enjoyed working with my teammates librarian Eric Sizemore, and non-librarians Michael Bach and Victor Abson. I hope you enjoy the video and this selection of photographs from the shooting of The Indecisive Writer (photos by Eric Sizemore and Jenny Veile).

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**CLDM will no longer start in January 2010.  The first game has been postponed.**

Today is the release of the much anticipated first trailer for the upcoming multimedia librarian game show Celebrity Librarian DeathMatch. You can watch the trailer here and check back for more CLDM updates!

The graphics for CLDM are by Mardis Bagley and the sound is by Jason A. Brown.

Eric Sizemore and myself, Jenny Veile, have been working on the concept and creation of the game together for some time now, so I am very happy to finally be ready to talk about it on Librarians Are Weird. The basic reason for the game is to shake off the stereotypes of librarians, while at the same time creating a fun and informative game that can be played at home. Two sets of reference librarians will go head to head using various technologies to answer reference questions sent down from Command Central. The audience at home can listen in to the live podcast show as well as try to beat the librarians to the answers by typing in their responses. Every 5 minutes our teams of librarians will get another reference question. If they answer before the 5 minutes passes up than they will get a time bonus. Answers will be scored on correctness, sources, time, and politeness by a team of judges made up of reference librarian faculty at library graduate school programs. Please check out librariandeathmatch.com/about for more details on this new and exciting game – Due 2010.

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