Librarians in Our Midst: Graduation Edition

(Photo Courtesy of Mnemosyne Muse)

Mnemosyne Muse asked that I inform you all:

Since I think we all need some unabashedly happy news right now, today is the day that longtime commenter Darkrose is receiving her master’s degree in Library and Information Science from San Jose State University here in California. San Jose State Univerity is one of only two accredited Master of Library and Information Science programs in California (UCLA is the other one). I happen to know all of this because my spouse was in the same program at the same time as Darkrose, which we found out during a mini Bay Area meetup a few years ago, so I’ll be at the graduation as well.

This is a big accomplishment, so let’s all take a minute to congratulate Darkrose on her hard work!

And here’s the graduate herself!

(Darkrose’s Graduation Selfie!)

So wish her some congratulations, but keep it down or she’ll have to officially shush!!! you all for making too much noise in the comments.

Congrats to Darkrose, Mnemosyne’s husband, and all the other graduates.

Open thread!

95 replies
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    Adam L Silverman says:

    I’m still not over this cold, so I’m going to lie back down. You all have fun.

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    Woohoo, congrats!

    keep it down or she’ll have to officially shush!!! you all

    Contrary to popular perception, many librarians are quite loud.

    ETA: This, and something about the dewey decimal system, are the most common jokes we get

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    Baud says:

    Ain’t that something? Congrats to the new officially smart people.

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    Dan B says:


    As you may be aware Seattle has a fantastic public library system. The facilities and programs are exciting. Locals view librarians as superstars. So stars and superstar status to you.

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    Olivia says:

    Yay! Yay! CONGRATULATIONS! FELICIDADES! Good job well done! I am so proud of you and for you!

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    Barb 2 says:

    As a graduate of SJSU I’m delighted to welcome a new graduate. My aunt got her degree in Library Science several decades ago. Library Science is an impressive degree!

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    Origuy says:

    Congratulations! Avaya Stadium is where the San Jose Earthquakes soccer team plays, by the way.

    I got into a bit of a Facebook fight with someone citing Mark Levin’s book on how the press is controlled by the liberals. She said that the sources he cited were in the Library of Congress. I responded that the Library of Congress has a lot of books; many of them are fiction. Now I’m wondering if she thought they were in the L of C simply because they had L of C classification numbers. Of course, those are assigned by the publisher, whether or not the book actually is held by the L of C.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    Big congratulations to Mnem’s G and our own Darkrose!

    (Adam, I think I’ve picked up your cold — tight throat, horrible drippy nose. No fever so far. Am doing my best to head it off at the pass.)

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    dexwood says:

    Congratulations. I’m on the slide to 70. My admiration for, and love for librarians, started when I was five. I still visit my neighborhood library weekly.

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    Virginia says:

    How very awesome, Darkrose. Many congratulations!

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    hedgehog mobile says:

    Congrsts all around!

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    That’s awesome!!! Congratulations to DarkRose and to Mr. Mnemosyne (G)!!

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    Quaker in a Basement says:

    Darkrose, waste not a second in reaching out to the BCALA. I have a contact if you need one.

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    RedDirtGirl says:

    Thanks for sharing the good news! Congratulations!!!🌸🌸🌸🌸. My mom was a volunteer librarian at various places while I was growing up. I am a proud library user, and even have a librarian action figure on my desk at work!

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    Guys, I don’t have it in me to do a happy post tonight, but this did make my evening and I think we are all the little boy in the opening:

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    Congratulations Darkrose!

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    SFBayAreaGal says:

    A big woohoo Darkrose and Mr. Mnemosyne. A beautiful day for graduation in San Jose and the SF Bay Area

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    NotMax says:

    Did they invite Booker to speak?


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    satby says:

    Big congratulations to Darkrose!
    And to Mnem’s G!

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    jnfr says:

    Huge congratulations to both!

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    Scuffletuffle says:

    Congratulations to Darkrose and G! Well done!

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    Wapiti says:

    Congrats, DarkRose! Another librarian admirer here.

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    CaseyL says:

    I think being a librarian is a LOT different now than it was pre-computerized everything. Inventory is handled far more efficiently, with only a few hundred books at each neighborhood branch, and the rest at a central depository. You check a book out on-line and they send the book to your branch for you to pick up. Works great!

    Mazel Tov and Congrats to the proud graduates, DarkRose and Mr. Mnemosyne!

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    Emma says:

    Hot damn! My replacements have arrived and I can retire in two years! Welcome to the most inspiring, most complex, most satisfying profession on Earth!

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    RedDirtGirl says:

    @TaMara (HFG): I haven’t been around as much of late. I hope things are ok with you and yours.

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    Anne Laurie says:

    Librarians are some of my favorite people, obsessives that they tend to be. Congratulations, Darkrose, and also Mr. G!

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    RedDirtGirl says:

    @Major Major Major Major: You’re a librarian as well? I haven’t forgotten about having a NYC jackal gathering. Last time the subject came up you thought June might work. How’s it looking from this vantage point?

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    TomatoQueen says:

    Congratulations, Darkrose! You join the ranks of the most vital profession on earth, Guardian of the Information, for without the Information, nobody is going anywhere anytime soon to do much of anything. My Dad’s been doing this stuff, as a proud alumnus of the UCLA program, since 1958, and my my how it has changed, and grown–and remained the same at heart. Well done.

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    hervevillechaizelounge says:

    Congratulations to all of the Balloon-Juice and Balloon-Juice adjacent graduates; may Liz Warren seize the nomination and wipe out your student loan debt before your first payment is due!

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    @NotMax: Looks at NotMax and shakes head, again.

    Congrats to Darkrose and G!

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    OT BUT VERY IMPORTANT: Cole no longer wants squirrels. I repeat! Cole no longer wants squirrels!

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    Congrats to the new grads.


    You check a book out on-line and they send the book to your branch for you to pick up. Works great!

    I am sure it works wonderfully, if you know exactly what book you want. It is not so great if you want to browse the stacks for something interesting. I found Robert Benchley that way my freshman year in college. It didn’t do much for my Calculus grade, but it was, nevertheless, educational.

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    TomatoQueen says:

    Mirabile dictu, well done to Mnem’s G and congratulations. It gives me such hope, that there are smart people out there, doing this work.

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: @NotMax: No need to look at NotMax when shaking your head. He knows.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    Ironically, Darkrose and I never managed to meet up with each other, but she and G sat together during the ceremony along with a gaggle of other folks from the LA area.

    The graduates all had to sit on the playing field in the full sun, but family sat in the stands out of the sun, which was very handy for us! 😂

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    debbie says:


    If it has “automatic shushing action,” it’s like mine!

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    RAM says:

    Librarians rule! I should know because I’ve been married to one for 54 years.

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    MomSense says:


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    geg6 says:

    Congratulations to Darkrose and G! I know how much work grad school is and if you are working, too, (as most grad students are) it’s that much more. I don’t miss it but I am so glad I did it. May they both be happy and successful in their field. I love librarians!

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @Omnes Omnibus: Agreed. I picked up Stefan Kanfer’s Groucho because I found it in the stacks.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    @Omnes Omnibus:

    When I was doing a lot of historical research in the pre-Google Books days, I would find the book I wanted in the catalog and then browse the books around it to see what else was related to my subject. I found a lot of useful materials that way.

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    delk says:

    Congratulations to the grads!

    BTW—I just got a new library card last month after not having one for 30 years or so.

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    RedDirtGirl says:

    @debbie: The mechanism doesn’t work any more, but with a little assistance she still gets the job done! @Dan B: The action figure is of Nancy Pearl, whom I just learned is a Seattle librarian! What a coinikidink!

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    @mrmoshpotato: Great, now what am I going to do with all these fucking squirrels?

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    @Mnemosyne: Wait, they had sun up there? Cloudy as fuck down here in LA.

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    HRA says:

    Congratulations Darkrose and G!
    I retired 3 years ago from our University’s Technical Dept. in the Cataloging unit for the libraries.

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    Suzanne says:

    Congratulations to Darkrose, Mr. Mnem, and everyone else graduating! I love celebrating graduations! So many of our other rituals are centered around religion, but I love celebrating intellectual accomplishments, as well. WTG Y’ALL.

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    justawriter says:

    Enjoy your newfound power

    “Librarians are the secret masters of the world. They control information. Don’t ever piss one off. ”
    ― Spider Robinson

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    cain says:

    Congratulations, Darkrose! Wonderful!

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: Grill ’em.

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    susanna says:

    Best of fortune, graduates – well done!

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    HRA says:

    Hi I am in moderation. Please release me.

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    John Cole says:

    golf clap emoji!

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    ET says:

    I am a librarian and WELCOME to the profession!

    Post 9-11 the FBI dubbed many public librians restitant to the Patriot Act – “radical militant librarian” which is just awesome.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @John Cole: Not a Pelosi clap?

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    @Omnes Omnibus: I’m from California, not Arkansas.

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    To anyone with Cataloging experience, Bartow Library in Polk County FL is hiring a Librarian specifically for our cataloging duties.

    Also it wouldn’t hurt to get a Library Director here because HELP WE’RE UNDERSTAFFED.

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    I still have the button.

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    NotMax says:

    @Omnes Omnibus

    (targets aim of the gooseneck lamp) “Where were you on the night of the 18th?”

    “Book him for arboring a fugitive, Sarge.”


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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @ET: They sound like candidates for the Unitarian Jihad.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: I was trying to keep within the West Virginian ethos of JGC.

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    @RedDirtGirl: Uhhh, hmm, I guess it could be time to get around to doing that. Does anybody without social anxiety want to organize it?

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    NotMax says:

    @Major Major Major Major

    Will be there in either late July/very early August or else late August/very early September. Strictly FYI.

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    mrmoshpotato says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: *cough*Sendthemtohimanyway*cough*

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    @mrmoshpotato: Can you actually mail squirrels? Asking for a friend.

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    Yeah! Flickr’s back up.

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    Dan B says:

    @RedDirtGirl: Nancy Pearl, local hero!! I don’t remember if she is the one who got the library bond but it is an amazing system and the downtown library is one of the most awesome buildings in the country, homely on the outside but stunning inside.

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    laura says:

    Congratulations Darkrose and Mnemosyne’s G! Librarians Rock! I’m envious of the nimble mind and breadth of knowledge – and access to all the stuff that you’re repository and gatekeeper- it’s a Super Power. Best wishes in using your talents, your skills and making a world of your work.

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    RedDirtGirl says:

    @Major Major Major Major: I will! I will! @NotMax: Not sure I can wait that long, but no reason there can’t be another one for those who can’t make the first one! I’m not hanging out here as much as I have at other times, but I know there is interest.
    LAO, HeleninEire, M4 and me for a start, and I’ll see if I can dig out some other names from the last time I brought it up. Please spread the word and anyone is free to reach out to me directly at ivankathrowup at gmail dot com.

    Now I’ve got to pack for ukulele camp.

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    Felanius Kootea says:

    Congratulations to the graduates!!!

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    RedDirtGirl says:

    Damn, I’m good! I made a note of people who expressed interest in a NYC gathering back in February:
    Diane B
    Eddie Blake
    Nick D

    Olly Olly Oxen Free!

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    Congrats to both of you.

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    Ninedragonspot says:

    Librarians are some of my favorite people. Congratulations to the new graduates!

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    Odie Hugh Manatee says:

    Congratulations to Darkrose and Mnem’s hubby! This reminds me that I have a library book that I took out in the mid-60’s and never returned because it was lost in the parent’s divorce.

    Poor Curious George got lost.

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    UncleEbeneezer says:

    Congrats Darkrose!! Though we rarely interact, you are one of my favorite commenters.

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    Martin says:

    Great job, Darkrose! California’s public university system keeps turning out the talent.

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    AnotherBruce says:

    @🐾BillinGlendaleCA: Dont give them to me, I have my own evil squirrels Who try to drop walnuts on my head from the top of my sixty foot walnut tree. Do I sound paranoid? I have to wear a hard hat just to work in my yard. I try to throw the walnuts back but they laugh at my weak attempts. Someday, they’re going to get me.

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    BeautifulPlumage says:

    CONGRATS DARKROSE! Here’s to all the work you did to earn your Masters! Librarians rock!

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    Elizabelle says:

    Yea Darkrose! Yea G, aka Mr. Mnem! Hard work rewarded, and entering an excellent and useful field.

    Wishing you both successful careers and much personal achievement and satisfaction.

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    Tehanu says:

    Congratulations, Darkrose, and allow me to add a shout-out to our fellow librarians! In my case, though I got my M.L.S. from UCLA, I only worked as a librarian for a couple of years and then moved into technical writing for various reasons, but I still maintain my fondness for libraries and librarians. I don’t know how I would have gotten through my childhood without librarians, in fact. Welcome to a wonderful profession!

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    Kathleen says:

    Congratulations Darkrose & G!!!! I always wanted to be a librarian.

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    rikyrah says:


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    J R in WV says:

    Congrats to G and Darkrose, who have become part of the cultural bulwark against the loss of information caused by the ignorance of dummies. Wife was a reference librarian who helped people look up data.

    Her favorite task was to discover the religious affiliations of all the signers of the American declaration of independence. More were Unitarians than you would have suspected.

    Hurray for the library science grads!!! You guys rock!

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    Betty Cracker says:

    Congrats! It’s a most noble profession!

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    mg_65 says:

    Congratulations, DarkRose! Well done! Yay libraries and all who run them!

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    Betty says:

    Congratulations, DarkRose. We love libraries and librarians!

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    stinger says:

    Congratulations, DarkRose! Congratulations, G! (And congratulations, Emma!)

    TaMara, thank you so much for that Presidential clip.

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    mad citizen says:

    Late to this, but Congrats to Darkrose and Mnemosyne’s husband. I LOVE my libraries and am too much of a supporter buying stuff at the friends of the library stores and the big semi-annual sales. Aside from constant borrowing, occasional fines. Libraries are awesome! I have cards for my city and the adjoining city (we can use any of them in our county, but there are 4-5 different ones.

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    Eric NNY says:


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    Miss Bianca says:

    Congrats, Darkrose! And G! Seems like I am always following the blog during the day when there’s relatively little activity, and missing all the big news in real time, but just wanted to say, YAY, YOU! The world needs more librarians!

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    Rachel B. says:

    Wonderful! Congratulations! [sticks fingers in mouth and whistles piercingly] Excellent–on with the subversion! Well done!

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    humboldtblue says:

    How fantastic!


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    Original Lee says:

    From one MLIS to another two, Congratulations!

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