Friday, September 14, 2007

Share a laugh or two: Library Humor

A simple test.

Search “lawyer jokes” on Google = about 2,470,000 results.

Search “librarian jokes” on Google = about 1,210,000 (and the top results actually say “library jokes). Are librarians inherently less funny than lawyers? Or are people just less anxious about librarians? Some results:

You’re right. No human being would stack books like this.
(From Ghostbusters, quoted at which has classier decorations, but more misspellings than any of the other library humor sites I visited. I wonder what that says?) , which includes this invaluable advice:
Different libraries have different rules. If you are not sure what the rules are, just be yourself. Someone will immediately come and explain all the rules to you.
And these classic jokes:

Q: What happens when you cross a librarian and a lawyer?
A: You get all the information you want, but you can't understand it.

Lighbulb jokes:

Q: How many academic librarians does it take to change a light bulb?
A: Just five. One changes the light bulb while the other four form a committee and write a letter of protest to the Dean, because after all, changing light bulbs IS NOT professional work!

Q: How many catalogers does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A: Just one, but they have to wait to see how LC does it first.

Q: How many reference librarians does it take to change a light-bulb?
A: (with a perky smile) "Well, I don't know right off-hand, but I know where we can look it up!"

Q: How many library system managers does it take to change a lightbulb?
A: All of them as the manual was lost in the last move (or flood).

Q: How many library managers does it take to change a lightbulb?
A: At least one committee and a light bulb strategy focus meeting and plan.

(From )

Here is some dark library humor:

Do you know where the books on Suicide are located?
A: They should be right over here, but once checked out... they never come back.

Q: What is the difference between a Librarian and a large pizza?
A: A large pizza can feed a family of four.

(From )

And of course, there are YouTube videos now. See
March of the Librarians (inspired by March of the Penguins, this video describes the ALA convention as if it were a nature documentary; see March of the Librarians
and, featured here once before, the Book as a new technology, needing tech support:
Introducing the Book

And the wonderful library exercise video posted by Marie last January here.

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