Librarian Trading Cards

Someone borrowing my computer today saw the trading card that came with the librarian action figure and asked me when I was going to have my own card. I said first I’d have to figure out what to put on it. He then played with my action figure for about ten minutes.

Why not have librarian trading cards? That’d be a fun way to boost the profession. Then we’d need librarian gum to sell them with. (Oh, the irony.) Maybe gum erasers. Who’d be on your top ten list to see on librarian trading cards?

Here’s who would be in my deck:

  1. Barbara Semonche, the world famous news librarian
  2. Kee Malesky of National Public Radio
  3. The World’s Strongest Librarian, who should be the next action figure (No, really, there is one. I have his business card. Only I heard he’s retired.)
  4. Ellie Briscoe–do you have any idea what kind of integrity the librarians at National Geographic have to have?
  5. No set would be complete without John Cronin, a real ambassador for the profession
  6. Susan Barribeau
  7. Dr. Sandra Parker
  8. Polly Bing
  9. Victoria Horst
  10. … ? Let me think … It’s not that I’m out of names … I just need to think who’d be good for this deck …

I can imagine a game like Magic with librarian cards. (“Oh no! Not a fireball!” “Wah ha ha ha! You’ve lost your Book of Kells!” “Not so fast! I’ve got a preservation librarian!”)

Addendum 2/21: Duh … Sandy Berman.

Addedum 4/15: Double duh … Gary Price and the World’s Strongest Librarian

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3 Responses to “Librarian Trading Cards”

  1. Michael Says:

    Borges librarian:

    ” The universe (which others call the Library) is composed of an indefinite and perhaps infinite number of hexagonal galleries, with vast air shafts between, surrounded by very low railings.”

  2. Michael Says:

    Dr. Dewey Decimal, inventor of the catalog system

  3. j Baumgart Says:

    Uh … If I don’t interject here, I’m missing a great opportunity to educate. Melville Dewey did not invent the catalog system. There were many classification systems around before him and there will be many after him. Francis Bacon had one. I think Thomas Jefferson had one. Ranganathan, an Indian (as in someone who lives in the country India, not a Native American), developed a faceted classification system. There were probably systems in Egypt, Greece, Rome, many libraries in Africa and Asia, and all over the world that we don’t know about because we’re so focused on the Western world. And many libraries throughout the world use systems different from Dewey and the Library of Congress. No, I don’t expect nonlibrarians to know about these other systems. I learned about Bacon’s in philosophy class, but I didn’t learn about the others until I was in library school.

    And to many librarians, Melville Dewey is no hero. Look at his classification system carefully and you will find that his system reflects many of the beliefs he held, which some people find limited, bigoted, and offensive, to say the least. Was he a man of his times? Or did he hold deeper prejudices?

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