Pop Goes the Library

Using Pop Culture to Make Libraries Better.

by Sophie Brookover, Liz Burns, Melissa Rabey, Susan Quinn, John Klima, Carlie Webber, Karen Corday, and Eli Neiburger. We're librarians. We're pop culture mavens. We're Pop Culture Librarians.


They Might Be Geniuses: Amplified Library

My music geekery knows no bounds. Or so I thought. There's a newish library + music = true love always blog in town, The Amplified Library, that is so, so worth reading it is not even funny. If you have any interest in popular music of the last, oh, century, this is a blog for you.

Jaina and Erika are the smart, smartypants proprietors of The Amplified Library (whose name is not, it seems, a reference to a Guided By Voices lyric) Recent incisive, useful, yet chuckle-inducing features have included Readers' Advisory For Rockstars, which suggests some self-help books and biographies of dead rock stars for Keith "I Defy Death" Richards, We Read Vibe So You Don't Have To (they also read Mojo and Spin-- any others on deck, ladies? Blender? Rolling Stone? Uncut? The NME?), and in-depth reporting & analyses of tools like Pandora & LaunchCast. The writing is sharp but intimate. Amplified Library is like that cool girl on the schoolbus who you admired but were just a little bit afraid of, because maybe she wore really heavy eyeliner, but then one day you found yourself chatting with her in study hall and she turned out to be really nice & approachable and into all sorts of things you were into, and you became friends. Unmissable, in other words.

Also, they love Pop Goes the Library. Even if they didn't, though, I would still love them from afar. If I weren't so distractible and into all things Pop, I'd be writing a music & libraries blog. Now I don't have to! Thanks, Jaina & Erika!


  • At 10:08 AM, Blogger Jaina said…

    Thanks, Pop! To quote the Righteous Brothers: "Baby, you're my soul and my heart's inspiration, you're all I've got to get me by, you're my soul and my heart's inspiration, without you baby, what good am I?"

  • At 11:54 AM, Blogger Sophie Brookover said…

    Aw. Let us come right back atcha with that immortal bard of the 80s, Peter Cetera: "You're the meaning in my life, you're the inspiration."

  • At 2:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    hey Im a library science student from the philippines. im searching for some informations about similaraties between rockstars and librarians. and the search engine lead me on your site...im preparing for my speech and im having a hard time in gathering facts...
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    nice entry by the way.

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    glenda from the philippines

    thats all.


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