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.


What's Your Name Again?

Librarian writes a book about the "interesting" people at her library; a place she's worked for fifteen years. Doesn't use her real name, the real name of patrons. Tells, apparently, the truth, but in a humorous manner.

Gets fired.

And people wonder why bloggers use aliases.

My personal work/blog/write is simple, simple to me, at least. I don't use my last time, and shy away from identifying my employer. I don't blog on work time (exception: when my employers view it as part of my job, such as my contributions to the YALSA blog). I write as if everyone I know was reading what I write (friends, enemies, bosses, people I used to work with, etc.)

What rules do you follow for blogging? Are they personal (like most of mine) or imposed by work?

Thanks to lisnews for the article.



  • At 4:25 PM, Blogger Bobbi Newman said…

    I don't have any work restrictions on my blog. I'm open with my boss and I use my judgement if I think I need to check with him about a topic, I do. One time he has asked me not to blog about something, I didn't.

    My personal rules are I dont' blog about anything I wouldn't want my coworkers, patrons, current employer or future employer to read.

    I poppped over and scanned the story, using a picture of the current library you work at on the cover of a book you claim is fiction that is unflattering to the characters, shows poor judgement.

  • At 6:24 PM, Blogger Liz B said…

    In talking about writing outside of work, I realized this rule works well for me: If I wouldn't say it to your face, then I won't blog it.


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