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I thank you from the depths of my heart for that Vice article.

Posted by Gloria | June 3, 2008 12:26 PM

There's a smoking hot librarian (complete with bangs and short wool skirts) at the NE branch. Just saying.

Posted by Carlita | June 3, 2008 12:28 PM

Goddamn I wish I knew Swedish. If I did, this new library school graduate totally apply for a job at the Stadsbiblioteket.

Posted by Andrew | June 3, 2008 12:29 PM

My glasses are completely fogged. Swedes + librarians might be more than I can handle. There are hot librarians EVERYWHERE. Librarians are about as hot as it gets. Lately I've been discovering that while KCLS may be just slightly below the SPL standard of hotness, they are FREAKISHLY HELPFUL and nice. That's at Bellevue and Shoreline, at least. Not that the SPL ones aren't outstandingly gracious as well. I'm talking to you, Wallingford!

Posted by Fnarf | June 3, 2008 12:39 PM

SPL has some really hot librarians--male and female. The Cap Hill branch down the street is always full of eye candy.
Yet another reason to go to the library.

Posted by hubba hubba | June 3, 2008 12:39 PM

You know, at the inaugural SLOG drinky fest, I asked your late uber-intern (just before he left for israel) to do a short research project on the appropriate way to hit on SPL librarians.

I'm still waiting.

And I'm with everyone above. Cap Hill branch is smokin'.

Posted by rtm | June 3, 2008 1:17 PM

when I tried to access that link at my desk, I got this:

The website you are trying to access has been blocked by the Barracuda Web Filter because it is in the Porn category.

My library is protecting me from pictures of librarians. Oh, the irony.

Is that link actually NSFW, or are the web filters just basing it on Vice's usual content?

Posted by Another Librarian | June 3, 2008 1:21 PM

i drooled so much, i'm dehydrated now.

Posted by josh bomb | June 3, 2008 1:34 PM

Maybe the next SLOG happy hour should be at the library. You might not be able to drink in the library, but you can obviously BE drunk at the library.

Posted by Dougsf | June 3, 2008 1:59 PM

Finally, some intellectual wacking material.

Posted by Big_K | June 3, 2008 2:00 PM

Perfect! I had a question I was planning to look up, but I gave this feature a whirl...

Me:Do you know where the usage of 'pickle' for 'in trouble' or 'a baserunner caught between bases' comes from? How did either (or both) of these meanings come to be described as 'in a pickle'

Librarian has joined the session.

SPL: Hi: From the American Heritage Dictionary:: Trade with the Low Countries across the North Sea was important to England in the later Middle Ages, and it is perhaps because of this trade that we have the word pickle. Middle English pikel, the ancestor of our word, is first recorded around 1400 with the meaning "a spicy sauce or gravy served with meat or fowl." This is a different sense from the one the word brings to mind now, but it is somewhat related in sense to its possible Middle Dutch source pekel, a solution, such as spiced brine, for preserving and flavoring food. After coming into English the word pickle expanded its sense range in several ways. It was applied, as it had been in Middle Dutch, to a pickling solution. Later pickle was used to refer to something so treated, such as a cucumber. The word also took on a figurative sense, "a troublesome situation," perhaps under the influence of a similar Dutch usage in the phrase in de pekel zitten, "sit in the pickle," and iemand in de pekel laten zitten, "let someone sit in the pickle."
Does that answer do it for you?

Me: That's a pretty good start. Do you have any resources as to the origin of that dutch phrase? If not I can go from here.

SPL: No, all I could find was this entry from the American Heritage Dictionary.
Also, another website says it's a very old Dutch phrase and that Shakespeare uses the "in a pickle" phrase: see

Me: Great! Thank you so much! I like the new IM feature

SPL: You're welcome! Librarian ended chat session.

I'm a fan!

Posted by John | June 3, 2008 2:13 PM

Smart women are where did I put that library card.

Posted by Sad Comment | June 3, 2008 2:44 PM

That library is hawt! Gunnar Asplund designed it, and Andreas Gursky made a great photograph of it.

The librarians seem nice, too.

Posted by Eric F | June 3, 2008 4:08 PM

carlita @ 2: i do believe she's in high school. since she's younger than my stepdaughter, i have to say she's "cute".

not hot. certainly not smoking hot. that would be very very wrong to say.

Posted by max solomon | June 3, 2008 4:23 PM

The library doesn't have filters, unless you're at one of the children's computers. you can actually look at anything you want at SPL.

Posted by spl librarian | June 3, 2008 4:33 PM

@15, however, if you're at Greenwood, and you're reading your email at one of the tables in the middle of the room, and the dingy weirdo at the next table is looking at porn, and LEAVES IT ON HIS SCREEN while he goes to the toilet, the librarian will come over and not all that politely request that you not do that, until the guy comes back and says "oh, hey, porn? sorry, dude, that was me". Thus giving me all the embarrassment of being caught looking at porn in public with none of the benefits of actually looking at porn in public.

Eric F, which library did Gursky photograph?

Posted by Fnarf | June 3, 2008 4:56 PM

on behalf of all librarians - oh , and i am one,.... I ask what the fuck is it? Is it a supposed authority figure combined with supposed brains and healthy lifestyle resulting in quietly honed horniness??? (maybe)

Posted by M | June 3, 2008 11:20 PM

@17: It is the thought of the government & law stacks, after hours. The quiet shuffle of clothing and pages, the faint squeak of the book cart's wheels.

Posted by Greg | June 4, 2008 11:07 AM

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