Newsletter of the Association of Library and Information Science Students (ALISS)





November 2003

Vol VII Issue V

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Information Professional Spotlight

What is a Browse Developer?
interview by Dyan Smith Chandler
Reference Librarian at SCCC
interview by Kaijsa Calkins

Fieldwork Experience

An American Library in Paris
interview by Cheri Streby

ASIS&T Conference Attendees Tell All

Humanizing Information Science
by Lisa Nathan
Knowledge Mismanagement, FRBR and Margaritas
by Kristen Shuyler

Book Review

Libraries in the Ancient World
by Phoebe Ayers

Hot Topics & Articles of Interest

Worrisome Registration Procedures
by Katy Shaw
Blogs as the New Form of Self-Expression
by Blythe Summers
iKnit by Carmine Rau
Comics in the Library by Pete Adelman
Taking Back My Time by Karen Estlund
By Jenine Lillian
While working as circulation staff in the King County Library System, I began noticing weird and wacky books lurking in the bins. I started making a list every month and posted them in the staff bathroom. At first, people thought these were fake books, but they are real—I couldn’t make this stuff up! The ever-growing list of strange titles will appear as a monthly top 10 each month in Silverfish, so check them out! If you find weird books in your travels, send them to and they just might make it on the top 10.


  1. Spam: a biography The Amazing True Story of America’s “Miracle Meat”!
  2. Duct Shui: A New Tape On An Ancient Philosophy
  3. Hanky Panky: An Intimate History of the Handkerchief
  4. Aprons of the Mid-20th Century: To Serve and Protect
  5. Bleeding Hearts: Love Poems For the Nervous and Highly Strung


  1. The Stainless Steel Rat Wants You
  2. Mr. Maybe
  3. Home Sweet Homicide
  4. Sex and Salmonella
  5. The Ex-Files: New Stories About Old Flames

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