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The University of Iowa Libraries is (single administrative entity)
celebrating its sesquicentennial (150th) anniversary this year. We do
exhibitions in the North Lobby of the Main Library, and the one that has
been up this fall is about (gasp!) librarians--titled "Beyond the Bun :
A Look Inside Librarian Culture." The following quotations were
prominently displayed--

"Beware the lustful fires that burn in a librarian's heart. They can
rage beyond all control."
--The Onion, May 28, 2003

"Librarians possess a vast store of politeness. These people get asked
every crazy question on God's green earth and they tolerate the cranks
and eccentrics."
--Garrison Keillor, Lives of the Cowboys

"Libraries are brothels for the mind, and librarians are the madams,
greeting customers, understanding their strange tastes and needs, and
pimping books."
--Guy Browning, The Guardian, October 18, 2003

"He's like Super Librarian, y'know? Everyone forgets, Willow, that
knowledge is the ultimate weapon."
--Nicholas Brendon as Xander Harris in Buffy the Vampire Slayer

"Librarians are subversive. You think they're just sitting there at the
desk, all quiet and everything. They're like plotting the revolution,
man."
--Michael Moore, Buzz Flash Interviews, March 13, 2002

"Show me a computer expert that gives a damn, and I'll show you a
librarian."
--Patricia Wilson Berger, Chicago Tribune, June 1990

"If reference librarians were paid at market rates for all the roles
they play, they would have salaries well over $200,000."
--Will Manley, The Truth About Reference Librarians, 1996

"In the nonstop tsunami of global information librarians provide us with
floaties and teach us to swim."
--Linton Weeks, Washington Post, January 13, 2001

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