Date: May 10, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Kristina Martinez, NMSU Library, (575) 646-3642, firstname.lastname@example.org
Smith’s examination of library humor between 1876, when the American Library Association was founded, and the year 2000, spans the continuum between light and broad to dark and edgy humor from inside and outside the profession. It covers a wide range of topics from library quiet to the sexy librarian, the library superhero, the fear of libraries and librarians, and librarian activism.
By highlighting humorous aspects of this seemingly serious occupation, this book provides insights into the library profession and encourages a better appreciation of libraries and librarians in society.
Smith has enjoyed reading and writing library humor since she became a librarian in 1973. She received the 1999 Edmund Lester Pearson Library Humor Award for an essay she wrote for the NMSU Library newsletter and in 2005, she was named a Fellow of the premier library humor organization, the Molesworth Institute.
Smith said, “Humor is an essential part of every occupation. In this book I am presenting the truths and the history of my profession as they were told to me in jest.”
“The Laughing Librarian” ($49.95) is available on the McFarland website at http://www.mcfarlandpub.com. It is also available on the Amazon and Barnes & Noble websites. For more information, contact Smith at email@example.com.