Brash Jobs: The Elon Musk Way to Succeed in the Library Industry

Hey Friends!

So last week on April 30th, billionaire entrepreneur/genius/green energy philanthropist Elon Musk unveiled the new Tesla Energy Powerwall, a new series of batteries based on the batteries that currently power Tesla Motors vehicles. Instead of cars, however, these batteries can power homes, businesses, and even purposed for public utility use. Business Insider is calling it “the beginning of the end for fossil fuels”.

If you’re thinking “wait, I’m still a little fuzzy on this Elon Musk guy”, then let’s bring you up to speed:

  • Musk is the co-founder of Paypal, (which you’ve probably used at some point)
  • Co-founder, CEO and product architect of electric car company Tesla Motors
  • Founder, CEO and CTO of SpaceX, which designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft
  • Chairman of SolarCity, an energy company in California that specializes in solar panels, electric vehicles and charging stations
  • Taught himself computer programming at age 12

Basically, he’s the real-life Tony Stark. Speaking of which, Musk took the fictional interactive gesture interface from the Iron Man films and made it real.

Seriously, this guy could build an Iron Man suit.

 

“But Justin, what does this have to do with libraries?”

I’m getting there, hang on.

Justine Musk (ex-wife of Elon Musk) recently gave advice on how to become a billionaire on the question/answer website Quora. Being married to a guy like that nearly a decade, she’s seen what somebody has to do to become a billionaire. I’ll focus on specific parts, but you can read the whole thing here. Someone asked:

 “Will I become a billionaire if I am determined to be one and put in the necessary work required?”

Justine’s reply?

“No.

One of the many qualities that separate self-made billionaires from the rest of us is their ability to ask the right questions.

This is not the right question.

You’re determined. So what? You haven’t been racing naked through shark-infested waters yet. Will you be just as determined when you wash up on some deserted island, disoriented and bloody and ragged and beaten and staring into the horizon with no sign of rescue?

We live in a culture that celebrates determination and hard work, but understand…Determination and hard work are necessary, yes, but they are the minimum requirements. As in: the bare minimum.

A lot of people work extremely hard and through no fault of their own — bad luck, the wrong environment, unfortunate circumstances — struggle to survive.

Ask yourself what you have the potential to offer that is so unique and compelling and helpful that no computer could replace you, no one could outsource you, no one could steal your product and make it better and then club you into oblivion (not literally). Then develop that potential. Choose one thing and become a master of it.  Choose a second thing and become a master of that.  When you become a master of two worlds (say, engineering and business), you can bring them together in a way that will a) introduce hot ideas to each other, so they can have idea sex and make idea babies that no one has seen before and b) create a competitive advantage because you can move between worlds, speak both languages, connect the tribes, mash the elements to spark fresh creative insight until you wake up with the epiphany that changes your life.

There is no road map, no blueprint for this; a lot of people will give you a lot of advice, and most of it will be bad, and a lot of it will be good and sound but you’ll have to figure out how it doesn’t apply to you because you’re coming from an unexpected angle. And you’ll be doing it alone, until you develop the charisma and credibility to attract the talent you need to come with you.”

While nobody enters the library industry to become a billionaire, I think Justine touched upon some very important tips to bring out the best in anyone. To me, the most important part is developing your potential – becoming a master of two things and merging them together. I’m pretty sure Justine would tell the average librarian, “Sure, you’re a librarian…so what?” and then tell you to combine it with another skill and become something rare that a library needs. For me, I would want master a few:

  • Libraries
  • Business/business management
  • Technology (especially social media)

I always try to tackle problems from a unique angle and find solutions for everyone – a good example would be when I was a manager at Putnam County Library System and founded a partnership with the Florida Department for Children and Families (DCF). DCF now has a presence in every library branch in Putnam County, FL, and the library got over a dozen laptops and desktops donated to them…everybody won FOR FREE! Would I be good in management? I’d certainly like to think so. Perhaps my future has “MLS/MBA” written on it.

The other duo I’m working on on would be libraries and social media, mostly for Brash Librarian. Sure, I want to climb the ladder in the library industry and create new things nobody has seen before, but I want to share that with everyone in and out of the library world. Out of all the people reading this, I want millennials to see it most of all. The average age for entering the library is 36; One of the goals for BL is to develop/master those talents while building the charisma and credibility needed to pull in younger adults and breathe new life into the library world.

Maybe the next phase will be merging all three and using social media to promote libraries for money? It’s not revolutionary, but it’s a starter idea baby.

…Yes, I want to be Elon Musk/Tony Stark. But for libraries.

Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to get all the Brashness!

 

Justin Brasher, Brash Librarian

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Brash Jobs: Preparing for the Interview (Part 2)

Hey, Friends!

This week brings the next part in the Brash Jobs series where I offer tips and tricks for getting into the job industry. In part one of my job hunting posts, I talked about getting yourself prepared and figuring out your strengths/weaknesses before we began. If step one was knowing yourself, then step two is knowing your enemy. To break open the door to employment, you’ll need to study the lock that keeps it shut…in other words, you’ll have to research your potential employer and learn what you can before the actual interview. For libraries, this pretty much involves scouting their website.

For for this post, I chose a library at random to do a breakdown and show you what I look for. I chose Idaho’s Boise Public Library as my example.

What do you notice right away?

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Let’s start with bullet point observations and a few basic inferences. Sure, most of these are pretty simple, but paying attention now will pay off later.

  • Municipality: In the upper left corner, you’ll see that this page is “brought to you by the City of Boise”; I can infer from there that this is a city library system (as opposed to county, academic, or private libraries).

 

  • Scale: Just by looking at the “Locations & Hours” Tab on the left side, I can surmise that they have more than one location. I know it’s obvious, but I start with this stuff to get you thinking.

 

  • Technology: In the upper right corner, I have the option to log in and review my account. When coupled with the online calendar and dark grey tabs on the left hand side – “Donate Now”, “Get a Library Card [online]”, “Pay Fines & Fees Online” – it’s rather impressive. tabsI’ve worked with many library systems, visited dozens of others, and very few have the ability to take credit cards and payments online. I can reason that this library has a very strong IT foundation and is probably well-funded. Speaking of which…

 

  • Funding: With most government entities, you can find out their budget online through the city/county website. Trust me, you sound REALLY smart if they ask, “What do you know about us?” and you say, “Well, I know you have over 100 employees and a budget of about 8.9 million dollars, which has been a steady increase over the past few years and now accounts for about a quarter of the arts and recreation budget for the city.” How do I know what the budget is? Because I clicked on “See More” tab in the upper left corner and went to the Boise 2014 City Budget. Boise makes it very easy to find their information!
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    Found on page 113.

    How do I know that the budget has increased? Because I read the previous budget plan as well.boise budget2

    By the time you’re done talking to these guys, they’re going to think, “Holy crap, this guy did his homework!”

     

  • Charity: Not only is there the dark grey “Donate Now” tab, but there is also the “Idaho Gives” in the upper right corner, along with the Boise Friends of the Library and the Boise Public Library Foundation in the bottom center. FOLWith how much real estate it takes up on their page, I can gather that Boise Library System probably has a strong focus on altruistic endeavors.
  • Culture: Take a look at the highlight in the center for the Idaho Dance Theatre. Is there a large theatre/dance scene in Boise? Five minutes of Googling will find that out. Again, it’s very impressive if you have a passion for the arts and mention the Stagecoach Theatre and the Boise Little Theatre.
Thanks, Google Maps!

Thanks, Google Maps!

 

  •  Transparency: I really like a system that makes itself very accessible. call listNotice in the bottom left how easy they make it to call or click for assistance. If I have to dig through 3 pages just to find a number, I get the feeling I’m dealing with a nameless, faceless entity. Having the number and especially the director’s name right up front says, “Hi, we’re approachable and easy to reach!”

 

  • Social Presence: Boise makes it very clear on their front page in the bottom right corner that they have a strong social media presence.
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    Caught it mid-scroll during their update on Free Comic Book Day!

    Facebook, Twitter, a YouTube channel and BookMyne! For those unfamiliar with BookMyne, it’s an app service through SirsiDynix; for my non-library peeps, SirsiDynix is an integrated library system (ILS) provider that keeps track of your book and patron records. BookMyne can scan a book’s barcode (to see if the library has it), access your account to check due dates, place a hold, renew a book – almost anything you do in the library can be done on your device.  You can even get alerts when books are due or holds become available. Searching the catalog by author, title, subject or keyword gets you book summaries, cover images, number of copies and more. You can even see what your friends are reading via Goodreads!

If this sounds super cool (or you have Sirsi and you’re interested in it for your library), check out this demo video on it.

A good question to ask during the interview could be, “How are you liking BookMyne? How much patron participation/usage do you get from it?”

Next time, we’ll delve even deeper into the preparation and *GASP* the actual interview!

Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to get all the Brashness!

Justin Brasher, Brash Librarian

 

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Where Does Your College Library Rank?

Hey Friends!

Nothing too over-the-top this week, just a fun review with a surprise for my friends from undergrad. College Rank recently published a list of the top 50 college libraries, and I thought I’d share a few of them with you. I’ve only touched on a few of my personal favorites, but you can see all the photos and descriptions on CR’s page. Take a stroll (or scroll) on through…is YOUR library on here?

(I have a soft spot for number 12.)

50. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library – Yale University

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Changing light bulbs in here must be a full-time job.

 Location: New Haven Connecticut
Opened: 1963

49. George Peabody Library – John Hopkins University

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This looks like the Jedi Academy Library.

Location: Baltimore Maryland
Opened: 1878

48. Joe and Rika Mansueto Library – University of Chicago

47. Uris Library – Cornell University

46. Bobst Library – New York University

45. Thomas J. Dodd Research Center – University of Connecticut

44. Firestone Library – Princeton University

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Is it just me, or does every college have one building that looks like this?

Location: Princeton, New Jersey
Opened: 1948

43. Millikan Library – California Institute of Technology

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Not to be confused with the Fantastic Four’s Baxter Building.

Location: Pasadena, California
Opened: 1967

42. Suzzallo Library – University of Washington

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Isn’t this the great dining hall in Harry Potter?

Location: Seattle Washington
Opened: 1926

41. Geisel Library – University of California at San Diego

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PERFECT ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE SHELTER.

Location: La Jolla, California
Opened: 1970

“The Special Collections best known here are the Mandeville Special Collection and the Dr. Seuss Collection. The Dr. Seuss Collection contains more than just the books; it also includes original drawings, sketches, proofs, notebooks, manuscript drafts, audiotapes, videotapes, photographs, and other memorabilia. This collection has over 8,500 items from Dr. Seuss’s achievements, which was from 1919, during high school, till 1991, when he died.”

40. Folger Shakespeare Library – Amherst College

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This feels more like an art gallery than library to me. I like it.

Location: Washington, DC
Opened: 1932

39. James B. Hunt Jr. Library – North Carolina State University

38. Bizzell Memorial Library – University of Oklahoma

37. Fisher Fine Arts Library – University of Pennsylvania

36. Beasley School of Law Library – Temple University

35. Candler Library – Emory University

34. Mabel Smith Douglass Library – Rutgers University

33. John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library – Brown University

32. Rebecca Crown Library – Dominican University

31. Rush Rhees Library – University of Rochester

30. Bapst Art Library – Boston College

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I think Indiana Jones rode a motorcycle through here once…In that terrible, terrible sequel.

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Opened: 1925

29. Harold B. Lee Library – Brigham Young University

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Very industrial feeling, like people are hard at work.

Location: Provo, Utah
Opened: 1977

28. Gleeson Library – University of San Francisco

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Starbucks and Chipotle had a baby, but it was raised by wild libraries.

Location: San Francisco, California
Opened: 1927

27. Baker-Berry Library – Dartmouth College

26. Doheny Library – University of Southern California

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I like the vintage feel of this one, very silver age.

Location: Los Angeles, California
Opened: 1932

25. Henry Madden Library – California State University at Fresno

24. Armstrong Browning Library – Baylor University

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This room screams “important stuff” to me, like the Declaration of Independence was signed in here.

Location: Waco, Texas
Opened: 1951

23. Theodore Hesburgh Library – University of Notre Dame

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This is just TOO cozy. I feel like I’m in a Williams-Sonoma catalog.

Location: South Bend, Indiana
Opened: 1963

22. Nicholas Murray Butler Library – Columbia University

21. Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library – University of Virginia

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I’ve always wanted to visit Thomas Jefferson’s house.

Location: Charlottesville, Virginia
Opened: 1938 (Reopened in 2004)

“In this collection, there is the only letter written, on July 4, 1776 by a signer of the Declaration Of Independence, Ceasar Rodney.”

20. Malcolm A. Love Library and Information Dome – San Diego State University

19. Hannon Library – Southern Oregon University

18. Hillman Library – University of Pittsburgh

17. J. Willard Marriott Library – University of Utah

16. Parks Library – Iowa State University

15. Thompson Memorial Library – Vassar College

14. Wilson Library – University of North Carolina

13. Powell Library – University of California, Los Angeles

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That’s not a library, that’s a palace!

Location: Los Angeles, California
Opened: 1929

12. Smathers Library – University of Florida (WOOT WOOT!)

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There’s actually a secret library, too! You have to ring a bell and sign paperwork to get in.

Location: Gainesville, Florida
Opened: 1926

“The Smathers Library was originally named Library East when it was opened in 1926 and is located in the Northeastern part of the university and in the middle of the Campus Historic District. When it was originally built, it was the largest building on campus, and its architectural design is Collegiate Gothic. The material available to students consists f 5.3 million volumes, 1 million documents, 550,000 maps and images
and over 20,000 computer data sets.”

Aw yeah, representing my undergrad peeps. Go Gators!

11. Jerome Library – Bowling Green University

10. Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Library – Harvard University

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I’m expecting the Ghostbusters any minute.

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Opened: 1915

“The Harry Elkins Wiener Memorial Library is a branch library of Harvard University. The facility, which opened in 1915 is considered the center of the Harvard Libraries. It is named after Harry Elkins Widener, a book collector, who graduated from Harvard in 1907 and then died on the Titanic in 1912. It was after this his mother had the library constructed. In the heart of the building is the Widener Memorial Rooms, which holds the Collection. In this collection, which was later added, was the perfect Gutenberg Bible, the object, that was the reason for the 1969 burglary, which is thought to have been inspired by the film, Topkapi. It also holds one of the most comprehensive research collections in the humanities and social sciences. Also, it has ten levels and fifty-seven miles of shelves.”

9. Klarchek Information Commons – Loyola University of Chicago

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Libraries in the future.

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Opened: 2005

“The Klarchek Information university library that was built in 2005 offers a lake-side view and with the joint project of the University Libraries and Information Technology Services. The facility provides space for both conferences and group studies. It offers high-speed internet, including wireless and comfortable areas for studying, serious work, reading, and relaxing.”

8. William R. Perkins Library – Duke University

7. University Libraries – Michigan State University

6. Hargrett Library Rare Book and Manuscript Library – University of Georgia

5. Walter C. Langsam Library – University of Cincinnati

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Not the most space-efficient, but I like how different it is from the others.

Location: Cincinnati, Ohio

“The Walter C. Langsam Library is the largest and the main library out of fourteen libraries in the University of Cincinnati Library System. The UC library system is spread out across campus in eleven different facilities. The University has over 4 million volumes and 70,000 periodicals. One highlight of the library is that it offers a 24/7 Computer Lab named UCIT@Langsam, which is always available for students.”

4. Hale Library – Kansas State University

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It’s like a castle. AND IT’S IN KANSAS.

Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Opened: 1927

3. Linderman Library – Lehigh University

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Beauty and the Beeeeeeast…

Location: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Opened: 1878

“The Historic Linderman Library, which opened in 1878, was added to in 1929 and has seen major renovation since then. The Victorian Rotunda, which was from 1878, and the Grand Reading Room, from 1929, was left in all their magnificence, during the major renovation. The Linderman Library houses a Rare Book Collection of over 40,000 books that includes Darwin’s Origins of Species and James John Audubon’s four volume elephant folio edition of Birds of America. There is also some first editions of English and American literature, from the 17th to 19th centuries.”

2. William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library – The Ohio State University

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It’s super hi-tech looking…maybe another Jedi Academy Library?

Location: Columbus, Ohio
Opened: 1912

“The William Oxley Thompson library is the central library at the Ohio State University and was built in 1912; having a significant multi-year renovation took place starting July 2006 and reopened August 2009. The building’s architectural style is Neo-Classical, Beaux-Arts.”

1. Cook Legal Research Library – University of Michigan

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Nevermind…THAT is where Harry Potter goes to school.

Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Opened: 1931

“The Cook Legal Research Library is magnificent and grand, having spires, stained glass windows, and metal works. The metal work was done by Samuel Yellin, being the best of his time. It was originally built in 1931 to hold around 350,000 volumes and then in the 1950’s there were four floors added to the stacks. There is also the Reading Room and Study Group Rooms here, which can seat hundreds of students. This library not only has the World’s best Collections of research material, but also houses Cook’s Library from his Manhattan townhouse.”

And we’re done!

Did you like the list? Did you agree with it? Was your school on there? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below or on the Facebook page! Don’t forget to follow on Instagram and Twitter to always get the exclusive stuff – I may only post here once a week, but I’m adding new content elsewhere every day!

Until next week,

Justin Brasher, Brash Librarian

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I Did Something I Thought I’d Never Do.

Hey Friends!

So lately, I’ve been trying to expand my social media presence when I have the time. At the moment, I have my blog (which you’re reading now!), my Facebook page (which you should totally be part of!), and my Instagram (which will make you laugh!). I’ll be honest, I first joined Instagram to win a prize at the FLA conference in 2014 and have been doing it ever since.

Recently, I’ve been working with my publicist to step it up and get even more involved; I’m not saying I want to be a household name in the library industry, but I certainly wouldn’t refuse it. Of all the ideas we’ve been trying, there’s one that I keep repeatedly shooting down. That’s right: joining Twitter.

I’m not the biggest fan of Twitter, “tweeting”, hashtagging anything, etc…I think it was because I was forced to join for a film studies class back in undergrad when it was more clunky; I quit Twitter when the class was over and haven’t been back to it since. I’ve railed against it since then, often mocking the Kardashian-esque #OMG #LOL #IDKMYBFFJILL drivel on most Twitter accounts. Thankfully, I have a great publicist who sat me down and bluntly hit me over the head: “Justin, you already have a WordPress, Instagram, and Facebook…The Brash Librarian needs Twitter.

Alright…but if I have a Twitter, I’m going to tweet about the important stuff that matters!

Well, mostly important stuff! Feel free to follow or tweet me at “brashlibrarian”

(I still feel weird saying “tweet me”.)

 

That’s all for this week, hope to hear from a few of you!

 

Justin Brasher, Brash Librarian

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Brash Librarian Celebrates Three Years!

Hey Friends!

It’s been three years since my first post came out on April 4th, 2012. Wow, what a ride it’s been! Let’s recap some of the coolest parts in our last three years:

I flew a plane.

Terrifying, but awesome.

Terrifying, but awesome.

When you enter the library field, you get to know the Friends of the Library (FOL) members…sometimes, one of them will have a plane and let you fly it.

I ran my first race with my best friend, Dylan.

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Shortly after, Dylan was diagnosed with cancer. He beat it down and has been cancer-free for almost two years!

I met my friend/library school mentor/brash sidekick Katy!

This girl is awesome, I’ve learned alot from her.

Katy has given me advice on countless topics over the years and has occasionally had to hit me over the head. Don’t worry, I deserved it.

I got to do a comedy event with the very talented Meredith Myers, AKA The Stand-up Librarian.

And I got to visit my friend, Amy!

And I got to visit my friend, Amy!

There was gingerbread, singing, dancing, and lots of other good stuff. Meredith and I met at a Florida Library Association (FLA) conference and had wanted to do a project together for awhile. I’m looking forward to doing another project some day!

I helped raise funds for FSU’s School of Library Science.

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Selling off a chocolate basket I won to raise funds with Dean Dennis. We raised $232!

I had the pleasure of being approached by my friend/other mentor/super fan, MJ to help out with the CCI Goldstein Endowed Scholarship Fund. This was my first time doing fundraising and I was glad I could help out. If you’d still like to give money, you can donate here.

I became a trivia host at my favorite hang out.

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Fellow hosts, friends, and my blonde roomie Caitlin!

Yeah, this isn’t a super milestone, but it was my one weekly “get out of the house” ritual during grad school. I love trivia and I love learning, so there’s nothing better than to write trivia and get people to learn what you love!

I graduated from FSU’s School of Library Science.

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Official and everything!

I became Technical Services Manager at Putnam County Library System.

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A clipping from the local newspaper about one of my computer classes.

I had the pleasure of working as their Technical Services and Social Media Marketing Manager and learned more than I could have ever hoped.

I moved to Texas.

...Well then.

…Well then.

I moved to Houston for a new job (and pretty girl) in August of last year and I’ve enjoyed my time here thus far!

 

That’s all for this week, folks! I hope you enjoyed the highlights with me!

 

Justin Brasher, Brash Librarian

 

 

 

 

 

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This Will Be My Last Post…Brash Librarian is Closing Its Doors.

Did I fool you? Probably not, but it’s still fun to try! Now that I’ve given you a morning jolt, you’ll be on edge and distrustful of all people for the rest of the day. If you haven’t gotten ready for it yet, there’s plenty of time to still get your friends and coworkers with 15 different ideas from last week’s post. Make it a fun and safe April Fool’s Day!

 

Justin Brasher, Brash Librarian

 

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Ready for April Fools? 15 Ways to Get Ready

Hey Friends!

So April is right around the corner, and that means a good joke or two on April Fools Day! While there are a plethora of jokes and pranks out there, many are crude, mean, inappropriate, dangerous take lots of planning or are just a mess to clean up; I intend to list a few that are silly, clean, safe, require some or no planning and don’t make too much of a mess. Some you’ve probably heard of or done, some you maybe haven’t, but we all know some of these are just timeless classics. Put your trickster hats on and engage in some office hi-jinks!

1. Ye Olde “Post-it note under the mouse” Trick

The Mouse Troll

One guy puts photos of Nicolas Cage.

The easiest, cheapest and safest of them all! Stick under the mouse and watch them go crazy. If your work place is stingy on the Post-its, paper and tape will do just fine.

2. Spill “milk” on your coworker’s stuff.

Spill "milk" all over your kid's most prized possession.

This mess-free mess via Instructables is made from soap and glue, and won’t actually damage anything.

3. Or spill nail polish on a coworker’s stuff.

Spilled Nail Polish

It takes about 2 days to make, get started here!

4. Or spill juice on a coworker’s stuff. (Spill SOMETHING.)

People really love spilling stuff, apparently. Learn how to do this one here.

5. Keep a severed head in the fridge.

Picture of head in a jar prank

Absolutely crazy, only do this with coworkers you trust. Or on Halloween. Get your head rolling here.

6. Superglue a coin to the ground.

Superglue a couple coins to the ground outside.

If you work near a window and can see the sidewalk or parking lot, this could be fun watching kids try to get it.

7. Print out a scary picture and hide it in a drawer.

Doo-doo-doo, just let me grab a pen from OHMYGODWHATISTHAT

What if you opened your desk drawer for a pen and saw this?

8. THIS.

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Those folks over at Metapicture are diabolical.

9. Buy everyone in the office an eye pad.

Tell your kid you bought them an iPad.

“Did you think I said iPad? Oh, you silly goose!”

10. Bring in brownies.

Tell your kids you’ve baked them a pan of brownies.

“Oh no, just a few brown E’s!”

People will hate you for this one. Nobody likes being cheated out of brownies.

11. Coat a soap bar in nail polish so it won’t lather.

I’ll admit, this one was for me. Most work places do the soap dispensers now, but that won’t stop me from doing this at home!

12. When at lunch, rush in and ask what year it is. Shout “it worked!” when they respond.

Those Whatburger people won’t know what hit ’em.

13. Swap out foods/drinks of their original containers to scare people.

Some great examples include:

  • Eating vanilla pudding out of a mayo jar
  • Drinking Gatorade from a Windex bottle
  • Eating Frosting from a tooth paste tube
  • Gulp down some strawberry milk from a Pepto-Bismol bottle
  • Drink water from a vodka bottle (not recommended for work!)
  • Pop Tic-tacs mints from an aspirin bottle
  • Eat white chocolate from a deodorant stick
  • Chug grape juice from a Listerine bottle
  • Slowly drink apple juice from a syrup bottle

If you do any of these, make sure you rinse out the container REALLY well!

14. Anything involving Jell-O.

Serve up a glass of juice that is really Jell-O.

Put a coworker’s stapler in it or fill a glass and let them try to drink from it – you can’t go wrong with Jell-O! Find more here.

15. Fake animals.

Fake anything is good this time of year. Fake bugs, fake snakes and other fake scary things are great to spread around the library. However, keep it in employee areas…the last thing you want is a patron running out screaming you have a spider infestation. Otherwise, go crazy! Coworker’s keyboard, desk drawer, mail box, break room…possibilities are endless.

Which ones will you use? Got any other crazy ones you’d like to share? Post your thoughts below or on the Facebook page! Happy April Fool’s, everyone!

Justin Brasher, Brash Librarian

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