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"I really didn't realize the librarians were, you know, such a dangerous group. They 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

At the Washington Library Association Conference:
"I have concluded libraries are very dangerous places, and you librarians are the keepers of the freedom."
-Radio host and writer Diane Rehm, Tri-City Herald, April 20, 2007

"Librarians are cool, not because of how we dress, what we drink, or who we associate with. Librarians are cool because our job is cool."
-Nicole Scherer, Fairfield Public Library, CT; "A Hipper Crowd Of Shushers," New York Times, 7/8/07

Even after thefts, statewide library card a boon:
"[W]hile there are many problems in the world, people using the library too much really isn't one of them."
-Jamie LaRue, Director, Douglas County Libraries, Castle Rock, CO, in his newspaper column, August 7, 2007

"Experience has taught me: some people, most of them in fact, shouldn't work at a reference desk. If you aren't dying to help, you're killing the library."
-Michael McGrorty, on Publib, 8/8/07

At the heart of sustainability:
"Libraries are already green and always have been. We buy something and thousands of people use it!"
-Phoenix City Librarian Toni Garvey, at LJ's Design Institute West (see LJ Insider blog May 9)

Hunter S. Thompson at the library:
"We were on the reference desk in a branch on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold..."
-Joe Schallan, on his blog, the Jurassic Librarian, juralib.blogspot.com

The opposite of chick lit:
"But, to misquote Mark Twain, reports of the male reader's death have been greatly exaggerated. Women have chick lit; guys have what my son Joe (as in Joe Hill) calls 'manfiction.' And publishers sell it by the ton."
-Stephen King in Entertainment Weekly, September 12, 2008

On video, a novelist pledges love:
"Librarians are my sex symbols. Growing up, other kids had Charlie's Angels. I had my librarian."
-Author Sherman Alexie at the North Dakota University System 2008 Arts and Humanities Summit. See video at LJAlexie.notlong.com.