Search on ....
Subscribe to SLJ
Practically Paradise
Inside Practically Paradise

Silly library cartoons

Book Burning

Book Burning comic from

I’m always looking for silly library/ computer/ information science/ and web 2.0 comics to share with my students. During the Tennessee Library Association conference in Memphis, I heard Gene Ambaum and Bill Barnes of speak. I even won a copy of one of their books.

Cover from Library Mascot Cage Match

Unshelved by Gene Ambaugh & Bill Barnes

There are other sources of library-ish humor out there. Have you ever checked out the humor at You need to read the disclaimers as you enjoy their sarcastic wit and free speech. Translation: there’s stuff here not for students, but for adults. Some of the computer comics and library comics tickle my fancy. I hope you enjoy them, too. The Book Burning cartoon came to me through Keith Fiels.

Book Burning


Blogging by

Computer Expert

The Tech Support Cheat Sheet's Tech Support Cheat Sheet


  1. I’ve long loved XKCD. I have two Master’s degrees: One in Math and one in Library Science. XKCD actually has more Math humor than Library humor, but it definitely has some of both. If I remember right, the mathematician author of the webcomic has a librarian girlfriend. A lovely combination!

  2. One note, Diane: At the XKCD site, half the fun is putting your cursor over the comic and reading the alttext. For “Book Burning,” it reads: “Of course, since their cautionary tale was printed in a newspaper, no one read it.”