Flattery will get you everywhere with me — I am, after all, a person who chucks bloody great dumb-bells around and gauges the resulting effect on deltoids, triceps and what not — but I cannot help noticing that I am not a librarian. (Someone did once describe me in a long-ago photo as resembling a “depraved librarian,” though I am not sure which quality dominated.)
Hence I was a little startled to open my mail and find that a 2011 post had been nominated for something called the Fascinating Librarian Award. Supposedly a $25 restaurant gift card was involved. It sounded hinky and sure enough, oh how Google is your friend, another random blog threw the required light. Apparently all this fascination involves some online degree mill fascinated with the potential for driving traffic to their site by getting people all excited about posting the badge connected with these award thingies. My guess is that a ‘bot of some kind trolls for blogs and posts that vaguely answer the requirements. Bleh.
It figures. Usually when Mr. Spock said “Fascinating,” it involved something that anyone with a moiety of their marbles would want to run away from as fast as possible.