Librarians do Gaga

In this smashing video, students and faculty from the University of Washington's Information School perform a Lady Gaga remix ("Catalog") with enormous humor, verve, and grace. Librarians are so goddamned awesome. Seriously.

Librarians Do Gaga (Thanks, Fipi Lele!)


  1. Of course librarians are seriously awesome! It’s a fact. Ask any librarian.

    Here’s another fact: Boys who don’t make passes at girls who wear glasses are idiots.

  2. I’m lucky to be married to a librarian. This video is very nerdy in all the right ways.

  3. Nicely done.

    I’ve been re-writing lyrics for my class to perform a Phys Ed based song to this same tune, and that semi-rap part is especially difficult to scan.

  4. Great lyrics, Nancy Pearl, Awesome moves, and the CODEX SERAPHINIANUS!!!!! OMFG! My weekend, nay my week, is now totally complete!

  5. Oh baby! Them are some seriously sexy women right there, I’ll tell you what! Gaga’s got nothing on them.

  6. They had a Codex Sarafinianus…. i’m flabbergasted. My university had one, but it was stolen, naturally.

    1. Tell them they can find it for a relative cheap price (€89) in Italy.
      The editor is Rizzoli from Milan (Rizzoli, 2006, 384 pp., ISBN 88-17-01389-7). Serafini himself add 9 new pages as prologue to this new edition.

  7. If there were any justice in the world, librarians would be more celebrated, loved, and adored than Lady Gaga could ever hope to be. There is, because I’m celebrating, loving, and adoring them right now.

  8. I’m going to forward this to the librarians at the school where I work, they are also awesome and will get a kick out of this. I have known many awesome librarians over the years, but my mother said I shouldn’t become one as I would spend all day reading the books. Which is probably true

  9. Yay, a Dr Who reference! ‘This is my information detector. It goes ding when there’s stuff.’ (Substitute ‘timey-wimey’ for ‘information’ and you’re home and hosed)

    1. They probably just asked her. She is adjunct faculty at the iSchool. Readers’ Advisory of course!

    2. A bunch of us in the program have taken/are taking classes with her (on reader’s advisory, of course) so I’m sure Sarah just went up and asked her.

  10. All we need now is for ************** to do an in-depth analysis on this video like they’ve done on Lady Gaga’s videos.

    1. We don’t allow links to hate sites, even if your intent isn’t malicious.

      1. >We don’t allow links to hate sites, even if your intent isn’t malicious.

        Hmm. I guess I perceive them as more wacky. Although I suppose there are risks in constantly telling impressionable people that the world’s a demon-haunted place. Maybe I only find it funny because I’m not insane … well, actually, I am, but …

  11. Yes, we do rock. Remember that a lot of us are facing layoff threats and severe budget cuts. Please let you city governments know just how much you support your libraries & librarians!

  12. Spent my time at the Suzzalo & Odegaard libraries off of Red Square. This song stinks, however.

    I once saw a guy playing acoustic guitar on the steps to the Suzzalo library in 1987. He was alone but didn’t stay that way for long. He was ripping it up in a major way and when I walked up to him I saw that he was none other than Carlos Santana. I later learned that Señor Santana had a habit of giving impromptu performances in cities he was scheduled to appear. Not saying that Lady Gaga is untalented, it’s just that this song seems to point to a profound lack of song writing sensibilities.

  13. If anyone is curious about the antelope reference, it actually refers to the work of Suzanne Briet. She famously asked the question, ‘What constitutes a document?’, and whether an antelope is a document. She argued that an antelope is a document if it’s in a zoo, but not if it’s in the wild.

    The antelope-document has become an in-joke among librarians and other information science folks.

  14. I’m pretty amazed also, slitybrilig, about the Codex Seraphinianus.

    For those of you out of the loop, the Codex Seraphinianus is an ultra-rare book that is probably one of the oddest and most singular published in the 20th century. It is an atlas/encyclopedia of sorts about an imaginary, surreal world. It is written in its own language and uses its own base 21 numbering system. It is completely and wholly strange, and any happy mutant worth his or her salt needs to know about it.

    Here’s the wikipedia entry:

  15. I left an anonymous comment about the CODEX SERAFINIANUS (sp?) and they never moderated it. nowi look like a 2nd man man.

  16. Passing this on to my librarian-colleagues here in Finland :D

    @bklynchris +1

    (btw. respect for using recaptcha for spam-moderation. It’s one of the wickedest tools around)

  17. Can’t use my… Catalogue?

    I know you HAVE Thesauruses, Ladies! I know you have rhyming Dictionaries!

    Did you ever consider… DATABASE?

    1. Yeah, but “catalogue” is more associated with librarians than “database” in the popular imagination.

  18. So, the Codex Seraphinianus is a “poor” man’s Voynich manuscript? Cool.

    Anon #30…”d-d-d-database” would be *really* awkward, imo. Thus “c-c-c-catalogue”.

  19. @Anon#30:
    Listen carefully to the lyrics: “Can use my, can use my,you can use my catalog (don’t forget the databases!)”

  20. Don’t get caught in a bad hotel — more lady gaga – this time brought to you by the unions!!!

  21. Librarians RAWK!

    And I’m starting to like Lady Gaga more. Anyone who does a song _about_ librarians is alright with me.

  22. Librarians, search, databases, dancing in the stacks, so many hot women wearing eyeglasses, so many books…I am completed by this video.

  23. Holy Hot Librarians, Batman!

    Being a Physicist, I cannot express myself strongly enough how librarians are awesome, and how my work would be almost impossible without them.

  24. “This is my information detector… it goes ding when there’s stuff” I sense Doctor Who fans among those librarians! This was great!

  25. I’m so glad human civilization has progressed to the point where librarians are genuinely desirable.

  26. Oh, sweet. That’s one of the top choices in my list of places to apply to get my MLS degree…

  27. And they ALL look like ‘librarians’… ;-/

    Clever…catchy…but still total ‘geek’ looking

  28. That’s just genius!

    I will be showing it at the next meeting of our Library Marketing group. I am also going to flag it up with CILIP and see if it gives them any ideas.

    Thank you so much for sharing it.

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