Buffy the GLAMpire Slayer – S01, E07

This post is the opinion of Netanel Ganin and is in no way to be construed as an official communication from any section of any institution. 

S01, E07 – I Robot, You Jane

Link to Jenny Trout recap/analysis

Lots of library content in this one! I know it gets a kind of bad rap in the way that a lot of 90s shows that have a ‘cyber’ episode do. It’s cheesy and a bit dated–

Fritz: If you're not jacked in, you're not alive
that’s a lot Fritz, that’s an awful lot

But it’s the first episode with Jenny Calendar, so no skipping!

Okay so right off the bat, this is an episode all about books.

Moloch being trapped in a book
I see a lambda, a theta but also a thorn? What character set is this? Eagle eyed viewers will note the set repeats on the opposing page

We got a demon, Moloch, trapped in a book. You may’ve been expecting that this would lead to a student reading an ancient text they shouldn’t’ve been and releasing him and we all learn a lesson about seeking knowledge beyond our ability to control ala Michael Crichton.

But it isn’t!

Instead it’s your standard “tech is scary and maybe bad????” 90’s genre episode! See also X-Files’s Season 1 episode: Ghost in the Machine.

Right, so the Italian monks [are they monks?] trap Moloch inside the book with the ritual of Kayless

Same thing I said when I finally packed away my Ayn Rand for good

Can we just take a sec and appreciate that these monks [again, I assume] spent the time to illuminate the cover of their trap-book with that detailed Moloch etching? I imagine they’d thought of the plan to trap Moloch but one of ’em was all, “no no wait guys I want to decorate the cover with this sick scored relief of Moloch first. then we don’t even need a title page, everyone will just recognize the demon Moloch and definitely not open the book”

Book of Moloch with art on cover
It takes longer, but it’s important to enjoy what you do

Flash forward to the present day and you’ll never guess what shows up at the Sunnydale Library

Buffy: Oh great, a book.
Just what I wanted, thanks so much for coming to my birthday party!

Sure enough, the Moloch book has wended its way to Sunnydale and Giles seems very unconcerned.

Giles: Oh, i haven't gone through the new arrivals

Now it’s established later that Giles just didn’t realize that it’s the Book of Moloch but this raises some questions about his acquisitions. Does he have standing orders with various clued-in booksellers to send him rare tomes on certain subjects? Is there a YBP-type company out there providing shelf-ready books on demons and ancient prophecies?

Fritz sets the tone for the episode

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Fritz is ahead of the curve! E-readers won’t be introduced until 1998 and he’s already anticipating years of librarian in-fighting

Giles heads off with an easy punchline setup for Jenny, presumably to wander amongst D200 [History (General)Medieval historyLater medieval. 11th-15th centuries—General works] or 909.07 [History & geography–History–World history–General historical periods–Ca. 500-1450/1500]

Giles: I'll be back in the middle ages

With everyone gone Willow  is scanning with a sleek hand-held scanner.


Willow's scanning program

This is what causes all the problems, Moloch gets “scanned” into the computer and then also the internet!

But wait, *how*? First off Willow is clearly not scanning the whole page, but just the middle 3/4 of each page. Secondly, Giles tells us later that reading the book aloud releases Moloch — how does that translate to scanning? We’re not talking about OCR, or any kind of process which would allow the Moloch text to be processed as text. It’s images!

By this logic simply looking at the pages without reading would be equally sufficient to release Moloch, but Giles specifies reading aloud. I call foul!

Also, what exactly is this project? Willow [and Dave, played by Chad Lindberg who you can order custom messages from here: https://www.cameo.com/chad_lindberg — this isn’t related but I thought y’all should know that] are scanning books…for what? Is it just for them to get practice scanning books for their comp sci class? Is there a larger digitization project that the library is undertaking in conjunction with comp sci?

I have a lot of questions about this episode.

Anyway. Once Moloch is free and Willow is under his sway, he does a little sleuthing through the Sunnydale records and finds this: Born October 24th, 1980 in case you need to update her NAR.

Buffy's high school record

Buffy is determined to get to the bottom of the weirdness with the comp sci students and Willow but Giles is naturally no help in this area.

Giles: Things involving the computer fill me with a childlike terror
Wait’ll he finds out about the Beta Toolkit.

Buffy follows Fritz to a shady facility and when she and Xander and planning to go back and break in, Giles as to cover with some library science babble when Ms. Calendar walks in.

Giles: So the book will be listed by title as well as author
I mean he’s not wrong, title indexes are just as important as author indexes!

Jenny: You kids really dig the library, don't you?
Why, ALL kids dig the library! [new ALA poster idea]
Now just because I’m a librarian and also love Giles doesn’t mean I can’t hear any criticism of either.

Jenny totally has librarianship’s number right here

Jenny: oh you are a big snob. you think that knowledge

Jenny: should be kept in these carefully guarded repositories

Jenny: where only a handful of white guys can get at it

This is a #NoHateALA blog, and I’d like to think Giles would be on board with kicking out nazis.

At last Giles tells Jenny what the sitch is until to find out that she’s already hip to all things magical.

Giles: there's a demon on the internet
Giles discovers twitter

Moloch gets defeated, our heroes triumph and Giles and Jenny continue to bicker over the relative merits of books vs. tech.

Buffy the GLAMpire Slayer – S01, E06-07

This post is the opinion of Netanel Ganin and is in no way to be construed as an official communication from any section of any institution. 

S01, E06 – The Pack

Link to Jenny Trout recap/analysis

The pack — another Xander episode and featuring a sexual assault attempt that gets kinda washed over.

First up, I appreciate this dedication to the detail that Xander is still working on trig. Astute viewers will remember that he was borrowing a trig book from the library in the pilot — continuity!

Xander: It's like a big blur, all these numbers and angles.
Not that he’s actually doing much better with it…


Later when Buffy and Willow have noticed that Xander is being Hyena-ish, Buffy has an idea where to turn for help:

Buffy: Gonna talk to the expert on weird.
BRB changing my business card


Giles makes a couple flippant jokes and leads to this exchange:

Buffy: get your books

Buffy: look stuff up

Giles: look under what?

Buffy: i don't know. that's your department

No, that’s my department!

I recommend [much like the mantis from last week’s post] QL737.C24 [Zoology—Chordates. Vertebrates—Mammals—Systematic divisions. By order and family, A-Z—Carnivora—Hyaenidae (Hyenas)], and the requisite folklore area:

GR730.H9 [Folklore—By subject—Nature—Animals, plants, and minerals—Animals. Animal lore—Special kinds of animals—Other mammals, A-Z] into the mix too. Do note that I made that cutter up though, I guess not enough works have been cataloged about hyenas in folklore yet!

Some good DDC spots to check will be: scientific works: 599.743 [Science–Natural history of plants and animals–Animals (Zoology)–Specific taxonomic groups of animals–Mammalia–Eutheria–Carnivora–Fissipedia–Feloidea–Hyaenidae] or folkloric works: 398.3699743 [Social sciences–Customs, etiquette & fokllore–Folklore–History and criticism of specific subjects of folklore–Real phenomena as subjects of folklore–Animals–Hyaenidae]

Okay so once everyone’s clear on what’s going with re: hyena possession, Xander gets locked in the this cage in the library.

Oh no, Hyena Xander can’t handle book return!

Let’s talk about this cage for a minute. Lots of libraries have special collections or other areas that have restricted access, but this is some intense security for a high school library!

It also has a bookdrop which is the weirdest part to me, because it’s not the exterior of the library! In order to access this bookdrop you’d already have to be in the library in the first place, which though that makes sense at the circulation desk bookdrops doesn’t make seem needed for a special collections cage.

We also have seen the front door of the library and there’s no bookdrop on there! So to sum up, the only bookdrop we’ve seen in the Sunnydale library requires the library to be open to access it and there’s not even one of those bins to catch the books. They just have to plummet 4 feet to the ground. Not great. Somebody call Demco.

Xander tries to grab Willow through the book drop
Oh, also they can try to grab you through the bookdrop, so watch out for that

Anyway. Wouldn’t you know it, the other hyena-posessed students come to rescue Xander and make quick work of the cage.




Okay, so maybe it wasn’t great security after all. In Sunnydale you’re going to want a library cage that can stand up to your average hyena rampage.

S01, E07 – Angel

Link to Jenny Trout recap/analysis

A major episode! Season one is a little light in places, as many Seasons 1 are — but the biggest jam is finding out that Angel, mysterious and cryptic Angel, is a vampire.

Angel reveals his vamp-face
Um, spoiler alert

Okay before we get there though, Buffy is attacked by a pack of vampires later identified by Giles as The Three, and with Angel’s help, fights them off. Willow wants to know how Giles always seems to know about the vampires and monsters that have proper-noun status.

He’s got a good response ready:


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Hence the “i’m tired” mug

Quick point though — The Master lets Darla kill The Three for their failure which seems like a real misstep to me. Even if they didn’t succeed in killing Buffy the first time out, they might have better luck the second time? or the third? Killing them will never get Buffy for you, so way to come between yourself and your own goals, The Master.

Giles decides it’s time for weapons training [which naturally is done in the library] so we get a quick sign insert:

sign: library closed for filing, please come back tomorrow

No one seems upset by this or gets put out by it, but throughout the episode Buffy is studying for some pretty big tests, maybe midterms? If I were one of those non-scooby Sunnydale students, I’d be pretty miffed if the library suddenly closed during midterms.

So Giles and Buffy get down to that weapon’s training and LOOK where they get the weapons from!

Giles and Buffy in front of the library cage

It’s fixed! When did they fix it? The banker boxes are still in there but there’s suddenly a very large weapons closet that I assume that Giles doesn’t usually keep in there. Because otherwise holding Xander [and future baddies] in there is a REAL bad move. So I wonder where he normally stores the weapons?

In a very sitcommy misunderstanding, Darla bites Joyce Summers and Buffy thinks Angel did it. The gang rushes to the hospital to comfort Buffy and see Joyce which leads to this exchange:

Buffy: No mom, this is Giles

Joyce: the librarian from your school

Joyce: what's he doing here?
a QUITE reasonable question Joyce!

Remember all you school librarians out there. Even if one of your students is The Chosen One, with a Great and Important Destiny. Probably should try to act like you’re not taking too keen an interest in her personal life.

Buffy the GLAMpire Slayer – S01, E04-05

This post is the opinion of Netanel Ganin and is in no way to be construed as an official communication from any section of any institution. 

S01, E04 – Teacher’s Pet

Link to Jenny Trout recap/analysis

So the new science teacher is a giant praying mantis. She gets a vague-ish name of “She-Mantis” a “Kleptes-Virgo” but there isn’t much more explanation other than “she’s a giant praying mantis”. Despite the cliff hanger ending, we never see her species again. [If you’ve read the comics lemme know if any more giant praying mantises show up!]

So naturally at some point Buffy will need to do some research to defeat this MOTW.

Buffy grimaces while asking
Buffy’s face is also mine contemplating a bug book

This is mostly a gag line, so Giles doesn’t say anything — but I will!

General works on mantises will be found at QL505.83 [Zoology—Invertebrates—Arthropoda—Insects—Mantodea (Mantids)—General works, treatises, and textbooks], but remember, Giles’ colleague also knew of her back in England, so you may also want to check:
QL505.865.A3-Z [Zoology—Invertebrates—Arthropoda—Insects—Mantodea (Mantids)—Geographical distribution—Europe—By region, country, or island, A-Z], and don’t forget to cutter for England!

Let’s add GR752.A-Z [Folklore—By subject—Nature—Animals, plants, and minerals—Animals. Animal lore—Special kinds of animals—Insects—Other insects, A-Z] into the mix too [cutter for ‘mantis’] because folklore works on mantises might be just the thing for this particular beastie.

Some good DDC spots to check will be: scientific works: 595.727 [Science–Natural history of plants and animals–Animals (Zoology)–Specific taxonomic groups of animals–Arthropoda–Insecta–Apterygota; Orthoptera and related orders–Orthoptera and related orders–Mantodea] or folkloric works: 398.3692727 [Social sciences–Customs, etiquette & fokllore–Folklore–History and criticism of specific subjects of folklore–Real phenomena as subjects of folklore–Animals–Mantodea]

So finally, we’re sure it’s a mantis, and Buffy has a plan to take it down — bat sonar! But wherever do we get audio recordings of bat sonar? Buffy can’t just pull up a youtube vid and blast it at the mantis, after all. Never fear, the never before seen and never to be seen again vid library is here!

In the vid library

there are not books but its dark and musty
I can assure you as a Professional Vid Librarian ™ that mustiness is bad for vids, better make a note when they start smelling vinegary, Giles

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Needless to say, the vid library is a smashing success and Giles manages to transfer some audio onto a hand-held tape recorder for Buffy. She ventures off to face the mantis and smashes on that play button:

Giles [through tape]: Extremely important to file

Giles: not simply alphabetically

Womp womp. Sounds like Giles was recording some filing instructions? But for whom? Are there unseen student employees at the Sunnydale High library? Maybe he’s working on a paper and just getting his thoughts in order. And what’s the second half of this? [it gets cut off by Buffy flipping to the other sound which had the bat sounds] Maybe “it’s extremely important to file not simply alphabetically…but also by subject matter” “…but also by mystical rune” “…but also by sexy cover of Behind Blue Eyes”

This, not “hey whatever happened to the egg she left behind” is the REAL unanswered question of the episode.

S01, E05 – Never Kill A Boy On The First Date

Link to Jenny Trout recap/analysis

One thing that makes BtVS so great is that they don’t forget about the Big Bad or the myth-arc or whatever you want to call it. Even in MOTW episodes, they take pains to check in with The Master monologuing in his church, or Angel snarking with Dru and Spike. There are long strings of X-Files MOTW in which the show (and Mulder and Scully) act like there’s no imminent alien invasion or Mulder’s sister wasn’t just replaced by a bee-clone. [Or whatever was going on with her]

Anyway — before we check in with The Master we get a cut that I really like

Giles: Yes, I best consult my books
Giles gonna Giles

Then we slam cut to The Master’s DUSTY-ass book

The Master's dusty-ass book
This would be better as a gif, but i don’t know how to make one from a hulu video

See the show is pretty consistent on knowledge being power. You study, do your research, learn about what you’re going to face, and you’ll succeed. Heck it was the secondary thesis of the previous episode [after, sex is bad] Sure there’s a lot about friendship, practicing fighting technique, being magically strong, etc. but Giles and his book-learning ethic is a constant edge on Buffy’s side.

That’s why I like this cut, The Master reads too! He’s got Buffy’s strength and Giles’ appreciation of old tomes, which makes him a more formidable adversary. Though he really should take better care of a rare book like that. Being kept in his dank church can’t be good, preservation-wise.

Into the library comes boy of the week Owen, and Giles has some real bad customer service:

Giles: What do you want? Owen: A book.
Way to create a life-long library user, Rupert

He’s specifically looking some Emily Dickinson, though doesn’t say which work. Giles unhelpfully waves him:

Giles: Poetry

But I’m here to provide a little more information. In LCC Emily Dickinson’s works can be found at PS1541 and in Dewey at 811.4.

Later, Owen is picking up Buffy for a date and she and Giles need to do a quick play-acting to explain why he’s at her house at night.

Buffy: Yes, but I will return those overdue books by tomorrow

Giles: No, you're not getting off that easily.
Excuse me I need to go write a fic now where Giles is very cross with me that I haven’t returned my books. The phrase ‘No, you’re not getting off that easily’ is sure to come up

This presumably further cements for Owen that librarians are cold and unforgiving and libraries aren’t welcoming places. Not repping us so well, Giles.

Giles rushes off to guard the morgue while Buffy’s on her date. Willow is concerned for Giles’ safety.

Xander: he's going to be all right. He's like Super-Librarian.
Note the hyphen! It’s like Spider-Man not like Superman.


Xander: everyone forgets, willow, that knowledge is the ultimate weapon.
My thesis is proven!


This post is the opinion of Netanel Ganin and is in no way to be construed as an official communication from any section of any institution. 

As always — check out the full approved list, and be sure to read through the newest tentative list and to send feedback to LC! Your feedback matters, as PSD says:

“Each Tentative List includes an email address to which comments on the proposals may be submitted. PSD accepts comments from LC and SACO catalogers, other library and archive professionals, lawmakers, and members of the general public. The comment period lasts approximately one month, beginning with the publication of the Tentative List and continuing until the closing date indicated on the list.”

The following are newly approved headings which I proposed or LCSH I canceled in favor of a NAR

  • Card games [LCGFT term]
  • Nim Chimpsky (Chimpanzee) [canceled for NAR]

And now, onto the headings!

Architecture (Personification)

Building that looks like a person
Eventually, an ancient ritual will awake BUILDOR and it will do battle with the evil SKYSCRAPULON


Competition (Psychology) in literature

Cover to Babysitter's club little sister #93
The real reveal in the book is that Kristy’s mom’s name used to be Elizabeth Taylor!


Deserts–Symbolic aspects

quote from Dark Tower over image of desert
If you think that the Nikolaj Arcel movie was all there is to the Dark Tower, do I have 7 books for you to read!


Mandolin music (Ragtime)

You go Amy!!

Marijuana–Therapeutic use–Law and legislation

Official opinion of blog: decriminalize, free the people in prison, waive the convictions, pay them reparations


Men, Black

Print money! Black Panther, War Machine, Falcon, Goliath, and Nick Fury team up


Nicknames–Religious aspects

Christmas time,ancient figurine of Baby Jesus in traditional farmer clog, on rustic background
If Jesus had a nickname what would it be? And would you call it to his face?



cartoon drawing of a superhero outside a pharmacy
It’s Pharmacovigilance! With the power to take pills from a large bottle and put them into a smaller bottle!


Potters in literature

cover of book "Inspector Miromoto and the famous potter"
Twist ending, it wasn’t Harry it was Lily!!


Shabbat shirah

Miriam and the women dancing at parting of Red Sea
and the woman dancing with their timbrels, followed Miriam as she sang her song!


Suicide Squad (Fictitious characters)

still from Suicide Squad
With no fewer than 20 needle drops and 7 or so origin stories, Suicide Squad is great…if those are things you’re looking for


Swindlers and swindling on television

still from Lost of Sawyer
Prolly reading a letter about conning and how it makes him sad now


Television programs–Religious aspects

Calvin worshipping a TV
Provides comfort, guidance, and community, seems about right.


Terror (The English word)

Terror, the magic card
I used to keep my copy of this card covered with tape because the picture gave me such wiggins!