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Our Zombie Guide is FINISHED!

posted by Director of Library Services | March 25, 2011 | 38 Comments | Miller Library

Miller Library Zombie GuideFollow the link to enjoy our finished Zombie Guide to Miller Library! There is also a link on the main menu of the library website. Let us know what you think on our facebook page.

38 Responses to “Our Zombie Guide is FINISHED!”

  1. Ellen
    March 29th, 2011 @ 9:22 pm

    Are you planning on producing any t-shirts to match the guide? I am sure they would be popular.

  2. Director of Library Services
    March 30th, 2011 @ 9:04 am

    Hmmm – that’s a great idea! I bet we could come up with something cool. Thanks for the input!

  3. Erica Shook
    March 30th, 2011 @ 3:04 pm

    Love it!! This might help get my kids (both my own and my students) excited about learning something about the library and the Dewey Decimal System!

  4. Director of Library Services
    March 30th, 2011 @ 3:56 pm

    Awesome! Please let us know what they think about the resource. Glad you enjoyed it!

  5. William
    March 31st, 2011 @ 2:24 pm

    That’s an amazing piece of work, and the incorporation of the library info at the back is brilliant.

    Also, I’d buy a shirt. :)

  6. Karen
    April 2nd, 2011 @ 12:20 am

    I’d totally buy a shirt.

    Fantastic work! I love it. Interested in doing contract work?

  7. Carol Legge
    April 3rd, 2011 @ 9:29 am

    I love this graphic novel version of the Dewey Decimal System. I would show it to my kids in gr. 4 and 5 if the word crap wasn’t on one of the pages. Please think about changing the word. Also, on pg. 16 it’s hard to read one of the sentences that explains about a decimal. Well done Miller Library staff.
    Carol Legge
    LaSalle Public School
    Windsor, Ontario

  8. Yolanda Elder
    April 4th, 2011 @ 11:04 am

    As an alumna, I have a great desire for McPherson College to succeed and prosper. The comic book format is a really nice and fun way to teach the library system to people. I think that you will find it to become quite popular on that basis alone. However, the way in which you have chosen, so far, to introduce the topic, using zombies and all types of uncleanness’s, is far from righteous and of a considerably serious nature.
    I am absolutely appalled at how you, a Christian College, has belittled and profaned the name of the Most High Creator of Heaven and Earth, Creator of mankind, who is of total purity and goodness. My stomach churns for what you are doing. What agreement has light with darkness? Why do you find the need to seek after the ways of the world to interest students? What kind of students are you seeking? Who do you want participating next to you? Are you looking for depth or shallowness? Going this direction may yield popularity, but from which crowd? Which crowd are you attracting? Depth attracts those who are deep. Shallowness attracts those who are shallow. What kind of quality of students do you want to represent you? Remember we are to be a light in the darkness. How can our light shine when we look just as dark as the rest of the world? In Spanish there is a saying that goes: “Dime con quien andas y te dire quien eres.” It means: “Tell me with whom you walk and I will tell you who you are.” Please, please reconsider your path!!!! The choices you make will yield fruit. Which kind of fruit shall it be? Pure, delicious, greatly nutritious and strengthening, in other words life giving? Or shall the fruit be rotten, blighted by worms and of no good profit, bringing death and destruction?
    Make your choices carefully for there is no choice without consequences.

  9. Matt Reynolds
    April 4th, 2011 @ 2:20 pm

    A friend of mine posted a link to the comic on Facebook. As an academic librarian (East Carolina University) and an amateur zombie hunter, I would like to congratulate you on a job well done! Great art, great story, and epic beard action… what’s not to love? Unfortunately, you give no solution to only getting texts from chat reference patrons that read “Brains. Brains brains brains, peer reviewed, brains.”

  10. Tim Rosproy
    April 4th, 2011 @ 8:44 pm

    @Yolanda Elder
    I’m struck by the insularity of your interpretation of Christ’s teachings. Your Spanish saying brings to mind a saying from Christ himself, when asked why he dined with unsavory types in the home of Matthew:
    “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.”
    As a follower of Christ’s teachings, the goal is not to hide one’s head in the sand by associating only with like-minded followers. Fellowship is vital to the teachings, but as living examples of the Kingdom manifest on earth, what other purpose can be more vital than to minister the teachings to the ‘sick’ who seek a ‘physician’.
    You also speak of depth and shallowness, but how can we know the depth of one’s faith before it is tested? In a familiar Psalm, we find that followers of the teachings of Christ need not fear the influence of worldly things. Though you may see this inclusion of questionable material as a dark valley, Christ’s followers need fear no evil. So long as they have the rod and the staff of belief, they shall ever be comforted by it, even in the presence of enemies.
    I encourage you to seek in Christ’s teachings the lessons on compassion and mercy, and leave behind the exclusivity and intolerance of the wordly church. In the words of a common benediction; Go forth into the world in peace. Strengthen the fainthearted, support the weak, help the afflicted, honor all persons. So far, passages on excluding your fellow man have proven exceedingly difficult to find.

  11. Sheila Webber
    April 4th, 2011 @ 9:26 pm

    Congratulations! I’m going to blog about it on my information literacy blog – would it be ok to illustrate my post with the image you use in this post, with due acknowledgement to the authors?
    Thanks, Sheila.

  12. admin
    April 5th, 2011 @ 10:58 am

    That would be fine Sheila, thanks!

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  14. Annie Johnson
    April 9th, 2011 @ 1:22 pm

    I love this so much. Most original library guide I’ve seen! I’m an academic librarian in England, and would love to do something like this at some point for our students.

  15. Jonathan O'Donnell
    April 10th, 2011 @ 9:00 pm

    I love this!

    “…the library contains everything you need to know to survive a zombie apocalypse!” Library of the Living Dead

    Put me down for a tee-shirt, and I don’t even go to your College.

    Bonus marks if you print the religious rant on the back. :-)

  16. Meg
    April 18th, 2011 @ 7:26 pm

    its a great way of getting a message across, and We would like to buy the hardcopy when it becomes available, but in the meantime could we link to it from our catalogue page.

    With thanks

  17. April
    April 19th, 2011 @ 7:32 am

    Fantastic!! I love how you’ve sprinkled library jargon throughout. I mean really…are zombies really going to be ‘roving’? Love it! I am passing this on to my co-workers for a little inspiration. Keep up the good work!

  18. Mike
    April 19th, 2011 @ 10:33 am

    As a zombie aficionado and librarian (in Pittsburgh, the home of the modern zombie!), I appreciate this guide.

  19. John Schaeffer
    April 22nd, 2011 @ 6:07 am

    Fantastic work !

    Great art, content is well handled.

    But where is the librarian crushing a patriot act subpena wielding Zombie???


  20. chris
    April 22nd, 2011 @ 6:37 am

    This is a great idea! One small point – the example of the exclusive search incorrectly labels the image as “Car AND Culture NOT America” when it actually shows “Car OR Culture NOT America”

  21. C. Michael Hall
    April 22nd, 2011 @ 9:29 am

    Any libraries interested in a custom-created guide of their own should drop me a line…I’m for-hire. :)

  22. marika zemke
    April 22nd, 2011 @ 11:03 am

    Kudos! I’m proud to say we librarians rock. Live in Michigan, but a former Lindsborg Ks resident.

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  26. Jonas
    April 22nd, 2011 @ 6:13 pm

    Right on, zombies and libraries are a great mix. Gonna cross post on our library blog.

  27. Denise
    April 23rd, 2011 @ 2:22 pm

    GREAT! Just came here via BoingBoing. I also work at a library system. WELL DONE! You’ve made it hip, relevant, AND informative! I’M PROUD OF YOU!

  28. Alice
    April 24th, 2011 @ 6:03 pm


  29. Kirsten
    April 27th, 2011 @ 1:28 pm

    In response to the previous poster’s take on zombies, I have two words:

    Kim Paffenroth.

  30. Kirsten
    April 27th, 2011 @ 1:29 pm

    And congratulations from all of us at

  31. Emma
    April 28th, 2011 @ 10:00 am

    Utterly brilliant – please please please think about releasing a version under a creative commons licence so that others can use the ideas!?! There’s no way my drawings is up to the standard, but the storyline is too good (I particularly like the pratchett-esque footnotes, specially those relating to flamethrowers).
    A fantastic piece of work :O)

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  35. Zombie Comic Books
    May 21st, 2012 @ 4:35 am

    a great idea, wished people were as enthusiastic about local libraries as you people are


    one small thing however.. records are not good for killing zombies (see shaun of the dead :) )

  36. laura spring
    June 25th, 2012 @ 6:35 am

    Yes I like the idea of running a cartoon instead of a library tutorial- we are thinking of gamifying our library induction- have you tried this? outcomes? pos and neg? regards
    Plymouth (UK)

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