To celebrate National Library Week 2011, the Health Sciences Library staff decked out 4 library bookcarts themed ‘Pimp My Bookcart’ -- a parody of television’s “Pimp My Ride.” The purpose of the contest was to see who could best pimp, trick out, or otherwise improve a standard library bookcart.
Even though the ‘national’ contest has faded into history, the Health Sciences Library team revived the concept for its very own competition on April 15. Pimped-out bookcarts concocted by Health Sciences Library librarians were on display last week for National Library Week (April 8 – 15). The winners were announced by our very own “celebrity judges” who were asked to take on the personas of “American Idol” judges:
- Therese (Tess) Jones Director, Arts and Humanities in Healthcare Program
- JJ (Simon) Cohen, Professor of Immunology and Medicine
- Helen (JLo) Macfarlane, Director, School of Medicine Educational Technology
- Deanna (Ellen) Geldens, Communications Consultant
- Catherine (Paula) Worster, Director of Communications Planning and Marketing
“The tension was unbearable,” Health Sciences Library Director Jerry Perry observed. “Who would win the Pimp my Bookcart contest? My money was on the cart turned into a Weber grill. And, in this season of general mayhem in sports – with the NFL lockout, the Stanley Cup playoffs (Go Blackhawks!) and the Rockies terrific start to the season, I just assumed the judges would be in a tailgate mood. But, I was wrong!”
- “Student Crash Cart” 1st Place (pictured above on right)
- “Cartiologists” 2nd Place
- “Pyrophagiostat (Bunsen Burner BBQ)” 3rd Place
- “Library in the Cloud” received Honorable Mention.
You can still see ‘em -- the carts remain on display in the Library Atrium through the week of April 18. Or check out: photos posted to the library Facebook page: www.facebook.com/UCDenverHSLibrary.
“Thank you to our very 'celebrity' judges for their honesty, integrity and humor,” said Librarian Rhonda Altonen who organized the fun. “Thank you also to our students and entire library community who supported and cheered on the endeavors of our very creative staff.”