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Conan the Librarian
Mother Goose and Grimm
Probably the first published Conan the Librarian reference is in a 1987 Mother Goose and Grimm comic. A pig returning a book to the "Overdue Books" section faces across the desk a scowling and muscle-bound librarian, in typical Conan the Barbarian dress, who from the placard on the desk we know is "Conan the Librarian".
Conan the Librarian appears in a sketch on a 1988 episode of the children's television series Reading Rainbow. Unlike the UHF Conan (see below), Conan the librarian is helpful and shows someone how to get a library card.
Conan the Librarian also appears in a brief segment of the 1989 Weird Al Yankovic film UHF. In the segment, the exaggeratedly muscular Guardian of the Shelves slices a talking library patron in two with his battle axe; he then chastises — in German-accented English — another patron who is unsuccessful in finding a book.
- "Don't you know the Dewey Decimal System?" — Conan the Librarian
Hadley V. Baxendale fiction
In 1987, William Mitchell College of Law library staff created the character Conan the Librarian for a talent show performance, and subsequently wrote The Adventures of Conan the Librarian. This was followed by The Return of Conan the Librarian and Conan the Librarian on the Information Highway. The author of these stories is the fictitious "Hadley V. Baxendale" (a pun on the famous law case Hadley v. Baxendale).
This Conan is an ordinary librarian who lives in the mythical Information Age.
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