What & Why?

The need for a reference librarian does not die with the fall of civilization.

So you want to survive the Zombie Apocalypse.


Those new MLS Students sure seem nice.

How do plan on doing that? You don’t know, do you? That’s a problem should you find yourself running from the groans of an Undead Horde.

Actually, they just want to eat your brains.

Listen, this isn’t Fight Club. There’s a lot of information out there.  Within the pages of this Annotated Bibliography are resources you may need to survive. These Reference Resources will provide you with the quick answers you need to identify Zombies and defend against them. You’ll also find the guides that will teach you how to survive when civilization as we know it has ended with the fall of the last Starbucks. Which resource is best for you? Read on.

Almanacs: The first Almanacs were printed around the 16th century. They are usually updated annually and are a great resource for quick facts, stats, and astronomical information. This is going to be your first stop for many of your information needs. Need to know what the weather is like in Montana in October? Look here. Need to settle a fireside dispute over what day in April the first Zombie Horde entered Baltimore? Check the Year in Review section. What is the zip code for Greenpoint, Brooklyn? When should you start planting beans? Grab an Almanac.

Handbooks: These are also often called manuals. Like Almanacs, they offer a limited area of knowledge, but they do provide more in-depth information than an Almanac does. They are subject oriented and are updated often to keep up with the latest developments and research. They also can provide step-by-step instructions. Are you absolutely clueless about the Zombie Apocalypse? Start in the Handbook section. Is your only defense know-how limited to Halo 3 and couch-coaching the NFL? This is where you’ll find the information that will save you from becoming a TV dinner.

Note: You may find that internet editions for Almanacs and Handbooks blur the distinction between the two sources. When looking for answers remember this: Almanacs are for quick facts, Handbooks are for facts with a little bit of How-To. This will come in handy when the internet dies with Starbucks and you are searching your local library’s reference section. Just remember to get there first.

Yearbooks: I’m not talking about High School, though that may come in handy too. I’m talking about a possible next step after an Almanac. These annual sources give an historical summary of a particular year and are usually narrow in focus to a geographic area or subject matter. More than just a list of stats and dates, you’ll find pictures and contextual information in a Yearbook. So you want to learn more about how the Zombie Horde overtook Baltimore? You’ll read about that here. Does that guy at the deli counter look suspiciously like Ted Kennedy? Check you’re 2009 yearbook and then you’ll know to just pay for the beer and beans and get in the car and drive to the Dakotas.

Directories: Directories are more than just phone books. Directories are lists of organizations, people, and helpful institutions. Directories are organized alphabetically for easy navigation and often provide contact information, geographical and web based locations, affiliations and membership info. This is where you’ll go to prepare. Have you finished reading a handbook and now you need a list of survival gear and where to get it? Look no further. Looking for training opportunities in your area? You’ll find those directories here too.

Whether you are looking to prepare for a Zombie Uprising or are actively running from one, this Annotated Bibliography has everything you’ll need to keep your brain in your skull where it belongs. Start here and you’re more likely to have the know-how to survive.

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