March Madness, Librarian Style

Jiffy picks Duke

For his Men's bracket, Jiffy picks Duke

Ok folks, March Madness is here, so it is time to revive the Mad Librarians bracket groups. This year’s Mad Librarians bracket challenges will be super awesome, because the good folks at Gone Reading have agreed to donate one of their cool T-Shirts for the overall winners of each challenge.

So, here’s how it works:

  • Despite the names of the groups, you need not be a librarian (mad or otherwise) to join. All are welcome. In fact, please invite your friends, your co-workers, and your friendly co-workers.
  • There are 2 groups, one for the regular tournament, and one for the Men’s tournament (see what I did there?).
  • To enter a bracket in the regular tournament, join Mad Librarians. You will have to sign up for a free ESPN account if you don’t already have one.
  • To enter a bracket in the Men’s tournament, join Mad Librarians (Men’s).
  • You can join the groups immediately, then go back and fill in your brackets once the fields have been announced. ESPN will have live coverage of the selection show Monday at 5pm PST on ESPN. CBS will air the Men’s selection show at 3pm PST on Sunday.
  • In addition to the admiration of the entire Feral Librarian blog community and bragging rights for the year, the winners of each challenge will receive a T-shirt courtesy of the good folks at Gone Reading.
  • Trash-talking in the comments is highly encouraged, as is posting your Final Four and Championship picks in the comments once your brackets are completed.

You should all know that this is the year my Stanford Women and my Duke men will win it all. Of course, I predict that every year … but I have been half right several times.

15 Responses to “March Madness, Librarian Style”

  1. 1 Katie March 14, 2012 at 11:51 am

    I love “regular” vs. “men’s.” I had to read that twice. Awesome.


  2. 3 Jackie Dooley March 14, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Is this a sports thing? :)


  3. 5 Merrilee Proffitt (@MerrileeIAm) March 14, 2012 at 9:46 am

    OK, Chris, I did an OCLC Research Library Partnership bracket (because I know nothing about basketball). When two institutions have never been in the partnership, I just picked one. When two institutions have both been in the partnership, I went with the one with the longest affiliation. It’s a method and I accept that it’s mockworthy.


  4. 7 Chris Bourg March 13, 2012 at 9:06 am

    My Final Four: Baylor, Notre Dame, Stanford, Kentucky (I just can’t pick UConn … I can’t do it!).
    I have Stanford beating Notre Dame for the title.


  5. 8 Martha Hruska March 12, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    thanks for setting this up, Chris. Hafta admit I’m predisposed to favor UNC since my daughter works there now… plus they’re good this year :)


  6. 10 Chris Bourg March 12, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    My first draft bracket for the Men’s tourney has an All-ACC Final Four: Duke, Uva, UNC, FSU, with Duke beating FSU for the title. May lose confidence in UVa pick before the brackets lock on Thursday.


  7. 11 Chris Bourg March 11, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Duke men get the #2 seed in the South Region. I’m cool with that. They did alright in 2010 coming out of the South Region. Go Devils!


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