Librarians by the Numbers

As I was finalizing my conference schedule for the ALA Annual conference this year, there was a blurb for one of the programs that caught my eye. It’s for a program entitled “Passing the Baton: Who Will Take It?” on Sunday morning.

There are 72 million baby boomers, 11,000 Americans turn 50 every day, 4.6 adults turn 65 each minute, and almost 60% of librarians are 45 or older. There is little balance: only 7% of the library work force is age 20-29!

My first thought was one word: “Really?”

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Hide 'n Seek

Camouflage. Both prey and predator species use it in nature for their own purposes. Prey species use it to hide or blend in. Whether they match with the foliage or the rest of the herd, it's a survival technique. You can't get picked off if you don't get picked out. Never stand out, that's the name of the game. Predator species use it to hunt. They meld in shadows and landscapes, either by coloration or clever disguise. The deception is revealed only when it is too late for the quarry. Lure them in and then strike when they least expect it.
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What to do with your rainy weekend

Spring is here and for rainy weekends around the country I would like to propose that we all get away from the gloomy news of melting economies and shrinking budgets and have some fun by watching one or all of the ten most notable movies that have scenes with libraries and librarians in them. Please feel free to add to this list, here is what I found

Library Day in the Life Round 4 Announced

Bobbi Newman announced on Thursday the start of the 4th round of her Library Day in the Life Project. Like the title suggests, it is a blog post detailing the day in the life of a librarian.

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True Stories from a Library Near You...No "Shh!"

If you work in a library, you know that the most outrageous, unbelievable, disgusting, heartwarming things happen in libraries every day. Librarians receive the most outrageous reference questions , witness incredibly awkward patron interactions , and overhear hilarious conversations every day.

Libraries are a path to future -

In hard times, they have become centers of access to information, communities, and jobs.

By Amy Dougherty

"A recently released report by the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board, "Help Wanted: Knowledge Workers Needed," included a stunning statistic: Almost 50 percent of the citizens of Philadelphia lack the basic skills needed to perform in a knowledge-based economy. Given that, our state and city leaders have shown a remarkable lack of vision in threatening to reduce library services.

Gradual Shifts In The Libraries

We are seeing a gradual shift from desktop applications towards web hosted clones that run in browsers. For instance , microsoft office live, google docs, zoho & think free. We will see a shift from organizing information spatially (directories, folders,desktops) to organizing information temporally (feeds live streams, & microblogs. The biggest ultimatum is not retrieving information but keeping up with it.

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Librarian, a profession by any other name...

Is the term “librarian” antiquated? The term derives from the Latin word librarius meaning “of books.” That hardly seems sufficient any more, does it? Why, with the advent of the Internet, the Kindle, and Google, books aren’t all we do any more. Should we be called Information Specialists? Or perhaps Information Professionals? Or how about…Informarians!

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