Librarians: We\'re Not What You Think

Slashdot is running an Essay that says holding the image of a librarian as a shushing school marm who does little more than stamp and shelve books is about as inaccurate as believing that Alan Greenspan is nothing more than a glorified bank teller. He goes on to point out in today\'s world the boundary between the career of the librarian and the information technologist is disappearing, as we become more and more technologically adept.
It\'s a nice, short, essay chock full O\'links to all the usual suspects in the web librarian world.


British Library aids Bali victims

A Really Short Story from This Is London says The Archives held by the the British Library were the only place Australian medics could locate an article detailing how to treat people caught in blasts.
Just goes to show, not only does the Web Save Lives, but So Can Libraries.


A Christian Science Library Opens, in More Ways Than One

The NYTimes has a Look At the decision by the Church of Christ, Scientist, to catalog and digitize all of the church\'s archives on Mary Baker Eddy, its founder, so that they could be searched at the push of a button was a step not lightly taken.
Under copyright law, the church was obligated to publish some of its documents before 2003 or lose them to public domain. Making them accessible in a library counts as publishing them.


Small Minnesota Town\'s Library Rated Among Best in Nation

The Redwood Falls (MN) Public Library has been ranked as one of the best in the nation by American Libraries. \"\'We\'re honored to make the list,\' Librarian Jude Jensen said, explaining that the local operation moved up from eighth to a tie for second for communities between 5,000 and 10,000 in the two years since the last list was published.\" Read More.


Crime frozen in time

This Story takes a look at St. Louis Police Library. Up the stairs on the second floor of the St. Louis Police Academy, there's an unusual version of law and order on display. Strange objects and images, little-seen bits of local crime history, a mural called Christ in Cell No. 8, snippets of rope used to hang convicts.

You'll also see vintage uniforms, shotguns, pistols and a picture of two bodies on a morgue slab.


Meet Studebaker The Library Tortoise

MI Live Has A Story on Studebaker, a South American yellow-foot tortoise that pays a visit to the library once a year. Apparently it talks as well. \"Usually after I take her to the library, she pokes her head in a corner and won\'t talk to me for three or four days,\" said Jim Vandemoter, who shares his Saginaw Township home with her.
Anyone have any other interesting pets in for a visit? How \'bout Llarry The Llibrary Llama?


Hibbing library quietly amasses large Dylan collection

Gary D. Price, MLIS sent along An Interesting Story on the Hibbing MN library, and their big Dylan collection.
They say the town's library has been quietly growing what is possibly the nation's only public collection of artifacts about the music legend.


Library Buildings in NYC Area

Always helpful Jen Young sent in 2 NYTimes Stories on some NYC Public Libraries.
\"Thanks for Renovating the Place Please Note Your Rent Increase\" is on Gravesend branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, where the landlord wants to raise the rent by almost 40 percent. This after a a $1.4 million renovation last year.
New Life for Rundown Site on Yonkers Waterfront is better news on The $53 million Larkin Center — the new home of the Yonkers Public Library and the city\'s Board of Education — that opened late last month, offering hope for the long-awaited rebirth of this city\'s downtown waterfront.


Anger Over Plan for Library Chairs

Patrons can sure develop some weird hang-ups. It seems a patron of a library in the UK is \"furious\" that the library is replacing some old furniture with new, more comfortable furniture. \"Reader Peter Modzeledwski said the move was a \'desecration.\' The oak tables and chairs have been in use on the library\'s first floor since it opened in 1940. Modzeledwski said, \'This is fine, solid furniture, in keeping with the library. There\'s nothing wrong with it and they\'re going to replace it with a load of rubbish.\' He added that it was absolutely reprehensible that money is being spent for no reason whatsoever.\'\" Read More.


What I wish patrons would understand about library

Jerry Kuntz, Electronic Resources Consultant at Ramapo Catskill Library System writes: \" Recently I\'ve been involved in rolling out new public catalog software
(for about the 8th or 9th time in my career). This time we had a little
limited flexibility in customizing the interface, so we created an online
That survey ran its course for about 6 weeks, and some of the comments we
got are the same ones I heard at every library I\'ve worked in, no matter
what brand of software was being used. When we took the survey down I put up
a page explaining some things about it, but that got me thinking about all the
things I wish we could communicate to our patrons better about library
Here is my list of the top ten things I wish library users knew what we

Read on for his list, maybe you can add to it...



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