Famous Australian Librarians To Be Featured in a New Play

Submitted by birdie on Mon, 05/05/2008 - 15:25

The Age reports on a new play, The Future Australian Race, which features two well-known Victorian era librarians; Sir Redmond Barry and writer, Marcus Clarke, both of whom served as National Librarians during the 1870s.

Sir. Redmond Barry is one of the fathers of Melbourne, although he is more famous as the judge who sentenced Ned Kelly to hang than for the creation of Melbourne University, the State Library, the National Gallery of Victoria and Melbourne Museum. But he had another side to this upper-crust respectability. He never married his long-term mistress, Louisa Barrow, who was a lower-middle-class Irish Catholic. The couple lived apart, although she bore him four children and is buried with him.

"He loved eating, drinking and screwing around town," says playwright Sue Gore. "He was unstoppable."

Another famous early Victorian is the writer Marcus Clarke, who wrote the classic convict novel For the Term of his Natural Life. Clarke, whose love of alcohol contributed to his early death, was renowned as Melbourne's first bohemian.

He became second in charge at the library while Barry was head of the board. But unlike his patron, Clarke married and had six children and was always threatened by poverty.

SLC Library Director Feels the Love

Submitted by birdie on Tue, 04/29/2008 - 16:58

Meet Elizabeth Elder, new director of the beautiful Salt Lake City Library.
Salt Lake Tribune does the honors.

"They just go on and on and on about the library," said Elder, who started her new job Monday as director of Salt Lake City's showcase downtown library and its neighborhood branches. "I don't know how many people have shared with me how much they like the library - which makes me really happy."

Japanese Librarian collared for threatening to blow up Soka Gakkai building on 2-Channel

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 04/29/2008 - 07:09

A Tokyo high school librarian has been arrested for making threats via the Internet to blow up a building owned by Buddhist-lay organization Soka Gakkai, police said.

Miyuki Kamikawauchi, 43, a librarian at a Tokyo metropolitan high school, is accused of forcible obstruction of business. He admitted to the allegations during questioning.

The Hollywood Librarian's financial predicament

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 04/29/2008 - 07:06

Lynne writes: "Greetings to all librarians. I am Lynne Martin Erickson. I have been the fiscal agent for The Hollywood Librarian documentary film since 2004. I post this in the hope that librarians will respond immediately and repost widely.

As many of you know, this wonderful film is the result of the tireless efforts of one person: Ann Seidl. She single-handedly raised $200,000 to make and distribute this movie, worked on it for over 8 years and she is still working to get it seen by as many members of our public as possible. She is traveling throughout the US and the world to promote the film. Thanks to the librarian network, the film is being seen in dozens of locations by hundreds and even thousands of people.

While Ann has devoted her full-time work to this cause, she has been paid very little. She insists she is not in it for the money. I can guarantee that is the case. She wouldn't say this to you, but I can assure you that Ann is broke.

During the Banned Book Week release, when tickets sold for $8, we took in about $10,000, but less than $400 was profit. These days, she is asking for a small fee to screen the film but that money is to fund the editing and authoring process for the DVD which she wants to make available this fall. But she must have some financial support to go on working on the film. We can't let her stop working on the film to take other employment when she is so close to finishing.

If you are a fan of The Hollywood Librarian or of Ann, I am asking you to send her your financial encouragement.

50 Minutes With Librarian/Author Scott Douglas

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 04/29/2008 - 06:54

Scott Douglas appeared on Think, The Dallas NPR Station. His new book, Quiet Please, is all about his life working in the public library. "This is hardly a job for the faint of heart..." Those of you who don't want to go through the hassle of iTunes or don't have iTunes, here's a direct link to the 50 minute NPR interview...

Maryland School Librarian Ripped off Local Community Organization

Submitted by birdie on Mon, 04/28/2008 - 10:04

And not petty cash...$101,000 bucks.

But this article from the Examiner informs us that a "judge will likely allow a Montgomery County school librarian who stole $101,000 from a Gaithersburg community to serve her jail time this summer and get off with no criminal record so she can keep her school job.