Librarians targeted for id theft in Philadelphia,PA

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 04/15/2008 - 11:04

Police in Whitemarsh Township and other towns in the area say a gang of thieves is targeting, of all people, librarians.
Video surveillance shows the thieves in action. A woman walks out of a Lowe's store with two large power tools. She's not a contractor. Police say she's a thief. The credit card she used had been stolen less than an hour earlier from a librarian at the Chester County library in Exton.
The thieves then went on a 16-hundred dollar shopping spree.

13 questions with a library branch manager

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 04/15/2008 - 07:49

From a paper in St. Louis comes 13 questions with a library branch manager. Jason Kuhl is the branch manager at St Louis County's Cliff Cave Library, 5430 Telegraph Road. Kuhl, 32, has been working for the St. Louis County Library system for eight years. He has a bachelor's degree in art history from Illinois State University and an master's degree in library and information science from the University of Illinois.

Seattle City Librarian Moving On

Submitted by birdie on Fri, 04/11/2008 - 18:04

The woman who has built the Seattle Public Library into a ubiquitous force, Deborah Jacobs, announced Wednesday she will be leaving her job as city librarian effective July 2 to join the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

As deputy director for the foundation's global-libraries program, Jacobs will work with other countries to expand technology access at public libraries.

Nope, Francine, I don't think so.

Submitted by effinglibrarian on Thu, 04/10/2008 - 22:01
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This is not an anti-abortion post. And this is not an anti-anti-Bush post. This is an anti-bullshit post. I hate to be manipulated. Don't lie to me and don't try to feed me bullshit. So because I just read something that did these things, I'm going to write something that might piss you off.

In the May edition of LJ, Francine Fialkoff has this editorial that begins with these words:

A stealth attack on U.S. freedoms—intellectual, academic, and personal—came to a halt in early April,...

I don't use POPLINE, and from what I can see, as an international database, I don't see how any changes could affect any American's freedoms, so yes, my bullshit meter went on alert. If she meant a "stealth attack" in that POPLINE is a database she'd never heard of before this story, then yeah, I'll agree with her.

And she finishes with:

"...until this administration and its abhorrent politics are long gone. It’s not about abortion, it’s about freedom."

You can applaud her if you want. And I certainly could because I'm no fan of the current President, but the level of bullshit from that line of overstatement about two completely unrelated events has my anger targeting Francine and not Dubya.

According to the POPLINE pages, this service began in 1973, the same year that Roe v. Wade made abortion legal (or reversed any laws against abortion). And a search on POPLINE returns over 25,000 articles with "abortion" as a keyword.

Canadian Library Association meets with MPs on Library Book Rate

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 04/10/2008 - 12:26

The Canadian Library Association (CLA) today met with Conservative Members of Parliament to educate them on Canada Post's Library Book Rate and to ask for their support to make the Rate more sustainable.
The Library Book Rate is one of CLA's major advocacy files, and the Association lobbies diligently for its continuation and expansion.

Biesterfeld still in the news; Gollum still dead.

Submitted by effinglibrarian on Wed, 04/09/2008 - 08:11
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Yes, it angers me when a librarian (even when she is a "not a librarian") is fired from her job, especially when it seems like she was doing everything right.

But as a supervisor, I also value the probationary period that allows me to terminate an employment for any reason. I've been lucky so far to hire good people, so I don't have the rules memorized, but I went through probation for my job and I've known several librarians who also survived the probationary period.

Even though I was doing good work, I was still never sure that I would be allowed to remain; that final day came with the expected relief, but up till then I knew that my job wasn't guaranteed.

It's difficult to separate these events because I believe that I should be able to terminate someone on probation without scrutiny. It can takes months to get approval to re-advertise a position, and often it's the best decision for the department to keep an average employee for as long as possible before terminating her.

But I also believe supervisors and library boards should back up their employees' decisions, as long as they conform with policy.