Canadian Librarian expected to plead guilty to $1M fraud

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 01/24/2008 - 07:23

A librarian accused of defrauding his employer of almost $1 million will plead guilty to the crime at his next court appearance in May, his lawyer said in court Wednesday. The former executive director of the Wheatland Regional Library, is accused of stealing the money by way of a scheme that began in the early 1990s in which books were paid for but never received.

Young vs. not so young in technology

Submitted by zzshupinga on Wed, 01/23/2008 - 12:18

An article wasreleased today on young adults vs. the not so young and "tehcnological turf." More young adults are finding not only their friends on Facebook and Myspace, but their parents and grandparents. Gone are the days where they had to walk their parents through how to use a computer, now they want to be "friends" on Facebook or IM. This has raised some issues for young people interviewed in the article, as they try to find a space that adults can't see every move they make.

Why no male librarian stereotypes?

Submitted by effinglibrarian on Wed, 01/23/2008 - 08:37
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I thought the ALA coerced for diversity?
All I ever hear is how librarians are frumpy and bun-haired. And I'm tired of all the sex discrimination. What about male librarians? Where are the American Library Association's recommendations for diversity when it comes to us? I don't mean in jobs because we get promoted more often and get better pay (hell, we're men!). I mean our image. Where is the image of the male librarian in popular culture? Why all the women stereotypes?
What is the look of the male librarian stereotype?
Is he hobbitish? Homerish? Perpetually confused and embarrassed by his career choice? Freshly tattooed and paroled from a federal prison? Bruce Wayne, Luke Skywalker or Clark Kent, but without the sex-appeal?I'm a little pissed because I just saw the Librarian Dress-up game online, and I don't see a dude, I see that stereotypical librarian woman; huge boobs, tiny waist, smoochable lips... but no guy, anywhere.

So I had to use all of my non-talent to create the Male Librarian dress-up game. Yes, it's ugly, and a nine year-old could do better. (And sometimes the images don't move, but hit refresh and maybe they will.) But hell, all I had was Paint and Notepad and the script I stole from the original page, so screw you. Why don't you do better.

Those who said libraries dead should eat their words

Submitted by Blake on Sun, 01/20/2008 - 00:52

One From Toronto: Today, libraries are more popular than ever. In part that's because they are a prime example of what urban sociologist Ray Oldenburg in his book The Great Good Place calls a "third place." The first place is home, the second place is your workspace, and the third is a public space where you can simply drop in, relax, read a book or magazine, talk with other people. Examples, according to Oldenburg, are pubs, coffee shops, streetscapes such as the Yonge-Dundas Square.

Upshur County Hires First Male Librarian

Submitted by Blake on Sat, 01/19/2008 - 21:49

News Out Of Texas: Upshur County Commissioners Court voted 3-1 Tuesday to hire Mark Warren as county librarian after one commissioner’s motion to hire another applicant died for lack of a second. Warren, 44, of Gilmer, said afterward he has a background in education and sales, and that he has “always enjoyed being in libraries,” though he has never worked in one.

Librarian wins Newbery Medal for children's literature

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 01/15/2008 - 07:07

Good News For Park School librarian Laura Amy Schlitz, she just won the 2008 Newbery Medal.

"When I was a child, I wanted to be important," said Schlitz, who has worked at the Park School since 1991 as a librarian and as the chief storyteller. "I never thought I'd win this award. I still can't believe I'd won it. But all the love and loyalty in this room -- this is better."

"I'm Sorry, that's a video of *What*?"

Submitted by effinglibrarian on Thu, 01/10/2008 - 09:55
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I just realized why I had to make a video called a cute furry animal recites George Carlin's "seven dirty words" (which is an ADULTS ONLY video with 7 dirty words in it, duh) -- remember what David Lee King said about the library of the future (which is actually from RWW and about the "sexy librarian of the future")?

Imagine a future when you go to the library with a 5 minute video you've just made about last night's Presidential debates and that librarian says to you:
You should upload it to YouTube and tag it with these four tags - two broad and two more specific to existing communities of interest on YouTube and the topic of your video. Then you should embed that video in a blog post along with some text introducing it and linking to some of your favorite posts by other people who have also written today about the Presidential debates. Make sure to send trackbacks to those posts!
Now, I think this is a particularly good video on the topic, so if you're interested I will vote for it on StumbleUpon (as a sexy librarian I have a very powerful account there) and give it a good summary explanation. Any of those are steps you can take that will make your work all the easier for people to discover.

A new search engine...

Submitted by zzshupinga on Mon, 01/07/2008 - 20:52

Sarah, from LibrarianInBlack, shares this cool search engine that I hadn't seen before. It's called Carrot, and not only is it open source (so you can use it on your library's website), but it clusters results together. What I mean by this is try searching for the term Harry Potter. Over on the side they divide topics up so that you can narrow results by title of books or wands.