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Check out the Library Card Table

From Brian Herzog, Swiss Army Librarian:

Earlier this summer, my coworker Tommy got the idea for a library art project: mail a letter to 200+ libraries across the country, asking them to send him one of their library cards.

He enclosed a return envelope, and most of them responded! For the next few weeks, Tommy's envelopes, with new library cards enclosed, poured into the library from all over the country. It was fun to see the variety and creativity of library cards.

Tommy's project was dependent on how many library cards he received. In the end, the number he got fit more or less perfectly on one of the coffee tables in the library, so he got permission to arrange them on a table and cover them with a protective epoxy. It looks great in the library, and the plan is to leave it in the library permanently. Tom also put up a sign on the table explaining what he did - the table is very eye-catching, and has already proved popular with staff and patrons.

Russell Shank dies at 86; former head librarian at UCLA

Russell Shank was an early proponent of automating library services and a fervent supporter of 1st amendment rights in libraries. He was a past president of the American Library Assn.

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Lost in the Stacks Hits the Big Time

Brooklyn librarian band "Lost in the Stacks", including LISNews author Rita Meade, had a lovely mention in the New York Daily News yesterday.
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These Brooklyn librarians have gone from shelving books to rocking out in a band. The six librarians have formed a roving band called Lost in the Stacks - a jazz and blues band that plays at book festivals and branches all over the city.

The group is a far cry from the stern stereotypes of librarians.
“This gives the people another image of librarians,” said the band’s founding member, Jack McCleland, 65, the head librarian at the main branch at Grand Army Plaza.

“There’s this stereotype of librarians being this older woman with her hair in a bun shushing everyone. We’re not like that. We have a lot of very hip and very cool people.”

McCleland formed the band eight years ago after he was asked to perform for a longtime staffer who died.

The lifelong guitarist quickly scraped together a group of seven other librarians who had musical chops to play the impromptu gig and have performed ever since.

Lead singer Rita Meade, 31, - who works as a librarian out of the New Utrecht branch on 86th St. - said librarians are more artistic than people think.

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Fact Check - The $227,000 Librarian

A one minute twelve second intensive research project on the $227,00 librarian pension revealed some interesting things.

Of course, the claim is startling; the annual pension for a four-star general: $149,000. The pension for a San Diego city librarian: $227,000.

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“Libraries need to admit that we suck at search and get over it”

"Libraries are metadata specialists and many librarians are metadata search specialists. Our training for users too often tries to turn them into mini-librarians too, as though being a specialist at finding things in the library is or should be a crowning achievement in life. So I really do think libraries are NOT experts at search. In fact, compared to Google I think we pretty much suck at it. I also think most librarians are specialists rather than experts at search. But what I don’t understand is why this seems to be such a challenge to librarians."

http://carolbycomputerlight.wordpress.com/2012/07/05/the-difference-between-an-expert-and-a-specialist/

This has shades of "Reference is dead" posts (here , here , here, here etc) and "Libraries need to give up the notion that question answering is a core service of the library"

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January 30, 2012 | by Avi Steinberg

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What They're Wearing at the NYPL

This Wall Street Journal blog makes note of what New York City librarians are wearing these days. Turns out it's a little bit of everything. The report includes an interactive slide show.

Shauntee Burns, a teaching and learning specialist, said: “I definitely like to look like a librarian, but I twist it with a pop of color, so it’s 21st-century librarian.” Jessica Pigza, assistant curator of rare books, added a homespun touch to her librarian look: She sewed her dress and wore it with a vintage shirt and black-frame glasses.

Employees involved in fundraising or special events—such as the “Live from the NYPL” speaker series, which features celebrity speakers like Jay-Z, Umberto Eco and Oliver Stone—tend to dress more formally.

Patrick Hoffman, director of the theatre on film and tape at the library for the performing arts, wears a suit and tie every day. “I’m a firm believer that good clothes open all doors,” he said.

Stoop Stories: A Tree Grows In Brooklyn With Librarian Rita Meade

Stoop Stories: A Tree Grows In Brooklyn With Librarian Rita Meade
It’s one thing to work or live in a community. It’s another to really be a part of it. Rita Meade, the children’s librarian at the New Utrecht Library at 1743 86th Street, doesn’t just occupy her daytime hours there; she really loves and gives to her branch and community.

She is a member of Community Board 10 and speaks at Board 10 meetings in order to secure support for the local libraries, plays in an all-librarian rock band and encourages our youth to read novels like War and Peace. All in all, she’s pretty cool.

Check out this week’s Stoop Stories and after, go and support your local libraries!

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Supreme Librarians in Metaspace

New SLIM Comic Takes Librarians into Metaspace
SLIM is proud to unveil a marketing resource aimed at generating newfound excitement for librarianship and increasing the awareness of the many opportunities that an MLS degree can provide. From the same team that created Library of the Living Dead and Monster Clash, Supreme Librarians in Metaspace is a promotional comic that highlights the many facets of librarianship in a quirky, tongue-in-cheek manner. We hope that this resource will encourage prospective and current SLIM students, alumni, and librarians around the world to take a look at the profession in a new light. And maybe have a laugh or two while doing it. You can view the comic here.

Have YOU Voted for your Favorite Library Blog?

Here's where to cast your vote in the Salem Press (a Division of EBSCO) Independent and Institutional Library Blogs of 2012 contest. Categories are general, academic, public, special, school and 'quirky.' LISNews obviously covers too many categories and is not among the choices.

Vote for your favorite blog (one per category) by checking the appropriate box. Voting closes June 17th.

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