Checking out

Checking Out

January 30, 2012 | by Avi Steinberg


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!


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.


Librarian, Distressed

Librarian, Distressed
"When I read Stephen Akey’s piece on Philip Larkin recently in The Millions, I knew I’d found a fellow clerk. Akey, it turned out, had a thematic, albeit totally non-personal, connection with Larkin: they were both librarians. Further, they were distressed librarians; librarians that perhaps wished not to be anymore, but still found themselves drawn to the work anyhow."


I was raised by librarians. It's like being raised by wolves

I'm a librarian groupie

"After that summer I became a librarian groupie. My fierce, passionate, story-loving librarians taught me that when a story is told it’s more important for the listeners to see the story than the teller. I learned that, in a world where people think memory can be bought on a chip, the word-of-mouth and the word-of-heart still matter. You can’t double-click on wisdom. Most of all, they taught me that the listener is the hero of the story. "


A Food Truck & a Bookmobile Walk Into a Museum

This is an essay I wrote last month and am having trouble finding an audience. I think LISnews readers and I would find it mutually beneficial.

The curious case of the librarian and the detective

The curious case of the librarian and the detective

When Colin Campbell Ross was sent to the gallows at the Old Melbourne Gaol in 1922, few would have guessed his name would be cleared by a humble librarian more than 80 years later. Kevin Morgan was the librarian, historian and author whose book, Gun Alley, was instrumental to Ross receiving a pardon in 2008 for his wrongful conviction for the rape and murder of a 12-year-old girl in a Melbourne alley. To coincide with the release of a new edition of Gun Alley with an epilogue detailing Ross's pardon, Morgan yesterday launched a second book, Detective Piggott's Casebook, based on a detective's scrapbooks he discovered researching the Gun Alley case.


Gay librarian rejects Shorter University's Baptist 'lifestyle statement"

Shorter University tenured librarian Michael Wilson planned to work at the school's Rome, Ga., campus until retirement. Instead, he is preparing to hand in his resignation.

According to Inside Higher Ed, this year Shorter issued amended contracts to university employees requiring that they reject practices it deemed inconsistent with Christian values. Wilson, who is openly gay, signed the contract but crossed out the contract's "lifestyle statement" that read: "I reject as acceptable all sexual activity not in agreement with the Bible, including, but not limited to, premarital sex, adultery, and homosexuality."

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