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Steven Bell writes \"The September 2002 issue of Men\'s Health (yes, I admit I read it - despite the silly stories - it has sound fitness advice) - takes on a librarian stereotype we don\'t get all that often. In their story \"Only In The Movies\" (things we see in the movies that never happen to guys in real life) they include that ever popular movie image of librarians. Accompanying the full page (p.150) picture of what I think is supposed to be a librarian (there are lots of books in the background)- who is in a state of disrobe - is an inset box with a picture of said librarian looking mousy as all heck - is the statement \"I\'ve never seen a plain librarian transform herself into a sexpot merely by taking off her glasses and shaking out her hair.\" The author has clearly never ventured out of a movie theatre and into a library. As a male librarian, I\'m feeling discriminated against - does the author think every librarian is a \"she\". Female or male, we must all know plenty of colleagues who can transform themselves into sexpots by taking off their glasses and letting loose their hair buns. What I want to know is who\'s going to write the first letter to the editor of Men\'s Health to straighten out this magazine on just exactly what it is we librarian\'s are capable of doing. Sorry, this one isn\'t online - just in print. If your library doesn\'t subscribe, visit a newstand. \"
This one comes by way of the Tiffin (OH) Advertiser Tribune:
\"Doris Ann Norris, who first worked at the library as a high school page in 1958, will spend her last official day as the library\'s director Aug. 31. For someone who truly loves what she does, staying away from it will be a challenge.\" Read More.
David Goldman writes \"Victim of the Hebrew University bombing
Dina Carter, 37, was born in North Carolina and moved to Israel in 1990. She worked as a librarian and archivist in the National Library on Mount Scopus, having studies anthropology at Duke University. She also qualified as a social worker at Chappel High University in her home state.Ms. Carter was one of the seven people murdered in Wednesday\'s terrorist attack in Jerusalem.
I think she got a brief profile in _American Libraries_ at some point in the last year, but that is definitely not the side of her they showed. :-) \"
Karl G. Siewert, MLIS writes \"Chuck Shepherd\'s News of the Weird this week
makes mention of a personal ad placed by a former Florida librarian that neglects to mention his current incarceration on death row for his SECOND murder of a girlfriend. He\'s available, ladies! \"
Since then he was sentenced to death, so don\'t make any long term commitments.
Workers at the British Library are to stage a 24-hour strike over a \"meagre\" pay offer. Members of the Public and Commercial Services union at the London library will walk out on Monday in protest at a 4% offer. The union says it wants a bigger pay rise for lowest paid workers at the library, including assistants, who earned a basic salary of between £10,000 and £15,000.
What would your community do if your library went on strike?
Some plain speaking, straight thinking, and good linkage on the bun-and-glasses debate from Blisspix\'s Fiona Bradley:
One of the greatest bugbears in librarianship continues to be stereotype and the image of librarians. Long perceived as old women who wear buns in their hair, glasses, and a twin-set, this image has become stereotype thanks to the image of librarians in film, novels, and journalism. The American Library Association has decided that this impression needs to change, especially since a large percentage of librarians will retire in the next ten years and there will be many vacancies to fill. The ALA has embarked on a recruitment drive, promoting the work of a librarian as being worthwhile, awash with new technology, and overall, just \'cool\' . . .
Not once are the values of a librarian mentioned, nor what they actually do in their day to day work, or how much money they make. These are the things that people need to know to choose a career. It matters nothing if they get to wear \"trendy clothes\" or not.
Steve Fesenmaier writes \"If you know any great librarians in the NYC area, you can get them rare public acknowledgement by nominating them online for \"New York Times Librarian of the Year.\" They also get some money!
I did it myself...five easy questions, download nomination form (pdf).\"