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Troy Johnson writes "The Librarian's Book Club is a group to read and discuss books that are about libraries and the library profession. The membership of the group voted for readings for Oct.-Nov. and the selections are "The Social Life of Information" and "The Future of the Past". More information about the books selected and the Librarian's Book Club can be found at the LBC Homepage
\"During the Internet age, we\'ve forgotten that professional librarians know how to find information better than anyone – especially better than computer programmers. Though at the beginning of the Web era in 1993, librarians did not have the computer and Web development skills to show their muscles, they do now.\"
\"Thanks, John, for the compliment.\" Martin adds. If you agree, head over to the comments area and let John know.
Steve Fesenmaier, former director of WVLC Film Services, co-founded a film festival dedicated solely to films and videos created by in-state filmmakers. Last year he and Kevin Carpenter, a descendent of the first white person to live in the area hundreds of years ago, co-created the Sutton WV Filmmakers Film Festival. In a few days the 3rd edition will begin - running the first two weekends of October. Animators, documentary filmmakers, feature film makers, a filmmaker from Boston who made a recent film on WV native John Nash, subject of \"A Beautiful Mind,\" and others will come together. Fesenmaier will present some of the same films Oct. 17th at the WV Library Association meeting.
\"Facing accusations of discrimination on multiple grounds, the longtime dean of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee\'s School of Information Studies is resigning effective Sept. 30, although he will remain on the faculty.
\"Chancellor Nancy Zimpher announced Mohammed Aman\'s resignation and new position Monday. The congratulatory announcement did not mention
the problems that have dogged Aman\'s tenure in recent months, including a complaint a faculty member filed against him in 2001.\"
Ever helpful Cabot sent over This One from up in Canada, where they say in a world in which we are deluged with more information every day, the librarian\'s role in helping us access it and distinguish what\'s valid from what\'s not only grows more important.
They summarize the role of librarians with an acronym: SORT, for selection, organization, retrieval and transmission of information.
Heidi Goldstein sent along a story with what could be the Punniest headline ever. FBI snooping has librarians stamping mad . They talk about Zoia Horn \"the first librarian who spent time in jail for a value of our profession.\" After an encounter with an FBI informant in a Pennsylvania college library, Horn spent nearly three weeks in jail for refusing to testify for the prosecution in the sensational trial of anti-war activists accused of a terrorist plot.
\"They should say, \'We stand by our librarians if they wish not to respond (to the FBI) because it is against our religion,\' \" she said. \"All kinds of options are there for a librarian with a conscience.\"
Today, I will not watch television. I will not pick up a newspaper. I will not turn on the radio. I will not surf the Web. I will not read for pleasure. I will not play music. I will not tell a joke. I will not pay bills. I will not put gas in my car. I will not go to the library. I will not mow the lawn. I will not water the lawn. I will not overeat. I will not undereat. I will not play sports. I will not argue.\"
SomeOne writes \"...librarian Karen Burton remembers walking through a San Francisco subway station about 10 years ago, listening to a colleague\'s warning to clutch her purse as they passed street people slumped against a wall.
\"This obviously homeless person jumps up and starts running at us and he\'s screaming, \'Karen, oh, Karen,\' \" she recalls. \"I\'m in a suit, and he grabs me and picks me up and says he\'s missed me so much.\" The whole time, Burton\'s colleague was \"ducking and holding onto her purse.\"
The librarian delights in retelling the story of how she reunited with a central Ogden library patron in a San Francisco subway.
Rob Lopresti writes \"On the Straight Dope page the inimitable Cecil Adams reports on trepanation (the ancient - and modern science of drilling holes into your skull).
He informs us that \"the leading theorist of modern trepanation is Bart Huges, a Dutch research
librarian who came up with a concept called \'brainbloodvolume.\'\"
Here\'s The Full Story \"
RobertR writes \"Democratic candidate David Nelson, running for Agriculture Commissioner in Florida, holds a Masters in Educational Media. He is described in most news stories as \"a Miami librarian\" as in this one.
Check out commissionernelson.com\"