'The Lintel': A Librarian's Riddle

"If you're up for a shaggy dog story, here's a whopper: A librarian in a small town in the Netherlands becomes obsessed with a guidebook that has been mysteriously returned 113 years late. The borrower has affixed no name, only the letter "A," and the bookmark left in the tome is a 1913 ticket for an unclaimed pair of pants in a London laundry."

"Can you see where this is headed? No? That's okay; "Underneath the Lintel," the one-man play that unravels this circuitous tale, is a plunge into literary rapids of a most unpredictable sort. We've been asked to assemble by the Dutch librarian, played with frenetic panache by Jerry Whiddon, to hear his summation of the evidence he's collected in his tireless global search for the meaning of the overdue book." (from Washington Post)


Mosque Librarian Held in Italy

jen writes "
The story's at the bottom of this NYTimes page. The police said they arrested the librarian, Noureddine Drissi, also known as Abou Ali, at the Milan train station on Monday, just hours after he returned from Iran with his wife and three children. Mr. Drissi, a Tunisian immigrant is charged with "criminal association for international terrorism ends." "


Librarians Sentenced To 196 Years

Robert Kent writes: "Worldwide alarm is increasing with regard to a wave of repression being
unleashed against Cuba's dissidents and human rights activists, including
arrests of librarians, raids on twenty-two libraries, and the seizure of
their book collections and circulation records. Ten independent librarians
tried on vague charges of "undermining Cuba's national sovereignty" have been
sentenced to a total of 196 years in prison. During one-day trials of the
arrested dissidents four independent librarians testified for the
prosecution, revealing themselves to be undercover agents of the State
Security police. Details are being posted on the website of the Friends of
Cuban Libraries


Furious residents speak to Library Board

Mr. CO writes "After Glenn Ballantyne, president of the Pueblo City-County Library District board, resigned late Tuesday afternoon from the five-member board of trustees, Angry residents spoke to the Pueblo Library Board Thursday afternoon, many demanding fired Executive Director Richard Lee be hired back.

The anger stems from concerns News First has been reporting for several weeks over questionable spending practices.



Librarian On Leave Following Child Porn Charges

"The director of the Whitley County public library is now on administrative leave after he was arrested last week on child pornography charges."

"Federal investigators say Jack Wasano tried to buy child pornography over the internet using a library computer."

"They say they have e-mail of Wasano trying to buy video of girls between the ages of 11 and 14." (from


Mesa library director on probation

Library Directors seem to be getting some bad press lately.
This Time it's Patsy J. Hansel, Directory in Mesa, Arizona, who after being investigated for sexual harassment, will remain on probation for one year and take special classes - even though investigators recommended she be terminated.
They say she inappropriately toward one of her employees by commenting on her legs, touching her hair and buttocks, and telling her that she loved her during an employee luncheon at a Mesa restaurant.
Hansel says the allegations were the result of her asking supervisors to start tracking the employee's performance more closely.


Penn aide booked in kid-porn case

Bob Cox sent over This One with a bit more info on the arrest of University of Pennsylvania library director Paul Mosher for allegedly possessing child pornography.
He is is charged with possession of child pornography, a felony offense of the third degree punishable by up to seven years in prison.

Other charges filed against Mosher under the Sexual Abuse of Children statute include illegal use of a computer, also a third degree felony, and possession of an instrument of crime (the computer), a misdemeanor.
Sources said a "significant" amount of money was spent to purchase the images, which include pictures of boys as well as girls. Also downloaded were pornographic images of adults, which is not a crime.


Movie inspired librarian's career

A Fun Little Article on the 1995 movie, "Party Girl," This flick gave librarian Julie Spann the idea of what she should do for a living.

The title character, played by Parker Posey, sought work in a library after her godmother suggested she do something for funds, not just fun.

Spann was inspired. ''I would love to be a librarian. Oh, I could do that,'' she said.


U of PA Library Directory nabbed on kiddie porn charges

Sam King writes \"I\'m not sure that there is enough story here to post. Don\'t construe this as being soft on this sort of crime but the police are known to exaggerate in regards to the evidence they find on computers in these cases.

It\'s never good when a librarian winds up on The Smoking Gun.

Read The Full Story. \"

Paul Mosher, University of Pennsylvania Vice Provost and Director of Libraries--was nabbed yesterday on kiddie porn charges. According to Philly cops, Mosher downloaded pornographic images of children onto his office computer at Penn\'s Van Pelt library, the university\'s main library facility.
John Hubbard also noted stories at L.J. and


Library chief's dismissal should not come as a surprise

A couple stories on the overthrow of Indianapolis-Marion County Library Director Edward Szynaka. Says insiders on both sides -- the anti-Szynaka forces and those who are in his corner -- say problems have been brewing for a while. It was simply a matter of time before it all blew, they say -- which is exactly what happened Thursday, when board members indulged in finger-pointing and loud, furious talk after the vote.
Ruffled feathers led to firing says some on the council and library board said he didn't communicate or play well with others.
4 library board members oust CEO offers a few more details.



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