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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).\"
SomeOne writes \"The Hartford Courant ran a feature article entitled \"Graying In The Stacks\" on Saturday, July 6, 2002 by Brendan Sullivan. The article discusses the shortage of librarians as a result of retirement. Local librarians and John Berry are quoted. Here\'s The Story \"
Ruth Kneale has written a great investigation into librarians\' views of the public perception of librarians in the Internet Age. I see I\'m not the only one to get the comment \"You don\'t look like a librarian\" or \"You have to do a Masters degree to be a librarian!?\". A very interesting read, which suggests that the public perception is gradually changing.
\"You don\'t look like a librarian!\" I heard that so often while I was in library school in 1997-99 that I set my email signature
file to be that quote, and vowed that I wouldn\'t change it until I went two months without hearing it. Well, I finally
changed my signature file in the spring of 2002!
[Seen on Shifted Librarian]
\">Steve Fesenmaier writes \"Lots of news about Sandy Berman this week. First off is the latest, and
edition of his ALTERNATIVE LIBRARY LITERATURE, co-edited by James P. Danky.
This is the 10th edition - 2000-2001 - and includes some items from the
thriving alt library webzine world. It\'s half as long as the last edition,
but the pieces are all very well chosen. The book is dedicated to various
activist librarians including AFSCME members at the Library of Congress and
LAPL and HCL and SFPL librarians who led the boycott at last year\'s ALA
conference. Hopefully thousands of librarians will buy copies, ensuring that
librarians, directors, and board members know about it and even read it.
Secondly, you can read an interview in the current issue of Utne Reader done
by lead Sandynista Chris Dodge - it is not yet posted but here is the intro: -- Read More
Charles Davis writes \"More than 30,000 of the roughly 125,000 school, public, and college and university
librarians in the country about one-fourth of the total are expected to reach retirement
age by 2009, according to the American Library Association.
Already, librarians are in short supply, especially in urban and rural areas. President
Bush, weighing in on a problem of concern to his wife, a former librarian, has proposed
spending $10 million to help recruit them.
Steve Fesenmaier passed along this letter from Sandy Berman to Charles Brown
Hennepin County Library Director.
I understand that Tim Wise -author of the attached \"Membership Has Its
Privileges,\" Rethinking Schools, Summer 2002, page 15--lately addressed
HCLers on Staff Development Day. Presumably, he spoke about the twin
issues examined in his articles: combating racism and, especially, White
privilege. Material on those topics has been readily accessible through
the HCL Catalog for some time under the subjects ANTI-RACISM and
WHITENESS (CONCEPT). -- Read More
Andy Breeding writes \"Today\'s InvestorWords.com Term of the Day mailing contained an interesting quote for investors:
\"If past history was all there was to the game, the richest people would be librarians.\"
- Warren Buffett \"