Librarians

Vote Barbie as Librarian

jen writes \"if you scroll down to the bottom of this page, there is a poll for Barbie\'s next career to be either Librarian, Police Officer, or Architect.
Currently Librarian is in the lead at 70%, but maybe that\'s because of email... \"

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Ask a librarian about Shakespeare

Steve
Fesenmaier
writes \"
THINK TANK
A Few Questions, Mr. Shakespeare

[T] he Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington
fielded nearly 1,500 inquiries last year from high school
students, teachers and interested readers. The library\'s
newsletter, Folger News, contains the column \"Ask a
Librarian,\" in which the reference staff shares some of
these questions and answers. Below are some of her
favorites.
NYTimes Story has the rest.
\"

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Punk Planet features librarians

Bruce Jensen, Jessamyn West, Chris Dodge, Katia Roberto and Sandy Berman are all featured in \"Liberating information: radical librarians shelve the status quo,\" in the November/December 2002 issue of Punk Planet. The article itself isn\'t on the PP website, unfortunately. It\'s followed in the magazine by a full-page solicitation for readers to donate PP subscriptions to their local libraries. The issue also has, among a bunch of other interesting stuff, a piece about punk porn and an interview with political scientist Michael Parenti.

BTW, I highly recommend the book of Punk Planet interviews, We Owe You Nothing, for library collections.

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The Next Frontier:

Michael Nellis writes \"Marjorie Heins gave a speech before a group of librarians recently. The speech explores the ramifications of extended copyright, but in the opening paragraphs she bestows a most wondrous kudo to the profession.

The Next Frontier: "Intellectual Property" and Intellectual Freedom
Julie M. Boucher Memorial Lecture, Colorado Association of Libraries, Oct. 18, 2002
\"

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Librarian is nominee for Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services in FL

Kathleen de la Pena McCook writes \"I hope everyone realizes that there is a MEDIA
SPECIALIST RUNNING for agriculture!!!! The negative ads
characterize him as a librarian (like that\'s bad). David
Nelson, nominee for Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer
Services for the 2002 Florida elections.
Here\'s His Site
\"

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'Special librarians' handle research

A Nice Story from Business Courier takes a look special librarians. They say, "when you seek legal expertise, you find a lawyer, when you seek tax advice, you find an accountant, and when you seek valuable information — find a special librarian."
It's a nice look at what Those special people do for a living. Who knew librarians are also at the forefront of information sharing?!

"There's no such thing as knowledge management; there are only knowledgeable people. Information only becomes knowledge in the hands of someone who knows what to do with it."

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98-year-old library worker means business

Here's One on Lois Wible, the oldest volunteer at the Cedar Park Library, 98 years young.These days, she catches a ride to the library once a week, then spends about three hours calling patrons to tell them their reserved books are available or the ones they've checked out are overdue.

"She just showed up, and I needed help," library Director Pauline Lam says. "She's been devoted to us for 20 years."

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Charities find that nudity pays

Bob Cox noticed Charities find that nudity pays includes something of interest to us. The $25 "Still Magnolias" calendar, features 26 women from Aiken, S.C. The calendar has 16 models, including a mother, a librarian, an active teacher and even the Episcopal minister's husband. The 18-month calendar has raised $170,000 for the Aiken Area Council on Aging and its Meals on Wheels and Alzheimer's programs.

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Library Meme

A. Nonny Mouse sent in a link to a piece I put together yesterday on memepool, talking about the librarian stereotype. Most of the links will be familiar to LISNews readers, but considering the traffic that memepool can generate, I thought I\'d bring some of them to the attention of that userbase.

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Finding Clues in Mountains of Paper

Lee Hadden has managed to get a Story All To Himself in the Washington Post. They say his work is the unlikely story of how a librarian and historian used books and maps to help the hunt for al Qaeda by the world's most modern military or by anyone else who might be interested in the topography and geology of Afghanistan. Those include reporters or miners wondering what precious metals the country might yield.

Nice going Lee!

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