Hooked to books

Here's a Short Article From India on Pradnya Yogesh, librarian at the Mahindra-British Telecom Ltd (MBT) and this year’s recipient of the Diversity Leadership Development Award instituted by the Special Libraries Association (SLA) from Los Angles. ‘‘It’s a privilege,’’ reveals Pradnya, who will be going in June to New York to receive the award which comprises 1000 US dollars as well as a complimentary registration for the annual conference in the city.

‘‘ONE needs to keep abreast with the latest. It should be think information, think library,’’


Out of the Stacks, Into the Streets

"For a minute, forget what you know about librarians. Forget the crotchety lady who chastised you for running to the reference desk or shushed you for talking too loudly in the echoing halls. Forget that man at the John Hay who wouldn’t let you check out comics or ‘erotic literature,’ insisting you read it in a silent glass-enclosed room."

"Instead imagine the radical potential that libraries and librarians possess to change the world. Radical librarians emphasize the political nature of access to information, busting out from behind stacks and reference desks to share knowledge, fight censorship, and connect people with the information they are looking for. Acts of guerilla DIY librarianship have included setting up mini-reference desks at WTO protests and the Burning Man festival, resisting corporatization of media by advocating for small independent publishers, pushing for bilingual materials, and bringing books to prisoners. Radical librarians are critiquing and restructuring the very methods by which libraries classify information, attempting to make these systems less biased and censored, and more user-friendly and accessible to all sorts of people." (from The Independent via NewPages)


Library Journal Movers & Shakers

John Hubbard writes "Library Journal has released their 2003 Movers & Shakers list, profiles of "55 individuals who are shaping the future of libraries and the library profession."

There's a few familiar names, including Jenny Lavine of The Shifted Librarian fame. "

This year find myself moving, but the shaking has cleared up for the most part. Congrats to Jenny and everyone else that made the list!


Author dies in plane crash

Troy Johnson writes "Amanda Davis the author of "I Wonder When You'll Miss Me" died in a plane crash with her mother and father. New York Times story.

Her mother was a librarian at Dowling College. There is a memoriam to her mother at The Library Web Site. Francie Davis worked on the website for the library and it is very innovative. It can be seen at "


Datapalooza makes research 'rock' at Parks Library

"Librarians are rock stars."

"Maybe not in the glamorous sense of the word, with pyrotechnics and screaming teenage girls. But in Wednesday's Datapalooza event at the library, they brought excitement and reason into a world many students dread -- research."

"Red and yellow balloons dotted eight computer workstations on the main floor of Parks Library. The workstations varied in focus from engineering to sociology, each staffed by a library bibliographer with a specialty in that field." (from Iowa State Daily)


Ottawa public library Workers want ban on library porno sites

An arbitration hearing began Monday that
could determine if Ottawa public libraries will allow
people to access pornographic sites when they use
library computers to browse the Web.The library board
wants to continue giving the public free access to all
information. But the union representing librarians says
that exposes them to harassment.


An Ironclad Reason To Pay a Visit

Lee Hadden writes: "It isn't often a museum librarian gets mentioned by name in the Wall
Street journal, but Susan Berg of the Mariner's Museum in Newport News,
Virginia, was mentioned today. When all the publicity of the acquisition of
the rusty turret of the Civil War Ironclad, the USS Monitor, by the museum
was known, increased donations for the research library followed. Read more
about it in today's Wall Street Journal, March 5, 2003. (Subscription required)"
Stuart Ferguson, a reporter for the WSJ, writes:
"Indeed, during a visit last fall,
Susan Berg, the museum's librarian, showed me some recent acquisitions: two of John
Porter's designs for converting the Merrimack into the CSS Virginia. Porter took the
drawings with him to Richmond to show the Confederate government what he had in mind;
this set in motion the race to launch the first ironclad. The previous owner of these
rare drawings contacted the museum on learning it now had the Monitor's turret. In
return, of course, possession of the Monitor artifacts puts the Mariners' on the map
for anyone interested in the Civil War."


New documents from Sandy Berman posted

Steve Fesenmaier writes "Documents created by Sandy Berman during 2002 have been posted on his website. They include letters to HCL staff and some of his UNABASHED LIBRARIAN columns... Check them out...



Shortage of librarians predicted in New Jersey

"According to Norma Blake, state librarian, "New Jersey is facing a critical shortage in librarians. It’s a great job both for women starting out, and also for women making a mid-life career change."

"In the next 15 years, it is anticipated that 68 percent of librarians will retire and many public and school library jobs may go unfilled. There is already a shortage of children’s librarians in the state, and we are beginning to see shortages in reference, administration and other specialties as well. In addition, academic and special libraries, such as corporate libraries, are looking for librarians, particularly those who are very familiar with the Internet and information technology." (from The TriTown News)


Librarians, liberals with backbone

Bob Cox shares This American Prospect Story that says the "sedate shushers of your childhood" have stepped into the political arena, and they've emerged as one of the most vital and effective progressive forces in the country.
They also point out librarians, and their professional governing body, the American Library Association (ALA), have been behind some of the most significant civil-liberties battles in the country.

"But no matter how shrewd their lobbying efforts, librarians may soon find that entering the political fray on such hotly contested issues comes with substantial costs. As states face budget crises, many libraries are staring down massive cuts -- even branch closings -- and it's at times like these when it pays to have politicians in your corner. The ALA has made its share of enemies, and last year a federal bill that would have doubled library spending failed to make it to a floor vote."



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