Support an endangered American institution; check out a library book

Here's A Nice One off the Tribune Media Services Wire.
The author tells us something we already know, but does it in such a nice way. She says libraries all over the country are suffering from all kinds of woes - funding, patronage, the multitude of issues created by home computers and the Internet.

...the institution of the public library is Americanism at its finest - the trust given anyone, for free, to take away an expensive book (or tape or CD) and use it for up to a month without a penalty. How extraordinary that, given nanny-cams, guard dogs, security systems and towns that require every citizen to own a gun - it still persists."


Librarians feel right at home has This Report on 16 librarians from the Republic of Georgia, formerly of the U.S.S.R., visiting as part of a program Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
For most of the librarians, this is their first trip to the U.S. Their primary goal - to learn about American library services that go beyond the traditional book repository role - is sometimes superseded by the mere fact they are here.

"It was my dream to see the United States, to meet Americans and to get to know American customs and traditions," said Nunu Ch'elidze, director of the Poti Public Library. "We look similar - we just speak different languages."


Librarian says Goth is like vodka

A Chicago Tribune article (free registration may be required) about the mainstream appropriation of Goth styles quotes librarian John Wirtz quite a bit. Wirtz is also a member of a band called Anarchy Ass & the An-R-Kids.


librarian says Internet no challenge to profession

here's a neat little story on Rosemary Bonanno, chief executive officer of Vaughan Public Library recipient of the W.J. Robertson Medallion for Librarian of the Year 2002 from The Ontario Library Association.
Interesting job title, and interesting librarian.

"We hold the key to much of the information and getting to that information and that's why I stick with it, it's the challenge, it's the fun," she said.


Librarians Trade `Shhh\' for `Va-Va-Voom\'

Thanks to Gary Price from over at The ResourceShelf for This NYTimes Story on the new \"Easy Readers @ Your Library,\" 2003 calendar from the Librarians of Ocean County, NJ.\"We wanted to show people we\'ve changed,\" said Nancy Dowd, the head of public relations for the library system, who snapped the photos with her Olympus C-3000, a digital camera. \"People\'s ideas of librarians is conservative, and this just blew it out of the water.\"

There\'s An Order Form Online. I\'m not sure if they\'ll be giving The Renaissance Library a run for their money, but it\'s a neat idea.


Library Journal predicts librarian shortage

This Associated Press story is getting submitted frequently. They say According to the Library Journal, 40 percent of library directors plan to retire in nine years or less, and as of 1998, 57 percent of professional librarians were 45 or older.

In the next 12 years, nearly half of the country\'s 125,000 school librarians are expected to retire.


NM Prison Librarian Accused of Having Sex with Inmate

SomeOne sent over This Story that says a grand jury has indicted a 36-year-old woman on charges that she had sex with an inmate while she was a librarian at the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility.


Young Librarians On The Go

Bob Cox sent along an An Interesting Idea Node from over at entitled "Young Librarians On The Go."
If you've never dug around at, check it out, from a librarian point of view, I find it quite interesting.

"Hip new members of a profession which has traditionally been stereotyped as belonging to dull, repressed spinsters. Sometimes called information professionals or other inelegant neologisms. "


Library director charged with selling copies of ancient book

Charles Davis sent over This Rather Sad Story on The director of Romania's National Library who was arrested on charges of illegally selling abroad copies of a precious 8th century book, defrauding the state of US$1.5 million.
Copies of the Codex Aureus, a church manuscript from the Carolingian period written in gold letters, were sold to museums in Germany as well as to a Swiss publishing house, police said.


Retired librarian takes on MDOT, Legislature over billboard law

An Odd Story on retired prison librarian Jean Karrer of Kincheloe. She noticed that the trees and bushes in front of the billboards along both sides of I-75 in MI had been severely trimmed, or in her word, \"destroyed.\"Karrer\'s arguments boil down to this: The issuance of trimming permits by the Michigan Department of Transportation conflict with state law that forbids destruction of trees to improve the visibility of billboards.
This had landed her in court.



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