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.


Leno and librarians

Heather C. writes \"I don\'t have a link for a story about this, but Jay Leno just showed a joke commercial about \"Mild Girls\" - in contrast to videos about \"Wild Girls\" - showing absolutely boring and sexless women doing nothing at all provocative. I didn\'t get down the exact quote, but it was something like \"see dowdy women, prudes, librarians, and the like...\"

ARGH! \"

Anyone have the full story?


Librarians Emerging From Book Stacks

Lei Jin passed along
This LATimes Story [FREE REGISTRATION REQUIRED, and 2 PopUp ads per page] that takes a nice look at what we\'re [Librarians] are up to these days.
They look back at the Pat Schroeder incident, and they say we are enjoying a higher profile than ever before. Though, they say we have long enjoyed an all-American reputation, and that innocent image is now taking a hit as opponents label them everything from pornographers to pirates.

\"If we are going to provide these funds, how will they be used?\" asked Rep. Charles W. \"Chip\" Pickering Jr. (R-Miss.), one of the chief sponsors of the Internet filtering bill that libraries blocked. \"Will they be used to promote a radical, extremist social agenda? Libraries are like Mom and apple pie. Why would they want to squander their goodwill and good reputations to get involved in issues like child pornography?\"


Web tribute to Library Activist Miriam Braverman

Steve Fesenmaier writes \"Mitch Freedman, ALA prez, has posted a touching website dedicated to recently deceased library activist Miriam Braverman. You may want to visit it. -\"


Children and adults alike want Barbie to be a librarian

J.B. Bryant writes:\"

At this moment (11/21/02 at 11:06) the \"Barbie\'s next career poll is looking good. The results so far are:

86% Librarian
7% Architect
5% Policewoman

50% Librarian
21% Architect
29% Policewoman \"


Librarians wanted!

Nina writes \"Here\'s a story from the Cleveland \"Plain Dealer\" called \"Help wanted: Librarians\" about the looming shortage of Librarians due to retirement. According to this article, \"the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates 67,000 openings for librarians by 2008. But the nation\'s universities will have supplied only 45,000 librarians...\" We need to make more! \"

They point out public libraries and other conventional employers of librarians - schools, universities, law firms and medical facilities - are having to compete with the corporate sector, especially information-related businesses. They can offer more than the starting salary in a public library, typically in the low $30,000s.


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... \"


Ask a librarian about Shakespeare

writes \"
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
NYTimes Story has the rest.


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.


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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