Sandy Berman News

\">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:


Libraries face staffing shortages as retirement beckons

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.

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A Letter from Sandy Berman to HCL Director Charles

Steve Fesenmaier passed along this letter from Sandy Berman to Charles Brown
Hennepin County Library Director.


Director Brown,

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


Fear of Reference

Barbara Fister has a Point Of View piece in The Chronicle of Higher Ed where she asks, What is it about libraries that makes students speechless with anxiety? She says rather than creating a global, virtual reference desk, let\'s improve the local collaboration between professors and librarians to help students overcome their embarrassment.

Note, subscription required to read this online.


Berman says the truth - LC also dumbing-down

Steve Fesenmaier writes \"DATE: May 24, 2002
TO: Hennepin County Board of Commissioners, Local/Library Press
FROM: Sanford Berman, Former Head Cataloger, Hennepin County Library


The Demolition Derby now underway at HCL has little to do with me. It also has little to do with the declared intention to \"expand our users\" access to the full range of HCL\'s rich resources and the ever-increasing range of global information resources.


Paying tribute to caring librarian\'s life -- and afterlife

Charles Davis alerted us to
This One from the land O\' Jessamyn on Miss Catharine McMurchy has haunted the Snohomish, WA, town library, visiting the second and third floors of its historic Carnegie section.

Employees swear they\'ve seen, felt or heard McMurchy, a librarian here from 1923 to 1939. She especially likes the loft, where children listen to stories.



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