'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."


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."


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.


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.


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!


Sotheby’s New York features Bodleian treasures

Charles Davis writes \"A special dinner to mark the 400th Anniversary of the founding of the Bodleian Library
will be held in New York City on 28 October 2002. Sotheby’s splendid York Avenue
headquarters will be the venue for this gala. A special feature of the evening will be an
amazing selection of treasures from the Bodleian Library brought to New York
especially for the occasion.
This For More \"


An Introduction to the Thought of S.R. Ranganathan for Information Architects

Here\'s A Neat One from over at Boxes And Arrows on S.R. Ranganathan. The author,Mike Steckel , says S.R. Ranganathan was the greatest librarian of the 20th Century. He also says Ranganathan didn\'t start out with the intention of becoming a librarian at all. For all the times I\'ve seen his name, I realized I knew nothing about the man before now.


Riding along with the Internet Bookmobile

Karl passed along This Salon Story on The Internet Bookmobile. The Internet Bookmobile is a van on a mission: to drive across the country, stopping at schools, museums and libraries, making books for kids and spreading the word about the digital library that is the Net. Brewster Kahle wants to use the Internet to make books available to everyone.


Library book returned 56 years late

These stories just never get old for me. The book titled \"The New Simms History of South Carolina\" has been missing from the shelves at Winthrop University\'s library since 1946. University officials say he\'s not responsible for paying the late fees, which over the years have increased from 2 cents to 20 cents a day. After 56 years, that comes to about $4,088.

Full Story


MLS vs. No-MLS Debate: Required Reading

Steven Bell writes \"This is a response to some commentaries that surfaced in the recent news items about the Forrester commercial reported on LISNews.

Several commenters to the original story criticized those who were offended by Forrester\'s commercial by suggesting that \"we should get off our MLS high horse.\" Their point was that the MLS is not necessary to work in a library in a professional capacity. To their way of thinking, all one needs is a B.A. degree and a few weeks of training at the reference desk or in technical services.

I was personally shocked that some of these individuals readily admitted to being professional, degreed academic librarians, not only because of their perspectives on the MLS issue, but also because of the decidely immature tone of their remarks (insults, name-calling, etc). Of course, these commenters posted anonymously.



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