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.


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.



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