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This Essay, by Ralph L. Sanderson,
briefy examines the topic of professional ethics. He examines both the broad concepts and issues involved before focusing on ethics and the library and information management profession. He says As \'professionals\', librarians have adopted, through their governing associations, their own ethics or \'rules of correct and honorable conduct\'. The respective library associations of the United States, Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand have all adopted similar (if not identical) ethics.
Lee Hadden writes: \"Geoffrey Bill was librarian and archivist of Lambeth Palace Library from
1958 to 1991. The most notable and successful of modern Lambeth
Librarians, he was, as he liked to recall, only the fourth to hold that
office in a century and a quarter.
He was active too in the Friends of the National Libraries and on the
Gladstone Diaries committee, and was responsible for founding the Church
of England Record Society, on whose activities he kept a benevolent eye.
His achievements were publicly recognised in 1983 by his Lambeth DLitt and
his fellowship of the Royal Historical Society, and in 1984 by his
election as a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. He was appointed OBE
The Librarian and the Monster Cat: A True Story of Sailing Adventure (the July 2001 editorial in Sailnet) is about a \"50-year-old female librarian at a middle school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, [who] sails across the Atlantic Ocean on one of the monster catamarans that competed in The Race, as a crewmember on one of the biggest, fastest, most complex and dangerous sailboats in the world!\"
Matthew Heintzelman\'s article Children\'s Picture Books with Librarians and Libaries: An Annotated Bibliography investigates the images and stereotypes of librarians as found in picture books.
He discovers that
\"librarians are often judged on the basis of their ability to connect with their respective communities. Perceptions of the librarian as aloof, shy, bookish, authoritarian, fragile, etc., are so ingrained into the popular psyche that their image--and that of libraries--in popular culture is rarely varied\".
Here\'s the story of Library Lil:
\"A small-town librarian converts the residents to reading books. When confronted by a hostile motorcycle gang, she turns out to be physically strong enough to defend her library. In the process, she converts the motorcycle gang into readers, and develops a special relationship with the gang\'s leader.\"
(This comes under the heading \"Librarians and Control\", of course.) -- Read More
Bob Cox passed along Strategies for Working With Shy Professionals from careerjournal.com, and in my continuing effort to prolong all librarian stereotypes, I post it as a helpful guide on how to deal with librarians, because we are all shy.
Plus, you really can\'t beat this opening paragraph:
\"There was a flood recently in the basement of the Boston Public Library. It soaked 50,000 cartons of books. But water wasn\'t the only thing the broken pipe unleashed: It also brought forth a flood of emotions from the library staff. One suffered nightly panic attacks. Another compared it to a death in the family. When all was said and done, 25 employees ended up in grief counseling.\"
Stephen Walker and V. Lonnie Lawson wrote The Librarian Stereotype and the Movies.
\"Hollywood movies influence the public\'s thinking about the image of librarians, but how much is hard to say. However, by looking at Hollywood\'s treatment of librarians we discover indications of how the public is viewing us. To the general public the word \"librarian\" is a readily recognizable label. The label need not include those aspects of librarianship that librarians want to claim. Several years ago on the \"Family Feud\" game show a group of 100 people were surveyed and asked what they believed to be typical \"librarian\" characteristics.The top 5 characteristics disclosed showed that librarians were...\"
Neal Pollack has written an article on Eric Richmond, librarian and poet.
Richmond\'s fate was determined in the spring of 1982, when he was a junior in high school. He came downtown one day and went to the library on Michigan Avenue, where his mother worked. Over lunch, he recalls, he said to her:
\"You know, I wouldn\'t mind working for the library. It\'d be an OK job to have. It\'d beat the hell out of digging ditches or working in an office somewhere.\"
The Librarian, ably assisted by Mike Holderness, considers one of the obstacles to the unhindered dissemination of human knowledge, and makes a modest proposal. This article appears in the Web, and not the print, version of Ariadne.
\"As Librarian, I am proud to announce the Library\'s new Mission Statement:
To make accessible to all the totality of human knowledge.\"
\"Digital librarians are required to select, acquire, organize, make accessible, and preserve digital collections. Digital services must be planned, implemented, and supported. Unfortunately, there are presently very few opportunities for librarians to receive training in the new tasks and responsibilities that digital libraries demand.\"
They have everything you may need to lure someone into librarianship.... Scholarship Links, Profiles of librarians, ALA’s Guide to Choosing a School, and more.