Librarians

Obsession with black & white

Bob writes \"A tale of an odd fellow, Carl Volkmann, a retired librarian at Lincoln Library, who has a collection of more than 300 spy-eyed penguins.
I suppose there are stranger things to collect, I\'m not sure I\'ve seen them. \"

Librarians\' median salaries for 2000

Salaries are a big issue right now (when are they not?). The Career Journal from the Wall Street Journal has a listing of median salaries for librarians in 2000. The statistics are broken down by sector, by job title and by industry area.
[Thanks to the Internet Scout Weblog]

Mercy for librarian who went to war over lost savings

The Times UK has a Story on Julian Del Guidice, a librarian tried to blackmail the directors of an insurance company, and threatened to burn down the house of the employee who sold him his investment policy.

He was a little upset when he found that he had lost thousands of pounds in savings with the troubled insurance company Equitable Life.

He was spared jail yesterday after a judge accepted that he had been provoked by the incompetence of a former company director. The judge said: \"Putting it mildly, there was a great deal of incompetence in the writer of the letter. But two wrongs never make a right. Such loss can never be an excuse for a criminal offence.\"

Job Hunting Round Up

LLRX writes \"Hunting For A Job? Try the Internet
Barbara Fullerton reviews a wide range of web resources for job hunters, with a special emphasis on sites specifically useful for library and information professionals. In the February 1, 2002 issue of LLRX.com \"


Luckily your search should be easy, there are Four job openings for every Librarian.

Librarians and libraries in movies

A question on the newlib-l mailing list asked for suggestions for a regular movie night: movies in which a character is a librarian or in which a library features in some way. Many suggestions have been made but, as always, a quick Google search led me to a fantastic resource, Librarians in the movies: an annotated filmography. Maintained by Martin Raish at Brigham Young University, this is definitely worth a look if you\'re wondering what to watch on video next weekend. It even includes a short bibliography relating to librarians and libraries in movies. Great stuff!

Definitive Sanford Berman website

In case you aren\'t aware of him, Sanford
Berman
is a living legend. This nicely-designed site
by Madeline Douglas brings
together diverse material by and about the great man
of progressive librarianship and LCSH reform. Included
are a bibliography;
the full text of his groundbreaking book, _Prejudices and
Antipathies_;
materials on his departure from Hennepin County Library;
biographical
information; the festschrift-zine \"Kiss My Filing
Indicators;\" an issue of
the HCL Cataloging Bulletin from 1974; links to related
organizations; and
a collection of writings (which you can find under
\"what\'s new.\") Madeline
did a very good job with this site. I am happy to see
that it is nearly as
extensive as its subject deserves. Check it out.

Another Librarian Hero

Lee Hadden writes:\" Life-saving heroes are not just firemen and soldiers and nurses.
Sometimes they are the men and women who give of themselves, literally, so
others can live.
Howard P. Drew, Jr., is not just another reitred librarian. He is also a
hero.
Over the past years, Howard Drew has given over 213 units of blood, over
28 gallons, and become a hero in saving lives. He is in the Guiness Book of
Records because of this feat of record blood giving. The American Red Cross
estimates that every gallon of blood saves 24 to 32 lives.

Join the Heroes of America. Give blood today!

Read more about it at the Washington Post.\"

Librarian Crime Wave

An ex-librarian arrested for embezzlement and another sentenced for stealing valuable prints and selling them online and to an antique store.

They present evidence of a recent librarian crime wave.

University of Georgia librarian, Robert M. \"Skeet\" Willingham, Jr., was sentenced to 15 years in prison and ordered to pay the state Board of Regents $45,000 for stealing rare and valuable library material in 1988.
In 1982, James R. Shinn of St. Louis was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for stealing more than $100,000 in rare books from college libraries around the country.

A few months ago, Benjamin Johnson, 21, of Hamden, Conn., was charged with stealing $2 million worth of rare material from Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, where he had a summer job.

Four job openings for every Librarian?

This Chattanooga Times Story (really annoying registeration required, the site is a real mess) story says there is a limited number of librarians available across the country, and there are almost four job openings for every one of us.

The current lopsided ratio of librarian vacancies to candidates is the result of the high median age of those in the profession (47) and the large volume of retirements by baby-boomer librarians.

I\'ll miss all those stories about the \'60s, and how much better things were back then when they all retire. At least we can look forward to more shows like the Golden Girls soon.

\"Based on census data, some 40 percent of library directors are expected to retire before the end of the decade, with a big chunk of them reaching 65 in the next few years,\"

Web overturning image of book-filing librarian

Web overturning image of book-filing librarian is from WA Business Journal from way back in \'00.

They say the Internet has created unprecedented new demand for the highly trained information specialists known as \"special librarians\" -- people who can take all this information and organize it into bite-sized bits for easy corporate consumption.

Hopefully that is still true.

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