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.


Vote Barbie as Librarian

jen writes \"if you scroll down to the bottom of this page, there is a poll for Barbie\'s next career to be either Librarian, Police Officer, or Architect.
Currently Librarian is in the lead at 70%, but maybe that\'s because of email... \"


Ask a librarian about Shakespeare

writes \"
A Few Questions, Mr. Shakespeare

[T] he Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington
fielded nearly 1,500 inquiries last year from high school
students, teachers and interested readers. The library\'s
newsletter, Folger News, contains the column \"Ask a
Librarian,\" in which the reference staff shares some of
these questions and answers. Below are some of her
NYTimes Story has the rest.


Punk Planet features librarians

Bruce Jensen, Jessamyn West, Chris Dodge, Katia Roberto and Sandy Berman are all featured in \"Liberating information: radical librarians shelve the status quo,\" in the November/December 2002 issue of Punk Planet. The article itself isn\'t on the PP website, unfortunately. It\'s followed in the magazine by a full-page solicitation for readers to donate PP subscriptions to their local libraries. The issue also has, among a bunch of other interesting stuff, a piece about punk porn and an interview with political scientist Michael Parenti.

BTW, I highly recommend the book of Punk Planet interviews, We Owe You Nothing, for library collections.


The Next Frontier:

Michael Nellis writes \"Marjorie Heins gave a speech before a group of librarians recently. The speech explores the ramifications of extended copyright, but in the opening paragraphs she bestows a most wondrous kudo to the profession.

The Next Frontier: "Intellectual Property" and Intellectual Freedom
Julie M. Boucher Memorial Lecture, Colorado Association of Libraries, Oct. 18, 2002


Librarian is nominee for Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services in FL

Kathleen de la Pena McCook writes \"I hope everyone realizes that there is a MEDIA
SPECIALIST RUNNING for agriculture!!!! The negative ads
characterize him as a librarian (like that\'s bad). David
Nelson, nominee for Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer
Services for the 2002 Florida elections.
Here\'s His Site


'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.



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