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.


School Librarians Vital to Improving Education

At least some people still see the value in school librarians... From the Springfield News Leader...
\"When Kim Hebner became a school librarian 22 years ago, she checked out books by stamping a due date on a card. Now, librarians must be computer literate, able to help students decipher the credibility of Internet sources and provide curriculum support for teachers. \'People used to think all we did was check out books and dust the shelves. But we’re an integral part of the school. School librarians are more important than ever. President Bush’s recent legislation “No Child Left Behind” recognized that school libraries play a vital role in improving student achievement nationally.\" Read More.


Librarian's Book Club Selects Readings for Oct-Nov

Troy Johnson writes "The Librarian's Book Club is a group to read and discuss books that are about libraries and the library profession. The membership of the group voted for readings for Oct.-Nov. and the selections are "The Social Life of Information" and "The Future of the Past". More information about the books selected and the Librarian's Book Club can be found at the LBC Homepage


A few nice words about librarians

Martin quotes John C. Dvorak from the latest issue of PC Magazine:

\"During the Internet age, we\'ve forgotten that professional librarians know how to find information better than anyone – especially better than computer programmers. Though at the beginning of the Web era in 1993, librarians did not have the computer and Web development skills to show their muscles, they do now.\"

\"Thanks, John, for the compliment.\" Martin adds. If you agree, head over to the comments area and let John know.



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