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In the past 75 years, media librarians have witnessed and dealt with a steady and often bewildering progression of new media forms and formats, as well as a rapidly expanding content universe. Media collections and services in libraries have therefore evolved at a rapid pace. Media librarianship has undergone a significant transformation, buffeted by changing perceptions of the field, changing expectations, new roles, and new demands. As a framework for looking toward the future of the profession, this article provides an overview of the birth and evolution of media librarianship in the United States, including a snapshot of the current state of the profession, the organization and staffing of media operations, and professional training for media librarianship.
An Illinois librarian has surrendered to authorities after a warrant was issued for her arrest for allegedly stealing money from the library. She submitted a letter of resignation to her board of trustees in September, but after an investigation into the alleged theft, she was removed from her post prior to the date her resignation was to become effective. More
A library cart drill team took top honors at a parade in Lake County Florida. The team performs a routine, in which some 15 library staff members, dressed in uniform, roll the carts around in formation, to music. More
Cris Buchner writes: \"The producers of the Off-Broadway play, \"Underneath the Lintel,\" are offering 1/2 price tickets for librarians. Call 212-691-1555 to order.
\"Underneath the Lintel\" is a play like no other: a tantalizing mystery, a clever fable, a captivating tale...all packed into a magical show by Glen Berger. T. Ryder Smith stars as a Dutch librarian who has discovered a book in the overnight slot 113 years overdue. He traces the unusual history of the book, a travel guide that has had some phenomenal travels of its own in its years away from the library. Come join the journey and discover what the New York Times calls \"a wonderful metaphor for life\'s elusive but inextinguishable meaning.\"
lintel.info for more info.
- Book review: Glenn Rikowski\'s The Battle in Seattle: Its Significance for
Education. Review: John Pateman
-Resources. Martyn Lowe Some recent developments. Martyn Lowe
- Librarians protest murder in Genoa! Open letter from librarians against
the murder of people exercising the right to protest against corporate
globalization at the Genoa conference, July 2001.
- Classic and neo-information (editorial). Rory Litwin
- Libraries in Cuba: Report of a visit to \"independent,\" national and
public libraries in Cuba, 2000. John Pateman
Steve Fesenmaier writes \"Mitch Freedman on privacy, defending intellectual freedom, combating the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act,
budget projections, promoting library advocacy, diversity, and better salaries and pay equity by overcome the stereotype of
pittance for pay and promote a better understanding of what librarians do.
It\'s about \"a Dutch librarian, a fussbudget with the personality tics of the shy, small-minded and eccentric, a man whose life\'s focus is making sure no one tries to get away with leaving overdue books in the library\'s overnight return bin.\"
Dailycal.org has more News on A UCLA librarian, who was suspended without pay last month for sending a mass e-mail criticizing U.S. foreign policy. Jonnie Hargis has filed a grievance with the university administration. He says this is like \"the thought police—this is something out of Orwell\". They say his email \"demonstrated a lack of sensitivity that went beyond incivility and became harassment.\"
In the meantime, Hargis has gained fame through his appearances on several radio talk shows and two articles in the student newspaper.