Young librarians push for a makeover

Yet Another Story that says according to statistics compiled by the American Library Association, nearly 60 percent of professional librarians will reach the age of 65 between 2005 and 2019. Furthermore, 40 percent of library directors say they\'ll retire in the next decade.

\"Many area library administrators feel the new generation of librarians will shed the old Marian-esque stereotype.

They will be young. They will be outgoing. They will be - dare we say - hip.\"


Gondwonaland Website

Steve Fesenmaier writes \"Ken Avidor has created a website for the comic strips about \"radical librarians saving the world.\" It is called \"Gondwonaland.\" Despite Ken\'s protests, it should be known that the two men are Sandy Berman and Chris Dodge. He told me a friend of his has recently faced civil action because of a series he produced. I don\'t think either Berman or Dodge will sue...13 strips are posted. All \"intelligent design\" people - Berman is trying to get LC to create a new subject heading for the exploding field - should enjoy this strip since it postulates that dinosaurs secretly rule the world. Some ID people believe dinosaurs still exist... \"


Training and Presentations

LLRX writes \"Telling Ain\'t Training
Marie Wallace reviews a new book packed with ready-to-use learning activities, examples, strategies about how we learn and the best ways to make training more effective.
See \"


Only In The Movies

Steven Bell writes \"The September 2002 issue of Men\'s Health (yes, I admit I read it - despite the silly stories - it has sound fitness advice) - takes on a librarian stereotype we don\'t get all that often. In their story \"Only In The Movies\" (things we see in the movies that never happen to guys in real life) they include that ever popular movie image of librarians. Accompanying the full page (p.150) picture of what I think is supposed to be a librarian (there are lots of books in the background)- who is in a state of disrobe - is an inset box with a picture of said librarian looking mousy as all heck - is the statement \"I\'ve never seen a plain librarian transform herself into a sexpot merely by taking off her glasses and shaking out her hair.\" The author has clearly never ventured out of a movie theatre and into a library. As a male librarian, I\'m feeling discriminated against - does the author think every librarian is a \"she\". Female or male, we must all know plenty of colleagues who can transform themselves into sexpots by taking off their glasses and letting loose their hair buns. What I want to know is who\'s going to write the first letter to the editor of Men\'s Health to straighten out this magazine on just exactly what it is we librarian\'s are capable of doing. Sorry, this one isn\'t online - just in print. If your library doesn\'t subscribe, visit a newstand. \"


Librarian Retiring After Nearly Half a Century on the Job

This one comes by way of the Tiffin (OH) Advertiser Tribune:
\"Doris Ann Norris, who first worked at the library as a high school page in 1958, will spend her last official day as the library\'s director Aug. 31. For someone who truly loves what she does, staying away from it will be a challenge.\" Read More.


Meet the Librarian at the Baseball Hall of Fame

Always helpful Gary Price sent along an intersting Washington Post Story on Jim Gates, who has been librarian at the Baseball Hall of Fame Library for seven years.
He says he\'s gotten to meet 40 different inductees.


Librarian Murdered in Israel

David Goldman writes \"Victim of the Hebrew University bombing

Dina Carter, 37, was born in North Carolina and moved to Israel in 1990. She worked as a librarian and archivist in the National Library on Mount Scopus, having studies anthropology at Duke University. She also qualified as a social worker at Chappel High University in her home state.Ms. Carter was one of the seven people murdered in Wednesday\'s terrorist attack in Jerusalem.

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New Librarian Ad--She\'s Not Your Typical Librarian

Kirstin Dougan writes \"Has anyone else seen the new (I think?) magazine ad for Mack\'s Earplugs?

I think she got a brief profile in _American Libraries_ at some point in the last year, but that is definitely not the side of her they showed. :-) \"


A Good Catch?

Karl G. Siewert, MLIS writes \"Chuck Shepherd\'s News of the Weird this week
makes mention of a personal ad placed by a former Florida librarian that neglects to mention his current incarceration on death row for his SECOND murder of a girlfriend. He\'s available, ladies! \"

Since then he was sentenced to death, so don\'t make any long term commitments.


British Library Workers to Strike

Ananova reports this story from the UK.

Workers at the British Library are to stage a 24-hour strike over a \"meagre\" pay offer. Members of the Public and Commercial Services union at the London library will walk out on Monday in protest at a 4% offer. The union says it wants a bigger pay rise for lowest paid workers at the library, including assistants, who earned a basic salary of between £10,000 and £15,000.

What would your community do if your library went on strike?



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