Libraries face staffing shortages as retirement beckons

Charles Davis writes \"More than 30,000 of the roughly 125,000 school, public, and college and university
librarians in the country about one-fourth of the total are expected to reach retirement
age by 2009, according to the American Library Association.

Already, librarians are in short supply, especially in urban and rural areas. President
Bush, weighing in on a problem of concern to his wife, a former librarian, has proposed
spending $10 million to help recruit them.

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A Letter from Sandy Berman to HCL Director Charles

Steve Fesenmaier passed along this letter from Sandy Berman to Charles Brown
Hennepin County Library Director.


Director Brown,

I understand that Tim Wise -author of the attached \"Membership Has Its
Privileges,\" Rethinking Schools, Summer 2002, page 15--lately addressed
HCLers on Staff Development Day. Presumably, he spoke about the twin
issues examined in his articles: combating racism and, especially, White
privilege. Material on those topics has been readily accessible through
the HCL Catalog for some time under the subjects ANTI-RACISM and


Warren Buffett on why librarians aren\'t Rich

Andy Breeding writes \"Today\'s Term of the Day mailing contained an interesting quote for investors:

\"If past history was all there was to the game, the richest people would be librarians.\"

- Warren Buffett \"


Fear of Reference

Barbara Fister has a Point Of View piece in The Chronicle of Higher Ed where she asks, What is it about libraries that makes students speechless with anxiety? She says rather than creating a global, virtual reference desk, let\'s improve the local collaboration between professors and librarians to help students overcome their embarrassment.

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Librarians Get Some Respect

Dave Parkes writes \"The results of the recent UK BBC Radio 4 poll on respected/disrespected professions. Librarians came a respectable 14th out of 92.
Take a look at
The BBC Story


Berman says the truth - LC also dumbing-down

Steve Fesenmaier writes \"DATE: May 24, 2002
TO: Hennepin County Board of Commissioners, Local/Library Press
FROM: Sanford Berman, Former Head Cataloger, Hennepin County Library


The Demolition Derby now underway at HCL has little to do with me. It also has little to do with the declared intention to \"expand our users\" access to the full range of HCL\'s rich resources and the ever-increasing range of global information resources.


Paying tribute to caring librarian\'s life -- and afterlife

Charles Davis alerted us to
This One from the land O\' Jessamyn on Miss Catharine McMurchy has haunted the Snohomish, WA, town library, visiting the second and third floors of its historic Carnegie section.

Employees swear they\'ve seen, felt or heard McMurchy, a librarian here from 1923 to 1939. She especially likes the loft, where children listen to stories.


Accuracy of the professional librarian

Sue Ziegler passed along \"This Guest Opinioin that says in an age where seeking accurate and objective information is becoming increasingly difficult as a result of a constantly changing, commercial and impersonal environment, a librarian should be the first person to consult.


New on shelves: Cool Librarians

Gary Price sent over This One from The Dallas News on a new kind – or new kinds – of librarian.

They say there are tattooed librarians and belly-dancing librarians, glamorous librarians and librarians in Stetsons and Dan Post boots.

This is one of the longest versions of the same ol\' story I\'ve seen.


Librarians and libraries rule!

Julia Steger writes \"This Article from The Roanoke Times newspaper in Roanoke, Virginia 5/21/02 in the Technology section:
\"Bookhounds to Cybersleuths\" gives good press to the important role librarians and libraries fill in our lives including, in this time of budget and position cuts, heartening praise for school librarians and libraries. It also stresses our ability to change as technology demands while continuing to offer the human touch of helpfulness and accountability for the veracity of information. \"



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