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uible passed along This CSMonitor Story on a librarian who had a lasting and positive impact on the authors life.
\"I have never known a librarian I didn\'t like, but Tee-hee made himself extra-special by
finding me, each time, a book I didn\'t ask for, but which he had included over and above
the call of duty. He\'d lay out my requests one by one, and then say, \"And this one is for
you to read.\" Wasn\'t that nice?
From The News Gazette (Champaign, IL), Diane Haag writes...
\"Mahomet-Seymour Superintendent John Alumbaugh counts himself lucky to have been able to fill the two school librarian positions he had open for next year ... It turns out the stereotype of the gray-haired keeper of books has some truth to it. In 1998-99, 60 percent of Illinois librarians were 50 or older, meaning they will all soon be eligible for retirement ... At the same time, the state\'s only two ALA accredited schools have a total of about 175 students enrolled – all they were meant to have. That\'s the problem, it\'s difficult to get the degree.\" [more...]
A New York University librarian has discovered two 19th century newspaper articles that shed light on the origins of baseball:
It is as elusive as the search for Atlantis, as tangled in legend as the quest for the Holy Grail. For nearly a century, historians have trolled stacks of dusty tomes in hopes of unearthing the origins of baseball. . . Now, two newspaper references to baseball have turned up that show that an organized version of the game was being played even earlier in New York City. The articles, discovered by a librarian at New York University, George A. Thompson Jr., bolster a growing consensus that baseball emerged gradually, by evolution and not by invention. [More from the New York Times]
Carol Reed writes \"Here\'s the URL for the story:
All this happened just because a librarian wanted a good prop for a talk she was giving.... \"
A librarian searching a historical society\'s cluttered storage area stumbled upon a flag that was in Abraham Lincoln\'s theater box on the night of his assassination.Those pesky librarians, always poking around in those dusty boxes!
From The Courier Times (Bucks County, PA) - Gwen Shrift writes...
\"As a kid, Lih-Yun Lin led genteel raids on her local library, at the head of a line of curious classmates. This was 50 or so years ago in Taiwan, not then a place where libraries catered to children. But Lih-Yun was hooked. Lih-Yun, now known as Betty Tsai, is still fascinated by libraries and works on behalf of Asian-Americans in her profession and operators of small Chinese restaurants, among others. Those who know her say she quickly identifies needs and works tirelessly to meet them. Over a career spanning nearly 40 years in this country, Tsai has also impressed her fellow librarians. The Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association, which she helped found in 1980, honored her last month with its first Ching-chih Chen Leadership Award.\" [more...]
Emil Guillermo on the \"Librarian Frame of Mind...\"[more...] from Asian Week. They also have a link to \"APA Librarians Share Vision and Knowledge\" in the same publication. My brain is attempting to grasp something I learned in \"Studies in Logic\" while in college...how does that go again...
I just loved this story from the San Jose Mercury News, about Eve Bates, a young children\'s librarian from California, who spent a year working in Palo, on the island of Leyte in the Philippines. She enjoyed it so much that she\'s now going back to visit as she is \"homesick\" for the kids she got to know there.
Rory writes: \"The protest at the Marriott on Tuesday afternoon was a joyous event. It felt good to be there on the picket lines with the union members, supporting them. The words by President-elect Mitch Freedman, Michael Gorman, Pat Schuman and others were inspiring and made me very glad to be a part of it (rather than on the other side of the picket line, at the Inaugural event).
I put some photos on the web which I think capture the spirit of that afternoon. There are thirteen photos in all. They may take while to load if you have a dial-up connection. You can view them at:libr.org/Juice/pics/4.23/Marriott.html
The guy was described as \"working in a library\" near Euston station, and successfully defended himself at his trial in December last year and was acquitted. He was suspected of leading the violent protests at the European Summit in Gothenburg.