Librarians

Law Librarians as Newscasters

Susannah Crego writes \"I wrote an article on law librarians acting as newscasters in their law firms. It is now available on the Law.com website.
Too many law firms believe librarians are unnecessary. \"Hey, it\'s all available online.\" In order to combat that, law librarians need to do more than just provide legal research assistance. One way-provide news.
The Story is Here
Or go to law.com and click on Law Librarians on the right side of the page. My article is sthe first one in the section titled: \"Breaking News.\"

This is a story not just for Lawbrarians, but for all of us, I think.

Trustees Fire Librarian for Wanting to Improve Services - Entire Staff Quits

When trustees of the Magness, (TN) library fired the librarian for wanting to relocate the library and provide patrons with improved service, the rest of the library\'s employees walked off the job. According to the article, the board member who served Librarian Susan Curtis with a piece of paper stating that \"her services were no longer needed, said, \"The board wants to strive to make the Magness Library more of what the original benefactors described it to be. We can be the cornerstone of Main Street revitalization. The library shouldn\'t just be a dusty, old book depository. Donations like the $100,000 given by Carrier Corporation could open the doors to making the library a place where piano recitals could be conducted and small community plays could be held.\" more... from The Southern Standard. ---- Also be sure and read what the community says about it at the end of the article.

Cartoon converts librarian to hero

jen writes \"They could have done without the \"mild-mannered librarian\" label IMHO.

Monika Antonelli leads a secret life.

By day, she\'s a mild-mannered librarian at the University of
North Texas. In her spare time, she\'s the voice of cartoon
superhero Chiaotzu and a shape-shifting cat called Puar on the popular TV series Dragon Ball Z. \"

Full Story.
I wonder how many other librarians moonlight at such a cool job?

Librarians Adjust Image in an Effort to Fill Jobs

The New York Times reports on the ALA\'s effort to challenge stereotypes about librarians in order to attract young people to the field:

In a Web site promoting a campaign by the American Library Association, librarians ride Harleys, surf and skateboard. They are young and hip. They wear dreadlocks and practice yoga. And like Ms. Garzolini, they are known to enjoy an occasional night at a bar. There is a cook and caterer, a \"popular culture junkie\" who started a hip-hop program for the Cleveland library and a \"surfer dude\" who owns a record company.

Colleges and universities are turning out more library and information science graduates than ever, the association says, but public libraries must compete with the growing number of higher paying jobs in the private sector, a formidable competitor even with the economy slowing. [ More ]

The ALA\'s campaign has been dubbed \"@ Your Library\" - the anti-stereotype part can be found here.

For the record, I was *attracted* to the profession by the stereotypes - I\'ll take quiet, bookish squares over jocks and hipsters any day, thank you very much ;)

Librarians Compared to Executioners

For the Indianapolis Star, Matt Schwartz writes...

\"The guillotine\'s blade is poised above a naked spine. The victim waits silently, his last words already written onto his body. Soon, the blade hits with a thunk. This is no medieval tale. This is right out of the 21st century. The executioner is a librarian. He is cutting out and photographing the pages from bound newspaper volumes and transferring the images to microfilm. His victim, critics say, is Indiana\'s history... Most of the newspapers were thrown away after the process was complete. About half came from bound volumes whose spines were cut away, disbound in library parlance, so the pages could lie flat as they were filmed.\" more...

Library of Rare Tibetan Texts to be Available Online

Independent scholar E. Gene Smith, widely credited with preserving much of Tibet\'s literary heritage, is working to
make his massive personal library of rare texts available online:

Crammed into bookshelves and piled onto tables, about 10,000 long, narrow tablets wrapped in red and gold fabric pack the corners of a North Cambridge duplex. Printed from hand-carved wood blocks by monks over the last millennium, these looseleaf books of mulberry-husk paper feature, in ornately lettered and occasionally illustrated Tibetan characters, the mystical poetry of Milarepa, the astrological theories of Asian scientists, and the religious teachings of the great lamas of the ages. Over four decades as an itinerant archivist with a passion for preservation, a Mormon convert to Buddhism named E. Gene Smith has amassed a rare collection of the endangered Tibetan Buddhist canon: some original writings of Buddha, early commentaries by Indian Buddhists, and the writings of Tibetan Buddhist sages over the last 12 centuries. . .

[More from the Boston Globe. Smith\'s efforts to date can be seen at the site of the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center.]

Merritt Fund Helps Librarians in Need

Jim Kuhn writes \"It\'s hard to believe, but after more than thirty years of assisting librarians, there are still those out there who don\'t know about the LeRoy C. Merritt Humanitarian Fund.


And what they don\'t know ... can\'t HELP them.


A sister organization to the American Library Association, the Merritt Fund gives unique aid to librarians who face:

· Workplace discrimination on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, race, color, creed, age, disability, or place of national origin;

· unfair employment practices;

· professional and personal adversity due to their defense of intellectual freedom.


Since its inception in 1970, the Fund has provided over $80,000 in grants to support librarians in their fight for intellectual freedom and professional integrity. Some of the individuals who received grants include:\"

More... -- Read More

NewBreed Feature: The image of librarians, real and imagined

Juanita and Colleen scored big with the new issue of NewBreed Librarian, as they have published some cool research by Deirdre Dupre, which finds that librarians are overconcerned with their image and status given the actual perceptions of the public.


A message from Juanita about the other content in this issue is inside: -- Read More

They Do Exist...

What a riot! Okay, anyone who knows me at all knows why I have no choice but to post this story ... I never knew there was such an institution as the International Motorsports Hall of Fame Library, let alone one so devoted to NASCAR. According to the executive director of the IMHF, \"it\'s the most comprehensive library on racing there is in the world. There\'s nothing else like it.\" I want that job. Go 22! more...

The Dusty Bookshelf

Sometimes ya find the Darndest things trolling around
your friends Sites.
Rory has put
together something he calls The Dusty
Bookshelf
. It\'s a collection of ancient library
oriented articles from Library Journal and other places.
Most are from the very early 1900\'s and late 1800\'s and
cover some very interesting topics.
The Telegraph in The Library, The Library as a Social
Centre, and Remarks on the Art of Using a Library, are
just a few. His introduction:

\"To know where we\'re going (or decide where
we\'re going) it helps to take a look at the past. What has
changed and what has stayed the same? What is really
new and what is really old? What works? I compiled
this collection of fourteen out-of-copyright articles about
libraries and librarianship for LISSweb, the website for
the SJSU SLIS Student Organization (LISS). I think the
articles can help in the process of reflection on
librarianship, and are entertaining and thought
provoking as well.\"

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