Love of books leads to career as librarian

In my never ending quest to reinforce every possible librarian stereotype, I give you Love of books leads to career as librarian. After all, that is why we all became librarians right?

Unfortunatly she\'s not a little old lady with a shawl, and her hair in a bun, but she does wear glasses!


Just when you think you\'re getting through to them [ Sony Barari ]

Nina McLaughlin writes \"Here is an article titled \"Library science degree: file that under ‘stupid’\" that I can only hope is a joke. After all, we can take a joke.... But this writer, a UCLA student in Molecular Biology, seems to be serious when saying: \"I don\'t understand why these overzealous school marms need to attend a professional school, and thus be equated with scientists, doctors and lawyers. I don\'t even think you need a GED to successfully put books on shelves. Hell, a properly trained monkey with a fancy hat could probably do that.\" The article, in the \"Viewpoint\" (i.e. Opinion) section of the UCLA Daily Bruin goes on to say \"Library science? Science? There is not a single scientific thing about library science. Putting on a silly puppet show for kids doesn\'t exactly merit a Nobel Prize.\" I kept re-reading it, hoping it was some sort of a satire that I just wasn\'t getting.... But I think they REALLY feel this way. Arrrggghhh!

Update: 4:10pmThe author [ Sony Barari ] has left a comment below explaining the story.


One Year @ The Shy Librarian

The Shy Librarian magazine is celebrating its one-year anniversary by offering its entire 64-page Spring 2002 issue online (free PDF). The magazine focuses on library marketing and programming and \"promotes libraries, librarians, and books.\" The Spring 2002 ad-free issue has feature pieces on the Boston Public Library\'s Media Campaign, Tips on Running an Adult Summer Reading Program, an Overview of Library Parking Problems, and over 75 books reviews. The magazine is written by librarians and teachers and is published quarterly in print.


LibWireless List has moved

Bill Drew writes \"As of now, LibWireless is moving from Yahoo! Groups to a list server at the
Sate University of New York\'s Information Technology Exchange Center.
From there I have full control plus technical support if needed. The
problems recently with Yahoo! Groups have forced me to make this change.

More information on LibWireless List is

I will now disable sending e-mail to the old address. Thank you for your
patience. I will keep the old webpage at Yahoo!Groups going for a couple
of weeks. I will look into some way of keeping the archives from that old
address. I will move the bookmarks to my website, The Wireless Librarian.\"


Work for the love of it!

Someone writes \"Would you work for free?

Full Story \"

Yvonne has worked at her library for 28 years and been the librarian since 1986. She is old enough to retire but she loves her work. She loves it so much, it turns out, that she decided to quit the job. By doing so, it freed up money for books and magazines.


The Top Librarian Personalities On The Web

The Top Librarian
Personalities on the Web
what follows is the first annual Top Librarian Personalities
on the Web.
I’ll modestly state up front that I didn’t count votes
for myself, it just didn\'t seem right to have myself on a list I was building

This list is also appearing in Online Magazine soon in a much expanded format. What follows is just the list of names.


New Twin Cities bookstore redefines \'hard sell\'

Bob Cox passed along This One on a new bookstore in Minneapolis they say is hard to find, and once you get there it\'s almost impossible to buy anything.

The owner retired recently as curator of the University of Minnesota\'s James Ford Bell Library, and these really are her books, which is why selling is tough.

\" \'What shall I do with all my books?\' was the question; and the answer, \'Read them,\' sobered the questioner. \'But if you cannot read them, at any rate handle them and, as it were, fondle them. Peer into them. Let them fall open where they will. Read on from the first sentence that arrests the eye. Then turn to another. Make a voyage of discovery, taking soundings of uncharted seas. Set them back on their shelves with your own hands. Arrange them on your own plan, so that if you do not know what is in them, you at least know where they are. If they cannot be your friends, let them at any rate be your acquaintances. If they cannot enter the circle of your life, do not deny them at least a nod of recognition.\"


Guerilla Warfare and Librarian Spies

Lee Hadden writes: \" The Wall Street Journal has a front page article in the Feb 26th issue
by Chip Cummins \"A Mistaken Shooting Puts Army War Games Under Tough
Spotlight,\" and refers to war games played in central North Carolina in the
mythical country of \"Pineland.\" Army teams go in to either support or
subvert the mythical republic by meeting with locals, some of who
participate in the games as either pro-Pinelands or anti-Pinelands agents.
The local librarian in Ramseur, NC, carries secret coded messages tucked
away in a copy of a Dr. Seuss book. \"Yes, Sam I am, I can topple Pineland,
yes I can...\"
In the first horrible accident in a number of years, several soldiers
thought the local policeman who caught them riding in the back of a local
pickup truck with a local supporter was also in with the game, and the
armed soldiers were killed when they resisted arrest.\"


Librarian\'s Book Club

Troy Johnson writes \" has a \"Librarian\'s Book Club.\" The Librarian\'s Book Club is a group to read and discuss books that are about libraries and the library profession. Every two months new books are selected to be read. The club was started in July of 2001 and is on it\'s tenth book and has 160 members. Members discuss the books via listserv. New books have been selected for March - April and we welcome new members. \"

There is also a nice section on eBook Readers and Libraries.


Librarian Calls for Screening Public Access to Nuclear Documents

Another twist in the ongoing \"access to information\" stories, this time The Chronicle of Higher Ed says a documents librarian at the State University of New York at Oswego sent out an e-mail message urging fellow librarians to screen requests for Nuclear Regulatory Commission documents.

This time the the U.S. Government Printing Office said the request threatened to restrict access to public documents



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