Statement From Blacks in Government Library of Congress Chapter

Someone passed along a USNewsWire release, Statement From Blacks in Government Library of Congress Chapter, from William W. Ellis of Blacks in Government, says:

\"The Library of Congress (LC) has descended from its on-going
blatant racism into the abyss of the segregation outlawed by the
Civil Rights Act of 1964. Under the leadership of Librarian James
H. Billington, LC managers have segregated procurement officers in
the Contracts and Logistics Division (C&L) into two teams. An
all-white all-female team now handles major contracts, and an
all-black team of men and women is left to handle the dregs.\"


Fulton County must pay librarians $25 million

Bob Cox sent along This One on a ruling that Fulton County, GA, must pay nearly $25 million for discriminating against eight white librarians.

The librarians contended they were demoted to smaller branch libraries from jobs in the more desirable central branch because of a concentrated effort to reduce the number of white employees working downtown.

\"It appeared there was a cover-up,\" Hughes said. \"They were managers who all were demoted. They were demeaned and humiliated. . . . They weren\'t treated how professional employees of the Atlanta-Fulton Library System should be treated.\"


Laura Bush $10 Million to Recruit New Librarians

Gillian Davis was kind enough to pass along Laura Bush Addresses Nation\'s Critical Shortage of Librarians -- From the IMLS Press Release.
You may recall Laura Bush announced a proposed $10 million initiative for 2003 to recruit a new generation of librarians.
Now if we can just get some of that to go to current librarians...


Bodleian to honour eminent librarians

Charles Davis writes \"Four distinguished men and women with close connections with the
library world will be awarded honorary degrees at a special
ceremony to mark the 400th anniversary of the foundation of the
Bodleian Library on 8 November 2002 (subject to approval by
Congregation). They are:
James Billington, Lynne Brindley, Professor Sir Brian Follett and Paul LeClerc.
Full Story


Image of Female librarians

Bill Drew writes \"The image of the typical female librarian is changing. Baccardi has an ad in the Jan 31 issue of Rolling Stone opposite page 23. It says \"Librarian by Day - Baccardi by Night.\" It is good for a chuckle. \"

See also, Digital Image: the stereotype of the
female librarian and images of and by
librarians on the Internet, over at Warrior Librarian Weekly. This dissertation aims to look at the stereotype of the female librarian and images of librarians on the Internet.


I Hate Librarians

Whilest tolling through the comments I ran across librarianarchy\'s friends and enemies list, and it occured to me not everyone likes librarians.
Some people hate librarians, calling us bitter,
snappy, completely bitchy
, or, mean & evil ,and we even smell of old books .
Some people hate us so much they\'ve written Poems about how much we suck.

Others Don\'t Like the ALA, but no one seems to Hate It.
Of course, there are pleanty of reasons to Hate Books.
Not to worry, we are also Loved, and so are Books [note: interesting search result].
[also note: I don\'t hate librarians, it\'s just a catchy title]


The Triumph Of Librarians

Marylaine passed along word that Rory got a mention in a Salon Story on Michael Moore\'s new book. Ann Sparanese, a librarian at Englewood Library in New Jersey gets the credit for starting the ball rolling.

\"When Michael Moore\'s publisher insisted he rewrite his new book to be less critical of President Bush, it took an outraged librarian to get it back in the stores.\"


Lost job alters financial plans has a Sad Story on an unemployed librarian who is unable to find a job in her field with a salary to match what she had been earning previously, after being laid off. She made $65,000 a year at her previous job, and her husband just got laid off as well. She has taken a job as a field investigator for a company that performs background checks. She will begin earning $25,000 a year when she starts the job in February.
A fininacial planner provides some advice.


The Name \'LIBRARIAN\' Good,Bad or ugly??

Bessie passed along an interesting looking story that I have been unable to find.
It originally appeared in the December 3, 2001 Information World Review, but is not to be found on the site.

They conducted a small survey to find out what some folks thought of the name \'Librarian\'. Was it good or bad, would a change of image help? The responses are more than a little interesting.
I\'ll post some of the story below, maybe someone can find it in the print version?


Breast-feeding concern at library poorly handled has An Opinion on the Breast-In-The-Library Story from last week, that says \"the Library Board should not spend a great deal more time on this issue.\", too bad this was written by a person who has never been on a library committee, which we all know will spend way too much time on whatever it is given.



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