Librarians

Gone without a sound

Story from North Dakota that ends the trouble they were having with the library director in Fargo. He quit, but they gave hime quite the golden parachute – $62,244 – including health insurance and retirement benefits, plus $10,000 in attorney fees and $6,000 in relocation expenses.

\"“It’s with regret that a qualified librarian and a good man’s reputation has been damaged here, but it’s important for us to grow and move on as a board.” said Library Board President Virginia Dambach.

The comment drew a few quiet, sarcastic remarks from some people attending the meeting, many of whom were past and present employees of the library.

Now they are thinking the next director should Not be a librarian. -- Read More

I\'m rubber, you\'re glue ...

Brian writes \"In a Chicago Tribune article on the horrors of looking \"matronly,\" an image consultant is quoted as saying:

\"I don\'t think it requires an age ... it\'s an attitude. When people no longer have any sexual zing. It\'s the funky librarian look, Mumsy, skirts full, eyewear outdated, a missing sexual energy, an attachment to the past.\"

chicagotribune.com has the full Story\"

Urbanites are a funny bunch, so preocupied with what others think of them, now that I think about it, so are \"We\".

Stereotypes of the Library Lady

Here is a cute article from the DesMoines Register about the old lady who said Shhh!! all the time.\"The thousands of books were well past their prime and so was the woman who ran the place. Miss Library Lady was about 99 years old, wore her hair in a tight gray bun and looked at you over the edge of her half-glasses. Her vocabulary amounted to little more than \"No talking\" and \"Be quiet\" and \"Shhhh.\" -- Read More

Early black librarian\'s efforts recalled

Bob Cox suggested this. courier-journal.com has a Nice Story on Thomas Fountain Blue Sr., the first librarian of the old Western Colored branch of the Louisville Free Public Library in 1905, he was the only black librarian in the country at a library with an all-black staff.

\"EDUCATION WAS everything to him,\" Hutchins said. \"It was always most important.\" The free presentation is one of five programs planned this fall at branch libraries. The programs are designed to preview The Encyclopedia of Louisville, which the University Press of Kentucky plans to publish in October. -- Read More

More on the strike

Two more articles on the strike in Ohio. One on how it is affecting contruction work, and another on the drop of circulation numbers.

Anti-Intellectualism in American Librarianship

Here\'s something I wonder how people will react to. This is an article by Michael Winter in Progressive Librarian number 14 called Garlic, Vodka, and the Politics of Gender: Anti-Intellectualism in American Librarianship. The author talks about specific kinds of anti-intellectualism and how they appear in librarianship. (For example, something called \"Corporate Wannabee Syndrome.\") It\'s quite an interesting article. Michael Winter is a sociology bibliographer at UC Davis, and it shows in his work. The place of library school and librarians\' attitudes toward it is central to the article. Please leave comments! LISNews is improved whenever you leave a comment, even jackass comments like my recent ones.

Sanford Berman Radio Interview

Daniel Tsang, winner of the 2000 Eubanks Award, interviewed Sanford Berman on his KUCI (San Diego) radio show recently. He calls Mr. Berman \"librarian extraordinaire, and advocate of democratizing and making libraries more socially responsible.\" \"Hear about \'bibliocide\' and \'internal censorship\'. Are libraries turning into corporate entities with no soul?\"


Read the press release for the show and listen to it in Real Audio format.

Librarians Books are Overdue

A school librarian has 37 overdue books from a local library totaling over $500 dollars. She should know better!! Read the article from the State\"What is bad is she is a librarian,\" library system executive director Dan MacNeill said as he explained the situation to the board.\" -- Read More

Obsessing over our image

Someone suggested yet another article on the \"Librarian Image\" thing. In a profession obsessed with its image, it wasn\'t like we needed another site that talks about the image of the librarian, so I was less than interested, but This one was really interesting. This Article at Imapct does a great job looking at all the different librarian sites around the net. It covers all the classics, belly dancing, tatoos, worship a librarian, Librarian.net, etc.. but goes in depth on the images, and other sites. A very interesting read. Includes 45 references!

\"So where should the image-obsessed, web-surfing library professional begin? A quick search on Alta Vista for
\'librarian*\' will uncover over a million hits . It is the intention of this article to give some pointers to interesting
sites and useful gateways, and to explore what types of \'image sources\' and \'image representations\' are
available in cyberspace.\" -- Read More

Stereotypes still an issue

The Dallas News has this article on librarians and stereotypes. There is a special section of librarian jokes and how some are fed up with it. I happen to love librarian jokes...if you have any, please post them.\"Stereotypes are stereotypes, and whatever the field or profession, it\'s a matter of taking a look at the person as an individual,\" said Kathleen Walsh, Chicago Public Library spokeswoman. \"But librarians are probably some of the most articulate, smart and energetic people you\'ll come across.\" -- Read More

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