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A Super Duper story HERE on the new director of the Detroit Public Library
Maurice Wheeler is the first African-American male to head the 135-year-old institution. At 41, he\'s also the youngest. And while many of the previous directors were bespectacled, the new director\'s glasses are decidedly hip.
\"I think we should be providing services that excite people,\" Wheeler says. \"This is not going to be the library of the past where you had to be afraid that the librarian would shush you. We want the library to be a social place. A place where everyone belongs.\" -- Read More
I\'ve been sitting on this one for awhile, not sure if I should post it. Someone sent this story on a retired library worker in AU. I can\'t verify where it came from, or if it\'s even real, but I just can\'t resist.
MELBOURNE, Australia-Gun-toting granny Ava Estelle, 81, was so ticked-off
when two thugs raped her 18-year-old grand daughter that she tracked the
unsuspecting ex-cons down - - and shot their testicles off! \"The old lady
spent a week hunting those bums down-and when she found them, she took
revenge on them in her own special way,\" said admiring Melbourne police
investigator Evan Delp. \"Then she took a taxi to the nearest police
station, laid the gun on the sergeant\'s desk and told him as calm as could
be: \'Those bastards will never rape anybody again, by God.\' Read more if you dare.... -- Read More
Someone sent in this interesting question:
\"I wonder how many of the 10 people who make it onto each episode of the \"Who Wants To Be a Millionaire\" game show as semi-finalists are librarians? I have yet to hear any of the persons who make the final cut, landing in the \"hot seat,\" identify themselves as librarians, but when they introduce the semi-finalists, I always play \"Spot the librarian\" (calling out, \"I bet she\'s a librarian. And she looks like a librarian.\"). It is, after all, a trivia game, and as a reference librarian at Arizona State University said, doing reference is like playing Trivial Pursuit for a living. \"
I think I remeber this question somewhere involving the contenstants on Jeopardy as well, anyone seen that one?
The White Pine Library Cooperative is asking for more such examples for its Libraries Change Lives story contest.
To win, library users should submit their stories, said cooperative Director Doug Simmons.
The cooperative\'s member libraries - in Saginaw, Bay, Midland, Tuscola, Sanilac, Huron, Arenac, Clare, Gladwin, Iosco, Isabella and Ogemaw counties - are participating.
Steven Bird writes in from Australia... \"Found this article that supports the changing role of librarians. We need to be proactive in playing a role in Knowledge Management. We have the necessary skills...we have been managing \"knowledge\" as a profession for hundreds of years! Now all of a sudden IT people have discovered the value of managing knowledge and act like it\'s never been done before. What do Librarians do? get back in the corner of their library and cry about how we have missed another opportunity to show our true value! \"
The article is a good read, be sure to check it out.
\"It\'s something that\'s a great opportunity at the moment for librarians and information specialists to get involved in. If they don\'t get involved, it\'s their own fault,\" -- Read More
After 183 days in a Beijing detention cell and 36
sleepless hours since his release, Yongyi Song arrived in
Philadelphia yesterday and told an awaiting crowd at the
airport, \"I\'m home now.\"
The usually mild-mannered librarian from Dickinson College
was animated, angry and unbowed as he steadfastly refuted
charges by the Chinese government that he was a confessed
Song denied statements made by the Chinese Embassy in
Washington on Friday that he was released because he had
admitted stealing sensitive documents. He also denied that
he had turned over to Chinese police the names of
The US embassy in Beijing says the Chinese-born academic, Song Yongyi, has left China for the United States.
The embassy welcomed the Chinese authorities\' decision to release him.
Mr Song, who worked as a librarian and researcher in Pennsylvania, was detained during a visit to Beijing last August.
The ALA has come out in support of US President Bill
Clintons proposal on after school and education
initiatives Read the release HERE
librarians welcome the opportunity to enhance learning
for kids through an expanded role in afterschool and
initiatives outlined by President Bill Clinton in his State
of the Union address Jan. 27.
Clinton called on Congress to double funding for afterschool
programs to $1 bill -- Read More
Anonymous Patron writes "LJWorld.com has one on Martha Cutter Kelley Smith, librarian at at the Coal Creek Library in Kansas, far the past 80 years. just as she has for the past 80 years, the 100-year-old Smith toils away at the state's oldest library, keeping herself busy and keeping a monument to the small community of Vinland up and running. It's good to be back here, she says. For the past two weeks, the summer heat has cooked the small library, forced hot air through the tiny room's seven narrow windows."
Anonymous Patron writes "Lexington Herald-Leader (Kentucky) has a nice report on Jim Nelson commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, is Kentucky's longest-serving state librarian. Governor John Y. Brown appointed him in 1980 to the state post, which provides leadership and support to libraries statewide. This month, after 26 years of service to the Frankfort-based office, Nelson will retire and begin a career writing mystery novels. A public reception in his honor will be from 2-4 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 25 in the lobby of the KDLA building."