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Amnesty International released a report today entitled \"Cuba: Short Term Detention and Harassment of Dissidents.\" The 24-page report notes that \"freedom of expression, association and assembly are severely limited in law and in practice\" for Cuban citizens. \"Those who attempt to express views, organize meetings or form organizations that conflict with government policy are frequently subjected to punitive measures.\" Independent librarians are listed among the groups of Cuban citizens whom Amnesty says have been subject to intensified repression in recent months. -- Read More
When I read our literature, I wonder if we are at a crossroads, a crisis, a transition or a transformation. We are called everything from cybrarians, to resource managers, to intelligence professionals to dodo birds and unemployed. (Hathorn 1997)
However, let me assure you--I am a librarian. I work in a library at The Ohio State University which supports the teaching, research and service needs of the College of Veterinary Medicine independent of the format, medium or container in which information resides. -- Read More
David Ettinger writes:Below is the text of a letter to the editor of The New York Times I recently wrote which was published this past Sunday:
Whatever Happened to the Class of \'93?\" (Feb. 20) looked at how the Internet had defined the careers of Stanford graduates, turning some into quick millionaires. It described one graduate -- one of the first
employees of Yahoo who now heads its Web cataloging team -- as possibly the \"world\'s richest librarian.\"
I don\'t begrudge her her good fortune, but her situation contrasts markedly with that of thousands of dedicated professionals with library science degrees and extremely modest incomes who, like her, love what they do, but whose work is scarcely recognized by society, monetarily or
Washington, Feb. 20
David Ettinger is a librarian at the Gelman Library at George Washington University.
2 Librarians in Las Vegas have filed suit saying they were treated unfairly after they complained of a co-worker and his pornography. He was looking at porn on computers, and employees endured harassing comments and when new issues of playboy came in. There is a short story here on MSNBC
\"Executive Director Daniel Walter told News 3, “it is absolutely against library policy to download pornography. A violation of that policy is subject to discipline. We have a no-tolerance policy for harassment.”
DO they get Playboy at that library? -- Read More
\"Librarians know the stereotype well. They laugh at it, but also discuss how it affects their self-image and professional status. Sometimes they go out of their way to overturn it. Some librarians think that the cliche has a certain basis in fact, and that the information revolution, far from changing the stereotype, may actually be reinforcing it. \" -- Read More
Librarians in Toronto, Canada, are set to strike.
Talks to avert a strike that would close the city\'s 98 libraries at midnight tonight are on the verge of collapse, a union official said yesterday.
The city\'s 2,500 librarians will walk if a deal isn\'t reached by the strike deadline. \"We haven\'t had the major issues dealt with at this point,\" said Toronto Civic Employees\' Union Local 416 president Brian Cochrane. -- Read More
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.