Librarians

Another Day, Another Librarian On Jeopardy Story

Ana Peso’s upcoming appearance on “Jeopardy,” a popular TV show quiz show, is something she seems to have been preparing for all of her life.

Peso, a Glenbrook North High School librarian, has always been a reader and has loved trivia since she was a child. She also participated in the Scholastic Bowl in high school.

“It actually was a dream of mine to be on ‘Jeopardy’ since I was a kid. I heard about the online test in 2009, took it, and was actually selected to interview for the show, but didn’t hear anything afterward, maybe because I was super nervous,” Peso said.

The New York Dolls Bass Player Is Now A Librarian

Crossdressing Rocker Turned Mormon Librarian: New York Doll Giveaway
The movie begins with Kane as 55 year old, has-been rock star in California. While he was recovering from his fall, however, he encountered two Mormon missionaries and converted to the faith. Yes, Arthur “Killer” Kane became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and ended up working in one of the church’s genealogy libraries – the Family History Center in Los Angeles. Kane’s transformation is emotionally jolting. In one frame he’s a trashy cross dressing punk glam rocker, in the next he’s a librarian in a short sleeved 60/40 blend button up.

Need Accurate Political Fact-Checking? Ask a Librarian

I love Posts Like This ReadWriteWeb picked up on The University of Washington's Living Voters Guide, a site dedicated educating voters on issues and referendums in Washington state.

"However, it might not be entirely accurate to call the librarians on the site "fact-checkers." They are more like on-call information finders. The system set in place at the Living Voters Guide is guided by the people that use it. They ask for topics brought up by others to be fact-checked and the librarians respond with direct research from a reliable source. Fact-checkers do this, too, but can sometimes be guided by entities that have a vested interest in their fact-finding results. "

Librarians: The shepherds of knowledge

But perhaps there is a “thinkplace” after all: the library.

It’s the traditional intersection of huge amounts of information with the silence that enables its assimilation into our minds and values and imaginations. And its shepherded by knowing, caring librarians who can understand where we’re trying to go and point out the most enjoyable paths.

No doubt the “cloud” will continue to rain down information on us in torrents. But, in a world without libraries, and short on silence, much of it may just wash over us to vanish in the sands of noise.

Reinventing the bookmobile in Texas with The Billy Pilgrim Traveling Library

The Billy Pilgrim Traveling Library is a Houston-area bookmobile created by two recent library school graduates, hitting the streets in 2013. It will be a traveling library built from personal libraries and donations, based on a rent/barter/trade system AND a physical resource maintained by professionals that is open to partnerships and collaborations with organizations like schools, libraries, museums, nonprofits, and local artists.

For more information and ways to get involved, check out the Boing Boing Library Lab write-up, the BTPL IndieGoGo campaign, the BPTL's blog, and the BPTL's social channels (@thebptl on Twitter and fb.me/theBPTL on Facebook).

Male Librarian Advice: Don't Be Afraid To Be The Only Guy In The Room

Interview with Anthony Carnovale. The teacher-librarian at St. Michael Secondary School in Bolton, Ont.

"The most difficult part of my job initially was trying to get people to take my role as teacher-librarian seriously; there are very few males in this role. When I told a colleague that I had accepted the teacher-librarian position, he laughed and quipped: “You just ruined every fantasy I ever had about a librarian.”

Librarians as political fact-checkers: New feature in online voters guide

The Living Voters Guide, recent winner of the Evergreen Apps Challenge, has released its 2012 update that allows Washington state voters to learn about different ballot measures, compare the pros and cons of each and sound off with fellow contributors.

And if there’s a particular fact in question, they can call on the expertise of a librarian.

Snapshot Day @ Your Library

Is your library having Snapshot Day? Here's some info from ALA on the phenomenon, started in New Jersey three years ago.

Snapshot Day Primer
Snapshot Day in various states
Ohio's Snapshot Day, held this week.

Have you found it to be useful in determining the relative success of your library and its programs? Suggestions for others?

Poe/try Celebration by the StandUp Librarian

Los Angeles librarian is all over the maps

Creason has heard it all. "One I get constantly is, 'Do you have maps of the secret tunnels dug under L.A.?' .... They are secret tunnels and they do not appear on maps," he says.

Amid the stacks of history and genealogy volumes, and the drawers of microfilm, Creason, 65, leaves no doubt about where his heart lies: maps.

Tall and affable, he has helped preserve a street-by-street history of Los Angeles.

"I love to answer map questions," says Creason, who has worked at the Central Library for 32 years and became map librarian in 1989.

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