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Reading her résumé, you might not suspect Anna Neatrour was part of one of the hottest sensations on the Internet.
She's a married mother of twin toddlers, living in Salt Lake City. Her day job is as a librarian -- specifically, project manager for the Western Soundscape Archive at the University of Utah's Marriott Library. (Next month, she becomes executive director of the Utah Library Association.)
When Neatrour takes off her glasses and starts spinning, though, she magically transforms into -- not Wonder Woman -- but one of The Bureau Chiefs, the folks responsible for the exceedingly funny Twitter feed, Fake AP Stylebook.
"Facing another round a budget cuts for this coming fiscal year, my library had to lay off all of our reference staff, except for me [Brian Herzog]. However, in an effort to continue to meet patron need at the Reference Desk, the library is capitalizing on Massachusetts’ strength in the biomedical technology industry by partnering with biotech firms to create librarian clones. The advantages are numerous:
* multiplying the effect of a library degree
* staff training is streamlined
* communication within the department is excellent
* we all share a single social security number so we also share a single salary"
Nation Shudders at Large Block of Uninterrupted Text
"Unable to rest their eyes on a colorful photograph or boldface heading that could be easily skimmed and forgotten about, Americans collectively recoiled Monday when confronted with a solid block of uninterrupted text...Dumbfounded citizens from Maine to California gazed helplessly at the frightening chunk of print, unsure of what to do next. Without an illustration, chart, or embedded YouTube video to ease them in, millions were frozen in place, terrified by the sight of one long, unbroken string of English words."
BoingBoing Pointed the way to this funny because it's true comic: Audiobook DRM versus the patrons of the Cleveland Library. "This installment of the Brads webcomic shows the 22 steps a reader has to take in order to borrow a DRM-crippled audiobook from the public library. A compelling argument for libraries to boycott this stuff."
“Balan whispered to the Wart, “Colonel Cully is not quite right in his wits. It is his liver, we believe, but the kestrel says it is the constant strain of living up to her ladyship’s standard. He says that her ladyship once spoke to him from her full social station once, cavalry to infantry, you know, and that he just closed his eyes and got the vertigo. He has never been the same since.” T. H. White. The Once & Future King.
One of the questions that comes up frequently, especially among librarians applying for their first or second job, is the question of social status. While we may not understand it, we all recognize it, especially when it is applied to us. Mostly it is seen when a librarian attempts to change the type of job he or she does in a library.
"It doesn't surprise me that there are problems of going from one aspect of librarianship to another. It violates class rules in libraries, and upsets the social order. Actually, there is an unnamed but very strongly identified pecking order in the class of librarians. Why are people getting so upset over this problem? Passions are heated because the stakes are so small. Actually, social settings are set up rather like a water fountain, with a number of different library jobs floating at the top, but fewer identified ones at the bottom."
While few people can agree about who all should be at the top, everyone agrees about who should be stuck in the bilge on the bottom. Like the definition of a lady, which few people can define but whom everyone knows who isn't one, librarians are set into a social hierarchy of class and station.
So here is my definition of the library pecking order based on my own limited library experiences. Individuals may disagree somewhat, but those who disagree the most probably are either set at the top of the list, or haven't had to look for a new job recently. -- Read More