Librarian That Needs Advice? Ask The Boss of You

Need Advice? Ask The Boss of You

Are you a librarian, library student, someone in the information biz or someone that stumbled upon this blog by some horrible accident when looking for a dominatrix?

Do you have a problem? Issue? Concern? Need advice? Especially one related to the weird world of libraries?

Well, it’s your lucky day! I HAVE ANSWERS.

I mean, they might not be the right answer, but at least I’ll give you my honest opinion. I’m pretty bossy and not scared to tell people they’re wrong. This has been a fabulous asset to my personal life, as one might imagine.

So management issues, patron issues, career woes…send them on. Also, let’s face it, there’s a certain personality type that is drawn to library/info science work and that personality type doesn’t always co-exist well in the modern world. What I’m saying is, your problem doesn’t even have to be directly work related. I can tell you what you’re doing wrong in all areas of your life!

Just don’t ask me grammar questions because I’m from Appalachia and can’t talk for shit.

You can even ask your question anonymously. Part of the deal is that I’ll post the questions and answers here, of course, so come up with a cute name to sign your email with so I don’t have to make up a name for you.

Ready? Okay, awesome. Send your problems to bossofyoublog AT gmail DOT com

Librarians Without Borders Back on the Ground in Guatemala: Asturias Library Project

Librarians Without Borders (LWB) volunteers from Canada and the United States are currently on the ground at the Miguel Angel Asturias Academy in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala from May 3-13, 2012. LWB is collaborating with the Academy on the development of its emerging library which supports an innovative curriculum inspired by the philosophy of Paulo Freire.

LWB has partnered with the Asturias Academy since 2009 to support the Academy’s vision of building a sustainable community library in the school. This vision began to be realized in January 2011 with the help of LWB when the Library finally opened its door. But there remains a great deal to be done: this year LWB continues to work with the Academy to help cultivate the reading culture and increase book use and literacy within the school and community. Read about some of their projects.

Security4Lib - IT Security For Libraries

Security4Lib - IT Security For Libraries
Security4Lib is a Drupal based website, wiki and email list for the discussion of issues relating to IT Security in libraries, including, but not limited to, web sites, email, networks, servers, passwords, services, mobile, wifi, and apps.

Like all the other "4Lib" groups, this one is all about libraries, and those people who work in libraries.

What's there:
There's an email list:
There's a Wiki:
And there's this Drupal powered website:

Amazon CloudSearch: fully-managed search service in the cloud

Amazon CloudSearch (beta)
Amazon CloudSearch is a fully-managed search service in the cloud that allows customers to easily integrate fast and highly scalable search functionality into their applications. With a few clicks in the AWS Management Console, developers simply create a search domain, upload the data they want to make searchable to Amazon CloudSearch, and the service then automatically provisions the technology resources required and deploys a highly tuned search index.

Amazon CloudSearch seamlessly scales as the amount of searchable data increases or as the query rate changes, and developers can change search parameters, fine tune search relevance, and apply new settings at any time without having to upload the data again.

Amazon CloudSearch enables customers to offload the administrative burden of operating and scaling a search platform. Customers don't have to worry about hardware provisioning, data partitioning, or software patches. Amazon CloudSearch offers low, pay-as-you-go pricing with no up-front expenses or long-term commitments.

"Unique" DVD packaging

We would like to address some confusion caused by the DVD version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Upon opening the case, librarians and patrons will find what looks to be a burned DVD-R with the movie’s title scrawled across it with a marker, as seen below: If you have ordered The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo on DVD, rest assured that you did not receive a bootleg copy of the film. This is the authentic DVD direct from Sony Pictures.

Going To PLA? Stop at the In My Book Booth 2035 to see LISNews Author Birdie!

If you're heading to PLA come by the In My Book ® cards booth #2035 and say hello to LISNews’s ‘birdie’ (Robin)!

Need to find an additional source of income for your library? Of course you do, as public funding is diminishing and shows no sign of increasing anytime soon. Not an easy situation, but when the going gets know the saying.

It’s time to get creative, and here’s just one creative solution that book-lovers are sure to enjoy; the “greeting card and bookmark in one” In My Book ® cards.

Along with bookbags, mugs, and other logo items, these inexpensive multi-tasking cards make a great addition to your library shop inventory. Or purchase them as thank you notes for volunteers and donors. With the addition of three new styles this month (“In my book, you’re a legend”; “In my book, you’re out of this world”; and “In my book, you’re a winner”), the cards are now available in a total of eighteen literary-oriented styles.

WNET seeking input for a new show on book discussion groups

WNET is producing an new TV series called The Book Club Show that will focus on books and the people who read them. Input from librarians will assist them in the development of the format and content of the show. More information, including a survey and a casting call can be found at

Elsevier withdraws support for the RWA

Elsevier withdraws support for the RWA
At Elsevier, we have always focused on serving the global research community and ensuring the best possible access to research publications and data. In recent weeks, our support for the Research Works Act has caused some in the community to question that commitment.

We have heard expressions of support from publishers and scholarly societies for the principle behind the legislation. However, we have also heard from some Elsevier journal authors, editors and reviewers who were concerned that the Act seemed inconsistent with Elsevier’s long-standing support for expanding options for free and low-cost public access to scholarly literature. That was certainly not our intention in supporting it. This perception runs counter to our commitment to making published research widely accessible, coming at a time when we continue to expand our access options for authors and develop advanced technologies to enable the sharing and distribution of research results.

Internet Librarian 2012 Call For Speakers Is Open

Internet Librarian 2012 Call For Speakers Is Open
Be a part of the most comprehensive conference for library and information professionals interested in technology to discover the insights, strategies and practices that allow us to push the envelope in expanding the net, manage libraries and digital information, and enhance the information sharing and learning experience of people in our communities.

This year's event will be held October 22-24 in Monterey, California and the theme is Transformational Power of Internet Librarians: Promise & Prospect

We've got a list below of some topics we hope to cover, but don't let this list limit your imagination! Share your experience, submit a proposal today!

Shelf Check Turns 500: Best of the First 500

Shelf Check Turns 500: Best of the First 500: Sheep & Margaritas Everyone's FAVORITE library web comic just hit the magic 500 number! Stop by to see Emily's favorites.


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