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Need Input from LIS Folks for Conservation Biology Research

birdman writes "Developing a university curriculum regarding information sciences/research in the field of Conservation Biology. Would like input from others in the field of library science, special library personnel, related fields concerning1/ need for information specialists in the field of conservation biology2/ important aspects of information technology in this field that you have used or are aware of.3/ positions you are aware of that have been filled by those with library science background that were acquired outside of libraries. Does not need to be within the field of Conservation or Biology. Curriculum rational is the advantage that information specialists have in the world today.4/ the existance of surveys sent to businesses, organizations, industry, regarding the need for employees with information science background.5/ any suggestions in developing such a curriculum. This is a curriculum that is being designed to teach students in a Conservation Biology graduate/certificate program about conducting research in the field, how to write and research a scientific paper and conversely, to interest information specialists in the field of conservation."


Washington State Survey Now Available

K.G. Schneider writes "Survey URL:

Today, Monday, November 15, is the launch date for a short online survey about Washington State Librarians’ Index to the Internet. This survey will only be available through midnight, Sunday, November 21, 2004. Everyone connected to libraries and library service in Washington State is encouraged to take this important survey. Thank you in advance for providing important information about Washington State Librarians’ Index to the Internet!"


Librarian as a secret spy?

Godfrey Oswald writes "Dear librarians,

I am in the process of putting the last few chapters to an extraordinary spy novel (The Kalahari Files) I hope to finish by xmas time.

As a librarian, I am toying with the idea of making the official profession of one of the lead characters of "The Kalahari Files" to be a librarian, (most spies working in foreign countries has an official profession to mask their real profession as a spy).

For instance Mata Hari was officially a famous dancer, but secretly a famous spy as well, and of course James Bond is offically a business man working for Universal Exports!

I am now looking for any press stories of a librarian who was once exposed as a spy. Doe anyone know of any librarian who turned out to be an intelligence agent or vice versa? It does not have to be in the last few years, it can go back as far as the 1950s or 1940s.

You can read a synopsis of "The Kalahari Files" at:

Thanks for your help.



Shushing the Ringtones

What should libraries do about cellular telephones? Last month a California public library made splashy headlines by setting fines for up to $1,000 against repeated cell phone users. Other libraries are even planning to block signals by using a signal jammer. Are such procedures necessary to handle cell phone abuse in libraries?

Union catalog of U.S. libraries

Godfrey Oswald Esq writes "Dear librarians,

First of all, I want to say thank you very much, to all those who sent in
URLs of union catalogs to add to my growing list of global list of union
catalogs at:

I have been asked on 3 different occassions by U.K. librarians, if there is
a U.S. public libraries union catalog.

Can anyone help here. Perhaps e-mail me the U.S. public libraries union catalog URL, if it exists.

Thanks in advance for help.

Godfrey Oswald,


With Friends Like These We Keep Our Doors Open

Anonymous Patron writes "In NJ it's a Cook Book, in AR they're throwing a Picnic, an auction in PA, and in CT they're selling books, Entertainment Books.With Friends like these keeping many libraries in the black thanks to leaner budgets I feel our Friends groups is more important than ever.

I'm wondering what your friends groups are doing to raise funds in creative and original ways. We've all seen the used book sale, what else can they do to raise a few bucks this year?"


VA Hospitals and Deployed Soldiers Need Donated Books

JET writes "If your library has any old discards or donations that cannot be added to your collection, here is a program that might be able to use them -

Books For Soldiers is a soldier support site that ships books, DVDs and supplies to deployed soldiers and soldiers in VA hospitals, via our large volunteer network.
If you have old, but usable paperback books sitting around, collecting dust, why not send them to a solider for a big morale boost?"


Name of Danish Librarian caught hacking?

Godfrey Oswald writes "Hello all,

I am finalizing an exciting techno-thriller novel, with a public librarian as the lead character. I need some help locating the name of Danish librarian and computer expert who was caught some years back, hacking into the United Nations computer system in New York.

I remember reading on the net about this Danish librarian (2001 or 2002, cannot remember which year), but my searches on Google and Lexis-Nexis news databases have drawn a blank so far.

Does anyone remember the name of this Danish librarian?

If you have any news, please e-mail at: [email protected]

The synopsis of my new novel is at:


Godfrey Oswald


Fellowships and Trainee Programs for MLS Students

willpie writes "My fiancee is thinking of pursuing an MLS. Having seen my student loan debt load, though, she is uncomfortable with the idea of funding it herself. My previous employer had a librarian trainee program in which they would partially subsidize tuition and pay a salary to MLS students who work in their libraries and agree to continue to work in their libraries for a few years after completing an MLS. Do you know of other libraries or library systems (public, academic, or otherwise) that offer similar programs? How do those of you who participate in these programs feel about them?


The best leads for library jobs

nbruce writes "I've been racking my brain about the best leads to library jobs, but realize my own experience is worthless.

First professional job: I was a graduate assistant and when I completed my MLS, I was hired into a faculty position in the same department.

Second professional job: the restrooms on the second floor were busy, so I went up to the fourth floor (University of Illinois Library) where the personnel librarian from Ohio State was interviewing.

All polls aside, what methods or suggestions do secure librarians have for the newbies and the "want-to-change" librarians?"



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