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Canadian Library bomber jailed two years

Anonymous Patron writes "The Globe and Mail: Library bomber jailed two years A Quebec judge described the firebombing of Montreal's United Talmud Torah school as a hate-fuelled act of terrorism yesterday and sent its 19-year-old author to a federal penitentiary for two years.

With an emotionless gaze, Sleiman El-Merhebi rose in the prisoner's box to hear Quebec Court Judge Jean Sirois deliver his punishment. The teenager avoided eye contact with his father, Khaled, the patriarch who brought his family to Canada from war-torn Lebanon 17 years ago to seek a new life of peace and tranquillity."

Arizona Sex offender guilty in case tied to library

Anonymous Patron writes "Sex offender guilty in case tied to library A convicted sex offender pleaded guilty Tuesday to sexually exploiting a minor in a case that changed the way computer users at Phoenix public libraries access the Internet.

Charlton Ward, 33, will serve 28 years in prison and be placed on lifetime probation, according to the terms of his plea agreement, Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas said at a news conference.

Ward served time in prison for attempting to molest a child in Pima County in 1997."

New York Times Librarian of the Year

The Reader's Shop writes "Zwire Reports
Barbara Cangiano received the prestigious New York Times Librarian of the Year award for her dedication and humble service to her community. Ms. Cangiano is head of the reference department at the Blackstone Memorial Library."

Remembering Noel Peattie

Librarian, poet, novelist, and small press editor/publisher extraordinaire Noel Peattie died yesterday at 73. Street Librarian Chris Dodge has written a nice tribute to him. Via

A Different United Daughters of the Confederacy Member

Cortez writes "In Southern public libraries the UDC is a very vocal and important means of support for genealogy and local history programs.
"But in Odom's case, she is held in highest esteem because she is a living, or ''real,'' daughter of the Confederacy, one of only a handful still alive in Tennessee. Her father, Peter Vertrees, served with the 6th Kentucky Infantry from 1861 to 1865, where he witnessed the ravages of war at Shiloh and Vicksburg, among other engagements. But there's something else that separates the new nonagenarian from those sending birthday wishes.
Lillie Harding Vertrees Odom is black."
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Changing Career Paths to Library Science

Bearkat writes "From NPR's Morning Edition

"When Joseph Nga came to the United States from his native Cameroon in 1997, he was pursuing a career in ethnobiology. But two master's degrees later, he still found his ambitions frustrated. In the process, a new path emerged. Nga had taken a part-time job at the Library of Congress. Unable to get a job in his field of choice -- even with two master's degrees -- Nga decided to change his career path to suit the library-related job he had."

Listen to the story at NPR."

Graphic Novel Creator Will Eisner Dead at 87

Will Eisner, innovator of an increasingly popular literary format, the graphic novel, died yesterday at the age of 87. His most well-known creation was "The Spirit", a hero with no superpowers. Obit here.

Eisner was born in New York on March 6, 1917, published his first comic in 1936 in a publication called "Wow, What a Magazine!" There, he met Jerry Iger, and together they created a comic book outfit that employed, among other artists, Bob Kane, the creator of Batman, and Jack Kirby, one of the creators of the Fantastic Four and several other Marvel Comics heroes. Eisner also had the bad fortune of turning down a comic called Superman by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.

For more information on contemporary graphic novels, here's a
by librarian Steve Roman of the DeKalb (IL)Public Library.

Oklahoma Librarian Calendar

Anonymous Patron writes "Want 12 months of Oklahoman Librarians? Well then, you could purchase the calendar mentioned at the OLA Blog. 5-okie-librarian-calendar.html

Let's give the following librarians a hand for willing to be photographed:

  • Lee Peoples
  • Adriana Edwards-Johnson
  • Jonathan Woltz
  • Kimberly Johnson
  • Kimberly Ann Edwards
  • Joy Summers-Ables
  • Robin Kickingbird
  • Ursula Ellis
  • Sara Martinez
  • Lynn Wallace
  • Buffy Edwards
  • Monica Bread"

Activist Fights for Access to Library, cites FDLP

Anonymous Patron writes "The Harvard Crimson Online reports on a man arrested ejected from the Harvard Law School Library (HLS). The patron, Mr. Richard Max Strahan had often used the Federal Depository Library at the HLS. HLS requires non-Harvard depository users to register and Mr. Strahan was neither registered, or in the depository area when he was arrested. "

Daniel adds: The Federal Depository Library Program has offered some guidance on balancing the requirements of free access to depository materials and the particular mission of a given library. Among the measures allowed is patron registration.

Librarians Signing Up to Have Book Published on Their Skin

madcow writes "Just caught this in the Times Magazine article about best ideas of 2004: A living skin book.

(Author Shelley) "Jackson is publishing her latest short story by recruiting 2,095 people, each of whom will have one word of the story tattooed on his or her body. The story, titled ''Skin,'' will appear only on the collective limbs, torsos and backsides of its participants. And decades from now, when the last of Jackson's ''words'' dies, so, too, will her tale. ""


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