Super Librarian to the Rescue!

She soars through the air on a computer mouse. Her chin juts forward. She is powerful and determined.

No wearer of ancient tennis shoes, this one. Instead, clad in purple spandex, she is at the ready to help every adult seeking information, every teen with a research paper, and every child in every school.

New Jersey’s Super Librarian made her statewide debut in September 2003 at a press conference held at the East Brunswick Public Library and through 2100 cable television spots during the week of September 15. Read more here.

Quite a similar theme to the Australian Library and Information Association’s 1998 LIbrary and Information Week theme of The Incredible Librarian. Have a look.

Celebrate Books Alive 2004, 31 July-15 August in Australia

Books Alive is the biggest promotion of books and reading to be staged in Australia. The second Books Alive campaign will build on the huge successes of 2003. While the central ‘hook’ to attract new readers consists of titles for sale at book retailers, Books Alive can play a major role in libraries across the country as well. Read more on this wonderful campaign here.

The shocking history of copyrights

Pete writes “Eliot Van Buskirk’s article on ZDNet looks at the long history of familiar issues we grapple with today. ‘Technological advances have dogged content owners ever since a caveman first got conked on the head for ripping off the other guy’s yawp. We think these issues are new to our generation, but that’s just not the case. Now is a good time to take a trip down memory lane to keep things in perspective.'”

Informal learning

nbruce writes:

While tracking down something else, I came across an interesting article in the Journal of Industrial Teacher Education, Vol. 40, no.3, and it is on-line at Virginia Polytech. It is on “informal learningâ€? and wasn’t exactly what I expected to find. The study involved analyzing the advice experienced teachers would give first year teachers–i.e., what they had more or less learned from experience, not training.

The simulation work exercise asked participants to imagine that they have won the lottery and are leaving their current position. They have decided to write a memo to their successor containing their best piece of advice on how to survive in the job: what they know now that they wish someone had told them as they began their work in this position. Subjects worked individually and then in a group to place the advice into categories: instrumental, emotional, and political.

Because of the statistical tables and the literature review, this article is a cut above the “how I did it goodâ€? articles that we all find so helpful, but which journals don’t want to publish. Although written about and for trade and industrial education teachers, I think it would be useful for anyone in teaching, and in education in general. The political advice in the article is standard, but priceless for a first year person in any field, including librarianship. I wish I’d had something similar years ago in the library field–and perhaps there is something out there about informal learning and librarians. I haven’t searched the LIS literature on this topic.

Aftermath of bond failure

judgebean writes:

Follow up article discusses what the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District will have to do in the wake of the bond failure. Looks like a minority of voters, who were concerned with the library system’s filtering policy, have prevented citizens of Vancouver from enjoying increased library services. Read more.

South Africa: First Black National Librarian

Anna writes:

“Formerly segregated South Africa has for the first time appointed a black man to be the National Librarian. I am frequently impressed by how quickly South Africa has gone from violent segregation to, at least on the surface level, a nation of equal opportunity. When will a United States President nominate a person from an oppressed or minority group to the position of Librarian of Congress?