Librarians get in a tizzy over non-MLS hires

Submitted by Blake on Sun, 01/22/2006 - 03:07

Anonymous Patron writes "Madison, WI - from the free weekly paper's story: "Recently, the Madison Public Library hired two individuals who lacked Masters of Library Science (MLS) degrees. This has stirred considerable distress within the ranks of librarians who obtained their degrees believing this was a prerequisite for the job.

Pew Report on College Graduate Literacy Skills

Submitted by Anna on Fri, 01/20/2006 - 23:34

According to a recent study conducted by the American Institutes for Research (funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts), "twenty percent of U.S. college students completing 4-year degrees - and 30 percent of students earning 2-year degrees - have only basic quantitative literacy skills." More on this study can be found in the press release, including links to the fact sheet and final report. improves search features

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Fri, 01/20/2006 - 21:34
Topic a website that list the top 10,000 best selling books on Amazon has added additional search functionality. Previously there was one search available. You could enter a title, author, or publisher and iBookWatch would find all the books with your term in any of those fields. If the name of an author and a publisher were the same both results would be found. Now there are check boxes that allow you to specify whether you want to do an author search or a title search.

Radical Reference Presents:Library Education Forum

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 01/20/2006 - 20:57

Jenna writes "Members of the NYC collective of Radical Reference and others are organizing a Library Education Forum from the perspective of current LIS students and recent grads. Unrecent grads, library practitioners, and LIS faculty are also invited to participate. Please visit for more information, including Miscellaneous Press Materials.

Homework Help from New York Public Library

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 01/20/2006 - 19:28

gsandler writes "Here is a story from the New Yorker about the New York Public Library's homework help service. "When the city’s public libraries announced, last month, the launch of an all-points Web site,, for K-12 students, proponents hailed it as a critical blow to the old “dog ate my homework” excuse.