Submitted by AndyW on June 10, 2010 - 1:28am
As I was finalizing my conference schedule for the ALA Annual conference this year, there was a blurb for one of the programs that caught my eye. It’s for a program entitled “Passing the Baton: Who Will Take It?” on Sunday morning.
There are 72 million baby boomers, 11,000 Americans turn 50 every day, 4.6 adults turn 65 each minute, and almost 60% of librarians are 45 or older. There is little balance: only 7% of the library work force is age 20-29!
My first thought was one word: “Really?”
Submitted by AndyW on March 27, 2010 - 3:58pm
Camouflage. Both prey and predator species use it in nature for their own purposes.
Prey species use it to hide or blend in. Whether they match with the foliage or the rest of the herd, it's a survival technique. You can't get picked off if you don't get picked out. Never stand out, that's the name of the game.
Predator species use it to hunt. They meld in shadows and landscapes, either by coloration or clever disguise. The deception is revealed only when it is too late for the quarry. Lure them in and then strike when they least expect it.
Submitted by Pbedorah on March 26, 2010 - 7:20am
Spring is here and for rainy weekends around the country I would like to propose that we all get away from the gloomy news of melting economies and shrinking budgets and have some fun by watching one or all of the ten most notable movies that have scenes with libraries and librarians in them. Please feel free to add to this list, here is what I found http://www.filmlibrarian.info/
Submitted by AndyW on January 8, 2010 - 12:49am
Submitted by MerryLibrarian on October 2, 2009 - 2:52pm
If you work in a library, you know that the most outrageous, unbelievable, disgusting, heartwarming things happen in libraries every day. Librarians receive the most outrageous reference questions , witness incredibly awkward patron interactions , and overhear hilarious conversations every day.
Submitted by Jay on July 13, 2009 - 6:57pm
In hard times, they have become centers of access to information, communities, and jobs.
By Amy Dougherty
"A recently released report by the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board, "Help Wanted: Knowledge Workers Needed," included a stunning statistic: Almost 50 percent of the citizens of Philadelphia lack the basic skills needed to perform in a knowledge-based economy. Given that, our state and city leaders have shown a remarkable lack of vision in threatening to reduce library services.
Submitted by barland1 on January 27, 2009 - 7:59pm
We are seeing a gradual shift from desktop applications towards web hosted clones that run in browsers. For instance , microsoft office live, google docs, zoho & think free. We will see a shift from organizing information spatially (directories, folders,desktops) to organizing information temporally (feeds live streams, & microblogs. The biggest ultimatum is not retrieving information but keeping up with it.
Submitted by BunnyBurnstein on December 19, 2008 - 1:56pm
Is the term “librarian” antiquated? The term derives from the Latin word librarius meaning “of books.” That hardly seems sufficient any more, does it? Why, with the advent of the Internet, the Kindle, and Google, books aren’t all we do any more. Should we be called Information Specialists? Or perhaps Information Professionals? Or how about…Informarians!