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School librarian completes Appalachian Trail

During the week she may look like an average elementary teacher and librarian, but in her spare time and during her summer vacations, Diane McCormick has dedicated herself to completing a hike of the Appalachian Trail. The trails stretch across 13 states and total 2,183 miles. Although she never intended on finishing the entire thing, she reached the impressive goal this past summer.

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5 Reasons Being a Librarian Is Stressful

Screwy Decimal:
Based on the responses and on my own experiences, I've broken down the big librarian stressors into 5 categories. These are not exhaustive, and they totally blend into one another, and really I just wanted to capitalize on the list format that is so popular with the media these days. Forgive me for being sloppy and derivative. Also forgive me, Twitter friends, for not including every response yet. There were SO many of them, and they were all relevant (and some were downright disturbing and/or hilarious). Five hours later, I am STILL getting them, and still trying to sift through them, so I will try to add more as the day goes on. However, there were a lot of common themes that were repeated, so it's my hope that I've covered the basic idea. Feel free to add yours in the comments! (And if you're really curious, take a look at the Tweets I've "favorited" on Twitter, it shows them all.)

Want a Stress-Free Career?

According to CNBC your job as a librarian is one of the least stressful professions.

It's number "9" in the top ten.

"You're working in a comfortable environment. Your job is to help people use services as best as possible. Given that environment, stress levels are low. What's the most stressful thing a librarian faces? Teenagers with a paper due and you don't have the books. It's not really your stress," says Tony Lee, publisher of CareerCast.com.

Plus, there are mandatory "quiet" rules in libraries and you're surrounded by books. Books don't talk back or criticize the job you're doing!

Hat tip to Screwy Decimal for the lead.

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Yale Law Librarian Reopens Debate on the Origins of ‘The Whole Nine Yards’

The online debate has raged since Yale law librarian Fred Shapiro discovered an early reference that suggests a different origin for the phrase “the whole nine yards.”

Writing in the Yale Alumni Magazine, Shapiro said he had conducted an online search and found a variant, “the whole six yards,” in two articles published in Kentucky in 1912. He searched for the phrase after a neuroscience researcher discovered the variant in a 1921 article published in South Carolina.

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See the comments to the article for smart ass comments about librarians.

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Librarian: No one is untouched by this tragedy

"People have been coming in tears. Yeah. I mean one of our programming people, who does programming for children here at the library, her son was shot," Library Director Janet Woycik said Saturday afternoon, as she stood on the second floor of the Cyrenius H. Booth Library on Main Street.

"It's just unbelievable... My neighbor's grand daughter was shot," Woycik said before falling into tears.

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Romney "47 percent" dubbed best quote of 2012

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's comments about 47 percent of the population being dependent on government and about "binders full of women" have been selected as this year's best quotes.

Fred Shapiro, associate librarian at Yale Law School, has released his seventh annual list of the year's most notable quotations.

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Librarian locates earliest mention of lost island

Auckland Museum librarian scours collection of maps and charts dating back to 1700s and finds first mention on 1908 admiralty chart

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Being A Librarian You're Going to Piss People Off

Letters to a Young Librarian
" I could talk about other times I pissed off parents with my collection development policy or about the time I told the area homeschool groups about our library's teen programs (which included a paranormal program that contradicted one group's very conservative beliefs) or about the time I quit a library job without a backup plan because the environment was not conducive to making me my best, personally or professionally. The thing is, no matter what role you're in and no matter how much or how little experience you have in the field, your beliefs and values are going to piss someone off somewhere.
To be as good as you want to be and to further your goals in providing the best service and experience as a librarian, you have to suck it up and stick to your beliefs.

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Youth librarians seek 'reputation reboot' with body-art calendar

For the 16 models of the Tattooed Youth Librarians of Massachusetts calendar, ink doesn't just belong on the pages of a book.

"They're really associated with your character, but it's a piece of art on your skin," says Noelle Boc, head of children's services at the Tewksbury Public Library.

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Rebuilding Libraries After Hurricane Sandy

This post provides information on how librarians can donate money to help rebuild libraries impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Ms. Skinner's goal is to get as much of the library community involved as possible, and she has created a Twitter hashtag (#sandylibraries) and space in the blog comments for people to share their donations so she can track them. She is also asking for suggestions, so she can build as comprehensive a list as possible. http://juliacskinner.com/2012/11/06/rebuilding-libraries-after-hurricane-sandy/

Another Day, Another Librarian On Jeopardy Story

Ana Peso’s upcoming appearance on “Jeopardy,” a popular TV show quiz show, is something she seems to have been preparing for all of her life.

Peso, a Glenbrook North High School librarian, has always been a reader and has loved trivia since she was a child. She also participated in the Scholastic Bowl in high school.

“It actually was a dream of mine to be on ‘Jeopardy’ since I was a kid. I heard about the online test in 2009, took it, and was actually selected to interview for the show, but didn’t hear anything afterward, maybe because I was super nervous,” Peso said.

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The New York Dolls Bass Player Is Now A Librarian

Crossdressing Rocker Turned Mormon Librarian: New York Doll Giveaway
The movie begins with Kane as 55 year old, has-been rock star in California. While he was recovering from his fall, however, he encountered two Mormon missionaries and converted to the faith. Yes, Arthur “Killer” Kane became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and ended up working in one of the church’s genealogy libraries – the Family History Center in Los Angeles. Kane’s transformation is emotionally jolting. In one frame he’s a trashy cross dressing punk glam rocker, in the next he’s a librarian in a short sleeved 60/40 blend button up.

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Need Accurate Political Fact-Checking? Ask a Librarian

I love Posts Like This ReadWriteWeb picked up on The University of Washington's Living Voters Guide, a site dedicated educating voters on issues and referendums in Washington state.

"However, it might not be entirely accurate to call the librarians on the site "fact-checkers." They are more like on-call information finders. The system set in place at the Living Voters Guide is guided by the people that use it. They ask for topics brought up by others to be fact-checked and the librarians respond with direct research from a reliable source. Fact-checkers do this, too, but can sometimes be guided by entities that have a vested interest in their fact-finding results. "

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Librarians: The shepherds of knowledge

But perhaps there is a “thinkplace” after all: the library.

It’s the traditional intersection of huge amounts of information with the silence that enables its assimilation into our minds and values and imaginations. And its shepherded by knowing, caring librarians who can understand where we’re trying to go and point out the most enjoyable paths.

No doubt the “cloud” will continue to rain down information on us in torrents. But, in a world without libraries, and short on silence, much of it may just wash over us to vanish in the sands of noise.

Reinventing the bookmobile in Texas with The Billy Pilgrim Traveling Library

<a href="http://thebptl.wordpress.com/">The Billy Pilgrim Traveling Library</a> is a Houston-area bookmobile created by two recent library school graduates, hitting the streets in 2013. It will be a traveling library built from personal libraries and donations, based on a rent/barter/trade system AND a physical resource maintained by professionals that is open to partnerships and collaborations with organizations like schools, libraries, museums, nonprofits, and local artists.

Male Librarian Advice: Don't Be Afraid To Be The Only Guy In The Room

Interview with Anthony Carnovale. The teacher-librarian at St. Michael Secondary School in Bolton, Ont.

"The most difficult part of my job initially was trying to get people to take my role as teacher-librarian seriously; there are very few males in this role. When I told a colleague that I had accepted the teacher-librarian position, he laughed and quipped: “You just ruined every fantasy I ever had about a librarian.”

Librarians as political fact-checkers: New feature in online voters guide

The Living Voters Guide, recent winner of the Evergreen Apps Challenge, has released its 2012 update that allows Washington state voters to learn about different ballot measures, compare the pros and cons of each and sound off with fellow contributors.

And if there’s a particular fact in question, they can call on the expertise of a librarian.

Snapshot Day @ Your Library

Is your library having Snapshot Day? Here's some info from ALA on the phenomenon, started in New Jersey three years ago.

Snapshot Day Primer
Snapshot Day in various states
Ohio's Snapshot Day, held this week.

Have you found it to be useful in determining the relative success of your library and its programs? Suggestions for others?

Poe/try Celebration by the StandUp Librarian

Los Angeles librarian is all over the maps

Creason has heard it all. "One I get constantly is, 'Do you have maps of the secret tunnels dug under L.A.?' .... They are secret tunnels and they do not appear on maps," he says.

Amid the stacks of history and genealogy volumes, and the drawers of microfilm, Creason, 65, leaves no doubt about where his heart lies: maps.

Tall and affable, he has helped preserve a street-by-street history of Los Angeles.

"I love to answer map questions," says Creason, who has worked at the Central Library for 32 years and became map librarian in 1989.

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