Interview With Ambient Findability Author

stevenj writes "To go along with several recent items about Peter Morville, author of the book Ambient Findability, those interested in the book and author can find a good interview over at Boxes and Arrows. If you don't have time to read the book, this interview will at least clue you in about the concept and what Morville thinks is important about it. Read the interview."

A Brief Interview with Nancy Pearl

While not nearly as interesting as the interview by our very own Birdie, here's an interview with Nancy Pearl in the Miami Herald.

Firefox 19 yr old co-creator Interviewed by NYTimes writes: Blake Ross, who began working at Netscape at the tender age of 14, by 19, had co-created Firefox: a free, highly-regarded, open-source Web browser that, in its very short life, has been downloaded 100 million times and is in the process stealing over ten percent of the browser market away from Microsoft. He's now on leave from Stanford. Interview here at NY Times: its/02POGUE-EMAIL.html"

LISNews Interview With Librarian Nancy Pearl

Most of us are familiar with librarian Nancy Pearl--from her work at the Washington Center for the Book, as the model for the hilarious "librarian action figure" and for her two tremendously successful books--Book Lust and More Book Lust that have caught the interest of the general public as well as those of us in the profession.

Now, dear LISNews readers, you'll get to know Nancy even better in this one-on-one interview with reporter Robin K. Blum, aka birdie.

Read on to learn about Nancy's first serious boyfriend, how she was chosen as the model for the librarian action figure, what she thinks is the most rewarding part of being an author and what she views as librarianship's most significant issues.

A bit of biographical background about Nancy from her Wikipedia listing: Born in 1945, Pearl is a librarian, best-selling author, book reviewer and was, until August 2004, the Executive Director of the Washington Center for the Book at Seattle Public Library. Her prolific reading and her knowledge of books and literature first made her locally famous in Seattle, Washington, where she regularly appears on public radio recommending books.

Pearl achieved broader fame with Book Lust, her guide to good reading. Pearl's approach to enjoying reading is the Rule of 50 which states "If you still don't like a book after slogging through the first 50 pages, set it aside. If you're more than 50 years old, subtract your age from 100 and only grant it that many pages. "

She founded the pioneering and much-imitated "If All Seattle Read The Same Book" project. She has had her face on American Library Association posters and has received numerous awards. Her book reviews appear in the Seattle Times, Booklist, Library Journal, and on the radio on KUOW Seattle, and KWGS Tulsa, Oklahoma, and most recently, nationally on NPR.

In 2003 she received an unusual honor when the Seattle-based company Accoutrements created a librarian action figure in her likeness to be sold in their Seattle store, Archie McPhee. Featuring Pearl with a stack of books and a finger to her lips, the doll's "push to shush" action was popular with some librarians and dismaying to others who felt that the doll reinforced librarian stereotypes. Pearl herself said that the shushing aspect of the action figure would determine "which librarians have a sense of humor."

"More Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment and Reason", the sequel (published in summer of 2005) also received much acclaim ("a sprightly follow-up"), and was chosen by the Today Show as one of their book-club selections.

NPR story: from library workers to "living life among the dogs"

infodiva scooped me on this one. I heard the piece, but neglected to blog it. Bad Karl.

"This morning, on Morning Edition, NPR featured the story of two former employees of the Consortium Library at the University of Alaska who gave up their combined income of $70,000 or so to become small business owners of the "Canine Club" in Reno, Nevada."

Escaping E-Mail Hell

stevenj writes "The current issue of Fortune magazine has an interesting interview with Bill Gates and Ray Ozzie (recently hired by Microsoft) about the future of email. They agree email contributes to information overload, but they don't see email going away. Rather, they believe email is being used for lots of applications for which better productivity software could be developed (who could do that I wonder?) - lessening the need to use email as frequently as we do. It's a good read. Find it at: 0,15114,1071146,00.html"

Librarian's Day in Cuba - Meet ASCUBI President

Hector Marino sent in an interview with Margarita Bellas Vilariño President of
the Cuban Association of Librarians.
By Maribel Duarte Gonzáles.

LISNews Interview With Desiree Goodwin

Desiree Goodwin made headlines around the world earlier this year as the "sexy librarian" when she claimed in a lawsuit that she had been rejected repeatedly for promotion because she is black and is perceived as just a "pretty girl" whose attire was too "sexy." According to reports, even with degrees from Cornell, Boston College, and Simmons College, she'd been rejected for 16 jobs at Harvard since 1999, when she completed her master’s degree in library science after attending night classes at Simmons College for 4 1/2 years.

Below is my interview with Desiree.

John W. Berry Answers Your Questions

We've had several interesting interviews so far this
year, they include all 3 Presidential Candidates for the
ALA, Maurice J. Freedman, Ken Haycock, and William Sannwald, and also Pat Schroeder, from the APA.

This time around I sent John W. Berry, President
Elect at the ALA, the same questions the current
candidates received. Read on to see what the new
president of the ALA has to say on all the current topics
that interested YOU, the loyal LISnews readers.

Pat Schroeder Answers a Few Questions

Pat Schroeder was nice enough to quickly answer my
request for an interview. She had just a few minutes to
answer a few
questions before she had to leave for an important
event. I am hoping to catch her again in a few weeks to
answer a few more questions.
You may be suprised on some of her answers.

If you don\'t know who she is, Read This before you read
her answers.

The questions and answers follow....


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