Librarians

Carrier librarian to sail on Semester at Sea

Carrier librarian to sail on 'Semester at Sea'
This fall, one JMU librarian will step out of the library to set sail toward the places he’s only read about in books.

Jonathan Paulo, the education librarian in Carrier Library, will embark on a “Semester at Sea” from Aug. 23 to Dec. 7. Organized by the University of Virginia, Semester at Sea acts largely like a college campus — but on a ship.

The MV Explorer, a 590-foot passenger ship, is equipped to carry more than 800 passengers. With nine state-of-the-art classrooms that include overhead projectors, close-circuit televisions, wireless Internet access, a multi-media lab, pool and three dining decks, the ship’s a floating campus.

School Librarians becoming a rare breed in TX

Librarians becoming a rare breed

Brian Rosson, one of the Human Resources directors with ECISD, said during the past two years, the district has really felt the repercussions of what he called a statewide librarian shortage. The Texas Education Agency has specific qualifications that a librarian must have, and according to Rosson, the most challenging qualification to meet is a master’s degree in library science.

“What we’ve seen over the last five years are less and less people going back to school for a degree in that,” Rosson said. “And there are only a few universities in the state that offer that degree.”

Librarians Trump Engineers in Mobile AL

From Alabama.com:

A six-member team from Hargrove Engineers + Constructors lost out to a group of Birmingham librarians during a charitable trivia contest held statewide at lunchtime today.

Mobile's Hargrove was the 2012 winner of the Mobile's Brightest Company Charitable Trivia Competition, winning $10,000 for Penelope House, a shelter for battered women and their children in Mobile.

Today, though, the trivia questions seemingly proved too tough, and the workers came in second in the state finals of the contest sponsored by Protective Life Corporation and Impact Alabama. "Most of them today were terrible," said Jerry Betts, a Hargrove trivia team member who works in quality assurance.

Here's one question not a single team answered correctly during today's contest: "In the first season of HBO's "The Wire," what westside Baltimore drug kingpin is the primary target of police?"

Do you know the answer?

Occupational Classification of Librarians in different countries

Occupational Classification of Librarians in different countries
It is interesting to analyze how LIBRARIANSHIP is classified in Occupational Indexes or Occupational Classifications from various International organizations and Government agencies, especially the labor laws enforcing organizations in the world. LIBRARIANSHIP is classified as a professional occupation, along with lawyers, health professionals, teaching professionals, business professional etc.

What does that mean? A professional occupant requires a professional degree/qualification in the field. A professional degree prepares the holder for a particular profession by emphasizing competency skills along with theory and analysis. These professions are typically licensed or otherwise regulated by a governmental or government-approved body (Wikipedia).

Let us see what the governmental and professional organisations say about our profession.

Librarian blogger keeps tabs on tech revolution

Librarian blogger keeps tabs on tech revolution
In 2003, librarian Sarah Houghton was tired of having to wander around the Internet looking for information about technology and Web services. So she stopped looking and made a blog of her own. She called it “Librarian in Black,” so that her blog would match her wardrobe.

A Promise by Harvard's Librarian

From Publishers Weekly: Scholar and Harvard University librarian Robert Darnton vowed that the Digital Public Library of America, a nonprofit, nationwide effort to digitize and offer access to millions of free, digitized books and special collections would launch by April of 2013. “I make this promise to you,” Darnton said at the close of his talk, entitled “Digitize, Democratize: Libraries and the Future of Books": “We will get this done.” -- Read More

New generation breaking librarian stereotype

Moorhead’s new generation breaking librarian stereotype
MOORHEAD - Sitting amid the long, narrow book stacks of the public library, Nicole Thistlewood, with her hair recently dyed a bright shade of pink, looks a little out of place.

Helena Bonham Carter’s Librarian Shushes Rufus Wainwright In His New Video

Helena Bonham Carter’s Librarian Shushes Rufus Wainwright In His New Video
For the title song on his impending seventh studio album, Wainwright has recruited his longtime pal, actress Helena Bonham Carter, to play a buttoned-up keeper of books, at war with her own urges. The video, directed by Philip Andelman, follows Bonham Carter’s sensibly dressed lady around as she lip-syncs Wainwright’s '70s AM radio-sounding anthem and disciplines various library patrons. The twist is that these patrons are all played by Wainwright himself (including one who sports a John Waters-style 'stache.)

Oh Those Nympho Librarians!

She's completely abandoned her cataloging for some extra-curricular work in the stacks. However you'll notice her hair is still in a bun.

Paris Review article on this title.

The Strike is Over for 2300 Librarians in Toronto

Toronto librarians return to work;
after a ten-day walk-out, an agreement has been reached.

Members of CUPE Local 4948 had been on strike since March 19 and libraries were closed during that time. Members voted Thursday night to accept an offer from the city.

CUPE Local 4948 representatives said they were able to fight back all concessions on benefits, noting this is particularly important for the library's many part-time workers.

Video and story here.

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