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"After that summer I became a librarian groupie. My fierce, passionate, story-loving librarians taught me that when a story is told it’s more important for the listeners to see the story than the teller. I learned that, in a world where people think memory can be bought on a chip, the word-of-mouth and the word-of-heart still matter. You can’t double-click on wisdom. Most of all, they taught me that the listener is the hero of the story. "
This is an essay I wrote last month and am having trouble finding an audience. I think LISnews readers and I would find it mutually beneficial.
When Colin Campbell Ross was sent to the gallows at the Old Melbourne Gaol in 1922, few would have guessed his name would be cleared by a humble librarian more than 80 years later. Kevin Morgan was the librarian, historian and author whose book, Gun Alley, was instrumental to Ross receiving a pardon in 2008 for his wrongful conviction for the rape and murder of a 12-year-old girl in a Melbourne alley. To coincide with the release of a new edition of Gun Alley with an epilogue detailing Ross's pardon, Morgan yesterday launched a second book, Detective Piggott's Casebook, based on a detective's scrapbooks he discovered researching the Gun Alley case.
Shorter University tenured librarian Michael Wilson planned to work at the school's Rome, Ga., campus until retirement. Instead, he is preparing to hand in his resignation.
According to Inside Higher Ed, this year Shorter issued amended contracts to university employees requiring that they reject practices it deemed inconsistent with Christian values. Wilson, who is openly gay, signed the contract but crossed out the contract's "lifestyle statement" that read: "I reject as acceptable all sexual activity not in agreement with the Bible, including, but not limited to, premarital sex, adultery, and homosexuality."
Retired librarian keeps the written word alive
After 40 years of being a librarian, Marlene Heard wanted to continue to share her passion for books, so she started her own little library.
Marlene tells TODAY'S TMJ4's Jesse Ritka she can't live without books, "I have to be with a library, I just have to be."
The Detroit Public Library ousted its executive director Tuesday, amid fears of worsening finances and whiplash from a year of scandals over lavish spending and bungled budgets.
Board members placed Jo Anne Mondowney on paid administrative leave until her $135,000 contract expires Aug. 24. The final straw for some commissioners was fears she hadn't kept the board "up to date" on a system "facing a financial catastrophe," said commission chairman Jonathan Kinloch.
From the Philadelphia Inquirer:
The Philadelphia Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, the nation's oldest book collection serving the visually impaired and one of only two in the commonwealth, is slated to be dramatically diminished this week, as services and the collection are slashed.
The plan calls for moving most reading materials to the smaller, less-used Pittsburgh branch; foolishly dumping half a million recorded cassettes; and halving the caring, veteran staff that helps disabled patrons in 29 counties. [ed: I heard about this plan while at PLA in Philadelphia in March; word has it that its the plan of Governor Tom Corbett, a native of Pittsburgh].
The merger makes absolutely no sense and will not save the commonwealth a cent, while providing slower, less efficient service to an already underserved population. Indeed, critics believe the merger will cost more money in unanticipated operating costs.
Which College Degrees Lead To Higher Unemployment [infographic]
You could choose a worse major... like Psychology, Fine Arts or History... but that's about it.
Librarian in Crystal Lake on 'Jeopardy!'
A local librarian is scheduled to appear on the game show “Jeopardy!” later this month, making her the third librarian from McHenry County to appear on the program since 2010.
Julie Zukowski, 41, of Lakewood is scheduled to appear on the show May 24. She has worked at the Crystal Lake Public Library since 2005.
Autistic librarian's mission for the books
Meet Eric Robinson, librarian extraordinaire. He re-shelves books at the Family History Library in downtown Salt Lake City, where millions of genealogical reference materials are located. Day-in, day-out for the past 23 years Eric's been at it, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., as regular as the clock, and the next book he mis-shelves will be the first one.
"He knows the Dewey Decimal System very well," proclaims one of his supervisors, Pat Welch, in what could only be translated as a vast understatement.