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Tails won it. The library held a coin toss yesterday — in accordance with a union agreement — to determine which one of 2 employees would get bumped into a more junior position. The winner says:
\"I feel so sick about it. It\'s not fair to do this to anybody, Deciding between two people on this basis, it should not happen. I\'m equally shattered for her.\"
Stories on the CIPA trials won\'t be hard to find, but this one highlights the librarians in action, so it might be worth mentioning. The article is perhaps most interesting becasue it begins with, \"Three soft-spoken, gray-haired librarians...\"I don\'t know any librarians that are soft-spoken. Do you?
The NY Times has picked up on the Nixon Library Story, saying this is the only one not operated by the federal government or filled with professional archivists, it is also the only one that does not even house all its president\'s papers, they remain near Washington, beyond the library\'s control, thanks to the way he left office.
Someone passed along This One with a list of Snappy comebacks, and longer answers to the ol\' question “Why do we need a teacher librarian or a school library when we have the Internet?”
THIS WINDOW CLOSED - or, Six Reasons The Service Sector Hates You is a response to This One, Lileks at the library.
(1) Believe that rules don’t apply to you
(2) Treat the establishment as if you owned it.
(3) Lie through your teeth
(4) Show up .00002 seconds before closing and expect an entire day\'s service
(5) Expect favors
(6) Rip your ludicrously-underpaid service prole a new one about things he/she
He also adds this important tip:
the people who work at counters or circulation desks do not
\"My advice to anyone starting out in this profession is to have the self-confidence to move outside your particular domain. Always push further into the wider business of your institution, whether it\'s a local authority, company or university. Sometimes it feels uncomfortable but it is important.\"
In my never ending quest to reinforce every possible librarian stereotype, I give you Love of books leads to career as librarian. After all, that is why we all became librarians right?
Unfortunatly she\'s not a little old lady with a shawl, and her hair in a bun, but she does wear glasses!
Nina McLaughlin writes \"Here is an article titled \"Library science degree: file that under ‘stupid’\" that I can only hope is a joke. After all, we can take a joke.... But this writer, a UCLA student in Molecular Biology, seems to be serious when saying: \"I don\'t understand why these overzealous school marms need to attend a professional school, and thus be equated with scientists, doctors and lawyers. I don\'t even think you need a GED to successfully put books on shelves. Hell, a properly trained monkey with a fancy hat could probably do that.\" The article, in the \"Viewpoint\" (i.e. Opinion) section of the UCLA Daily Bruin goes on to say \"Library science? Science? There is not a single scientific thing about library science. Putting on a silly puppet show for kids doesn\'t exactly merit a Nobel Prize.\" I kept re-reading it, hoping it was some sort of a satire that I just wasn\'t getting.... But I think they REALLY feel this way. Arrrggghhh!
Update: 4:10pmThe author [ Sony Barari ] has left a comment below explaining the story.
The Shy Librarian magazine is celebrating its one-year anniversary by offering its entire 64-page Spring 2002 issue online (free PDF). The magazine focuses on library marketing and programming and \"promotes libraries, librarians, and books.\" The Spring 2002 ad-free issue has feature pieces on the Boston Public Library\'s Media Campaign, Tips on Running an Adult Summer Reading Program, an Overview of Library Parking Problems, and over 75 books reviews. The magazine is written by librarians and teachers and is published quarterly in print.