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In case you aren\'t aware of him, Sanford
Berman is a living legend. This nicely-designed site
by Madeline Douglas brings
together diverse material by and about the great man
of progressive librarianship and LCSH reform. Included
are a bibliography;
the full text of his groundbreaking book, _Prejudices and
materials on his departure from Hennepin County Library;
information; the festschrift-zine \"Kiss My Filing
Indicators;\" an issue of
the HCL Cataloging Bulletin from 1974; links to related
a collection of writings (which you can find under
\"what\'s new.\") Madeline
did a very good job with this site. I am happy to see
that it is nearly as
extensive as its subject deserves. Check it out.
Lee Hadden writes:\" Life-saving heroes are not just firemen and soldiers and nurses.
Sometimes they are the men and women who give of themselves, literally, so
others can live.
Howard P. Drew, Jr., is not just another reitred librarian. He is also a
Over the past years, Howard Drew has given over 213 units of blood, over
28 gallons, and become a hero in saving lives. He is in the Guiness Book of
Records because of this feat of record blood giving. The American Red Cross
estimates that every gallon of blood saves 24 to 32 lives.
Join the Heroes of America. Give blood today!
Read more about it at the Washington Post.\"
They present evidence of a recent librarian crime wave.
University of Georgia librarian, Robert M. \"Skeet\" Willingham, Jr., was sentenced to 15 years in prison and ordered to pay the state Board of Regents $45,000 for stealing rare and valuable library material in 1988.
In 1982, James R. Shinn of St. Louis was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for stealing more than $100,000 in rare books from college libraries around the country.
A few months ago, Benjamin Johnson, 21, of Hamden, Conn., was charged with stealing $2 million worth of rare material from Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, where he had a summer job.
This Chattanooga Times Story (really annoying registeration required, the site is a real mess) story says there is a limited number of librarians available across the country, and there are almost four job openings for every one of us.
The current lopsided ratio of librarian vacancies to candidates is the result of the high median age of those in the profession (47) and the large volume of retirements by baby-boomer librarians.
I\'ll miss all those stories about the \'60s, and how much better things were back then when they all retire. At least we can look forward to more shows like the Golden Girls soon.
\"Based on census data, some 40 percent of library directors are expected to retire before the end of the decade, with a big chunk of them reaching 65 in the next few years,\"
They say the Internet has created unprecedented new demand for the highly trained information specialists known as \"special librarians\" -- people who can take all this information and organize it into bite-sized bits for easy corporate consumption.
Hopefully that is still true.
Aina writes \"The 2/1/02 edition of the New York Post has a story on page 3 re the horrible murder of a librarian by her landlord. Unfortunately, the circumstances of her tragic death are not noteworthy enough - the reporter felt that it was necessary to state, \"spinster librarian.\"
See \"It\'s Gore Galore in Landlord Slay Trial\" by Laura Italiano. The url for the NYPost is:
nypost.com. I\'m willing to bet dollars to donuts that if the librarian had been from another profession the term \"spinster\" would never have been used. \"
\"The demands of technology and higher academic standards are changing the roles of librarians, creating a new breed of educators who can shift gears from \"Hamlet\" to HTML, from Gogol to Google. Even their new title - \"media specialist\" - gives them a high-tech aura.\" More
Mike Winter writes \"Most of us learned in library school, or on our own, that librarianship became \"feminized\" in the US in the latter part of the 19th and the early part of the 20th centuries.The sources are writers like Dee Garrison, who wrote Apostles of Culture (1979) but there are many others.
I wonder if in fact this long-established trend is now in the process of being reversed. In a recent book by Christine Williams (Still a Man\'s World), the numbers from the census bureau suggest that this trend probably peaked about 1930 and has been falling slowly since then. According to these figures librarianship went from being about 90% male, in the period before 1870, to being about 90% female, in the period ending about 1930. But since that time, the mix has been shifting, and it seems like at present the only subfields where this historic trend still holds is in public and school librarianship.
If this is accurate (and partly this depends on whether or not the census numbers are valid)I suspect it is because in the postwar period a number of subfields developed more rapidly than the earlier ones (academic, research, and special librarianship, for example) where there are far more males.
But maybe even more important than this historic shift of numbers, if that is what it is, is a cultural shift in which librarianship is being increasingly defined in terms much more favorable to males than to females. This is very clear from Williams\' book, where it is very convincingly argued that being male is a great advantage in librarianship and other female-intensive occupations. Much of this has to do with automation, networking, and other male-dominated technical fields. What do others think about this?\"
Someone passed along a USNewsWire release, Statement From Blacks in Government Library of Congress Chapter, from William W. Ellis of Blacks in Government, says:
\"The Library of Congress (LC) has descended from its on-going
blatant racism into the abyss of the segregation outlawed by the
Civil Rights Act of 1964. Under the leadership of Librarian James
H. Billington, LC managers have segregated procurement officers in
the Contracts and Logistics Division (C&L) into two teams. An
all-white all-female team now handles major contracts, and an
all-black team of men and women is left to handle the dregs.\"
Bob Cox sent along This One on a ruling that Fulton County, GA, must pay nearly $25 million for discriminating against eight white librarians.
The librarians contended they were demoted to smaller branch libraries from jobs in the more desirable central branch because of a concentrated effort to reduce the number of white employees working downtown.
\"It appeared there was a cover-up,\" Hughes said. \"They were managers who all were demoted. They were demeaned and humiliated. . . . They weren\'t treated how professional employees of the Atlanta-Fulton Library System should be treated.\"