Librarians

I Hate Librarians

Whilest tolling through the comments I ran across librarianarchy\'s friends and enemies list, and it occured to me not everyone likes librarians.
Some people hate librarians, calling us bitter,
snappy, completely bitchy
, or, mean & evil ,and we even smell of old books .
Some people hate us so much they\'ve written Poems about how much we suck.

Others Don\'t Like the ALA, but no one seems to Hate It.
Of course, there are pleanty of reasons to Hate Books.
Not to worry, we are also Loved, and so are Books [note: interesting search result].
[also note: I don\'t hate librarians, it\'s just a catchy title]

The Triumph Of Librarians

Marylaine passed along word that Rory got a mention in a Salon Story on Michael Moore\'s new book. Ann Sparanese, a librarian at Englewood Library in New Jersey gets the credit for starting the ball rolling.


\"When Michael Moore\'s publisher insisted he rewrite his new book to be less critical of President Bush, it took an outraged librarian to get it back in the stores.\"

Lost job alters financial plans

BusinessToday.com has a Sad Story on an unemployed librarian who is unable to find a job in her field with a salary to match what she had been earning previously, after being laid off. She made $65,000 a year at her previous job, and her husband just got laid off as well. She has taken a job as a field investigator for a company that performs background checks. She will begin earning $25,000 a year when she starts the job in February.
A fininacial planner provides some advice.

The Name \'LIBRARIAN\' Good,Bad or ugly??

Bessie passed along an interesting looking story that I have been unable to find.
It originally appeared in the December 3, 2001 Information World Review, but is not to be found on the site.

They conducted a small survey to find out what some folks thought of the name \'Librarian\'. Was it good or bad, would a change of image help? The responses are more than a little interesting.
I\'ll post some of the story below, maybe someone can find it in the print version? -- Read More

Breast-feeding concern at library poorly handled

Pantagraph.com has An Opinion on the Breast-In-The-Library Story from last week, that says \"the Library Board should not spend a great deal more time on this issue.\", too bad this was written by a person who has never been on a library committee, which we all know will spend way too much time on whatever it is given.

Quotable Cuss Words

Law.com has a Fun Little Story on Fred Shapiro associate librarian for public services and lecturer in legal research at Yale Law School.

He is editing the forthcoming Yale Dictionary of Quotations and previously edited the Oxford Dictionary of American Legal Quotations. He\'s found some interesting uses of many interesting words back to the 1700\'s.

Edward N. MacConomy Obit

Lee Hadden writes: \"Edward N. MacConomy, 85, who joined the Library of Congress in 1940 as a
messenger and retired in 1985 as chief of the National Referral Center, a
subdivision that refers inquiries to appropriate private organizations and
trade associations, died on Dec. 17th -- Read More

Librarian salaries

There\'s an interesting discussion currently on the newlib-l mailing list that I subscribe to (and strongly recommend to anyone in library school or recently graduated) about salaries. The archives are not available on the web, but this seems to be a current \"hot topic\" (I know, these things come round in cycles so it\'s hardly new). I noticed in my latest copy of the UK Library Association Record, that at the recent IFLA meeting in Boston someone from the UKLA was talking to ALA President-Elect Mitch Freedman about exactly this topic, since it formed part of his campaign platform. So for anyone who is interested, there is more information from Mitch\'s Better Salaries/Pay Equity Task Force website. There will also be an open meeting on the topic at ALA Midwinter in New Orleans next month.

Librarian Guide To Feline Law

Presenting the LLRX guide, The Domestic Cat and the Law: A Guide to Available Resources

Stephen Young (A reference librarian at The Catholic University of America) has written a comprehensive document on legislation, regulations, landmark cases, texts, secondary sources, organizations and groups, and related web sites, all of which focus on the 73 million felines that share the lives of Americans.

And since all librarians have a cat at home, or in the libary, this will be especially useful. Maybe they could use this in Escondido?

An Essay on Professional Ethics

This Essay, by Ralph L. Sanderson,
briefy examines the topic of professional ethics. He examines both the broad concepts and issues involved before focusing on ethics and the library and information management profession. He says As \'professionals\', librarians have adopted, through their governing associations, their own ethics or \'rules of correct and honorable conduct\'. The respective library associations of the United States, Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand have all adopted similar (if not identical) ethics.

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