Librarians

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.

Geoffrey Bill Obituary

Lee Hadden writes: \"Geoffrey Bill was librarian and archivist of Lambeth Palace Library from
1958 to 1991. The most notable and successful of modern Lambeth
Librarians, he was, as he liked to recall, only the fourth to hold that
office in a century and a quarter.

He was active too in the Friends of the National Libraries and on the
Gladstone Diaries committee, and was responsible for founding the Church
of England Record Society, on whose activities he kept a benevolent eye.
His achievements were publicly recognised in 1983 by his Lambeth DLitt and
his fellowship of the Royal Historical Society, and in 1984 by his
election as a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. He was appointed OBE
in 1991.


Read more about this interesting British librarian in the December 14, 2001 issue of the Times.\"

The Librarian and the Monster Cat

The Librarian and the Monster Cat: A True Story of Sailing Adventure (the July 2001 editorial in Sailnet) is about a \"50-year-old female librarian at a middle school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, [who] sails across the Atlantic Ocean on one of the monster catamarans that competed in The Race, as a crewmember on one of the biggest, fastest, most complex and dangerous sailboats in the world!\"

Picture Book Librarians

Matthew Heintzelman\'s article Children\'s Picture Books with Librarians and Libaries: An Annotated Bibliography investigates the images and stereotypes of librarians as found in picture books.

He discovers that
\"librarians are often judged on the basis of their ability to connect with their respective communities. Perceptions of the librarian as aloof, shy, bookish, authoritarian, fragile, etc., are so ingrained into the popular psyche that their image--and that of libraries--in popular culture is rarely varied\".

Here\'s the story of Library Lil:
\"A small-town librarian converts the residents to reading books. When confronted by a hostile motorcycle gang, she turns out to be physically strong enough to defend her library. In the process, she converts the motorcycle gang into readers, and develops a special relationship with the gang\'s leader.\"
(This comes under the heading \"Librarians and Control\", of course.) -- Read More

Strategies for Working With Shy Professionals

Bob Cox passed along Strategies for Working With Shy Professionals from careerjournal.com, and in my continuing effort to prolong all librarian stereotypes, I post it as a helpful guide on how to deal with librarians, because we are all shy.
Plus, you really can\'t beat this opening paragraph:

\"There was a flood recently in the basement of the Boston Public Library. It soaked 50,000 cartons of books. But water wasn\'t the only thing the broken pipe unleashed: It also brought forth a flood of emotions from the library staff. One suffered nightly panic attacks. Another compared it to a death in the family. When all was said and done, 25 employees ended up in grief counseling.\"

The Librarian Stereotype and the Movies

Stephen Walker and V. Lonnie Lawson wrote The Librarian Stereotype and the Movies.

\"Hollywood movies influence the public\'s thinking about the image of librarians, but how much is hard to say. However, by looking at Hollywood\'s treatment of librarians we discover indications of how the public is viewing us. To the general public the word \"librarian\" is a readily recognizable label. The label need not include those aspects of librarianship that librarians want to claim. Several years ago on the \"Family Feud\" game show a group of 100 people were surveyed and asked what they believed to be typical \"librarian\" characteristics.The top 5 characteristics disclosed showed that librarians were...\"

The Fierce Librarian

Neal Pollack has written an article on Eric Richmond, librarian and poet.
Richmond\'s fate was determined in the spring of 1982, when he was a junior in high school. He came downtown one day and went to the library on Michigan Avenue, where his mother worked. Over lunch, he recalls, he said to her:

\"You know, I wouldn\'t mind working for the library. It\'d be an OK job to have. It\'d beat the hell out of digging ditches or working in an office somewhere.\"

You can read the full article here: The Fierce Librarian. -- Read More

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