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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.\"
Gillian Davis was kind enough to pass along Laura Bush Addresses Nation\'s Critical Shortage of Librarians -- From the IMLS Press Release.
You may recall Laura Bush announced a proposed $10 million initiative for 2003 to recruit a new generation of librarians.
Now if we can just get some of that to go to current librarians...
Charles Davis writes \"Four distinguished men and women with close connections with the
library world will be awarded honorary degrees at a special
ceremony to mark the 400th anniversary of the foundation of the
Bodleian Library on 8 November 2002 (subject to approval by
Congregation). They are:
James Billington, Lynne Brindley, Professor Sir Brian Follett and Paul LeClerc.
Bill Drew writes \"The image of the typical female librarian is changing. Baccardi has an ad in the Jan 31 issue of Rolling Stone opposite page 23. It says \"Librarian by Day - Baccardi by Night.\" It is good for a chuckle. \"
See also, Digital Image: the stereotype of the
female librarian and images of and by
librarians on the Internet, over at Warrior Librarian Weekly. This dissertation aims to look at the stereotype of the female librarian and images of librarians on the Internet.
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]