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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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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?
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.
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
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!\"