Librarians

UCLA Librarian punished for political mass e-mail

Connie from Indiana passed along This One from The Daily Bruin
at UCLA on a librarian punished for a political mass e-mail.


The librarians e-mail was cited as being in violation of university library policy, which prohibits unsolicited messages containing political, religious or patriotic messages to be sent to library department lists. They said \"Your recent e-mail, which was distributed to the entire unit, demonstrated a lack of sensitivity that went beyond incivility and became harassment,\" and that if he did not improve his behavior, \"further disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, will result.\"

Pay Equity: Interview with Mitch Freedman

Mitch Freedman,
ALA President-Elect, was recently interviewed by the folks
at New Breed
Librarian
about his plans
for fighting for better pay for librarians
in his
upcoming year
as President. It\'s a good read. Think what you want
about ALA, it was ALA members who elected Mitch, in part
because of the three candidates he was the one who
introduced this issue and was by far the most aggressive
on it. While it is hard to accomplish major change in a
one-year term, I feel that it is a start toward something
important.

2,800 books were not miscataloged says Tech

The battle of the mis-cataloged books rages on.

The library technician accused of poor cataloging skills says the high school librarian should \"change the data on the library cards\" himself, and stop blaming her for problems surrounding at least 2,800 books he says were miscataloged before they were sent to him.
She has written a letter than says, in part \"\"Is there but one standard by which books may be cataloged? If so, whose standard should that be? Should the standard for elementary students be the same as for high school or college students?\"

Now I\'m no cataloger, but I did take a couple classes, and I swear there was some mention of standards somewhere in there, and it seems like a Librarian would know more than a Technician on such an issue, but what do I know?Full Story from ZWire.

More than 2,800 books miscataloged by school librarian

I\'m not sure what to make of This One. A Hamilton County, IL, librarian doesn\'t seem to be able to catalog, so they hired her an assistant. The librarian is the wife of a superintendent and the assistant is the wife of a local mayor.

\"So far I have found 2800 books that have either been miscataloged or have incomplete card sets,\" said McKinnis. \"I haven\'t been through every one yet, but most new books that have been cataloged are not consistent with our senior high library or even most college libraries.\"

Law librarian a valued resource

The Deseret Sun has a nice story about Pat Stewart, the
law librarian for Riverside County’s Law Library in Utah.

\"The soft-spoken 74-year-old grandmother and
greatgrandmother, who also holds a pilot’s license, became Indio’s
law librarian after deciding to make a career change and enrolling in
a paralegal program...\"
Full Story

Librarian read riot act for pacifist stance

In this story from the Oregonian, we learn about librarian,
Miss Hunt,
who stood her ground during World War I. She worked for the
Library Association of Portland, now the Multnomah County Library
John Terry writes:
\"All citizens were under pressure to assign money, and public
employees were instructed it was public duty to commit part of their
paychecks.

Louise Hunt thought otherwise. She was a pacifist and made no secret
of it.

Anonymous word of her refusal inspired the drive\'s chieftains to
furious scorn. A delegation was dispatched to Hunt\'s boss, head
librarian Isom, to demand Hunt either be commanded to duty or
dismissed.\"

Full
Story

Former School Librarian Pleads Guilty in Child Porn Case

A former Connecticut school librarian has plead guilty in a child pornography case. \"Since 1984,\" according to the article, \"he has worked in seven schools in four states, but has not been charged for inappropriate behavior with children. He is now employed at a McDonald\'s restaurant.\" Obviously, he prefers his Internet access unfiltered. more... from CTNow.com

Florida Librarian Suspended Without Pay for Banning American Pride Stickers

The Florida librarian who forced her staff to remove their American Pride stickers has finally been suspended, without pay. Once the story hit the airwaves, a public outcry triggered a response from the University\'s President who called her actions \"reprehensible.\" more... from The Florida Sentinel.
Blake posted the original story Here.

Teacher charged in video case

Bob Cox passed along This Story from JSOnline on a High School teacher that was arrested after allegedly asking a school librarian to copy a videotape of two students having sex. The teacher was charged Thursday with possession of child pornography.
He told the school librarian he needed a favor and asked him to copy a videotape. The librarian agreed and discovered that the tape featured two Vincent students engaged in sex.

What libraries can do!

Bill Drew writes \"I have been trying to think how libraries might help their user communities in response to the attacks yesterday. I am helping by providing links to information resources I have found or that have been sent to me. I started with links from the Tourbus service sent to me by Jo Anne Ellis of SUNY ESF at Syracuse University. I am then adding others as I find them.
The URL is: morrisville.edu/library/timely.html

Other things we can do:
- listen to your patrons.
- provide a safe haven away from the news if it is needed.
- stay open to provide normality.
- be human and admit your own responses.
- share news and information sources with other libraries and librarians.

Any other suggestions are welcome.

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