Librarians

Images of the Librarian

I\'ve collected a few links on librarian stereotypes, and images to share with ya\'ll...

Stereotypes is part of IMAGE AND THE LIBRARIAN

THE LIBRARIAN STEREOTYPE AND THE MOVIES

The Image of the Librarian in Fiction

Information for Social Change

Rory passed along word on the new Information for Social Change [No. 13, Summer 2001].

Contents include:

- Book review: Glenn Rikowski\'s The Battle in Seattle: Its Significance for
Education. Review: John Pateman

-Resources. Martyn Lowe Some recent developments. Martyn Lowe

- Librarians protest murder in Genoa! Open letter from librarians against
the murder of people exercising the right to protest against corporate
globalization at the Genoa conference, July 2001.

- Classic and neo-information (editorial). Rory Litwin

- Libraries in Cuba: Report of a visit to \"independent,\" national and
public libraries in Cuba, 2000. John Pateman

And more...

Mitch Freedman presents pay equity, etc. to state

Steve Fesenmaier writes \"Mitch Freedman on privacy, defending intellectual freedom, combating the Uniform Computer Information Transactions Act,
budget projections, promoting library advocacy, diversity, and better salaries and pay equity by overcome the stereotype of
pittance for pay and promote a better understanding of what librarians do.


Read The Full Speech \"

A Librarian as a Sleuth in Hot Pursuit

Susan Benning was king enough to pass along This Review of \"Underneath the Lintel\", a monologue by Glen Berger that opened at the SoHo Playhouse yesterday, from The NYTimes.

It\'s about \"a Dutch librarian, a fussbudget with the personality tics of the shy, small-minded and eccentric, a man whose life\'s focus is making sure no one tries to get away with leaving overdue books in the library\'s overnight return bin.\"

UCLA Librarian Appeals Suspension

Dailycal.org has more News on A UCLA librarian, who was suspended without pay last month for sending a mass e-mail criticizing U.S. foreign policy. Jonnie Hargis has filed a grievance with the university administration. He says this is like \"the thought police—this is something out of Orwell\". They say his email \"demonstrated a lack of sensitivity that went beyond incivility and became harassment.\"

In the meantime, Hargis has gained fame through his appearances on several radio talk shows and two articles in the student newspaper.

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

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