Librarians

Library of Rare Tibetan Texts to be Available Online

Independent scholar E. Gene Smith, widely credited with preserving much of Tibet\'s literary heritage, is working to
make his massive personal library of rare texts available online:

Crammed into bookshelves and piled onto tables, about 10,000 long, narrow tablets wrapped in red and gold fabric pack the corners of a North Cambridge duplex. Printed from hand-carved wood blocks by monks over the last millennium, these looseleaf books of mulberry-husk paper feature, in ornately lettered and occasionally illustrated Tibetan characters, the mystical poetry of Milarepa, the astrological theories of Asian scientists, and the religious teachings of the great lamas of the ages. Over four decades as an itinerant archivist with a passion for preservation, a Mormon convert to Buddhism named E. Gene Smith has amassed a rare collection of the endangered Tibetan Buddhist canon: some original writings of Buddha, early commentaries by Indian Buddhists, and the writings of Tibetan Buddhist sages over the last 12 centuries. . .

[More from the Boston Globe. Smith\'s efforts to date can be seen at the site of the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center.]

Merritt Fund Helps Librarians in Need

Jim Kuhn writes \"It\'s hard to believe, but after more than thirty years of assisting librarians, there are still those out there who don\'t know about the LeRoy C. Merritt Humanitarian Fund.


And what they don\'t know ... can\'t HELP them.


A sister organization to the American Library Association, the Merritt Fund gives unique aid to librarians who face:

· Workplace discrimination on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, race, color, creed, age, disability, or place of national origin;

· unfair employment practices;

· professional and personal adversity due to their defense of intellectual freedom.


Since its inception in 1970, the Fund has provided over $80,000 in grants to support librarians in their fight for intellectual freedom and professional integrity. Some of the individuals who received grants include:\"

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NewBreed Feature: The image of librarians, real and imagined

Juanita and Colleen scored big with the new issue of NewBreed Librarian, as they have published some cool research by Deirdre Dupre, which finds that librarians are overconcerned with their image and status given the actual perceptions of the public.


A message from Juanita about the other content in this issue is inside: -- Read More

They Do Exist...

What a riot! Okay, anyone who knows me at all knows why I have no choice but to post this story ... I never knew there was such an institution as the International Motorsports Hall of Fame Library, let alone one so devoted to NASCAR. According to the executive director of the IMHF, \"it\'s the most comprehensive library on racing there is in the world. There\'s nothing else like it.\" I want that job. Go 22! more...

The Dusty Bookshelf

Sometimes ya find the Darndest things trolling around
your friends Sites.
Rory has put
together something he calls The Dusty
Bookshelf
. It\'s a collection of ancient library
oriented articles from Library Journal and other places.
Most are from the very early 1900\'s and late 1800\'s and
cover some very interesting topics.
The Telegraph in The Library, The Library as a Social
Centre, and Remarks on the Art of Using a Library, are
just a few. His introduction:

\"To know where we\'re going (or decide where
we\'re going) it helps to take a look at the past. What has
changed and what has stayed the same? What is really
new and what is really old? What works? I compiled
this collection of fourteen out-of-copyright articles about
libraries and librarianship for LISSweb, the website for
the SJSU SLIS Student Organization (LISS). I think the
articles can help in the process of reflection on
librarianship, and are entertaining and thought
provoking as well.\"

Spiffy Librarian Duds

You may already have some cool Librarian Duds but The Laughing Librarian has some mighty spiffy new T-Shirt designs.

La Bibliothèque ... Oh-La-La!, Zen Librarian and Lucifer\'s Library.

So join in and Help him stay unemployed! If just 1,287 people a month buy t-shirts and other stuff he won\'t have to get a job!

Though a Job Offer might be even better...

Libraries on the Radio

John Guscott writes \"Just wanted to let you know that the NPR show The Connection had
a program called \"The Future of the Public Library\" on air last week.
The show is Archived.
The guests were Catherine Dibbell, Director of Public Services from
Boston Public Library, Suzie Neubauer from the Robbins Library in
Arlington MA and myself. The show focused on what libraries are doing
today in the wake of increasing competition from mega-bookstores and the
Internet. Not exactly news to librarians, but since it was a call-in show,
it\'s interesting to hear the public\'s take on this issue.\"

Being an Anomaly: Male Librarians

A great article from Ex Libris that I hope hasn\'t been posted here already:

I know what it\'s like to be the only woman in male-dominated organizations -- uncomfortable! -- so I always wondered what it was like for men to work in female-dominated professions like librarianship. A while back, I asked my male readers about their experiences, and several of you responded. I also read a survey of male librarians in the March, 1994 American Libraries, and a book by Christine Williams, Still a Man\'s World: Men Who Do Women\'s Work. Between these, I think I\'ve gotten some sense of the pleasures and awkwardnesses of this situation. (More)

Thanks to New Breed Librarian

Jail Break Librarian Going To Jail

Jon Noble writes \"Librarian Lucy Dudko has been jailed for a maximum of ten years after she hijacked a helicopter at gunpoint to pluck her armed robber lover from prison.
Lucy Dudko, a 43-year-old librarian whose father is a Russian military helicopter pilot, was convicted earlier this year of breaking out armed robber John Killick from Silverwater jail on March 25, 1999.


Ms Dudko maintains her innocence and intends to appeal\"


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