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I stumbled on a couple interesting papers while looking for something else the other day.
Tamar Kirschner wrote an interesting paper that takes a A Look at librarian stereotypes.
\" Their professional sense of purpose carries over into the human beings they are outside of work, which is probably why it is the only professional stereotype that does not suggest an element of exploitation of others.\"
Richard A. Danner wrote Redefining a Profession that discusses technology and its impact on our little profession.
\"...without attention, foresight, and the willingness to take advantage of these capabilities, librarians could find that market forces alone will control and limit the future development of the profession.\"
He has 194 references on this one!
There\'s a new issue of NewBreed Librarian up for June.
FEATURE: Somebody\'s lit a light under Sandy Berman\'s bushel!
INTERVIEW: Hector Escobar, Jr. talks about the Spectrum Initiative
TECHTALK: Open source software for libraries
PEOPLE: A librarian discusses his double life
And Much more, check it out!
Michael Bartlett writes, \"Reaction is mixed on a preliminary finding by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that a group of Minneapolis librarians was exposed to a sexually hostile work environment because of pornography downloaded on library computers.\" [more...] from NewsBytes.
Someone sent along This LATimes Story on Ian Thomas, that dude that got fired by U.S. Geological Survey when he posted a map of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge\'s caribou calving areas on a federal Web site. I\'m still not sure who to believe on this one.
It\'s a good story because they have a quote from Fred Stoss:
He became a cult hero because this is the story that everyone wanted to hear,\" Stoss said. \"There is urban legend growing out of this.\"
See also, the new Ian Thomas Web Site
Guy writes \"The guy who runs centralbooking.com said nation\'s librarians, a group that gets riled up about as often as a tray of peat moss in this article
Funny! He obviously doesn\'t know any librarians! \"
It\'s from another review of \"Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper\"
Claudia Bennett writes:\"Nicholson argues that the American people have been \"tricked\" into thinking that newsprint and books turn to dust, and librarians have unconsciously destroyed priceless information, including some off-the-record remarks Richard Nixon once made. Nicholson tells McHenry: \"There are so many bizarre contradictions in all of this. . .I found myself kind of moaning and saying--typing--\'It\'s worse than you thought. Entire Interview\"
Someone writes \"Fun story, despite the librarian stereotype...
\"As a former librarian, Laura is likely to be viewed by the public more as bespectacled victim than bitch (though this stereotype doesn\'t have much allure for Chatterbox, who in his time has encountered more than a few tyrannical librarians).\"
Lee Hadden has written an interesting look at class rules and the social order in libraries. Since he put Systems Librarians near the top, I can\'t help but agree with him ;-)
\"It doesn\'t surprise me that there are problems of going from one
aspect of librarianship to another. It violates class rules in libraries,
and upsets the social order.
Actually, there is an unnamed but very strongly identified pecking
order in the class of librarians. Why are people getting so upset over this
problem? Passions are heated because the stakes are so small. Actually,
social settings are set up rather like a water fountain, with a number of
different library jobs floating at the top, but fewer identified ones at
the bottom. \"
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Mary Abdoney has this interesting story to share, she writes:
\"I have a story to share with you, however. I\'m sure you have seen the
very imaginative ads for Cingular wireless service. When the ads first
started, I absolutely fell in love with them and thought they deserved
an award. Until yesterday.
As I was driving in my car in the North Tampa area with my mother, we
spotted a billboard with that familiar little orange guy and his (or
her?) quotation bubble. The quotation is what got me; it read \"Life is
not a library. You\'re allowed to talk.\"
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