Librarians

Librarian Gift List

Dave Thomson
writes \"Hello - My sister in law is a librarian and I\'m
looking
for appropriate \"librarian\" merchandise for her for
Christmas.
In a way I thought it was nice that I didn\'t find you
selling mugs and t-shirts but thought you might know
of a source for a sweat shirt covered with a book
design or some such.\"

Good question! What is on your
list, or what are you getting your favorite librarian for
the Holidays.More importantly, where are you getting it?

Feminist Thinking and Librarianship in the 90s

Feminist Thinking and Librarianship in the 1990s: Issues and Challenges is an article by Sarah Pritchard, head librarian at UC Santa Barbara. Here is something from the intro:


Have we really progressed to a post-feminist era? Who is \"we\" and what is \"progress?\" Is there a feminist analysis of librarianship, and how can the profession be sexist when it is female-dominated? Are these merely \"social issues\" that distract from proper library service? I\'d like to sketch some frameworks for thinking about these questions; I can\'t give you all the answers, but I hope we can enlarge our understanding and our willingness to work together for change.

History of a Female Intensive Profession

Hope Olson, a professor at the University of Alberta, has a neat web page summarizing the History of a Female Profession. It contains internal links to numerous (of her own) summaries of important works in the area of women in librarianship. She introduces the issue as follows: -- Read More

Library Director Opens Eyes, Minds

The Ledger, in FL, has a nice Profile of Haines City Public Library director Margaret Barthe. It\'s nice to see librarians portrayed in a positive light.

\"The best part is being able to have the interaction with people on a daily basis,\" Barthe said. \"That gives you a feeling that you are here for a purpose.\"

The Snarky Librarian

Are You a Snarky Librarian?:

Hate your job?
Hate your coworkers?
Wish you\'d taken a completely different career track that did not involve dealing with books and/or the public?
Read the letters in American Libraries and wonder why these people bother?
Attend a professional conference and pretend you\'re not a librarian?
Look at your library school classmates and think about how annoying they are?
Fantasize about your supervisor\'s going-away party?

You sound Snarky to me!
Check out The Snarky Librarian.

Shaking Things Up

Jessamyn West (the New Jessamyn West, editor of librarian.net, not the famous author) recently did a guest column in Marylaine Block\'s Ex Libris e-zine entitled SHAKING THINGS UP: PROGRESSIVE AND RADICAL LIBRARIANS.

Marylaine introduced the column this way:

\"I asked Jessamyn West, who calls herself an anarchist librarian, to explain for me and my readers the variety of views and organizations on the leftward fringes of our profession. Trust me, nobody who reads this will ever again think librarians are sweet little ladies in sensible shoes.\"

Intel inside... the library.

Anonymous Patron writes "Another interesting portrayal of a librarian in the popular culture. This time it's an Intel ad featuring Lucy Liu."

Intel inside... the library.

Anonymous Patron writes "Another interesting portrayal of a librarian in the popular culture. This time it's an Intel ad featuring Lucy Liu."

Latino Librarian Dispels Stodgy Image

Yahoo News has a

Story
on Martin Gomez, executive director of the
Brooklyn Public Library. It\'s a neat little story on our
image, the proffesion, and how things are
changing.

\"\"In a crowd of librarians, I stand out,\" he
said. \"The old ideas about librarians is slowly changing.
[People of color] are less than 3 percent in the
profession.\"

Librarian\'s Lao Tzu

Someone suggested The Librarian\'s Lao Tzu by Andy Barnett.

\"The Tao te Ching is an ancient book of wisdom, the well spring of a great religion, Taoism. It has been translated many times, by such literary luminaries as Ursula K. LeGuin, Stephen Mitchell and Alan Watts. I do no possess even a modicum of their literary talent, poetic ability or knowledge of Eastern religions. I do have one advantage that they do not. Lao Tzu, the reputed author of the work, was a librarian. This is the first attempt by a fellow librarian to translate the Tao te Ching.\"

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