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Ex-NYT Reporter Jayson Blair To Speak at AZ Library

As part of Black History Month, the library in Glendale, AZ has invited former New York Times journalist to speak there on February 19. Blair of course is the reporter who fabricated stories and sources over a period of time and also engaged in plagiarism; his resignation from the Times resulted in the subsequent resignations of both the NY Times Executive Editor and Managing Editor. He later wrote a book about the debacle, "Burning Down My Master's House."

Blair subsequently disclosed that he suffers from manic depression; he believes that his illness was partly to blame for the scandal. Librarian Cynthia Landrum expects that Blair's appearance will bring a large crowd, and that issues of mental health among African-Americans will provoke an interesting discussion.
Arizona Central

Using Your Mugging Victim's LIB Card Can get you ID'ed

search-engines-web.com sent over One From Ohio on a sharp eyed Toledo police office.An off-duty Toledo police officer recognized George Beakas' name when the suspect entered the Main Toledo-Lucas County Public Library downtown about 10:15 a.m. and tried to get videos using Mr. Beakas' library card. The officer went to look for the suspect, who fled. He was located at Madison Avenue and Ontario Street.

Note to criminals: If you rob and assault someone, don't use their library card to try to get some videos.

One Hundred Years Ago -- Einstein's "Miraculous Year"

An exhibit at the University of Buffalo celebrates the centennial of Einstein's famous theory of relativity, and commemorates his passing fifty years ago. The UB exhibition which is updated regularly, was produced by David Bertuca, assistant librarian. Among other things, it offers a link to the Albert Einstein Archives, which Bertuca says, contains "Everything imaginable on the man and his works, including kid's pages and a page of sound files and video clips.

Press release on the newly released site and it's offerings at University of Buffalo .

Canadian Library bomber jailed two years

Anonymous Patron writes "The Globe and Mail: Library bomber jailed two years A Quebec judge described the firebombing of Montreal's United Talmud Torah school as a hate-fuelled act of terrorism yesterday and sent its 19-year-old author to a federal penitentiary for two years.

With an emotionless gaze, Sleiman El-Merhebi rose in the prisoner's box to hear Quebec Court Judge Jean Sirois deliver his punishment. The teenager avoided eye contact with his father, Khaled, the patriarch who brought his family to Canada from war-torn Lebanon 17 years ago to seek a new life of peace and tranquillity."

Arizona Sex offender guilty in case tied to library

Anonymous Patron writes "Sex offender guilty in case tied to library A convicted sex offender pleaded guilty Tuesday to sexually exploiting a minor in a case that changed the way computer users at Phoenix public libraries access the Internet.

Charlton Ward, 33, will serve 28 years in prison and be placed on lifetime probation, according to the terms of his plea agreement, Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas said at a news conference.

Ward served time in prison for attempting to molest a child in Pima County in 1997."

New York Times Librarian of the Year

The Reader's Shop writes "Zwire Reports
Barbara Cangiano received the prestigious New York Times Librarian of the Year award for her dedication and humble service to her community. Ms. Cangiano is head of the reference department at the Blackstone Memorial Library."

Remembering Noel Peattie

Librarian, poet, novelist, and small press editor/publisher extraordinaire Noel Peattie died yesterday at 73. Street Librarian Chris Dodge has written a nice tribute to him. Via librarian.net.

A Different United Daughters of the Confederacy Member

Cortez writes "In Southern public libraries the UDC is a very vocal and important means of support for genealogy and local history programs.
"But in Odom's case, she is held in highest esteem because she is a living, or ''real,'' daughter of the Confederacy, one of only a handful still alive in Tennessee. Her father, Peter Vertrees, served with the 6th Kentucky Infantry from 1861 to 1865, where he witnessed the ravages of war at Shiloh and Vicksburg, among other engagements. But there's something else that separates the new nonagenarian from those sending birthday wishes.
Lillie Harding Vertrees Odom is black."
More At tennessean.com"

Changing Career Paths to Library Science

Bearkat writes "From NPR's Morning Edition

"When Joseph Nga came to the United States from his native Cameroon in 1997, he was pursuing a career in ethnobiology. But two master's degrees later, he still found his ambitions frustrated. In the process, a new path emerged. Nga had taken a part-time job at the Library of Congress. Unable to get a job in his field of choice -- even with two master's degrees -- Nga decided to change his career path to suit the library-related job he had."

Listen to the story at NPR."

Graphic Novel Creator Will Eisner Dead at 87

Will Eisner, innovator of an increasingly popular literary format, the graphic novel, died yesterday at the age of 87. His most well-known creation was "The Spirit", a hero with no superpowers. Obit here.

Eisner was born in New York on March 6, 1917, published his first comic in 1936 in a publication called "Wow, What a Magazine!" There, he met Jerry Iger, and together they created a comic book outfit that employed, among other artists, Bob Kane, the creator of Batman, and Jack Kirby, one of the creators of the Fantastic Four and several other Marvel Comics heroes. Eisner also had the bad fortune of turning down a comic called Superman by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.

For more information on contemporary graphic novels, here's a
website
by librarian Steve Roman of the DeKalb (IL)Public Library.

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