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This one's about Phil Stohrer, another resident of Michigan and a teacher who was at first reluctant to a become a school librarian. He now loves his work, and has been honored as "media specialist of the year by the Michigan Association of Media in Education".
"I have always enjoyed technology, and back (in the mid 70's) that meant slide projectors and movie projectors -- not the kinds of things we use today," he said. "When a book was worn out or missing, then you spent a lot of time taking those cards back out. I spent a good deal of my time alphabetizing and shuffling little cards. Now, with computers, all that is gone. The whole circulation process is automated."
Here's the story from MLive.
The Cadillac (MI) News is interviewing one resident a week, and this week it's reference librarian Lisa Marie Popp of the Cadillac-Wexford Public Library. She talks with the interviewer about the pros, the cons, the technology, and the stresses of her job.
She's mostly pretty darn happy, but is concerned for the future of librarianship.
ffirehorse writes "Yet another twist on the misspelled library mural story ..... the muralist is now saying she will come back and correct the errors because, in her words, 'I really want people to see the work's meaning so they stop making issues of things that are unimportant.'"
Although former volunteer Dr. Jane Carver Holmes, who died of cancer last year at the age of 76, will be missed by the Lakeland (FL) Public Library, she will never be forgotten.
She bequeathed to the library (among other arts and health care organizations) a sum of $875,000, this after having served as a loyal volunteer--and donor--for over twenty years.
Portrait of a remarkable lady at The Ledger Note: slow to load, but be patient, it will.
SomeOne writes "News From The University of Oregon,
The former University graduate student who called in a bomb threat to the Knight Library in February was sentenced to 20 days in jail and 36 months probation Wednesday. Lane County Circuit Court Judge Lyle Velure said James Gregory Evangelista could serve his jail time on the sheriff's road crew, if desired, but Evangelista must complete and provide proof of mental-health treatment. Also, Evangelista is ordered to have no contact with the receptionist who answered the bomb-threat call and can't enter the library without University permission."
The Saline County Library in Benton, Arkansas is the recipient of a gift by a local resident, Mike Johnston, who finds that he is losing his vision due to complications brought on by diabetes.
This story in the Benton Courier quotes Library director Julie Hart who describes the collection as "amazing."
"It's the largest single collection (approximately 2,000 books) we've ever received," Hart said. "All of the books are hardbacks and are in excellent condition."
Since Mike has been unable to read, the library has provided "books on tape for him to continue to enjoy them," his mother said. "These are wonderful for him. He can listen to them at night when he can't sleep." In addition to Mike's books, the Johnstons gave the library a framed copy of a deed signed by Grover Cleveland and Ulysses Grant.
Anonymous Patron writes "Neat New York Times Article on "questioned-document examiners." Ordinarily, document examiners' cases are far more mundane than the big deal CBS case. Examiners are hired by lawyers, police departments and individuals to analyze contested wills, determine whether medical or insurance records have been altered and authenticate handwriting and signatures in letters and contracts."
Anonymous Patron writes "We are becoming digital pack rats"
Just one shocking example:
"Inevitably, as soon as I delete something, I need it the next week," said Leslie Bottoms, a graduate student at the University of Georgia, who has kept as many as 18,000 e-mails on her computer. "I figure it saves the tree if I don't have to print it out. I get quite attached to my e-mail. I have stuff from several years ago."
Daniel adds: I'm not up to 18,000 yet, but I do have e-mail back to 1999.
The Purdue Exponent Reports On Adi Adinugroho, one Purdue student working hard to make a difference. She reads books nearly every day. She owns books. She can check out books from outstanding libraries any time she wants.
But many children in Indonesia, her home country, canâ€™t do the same.
Thatâ€™s why Adinugroho spends nearly every minute of her free time working to make sure children in Indonesia will one day have the opportunities that she has.