What really concerns librarians; what do they discuss
when they self-organise and decide for themselves? After the inaugural UK event
, the second
UK Librarycamp, with around 200 attendees, was recently held; reflections by Frank Norman
, Carolin Schneider  
, Sarah Wolfenden
, Amy Faye Finnegan
, Shambrarian Knights
, Jennifer Yellin
, Jenni Hughes
, Bookshelf Guardian
, Amy Cross-Menzies
and Simon Barron
, and by one of the organisers
. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore
on Nov 1, 2012 -
Librarian Jenica Rogers wrote an interesting post on how her library decided to cancel their ACS subscription. Walking away from the American Chemical Society
where she talks about money issues all too familiar to librarians but maybe not well known in the general public. Her post was picked up by The Chronicle Of Higher Ed
The ACS only said "We find little constructive dialogue can be had on blogs and other listservs where logic, balance and common courtesy are not practiced and observed..."
Things took a turn
on a discussion list, where The Director of Office of Public Affairs for the ACS said "But I think you would agree that vulgarity and profanity postings do not lend themselves to meaningful, productive and civil discourse, thus our decision not to engage any further with her on this topic." Many other bloggers have taken up the torch including Walt Crawford
, Jonathan Eisen
, Iris Jastram
, Chris Zammarelli
and Steve Lawson
, Any Woodworth
, John Dupuis
and one on ChemBark
posted by Blake
on Sep 28, 2012 -
Libraries are, for many of us, the public places where we bring our most private selves, our fears and our dreams, so long buried and so studiously unspoken. The librarian checking out a stack of books may be for many of us, the equivalent of the first person we’ve told a secret to. Which brings me to the real reason I chose the profession that I did for my narrator: Even more than libraries, I love librarians.As Others See Us: An Author On Why She Loves Librarians
posted by carsonb
on Nov 24, 2010 -
The Pack Horse Librarian
) was a welcomed and much anticipated sight in the isolated and hard-to-reach mountains and hollers of Eastern Kentucky between 1935 and 1943. They brought books and magazines, retrieved already-read materials for delivery at another stop on the route, read to residents, took requests, and generally served homes, schools, villages, mining camps, and anywhere there were people who wanted to read. [more inside]
posted by julen
on Oct 31, 2010 -
The Smithsonian Libraries hark back to the ideas of Mr. James Smithson, the benefactor after
whom the Smithsonian is named. Mr. Smithson, an English scientist, never set foot in this
country, but was enamored of our nation’s independence and the way science and discovery
were becoming part of our national ethic, particularly through the work of Thomas Jefferson and
Benjamin Franklin. During his lifetime, Mr. Smithson built up a large collection of books and
documents and obviously appreciated the value of libraries. He left his fortune and his book and
document collection to our nation to create an institution for the “diffusion and increase of
learning” in Washington, D.C. The Smithsonian was authorized by Congress in 1846 and from
its outset it made provisions for a library to hold its growing collection of documents and books.
- From the Keynote Remarks:
An Age of Discovery: Distinctive Collections in the Digital Age
G. Wayne Clough, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution
recently the ARL (Association of Research Libraries) and the CNI (Coalition for Networked Information) had their fall forum. [more inside]
posted by infinite intimation
on Dec 2, 2009 -
is a search interface for teachers, librarians, researchers and anyone who wants to interpret information faster from their search results, collect and annotate relevant results into groups, and share those collections with people relying on their expertise. [more inside]
posted by netbros
on Dec 31, 2008 -
March of the librarians
: "Twice a year, tens of thousands of librarians make a trek across the United States to a meeting of the ALA. How they know to congregate in the same spot, no one knows. They come to learn, to network, to collect free stuff, and possibly to mate." (YouTube)
posted by Orb
on Aug 28, 2007 -
No... F---- you.
Over the course of several months a Florida librarian received unsolicited facsimile transmissions from one particular fax blaster. The number for removal and the number to fax back the advertisements for health insurance, mortgages, hot leads, selling my business and so on just happened to be in his local zrea code. Using super librarian skills and secret librarian tools he sought (legal) revenge, and won.
Moral of this story:
1) Don't screw with the librarian
2) Libraries- take action on your unsolicited faxes- they are illegal.
3) Reference tools are your friends!
posted by Blake
on Oct 14, 2005 -
How 'bout a little bookish fun. We're cool enough to have our own Action Figure
, but did you know librarians star in at least 2 cartoons, Library Girl
, the adventures of a library girl and her cat, and the fantastically funny "Unshelved"
We've been Featured
in the funny pages numerous times
, and have been the subject of a couple funny flash cartoons as well, The Library
, a catchy toon [Warning: May stick in your head for hours], and a "Cops" parody "Overdue
", featuring the library cops.
We're a Funny Bunch
, not just
a bunch of ol' ladies.
posted by Blake
on Sep 12, 2003 -
The End of Fair Use? Pat Schroeder and Publishers Go After Libraries
"Of all the dangerous and dot-complex problems that American publishers face in the near future — economic downturns, competition for leisure time, piracy — perhaps the most explosive one could be libraries. Publishers and librarians are squaring off for a battle royal over the way electronic books and journals are lent out from libraries and over what constitutes fair use of written material."
posted by timothompson
on Feb 13, 2001 -
Wendi, of slumberland.org,
gets to keep her house!
I don't think it's actually on her website yet, but these days the only way to be weblogger #1 is to log something before it happens. If you see Wendi and Jason at The Speakeasy, be sure to buy them a latte.
posted by CrazyUncleJoe
on Feb 29, 2000 -