- Do we know Dewey? Does anyone?
Technology and Human Responsibility, FAQ. Go read this now. An
43. Should we smash the intelligent machines around us?
Neither the uncritical, pro-technology stance nor the violently
anti-technology stance is a matter of wakefulness. Mastering the
machines in our lives is as different from smashing them as it is from
yielding passively to them.
- The seemingly definitive list of
conferences you can go to internationally.
- Can't go? Live vicariously through system librarian Eric Lease
Morgan's travel logs.
Excerpt from most recent trip "My trip to Worcester, MA was a logistical
nightmare where I was misinformed by every institution involved and I have
born an unncessary, $400, out-of-pocket expense."
- More professional sports players letting down
the catalogue ye go for men': evaluation criteria for
retrieval systems." Great article with a great title from Information
- IR also maintains the incredibly useful but bizarrely formatted list of
journals in the info research field that have free content on-line
- Sure you can look at porn on our library computers.... but it will cost
- Bookmobile, meet cybermobile.
- In the eerily titled article "Cyberspace,
Deviance, and Children", Terry Gudaitis posits that teaching children
how to responsibly navigate the Internet is analogous to other socialization
skills such as teaching them not to steal and how to say please and thank
While you're there, check out the rest of the cutely named Imp Magazine.
- Books may actually cost more online than at local indie shops.
Who sez? A local
- How did I miss revenge
of the librarians? It begins: "I have a
confession to make: I'm a librarian."
- Is that new additionto your collection a stolen book? Check here.
- While we're at it, here's an FAQ about rare
- Did you say good looking books? Here's a good
article on those pesky
book exhibits librarians love: "...the whole process is mysterious. One
the cases are empty. Another day they contain a lot of stuff about some
agricultural society or an orchestra conductor. Then another day there's a
lot of old-looking books which are illegible,
indecipherable, written in Wog, or some excruciating combination of all of
these. Really, how or why any of it ever got there is
one of those minor subterranean mysteries of modern life, sort of like the
city sewage system, that we usually feel makes us
better people to know nothing whatever about."
- And, in the somewhat contrived category Best Free Intergenerational
Entertainment the winner is.... the
library! Even though they almost blew it with the Reading Wizard
- Shameless self-promotion: Naked Librarians new and
- If we can't filter, we don't want your darned internet. An odd example of overkill in
a suburb of Grand Rapids.
- And you know how they say the filters don't
work anyhow...? [NYT article, free registration reqd.]
- A good, albeit often prosaic answer to "what do you do all day?" by
Laura the librarian
- If you are not interested in lesbian librarian pornography, for god's
- Sometimes I just like to check out what's new with Dewey.
Yemba language, walk-in coolers and freezers, rotaviruses, pinweaving and
I already kind of associated librarianship with
a lot of cats, but this is ridiculous.
- "We have about a half-dozen jock straps" Which librarian
- Some Thoughts on
the Function of Library History in the Age of the
Virtual Library. A short piece by IFLA's library history round table.
- You think you are king or queen of the bookworms? You
are not. A marvelous paeon to library science of yore.
- State library wins
75K in lawsuit. Baker & Taylor says "Uh, will you
accept payment in books?"
- But what ever happened to that reading wizard kid who was going to sue
the SF library for not being allowed to volunteer? Scroll
down this page for the answer.
"If your company is looking for someone to help it understand how to take
advantage of the Internet, hire a librarian." a nice article
on how librarians
really do get it with regards to the web.
build the library if you can't afford to put books in it." says
Hawaii's new state librarian.
Invisible Web -- those specialized databases of info that you can't
reach through the major search engines.
- "Lo, we have become the tools of our trade" Thoreau, as quoted in a thick but interesting report
entitled Building and Supporting
A National Focus
- Ways to promote Spanish
literacy in your library
- Things to think about when putting computers in your library, a sensible assessment
of space and lighting issues.
- Librarians misplace
ashes, "I remember what color they were..." says
one. [note: animated GIF librarian]
- A new poll -- should librarians have
personalities at work? How much?
- A belated congratulations for the newly-formed Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and
Transgendered Round Table of the American Library Association.
- "A is for Access, a large part of our creed..." a librarian's
- Special Edition Sandy
Berman Festschrift, way to go Katia!
- Just in case you still believed books were for intellectual enrichment
and not a mass-consumer product, along comes CNN's book section.
- TV star runs
over librarian in his Ferarri, TV star sues librarian.
+ librarians = potentially lifesaving combo.
- New fundraising technique: lawsuit.
- Another technique: make people pay the
money they promised you.
Berman's Last Stand
- Librarians to the rescue! Assembling
data from old phone books to aid in
identifying Kosovar refugees.
- Again with the puppets!
- But have you tried
this...? "Learning yo-yo tricks has
also helped him with his reading
If he gets bored reading, he said, he'll play with his yo-yo awhile
until he feels like reading again."
- Are the nation's librarians really pimping for pornographers and pedophiles? What do you think?
article about Dr. Laura from Freedom
Forum First Amendment Ombudsman.
- "There is a certain beauty in controlling one's own destiny" says Andrea Copeland on her
decision to become a poor NYPL librarian.
The Librarian of Babel
says "technology puts whatever knowledge we can
muster only at the
disposal of those members of the human race who possess...
a willingness to come to grips with Boolean algebra."
- More recently from Ariadne: 404's in libraries
Technology Trends in libraries
- Sometimes maybe lack of patron
confidentiality ain't so bad.
- Barnes & Noble dot com has all their past author
online. My favorite line: PJ
O'Rourke "You should be reading instead of
fooling around with your computers."
- Is the face of the library profession really changing? Check out this
class at UNC. Thanks to James [he's the
cute one] for tipping me to this great sociological resource. [note:
has a zillion images]
- If you think James is not the cute one, perhaps you are
lezbrian. And if you are, you're in good
- Looking for a good quote for your bookplates? Check out these
inscriptions from the walls of the
Library of Congress.
- Suave non-librarian
named Canada's national librarian.
- Three precepts of librarianship:
- Everything is going to hell in a hand basket
- We are committed to providing users with information, within the
resources available to
us, before they start bitching
- We know more than anyone else
As quoted in GraceAnne A. DeCandido's speech The Architecture of
Fire: Librarianship Transformed
- Would you like
fries with that copy of Harriet the Spy?
- Does everyone know Dan, the tattooed queer ska librarian?
[aka The Librarian That Looks Like A Big Skinhead Who Will Eat My Child]
- Hot Pants Librarian and other racy titles at Dan Lester's Image of
Librarians in Pornography page
- Back in my day, we used to have to deliver books to patrons on the
of a horse in the Appalachians.
- More on the odd link between puppets and
- Maybe it's not R rated videos, maybe kids shouldn't get to rent
any videos... one Kansas
- In the not enough information category: crucified or
- And, US News & World Reports finally realizes that libraries
"The American public library -- that dowdy dowager of the '70s and
homeless shelter of the '80s -- is now a full-fledged urban
What data influenced their decision? 30,000 puppet
shows, of course.
- Head librarian commands
cannons for National Symphony Orchestra.
- What better way to celebrate America than to view your tax dollars at
work churning out things
from the GPO like how to buy butter, and
Domestic Costs of Sanctions on Foreign Commerce [i.e. Massachusetts,
you are in big trouble for trying to restrict trade with Burma...].
- Just look at
the books in this house!
- Woah, deja vu! New
Zealanders are POed at the National Library
- Does your library web page have a good 404 page? Mine does.
- July is Anti-Boredom Month and more specifically today is I Forgot Day.
Other tidbits like this in Brookline Booksmith's email newsletter.
- Blankety blank filtering bill
- Nearly a week later, Libby Dole comes out in
favor of filtering, wants to return "moral authority" to the White