Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Martin libraries using Internet 'Wish List' to funnel reader donations

I stumbled upon this headline via my Twitter feed, and had to click to see if it was the Martin County Libraries of my former residence. Just before I relocated back to Michigan in 1995 from Stuart, I was interviewing to become acquisitions director for the Martin County Libraries, and the differences extend far beyond simple geography: public library administration versus school librarian. The wish list idea has me intrigued, though.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Project Brand Yourself A Librarian: The Flickr Group

Reblogged from the 8bitlibrary, the entry is on librarian tattoos and the upcoming ALA Conference, although some of the tattoos represented on the Flickr group don't necessarily seem to be about literacy, reading, or anything else library related. Since the entry's title has the word 'brand' in it, how about taking it past the tattoo stage and straight to burned and scarred flesh?

LA Unified School District to Eliminate All Certified Librarians

Superintendent Ramon Cortines said pink slips will be sent March 15 to 5,200 district employees.

It's official, the floodgates are open, the 3rd largest school district in the country has cut, among other positions, all middle and high school librarians.
"It is heartbreaking that some of our libraries will be closed or unstaffed and that instruction in information literacy will cease," says Karen Gonzalez, a teacher-librarian at Arleta High School, who will be affected by the cuts.
A marked further erosion of public education in this economy, and a demonstration of the short-sightedness of our country's political leadership and school administrators in regards to the importance of information literacy.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Harvard Student Locked in Library Gets Creative

I like where I work, I like the environment we've created, and I have accidentally fallen asleep in my library in the evening after wrestling practice, so it has occurred to me whether someone has hidden themselves away to use the space unsupervised after hours. Timothy Kim was studying late and found himself locked in the Harvard University Law Library, and without his mobile phone, resolved to using Facebook's status update and Skype to get himself extricated by campus police. Our doors lock from the outside, one can never be locked in at the Grand Ledge High School Library.

Friday, March 12, 2010

"This Book Is Overdue!": Hot for librarian

A newly-published book attempts to undermine long-held librarian stereotypes, and defend the value and "indispensability" of librarians at the same time, especially noteworthy in this era of widespread industry cuts. Author Marilyn Johnson argues for the value of librarians in this information saturated, digitally overstuffed age, but all this we already knew, no? Some of the notable thoughts include:
  • "Librarians are one of our most underappreciated natural resources."
  • "As for librarians, they’re civil servants. They deal with all kinds of social welfare problems, from childcare to homelessness to people who can’t navigate the bureaucracy to get benefits or help finding a job. The buck stops at the library. If we keep cutting library aid, people who can’t figure out how to file for taxes, or how to use e-mail, are going to be out of luck."
  • "At a library you’re not assaulted by loaded or manipulated messages... You have to be on guard everywhere in this culture; all information is loaded."
  • " The library is a great place to go to sort out wild political claims. Verifiable information -- the truth -- is their standard."
  • "Librarians are real pioneers, out there inventing ways to engage,... reinventing libraries..., and figuring out how to be useful to inventors and explorers."

    Tuesday, March 09, 2010

    Gotta Keep Reading

    The email link that I received to this video discussed the enthusiasm of the participants, and the smiles it gave the viewers. See for yourself.

    Tuesday, March 02, 2010

    University of Michigan Library to bid farewell to card catalogs

    The Grand Ledge High School Library went online with our OPAC back in 1997, and had no problem transitioning away from the card catalog. The only dilemma was what to do with the wealth of cards (title, author, subject, and shelf list). Curious how some library folk -- employees and nostalgists alike -- cling to the paper-based card catalog. We did, though, keep the units themselves, selling some of them later to collectores and keeping some for display purposes.