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Issue #199: November 2004 Bonus Edition



SCHOOL LIBRARIES
New image for volunteers

Batgirls Despite the demonstrable youth and vibrance of the average Library Media Specialist, the 'old bat' tag is proving hard to remove. While librarians from all domains are upgrading their image, the stereotypical perceptions of library volunteers are still not being adequately addressed.

As school libraries struggle for sufficient funding for library support staff, there is increasing reliance on student 'monitors' or volunteer helpers. But what kid wants to be labelled a Library Nerd?

The Warrior Librarian (pictured above in reddish-purplish top, HTML color-code #CC00CC) has developed a range of clothing - for all climate zones, and for all levels (or absences) of climate control - to put pizzazz into library volunteer work. After all, if Batgirl was a librarian ...

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WORKPLACE JUSTICE
Publishing workers need librarians' support

Author, Barbara Ehrenreich Author Barbara Ehrenreich has appealed to librarians, booksellers and readers to join the "Writers' Call for Justice at Quebecor World". In an open letter to the library community, Ehrenreich notes the "dangerous and degrading working conditions endured by employees of one of the world's largest printing companies, Quebecor World."

Using this link, a fax will be sent to HarperCollins, Lisa Herling, CEO Houghton-Mifflin, Anthony Lucki, CEO McGraw-Hill, Harold McGraw III, CEO Pearson, Marjorie Scardino, CEO Penguin USA, David Shanks, CEO Random House, Peter Olson, CEO Reed Elsevier, Jim Casella, CEO Scholastic, Richard Robinson, CEO Simon & Schuster, Jack Romanos, CEO St. Martin's, Sally Richardson, CEO.

Maybe someone might even set up a similar service for librarians who are also working in dangerous and degrading conditions ...

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YOUNG ADULT
Youth speaks out

Colin Grouchman As the Australian school year draws to its long-anticipated conclusion, students across the country are seaching under beds, at the back of lockers, and in car boots for books they need to return for "Final Clearance" forms to be completed.

Most significantly, high school seniors (whose clearance is necessary for their final reports) are on the verge of major stress over their overdue borrowings. The WLW Young Adult Consultant, Colin Grouchman, has escalated his television viewing, at the cost of his computer games time allocation.

In one case, several trips to the beach have been necessary in the last week alone. It's unclear at this stage whether this has been deemed necessary to look for books that might have been left there, or as a Stress Management technique. Grouchman defended his strategy, stating that "people of your generation just have absolutely no idea how tough things are for people like us" ...

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LANGUAGE AND LITERACY
Law librarians urged to use extreme vigilance

Barcode reader Proving that not all legal minefields are in the courts or legislation, the humble word-space - notably not even significant enough to be considered as punctuation - has caused confusion amongst paralegal non-professionals.

Admission to The Bar (a Westminster term) is dependent on successful completion of the Bar "Readers' Course", in order to practice as a barrister and solicitor in Australian courts.

This should not be confused, under any circumstances, with a Barcode Readers' course, or even a Bar-readers' Course ....

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REFERENCE SERVICES
Sports writer admits using library research

well-known actor in role of sports writer In a profession made semi-respectable by the movie and subsequent television series The Odd Couple, Joplin Globe sportswriter Mike Pound reports that Sue Oliveira, the director of the Webb City Public Library, and Jennifer Seaton, the director of the Carthage Public Library, provided the background information on the recent Carthage-Webb City football game.

In his all-revealing column, Pound confessed his deficiencies in local school football knowledge. In fact, the column was pretty much devoted to the opinions and biographies of the library staff and their respective libraries.

Notably, Pound did not visit or meet either of the librarians, and all information obtained by telephone reference interview ...

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SEARCH TECHNOLOGY
Analysis yields no surprises

Hi_tech search equipment As search engines and their components become increasingly more sophisticated, with the accompanying threat of fees for end-users, there is much comfort in knowing that the most basic of tools are often more user-friendly.

Although experts state that "...the most common attempts to manage unstructured data employ keyword search ...", sometimes the K.I.S.S. principle - not Paul Stanley (Star Child) Gene Simmons (Demon), Ace Frehley (Space-Ace), Peter Criss (Catman) or any of their subsequent replacements - is often the best. Keep it simple.

A brief examination of the Freefind search results for this website shows that the most common search terms used over the last month were fundraising, retirement and leave. Which not only helps the WLW to deliver the most relevant information to its readers, but incidentally reflects the major issues of the profession ...

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FROM THE WLW CORPORATE HOME LIBRARY

blank book Rachel Singer Gordon's new book, The Accidental Library Manager is being released. Rachel was kind enough to send all the details of the book to those who had completed a survey a way back.

Although WLW did not remember having filled in the survey - which won't surprise anyone - we were reliably informed that we had done so. And given the credibility of the source of that information, we'd be exceptionally foolish to argue with her. Mind you, that's never stopped us before.

The author has passed on the WLW Review Division's details to the publisher, so there might be more information to come at a later time. Who knows? We just work here ...

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Research has shown that the average librarian will take 10 to 15 minutes to read this web page. Anecdotal evidence suggests that many librarians fear they do not have enough time to investigate the humor links. The majority of the 90+ original library humor items (all written by Biblia, and not available anywhere else on the 'net) in the Humor Index are designed to take less than 2 minutes to read.

However, if you choose to hang around there for hours reading them all, then re-reading them, then WLW cannot take any responsibility. You now have the choice of using the genetically unmodified Alphabetical Index or the dolphin-safe Dewey Version. Caffeine-free version has been temporarily canned, pending an FDA investigation ...

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MASS MEDIA: Although Ingram Library Services Further Developments may not be a mass media publication, strictly speaking, at least they run a good story ...


CONFERENCES: Past and future appearances by A.B. Credaro
MEMO: Fall, 2003.
SLAQ: June 29/30, 2004.
ASLA NSW: 22/23 October, 2004.


ACADEMIA: There are more than 50 academic institutions that have a link to Warrior Librarian on their web sites, including the Tasmanian Department of Education ...


INTERNET: Google now lists over 4,000 hits for a search on the phrase "warrior librarian". Not that we check regularly or anything ...



FROM THE MAILBOX: Many thanks to all those organizations and individuals who continue to offer us cheap valium. We didn't realize that the need was so obvious ...

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EDITORIAL
SOAPBOX
Biblia, the Warrior Librarian
Graphic by Peter Lewis

Is there any justice in the world? A local newspaper sings the praises of a school executive member who was relatively recently appointed to the position of school principal. This is the same person who instructed the school's teacher librarian to commit insurance fraud on two occasions. Incidentally, the librarian did not comply, and their life subsequently became even more miserable. But as for the school executive ...

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.

George Bernard Shaw

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WEBSITE OF THE WEEK

CYNIC'S SANCTUARY ... the title says it all.

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INTERNATIONAL LIBRARY NEWS

The author of the best-selling book Tuesdays With Morrie, Mitch Albom, writes that "the only thing to fear is ... everybody else" ...

To the cheers of eager Brooklyn students, Mayor Bloomberg announced the opening yesterday of 21 state-of-the-art libraries at public elementary schools across the city ...

The Journal of American Medical Association (subscription only) notes that the Encyclopedia of Gastroenterology, vols 1-3 will sell for around $999, making them only accessible to libraries, "which precludes the convenience of having the encyclopedia at hand". Like, everyone should have this at home, right?

Nice of the Vatican Library to offer research help on the Spanish Inquisition. Far be it for us to point the finger of blame for the subject of the research ...

In New Zealand, the Associate IT Minister David Cunliffe states that it's going to cost a lot of money to implement the Government's Digital Strategy, to digitise material judged of cultural or educational value to New Zealanders, such as collections held by the National Library and Archives New Zealand ...

Some moron has come up with the idea that Sydneysiders should be paying for libraries 1000 miles away in "Brisbane's poorer suburbs". Obviously, s/he doesn't realize that Sydney isn't all waterfront mansions and urban hobby farms, with 6 Ferraris in the garage and a mammoth yacht at the marina, all supported by a multimillion dollar salary. That person has moved out of Sydney ages ago, for tax reasons ...

For those completely fed up with the Clinton Library Opening hype, take comfort in the fact that it will soon be over ...



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