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   Issue #210: April 2005 Mid Month Edition

Warrior Librarian Weekly

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SHAMELESS SELF PROMOTION

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: Appearances by A.B. Credaro
MEMO: Fall, 2003.
SLAQ: June 29 & 30, 2004.
ASLA NSW: October 22 & 23, 2004.
CPTL: May 19 & 20, 2005.

ACADEMIA: There are more than 80 academic institutions that have a link to Warrior Librarian on their web sites, including the Tasmanian Department of Education ...

INTERNET: Google now lists over 9,000 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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Note: The opinions expressed herein are solely those of the author. Any resemblance to real librarians (living or dead, or somewhere in between) or real libraries, may be a coincidence - but probably not.

Biblia, the Warrior Librarian, was created by A.B.Credaro. The practice of Warrior Librarianship is common, and therefore quite possibly in the public domain. As such, it is likely to be exempt from any copyright restrictions. However, this does not limit Warrior Librarian Weekly, its agents, employees, heirs, spouses, family pets, or others connected with the zine, from trying to make an easy buck from its use.

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LITERARY LIBRARIANS
Booktastic! announces winners

Australian Prime Minister John Howard Although Australian Prime Minister, John Howard, usually is on hand to present awards, open significant buildings, launch ships and be available for photo opportunities, it is unknown if he will officiate at the presentation of the Booktastic! Australian Librarians' Competition.

Laine Keneller of Booktastic! announced that Poppy Kougellis (Westmead, New South Wales) had taken the first prize, with second place going to Robyn Robertson (Mount Eliza, Victoria), third to Denise Stephenson (Logan, Queensland) and fourth to Hope Francis (Brighton, Queensland).

In July this year, the Australian edition of Booktastic! will be released ...

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LIBRARIES IN THE MEDIA
NBC to feature Rudy's Library

Monowi Public Library Located on the Outlaw Scenic Trail in northern Nebraska is the township of Monowi, population 1. Its other claim to fame is Rudy's Library, run by the town's only resident Elsie Eiler.

Elsie is quoted in the Nofolk Daily News as saying the library is a tribute to her late husband Rudy, who she stated liked to collect books and read. "Rudy's dream was to open his own public library."

The Today Show has just finished filming the story of Rudy's Library, but has not released the broadcast date. Unfortunately, if the Eilers were on a witness protection program or something, NBC is going to blow their cover wide open ...

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INFORMATION DISSEMINATION
Cookie Hoax hits library listservs

Well known purveyor of expensive food A particularly well-drafted document currently circulating through library channels describes the 'true story' of the customer who was charged hundreds of dollars for the secret Neiman-Marcus recipe.

Although a well-documented urban myth, the chain-mail type communication urges all readers to pass it on. Missing from the standard content is a dire threat directed to those who delete the message.

This publication's assumption is that those who don't pass it on will have to suffer a continuance of people prepared to communicate with them ...

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NETWORKS
Lighthearted Librarians start new library humor group

Librarians laughing Another unsung hero of library humor has kicked off a library humor email group.

Fran Monaghan, location, age and height unknown, reports that the group has added a link in their groups bookmark to Warrior Librarian. Monaghan may, or may not, look like other unknown librarians as pictured here. Or at least the one on the left.

Group membership has now skyrocketed to 16 subscribers ...

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LITERARY AWARDS
Pulitzer announcement causes heartache

Cover of 'Gilead' As the Pulitzer Board announced that the $10,000 prize for Fiction had been awarded to Marilynne Robinson for Gilead, they would not have forseen the tragic consequences of their decision.

The addition of yet another literary undertaking to the list of prizewinners means not only yet another update to many web pages and websites, but also yet more retrospective reviewing to be undertaken by people who have a large backlog of ironing ...

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LANGUAGE AND LITERACY
More tales of woe

Letter Blocks The news out of London (GB) is that a parliamentary report states that "nearly 20 percent of 11-year-olds cannot read properly", and has called for an immediate review of teaching methods. A similar national enquiry is currently being undertaken in Australia.

It seems that neither the British nor Australian educational authorities are aware of "reading power", the "Colorado studies", or the importance of school libraries. Despite being told numerous times. Some people just don't listen, do they?

Incidentally, the potentially politically damaging statistics were countered with the usual spin doctoring. Schools minister Stephen Twigg told BBC Radio that overall national reading standards had improved since Labour came into power in 1997.

Previously, one in six children left primary/elementary school not achieving the expected level. It is now one in three ...

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LIBRARY ZEITGEIST
Failed librarian happy with lifestyle

Phyllis Diller In her autobiography Like a Lampshade in a Whorehouse: My Life in Comedy Phyllis Diller reveals that she was turned down for a job as a music librarian.

Interestingly, this is further evidence that non-standard issue hair may well be a barrier to entry into the richly rewarding (although not in the financial sense) profession of librarianship.

Ms Diller, now in her 80s, does not seem overly bitter that she was prevented from experiencing the joys of the reference interview, the challenges of shelving, and the sheer lunacy of patron service. In living an enforced life of luxury ...

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Laugh yourself comatose

WLW Reader laughing 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 110+ 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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EDITORIAL SOAPBOX

Biblia, the Warrior Librarian Who knew that both Charlotte Brontë and Björn Landström share their birthday with the Warrior Librarian? And by curious coincidence, both Oscar Parland and Marcus Aurelius were born the day before (although obviously not in the same year). Possibly even more strangely, April 22 - the day after the Warrior Librarian was born (though again, not in the same year) - Immanuel Kant, Madame de Staêl, Henry Fielding AND James Norman Hall entered into the world.

The twilight days of April sure are significant in the literary world. And Library Folk, being the most excellent balancers of budgets, will certainly appreciate the most moderately priced book gifts that The Warrior Librarian has provided on her updated Amazon wish list, starting from a mere $3.99 ...

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LET LOOSE @ THE LIBRARY

empty shelves April 23, a mere two days after the Warrior Librarian's birthday (which might have been mentioned before), is World Book and Copyright Day. (Also William Shakespeare's birthday - which further highlights the literary significance of this time of the year. And also apparently St George Day, but we are still researching any possible literary connection to that.)

According to UNESCO, World Book and Copyright Day seeks to promote reading, publishing and the protection of intellectual property through copyright. Which presents something of a challenge to librarians seeking to highlight this event.

Possibilities might include hyper-enlarging the copyright infringement notices over photocopiers, disabling printing from Internet-enabled computers with an auto-alert about plagiarism, and having a large number of books visible. Although with budgets being as they are, this could be difficult ...

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MEMORABLE QUOTES

Loud mouth You don't have to burn books, do you, if the world starts filling up with non-readers, non-learners, non-knowers?

Ray Bradbury in Fahrenheit 451

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MEDIA STORY OF THE WEEK

Headlines Sexy librarian loses law suit: A jury has found that Harvard University had no discrimination case to answer, when Desiree Goodwin had been passed over for promotion for a period of 11 years.

Goodwin, a Cornell graduate, obtained a Master's Degree in English and another in library science from the school nearly six years ago, but has not been able to move up the ranks despite many years of experience as a trained librarian.

A spokesperson for Harvard told the AP that the university was pleased with the ruling, stating that the jury agreed that the university's employment decisions are based on an applicant's skills and work history ...

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DAY JOB BLOG

A.B. Credaro Warrior Librarian Webperson, erstwhile librarian, author of the world's most successful (although only) book of Library Humor ever published by an Australian, in the guise of a not very mild-mannered Project Officer by day for a large metropolitan educational organization, wrapped up Stage 3 of a pretty exciting major project this week. She now moves onto metadata generation of inhouse produced educational material ...

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CORPORATE HOME LIBRARY

Sons of Maeve booksigning by author Sons of Maeve breaks all records

Influenced by the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs, this trilogy represents the first books written by Dave and Rose Cox; but in an absolutely astounding feat of bravado, not only the author, but ALSO the publisher, have sent a total of 2 copies to Warrior Librarian for reviewing.

Never before in the history of this semi-august journal have two copies of anything been sent for review. In fact, it's been an up-hill battle to get anyone to send us anything. Which is pretty indicative of the way the world works these days. On which topic we would like to contribute another 2,000 words (Harvard referencing style; double spaced; with graphics attached as separate files). But possibly not here.

But we may have - yet again - digressed. This book will be certain to appeal to Science Fantasy folk, particularly Young Adults for whom the book was written. According to the book's website, The Sons of Maeve Trilogy follows the adventures of Than and Gimble as they trek through a mysterious mountain near their village home.

The authors, being practicing teachers, trialed the book on real kids, who all (apparently) survived. There are also teachers notes, and a huge poster ...

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