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Gold medal to librarian
With the Athens Olympic Games now over, the news out of India is that P. Kalyanasundaram was a gold medallist in library science.
"The Hindu" Online reports that the Union Government has acclaimed him as `The Best Librarian in India'. He has also been chosen as `one of the top ten librarians of the world'. The International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, has honored him as `one of the noblest of the world', while the United Nations Organisation adjudged him as one of the Outstanding People of the 20th Century'. An American organisation has also selected him as the `Man of the Millennium.'
In addition to giving all his salary to charity, he has also donated his body to medical science. After 45 years of service, he shares his accumulated wisdom with library administrators, stating that they should recruit people with a library science background to be librarians. It's so simple, it might just work ...
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Anonymous eBayer in hiding
Perhaps one of the most malicious depictions of the library profession, Mrs Loan the Librarian is a Doultonville Toby standing at 4" in height and issued between 1984-1989. Designed by William K Harper. Number Classification is D6715. This particular example was exhibited on eBay by a seller only identified by the pseudonym silky8967.
So far, attempts to trace this peddler of what may be one of the worst examples of library-related negativity have failed. It is not known if "silky" is refusing to answer email, or his system is down.
The WLW Advisory Council warns that you should not be duped into believing that these are valuable collectors' items. All concerned information professionals make every effort to buy these objects of derision and smash them into tiny pieces, then pulverize them with some suitable industrial machinery. The powder should then be mixed with cement and buried in steel containers at a depth of at least two miles. No, wait! Thats nuclear waste
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Library stress escalates
Reference Librarian Adam Howell has come out from behind the desk, and publicly admitted that library work is not just "sitting around reading books all day". Whilst this will not be news to those working in the industry, the general public is still unaware of this fact.
Howell states that he isn't even called a Reference Librarian any more, and has to suffer the indignity of the imposed title, Information Services Librarian. Indications are that he was not even given the opportunity to provide input into the title, where he is required to deliver information to the masses.
Having been medically advised to avoid stress, Adam found that his participation in the Cookware-on-Head Day was therapeutic. "Wearing the old iron Pot did give me a feeling of enormous personal security, probably not known to humans since the practice of wearing Knights armor was sadly lost many centuries ago."
Sadly, it seems that some library workers are still in denial about the situation of workplace stress, despite the mainstream media's overwhelming coverage of the issue. Or possibly they are in one of those great jobs that the majority can only dream about ...
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Just another day at the desk
Patron: What flavor is vile?
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LIBRARIANS IN POPULAR CULTURE
Freshman confused about librarians
Commenting on the Tori Amos music compilation, Tales of a Librarian, Randolph High School freshman Elisa Faison is quoted in the Decatur Daily teen page as saying "I love this album and haven't been able to stop listening to it since I got it for Christmas."
Considering that it contains tracks titled Me and a gun and Professional Widow, it makes it a little confusing when the article title is Amos sings truth about librarians...
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Described by the publishers, the Australian Librarian and Information Association, as "a classic Australian reference book", the fifth edition of the Australian dictionary of acronyms and abbreviations is one-third bigger than its predecessor, and contains explanations of more than 62,000 terms.
However, the price isn't very attractive. It retails for AUD$66.00 (plus $16.50 postage and handling), with an ALIA member price of $55.00 (plus $16.50 postage and handling). One has to ask why such a high postage and handling fee. You could get it couriered for less - providing you were located in Australia.
Intensive interrogation of a small, elderly lady behind the counter at an Australia Post shop front revealed that bubble wrap and an Australia Post-approved packing box would total $4.50, and the postage cost would be $6.00 - leaving a nice little six bucks in profit for the publishers on handling alone.
But the biggest turn-off was in the testimonials. "I found the book enthralling", was the comment from the journal, The Australian Accountant. Who wants a book that gets an accountant excited? ...
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MORE ORIGINAL HUMOR
Research has shown that the average librarian will take 10 to 15 minutes to read this web page. Anecdotal evidence is suggesting 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 ...
ACADEMIA: There are more than 50 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 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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Vapidity is an international political language.
Received by phone: Can you connect me to your dating service?
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Heuristics, or rules of thumb, that provide familiar, generally concrete, but not necessarily relevant information, particularly in the absence of other information.
Jonathan I. Klein
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For those who get annoyed at being unable to access a website, and get that irritatingly bland default 404 message about checking settings and contacting administrators, the Warrior Librarian Weekly Technology Unit has devised a more information-professional appropriate message ...
Best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith says that people are fed up with violence, aggression and drama in books they would like to read stories in which the most exciting thing that happens is that the main characters drink a cup of tea ...
While librarians are working at changing the public perception of their work, personalities, and supposed lifestyles, Michelle Carr - the founder, director and producer of the Velvet Hammer Burlesque in Los Angeles - shares her summer reading list ...
Interesting news on school libraries, with one New Mexico school closing classrooms due to mold. The alternative venue was the school library - which apparently didn't have ITS air quality tested ...
Whilst still in areas educational, who knew that an Idaho school district had a coordinator for Responsible Thinking? Or did have, until he was fired. Maybe there were still too many people that were thinking irresponsibly ...
For WLW readers accessing this page from Athens, don't forget to make a trip over to the Gennadius Rare Book Library. But don't expect to get inside ...
Over the past five years, according to the Japanese Bookstore Association, 177 books about depression have been published, compared with a mere 27 from 1990 to 1995. Earlier this month, the country's most popular online bulletin board, Channel 2, carried 713 conversation threads about depression -- more than music (582) or food (691) and almost as many as romance (716)...
And speaking of depressing, one Ann Paulus writes from Phoenix that libraries are "delivering evil" by having the option to use unfiltered Internet access ...
The age-old question of censorship and teenage access to literature with sexual references has been semi-addressed in a Malaysian article ...
Don't forget to watch out for your invitation to the grand opening of the Clinton Library ...