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Library desperation evident
Shoppers in a suburban mall were stunned when the local public library slung a banner of major proportions across the pedestrian plaza.
Reading "return library items no matter how late - all is forgiven" and "all charges cancelled", a number of onlookers claimed the sign was a disgraceful use of public space and that the sign completely destroyed the ambiance of the park. Well, one person did.
However, most people just completely ignored it ...
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Student protests collection policy
Final year student Colin Grouchman has started a one-person campaign to have his school library amend their collection development policy so that more Cliff-notes style material is available for loan.
Grouchman is concerned that "a lot of, like, money" is being spent on buying complete books that require an unjustifiable amount of time to read. Whilst commenting on his course requirements for summer reading, he noted that "there's like, you know, a whole heap of stuff" that is required reading.
In urging his library staff to Keep it Real, he also requested that the library consider subscribing to Internet-based services that provide complete mark-ready written papers, on the basis that there's a lot of "other stuff" that needs to be done over the summer break ...
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Standards decline further
Following the release (290kb pdf version that was published) of the Warrior Librarian's seminal work (47kb Word.doc version of the original paper) on global literacy, a random survey of library graffiti has shown that the messages are becoming much more difficult to decipher.
Whilst in the past, the occasionally witty observation or poignant commentary could be expected, it seems that almost all public displays of unauthorized signage have come little more than scrawls.
Although the length of available time to vandalize a public or private building may be a factor contributing to illegibility ...
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Reading for the elderly and infirm
Regular columnist Grandma has rejoined the Warrior Librarian team after a period of leave for cataract surgery, followed by a number of short - and longer term - holidays.
Speaking of the reading material provided by the hospital, Grandma notes "what's the point of giving people having eye surgery books 'n' such? We'll all bandaged up tighter than a turkey at Thanksgiving, and we need to sleep a lot between card games 'n' the like. A T.V., now that's completely different, 'specially those wide-screen gadgets with quadraphonic surround sound 6 speakers 'n' a 130 watt mega-woofer with Pro-Logic II ...
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From the darkest depths of Warrior Librarian Central's back room, the classic Sott'acqua e sotto vento, written by Icilio Felici will probably bring back many memories to a few WLW readers. (Our guess is very few.)
This is not a book that will appeal to everyone - particularly if they can't read Italian, although notably the page numbers at least are in English.
Translated courtesy of Alta Vista's Babel Fish, the book's title indicates that it has something to do with being under water and having painful wind, but unfortunately the only illustration is on the front cover. However, it is an excellent example of that little-celebrated genre, Cheap Weed Sale Item ...
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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 now 51 institutions that have a link to Warrior Librarian on their web sites, including the Tasmanian Department of Education ...
INTERNET: Google now lists more than 3,000 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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International Cookware-on-Head Library Day; August 2, 2004. Send your photographs to WLW for a chance to win an autographed poster.
Glad to hear that school librarian Patty Spencer - one of four people attacked at the Caro Learning Center - has been released from the hospital. The Learning Center, an alternative high school operated by Caro Community Schools, is on the campus of Michigan's Mental Health Center ...
Steve Frasure, now the coach of the U.S. Greco-Roman national team, was described as "no longer the spry Olympian. When he walks, the wear and tear on his tires is evident. When he's not wearing his wire-rimmed glasses, he's twirling or chewing on them like a bookish librarian" ...
According to the Sydney Star Observer, it's (apparently) not uncommon for Sydney suburban homes to have a home library. We guess that pretty much depends on how you define the term "library" ...
Be careful where you leave your coffee cup. A Concord High School junior has been kicked out of school for putting laxatives in the coffee of a librarian and the principal ...
A Rocky Mountain college student writes in reference to Internet filtering: to retain intellectual freedom on our campus, we must be permitted to view anything we choose. If the individual next to you is offending you, it is up to you to remove yourself from the situation. It is not the librarian's job to move the offending individual" ...
Fortune favors the prepared mind.
School librarians and library media specialists will appreciate this webquest for their principals and school boards ...
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