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Awards committee goes crazy
Jennifer Donnelly never expected her book, "A Gathering Light," to win the Carnegie Medal. Britain's top honor for children's literature has been awarded to a murder mystery.
The author, who isn't British, not surprisingly didn't set the book in Britain, but in upstate New York. However, Donnelly had visited Britain, which rendered her eligible for the prize.
At the time of writing, there is no verification of the suggestion that the children's librarians (not dissimilar to the group pictured, although certainly not identical) who make up the award committee were considering giving "A Gathering Light" the Kate Greenaway Medal for children's illustrations ...
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Reuters ignores library news
Has the mainstream press suffered an over saturation of librarian stories? Whilst seemingly more than happy to cover Internet filtering and the financial aspects of library operation, the wire services are apparently uninterested in matters pertaining to the mental health of information professionals.
Carrying out last week's threat to issue a press release on the International Cookware-on-Head Library Day (now only two weeks away), the Warrior Librarian filled out the official online form at the Reuters website, but to date no response has been received.
But there's still Associated Press, Bloomberg, Cybercast, BNS Terminal, Zenit, IPS, PakNews.com ...
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WLW team doubles
Following a global outburst of irritation from the Punctuation Police and various Spelling Bee winners, WLW has procured the honorary services of a proof reader.
Whilst many subscribers may doubt the authenticity of her name, Rosemary Shakespeare now takes over the reins of literacy correctness. As the Branch Manager of the Information Commons, Moorabbin Campus, Holmesglen Institute of TAFE Library, she is well used to dealing with abuse ...
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As librarians become comfortable with their status as library gods and goddesses, the age-old battle for some subtle way to convey this message to library users may have been solved.
What better way to complement that Hermes cravat or scarf, teamed with the inevitable delicately sequined top, than a complete facial make-over.
Can't you just picture yourself at the Reference Desk, or maintaining circulation, wearing an outfit that makes more than a mere statement? ...
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I just read a review about a new book called Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, what was called Dating advice for the culturally impaired, an' I gotta tell yah, I just don't get it.
Why in the name of tarnation does that fella talk about goin' to the library to hear lectures 'n' such, if'n you're not gonna listen to what they's saying. Don't make no sense to me. In my day, if'n you went to the library to hear a talk, it weren't no expert speakin' - it were that mealy-mouthed old witch, tellin' ya what you could 'n' couldn't borrow.
These days, of course, it's all changed. What with all them books, an' now they's got videos and music and all sorts of stuff that ain't books. An' never mind about whose telling who what they can an' can't do. Mind you, that nice young'n they's got there now might do a lot worse than meetin' up and steppin' out with my cousin John-Jim's boy, now that he's paid his dues to society and they's let him out an' all ...
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Last week's preservation tips from the WLW Corporate Archivist was met with what can only be described as overwhelming enthusiasm. Particularly as there was no hate-mail that specifically mentioned it. Although a lot of other things got a thorough panning. And readership numbers dropped off. Again.
So this week, another helpful tip on Collection Building. Don't throw anything away. Call it archives, and you'll always have a large collection. Sure, it won't be up to date and no-one will ever use it. But then, you're not going to have to go cataloguing stuff, and having a zero budget will no longer seem to be such a terrible thing.
As the archival collection ages, you can then re-name it as a museum, and apply for a maintenance grant ...
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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.
WWE is organizing another Get R.E.A.L campaign with superstars visiting libraries across America reading to children and teens. The company is also offering free posters featuring Eddie Guerrero, John Cena, Charlie Haas or Miss Jackie for the Smackdown! side and Chris Benoit, Shelton Benjamin, Edge or The Hurricane from the RAW brand.
To receive the poster, send titles of two books including the names of the authors that you are reading during the summer to .
Include mailing address with zip code. If you send the titles of four books, you will receive two posters, etc. Get R.E.A.L is a campaign started by WWE encouraging children to read more often. It stands for Respect, Education, Achievement and Leadership.
If you want your children to be brilliant, read them fairy stories. If you want them to be even more brilliant, read them more fairy stories.
For information professionals who are sick and tired of stupid questions, questionable decisions, divisive practices, and practically no budget, you could fill in some time by watching a variety of fascinating digital stories made by library staff employed by Caerphilly Council. Although to be honest, we couldn't get any of the videos to play on our system. You might have better luck ...
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Following many months of contacting publicity agents, media representatives, coaches, companies and completely the wrong people to ask, WLW finally gained consent from mulit-medal winning Australian swimming icon Ian Thorpe, for an exclusive interview.
WLW proposed to ask such searching questions as what Mr Thorpe remembered of his school library, and what were his favorite books - both as a child and what he likes to read now.
These queries were to have been followed up by probing enquires such as how his reading habits had contributed to his sporting success, cover his views on both his official and unofficial biographies, and finalise with an opportunity to provide something inspirational to all readers.
However, as we've misplaced the email address ...
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