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Librarians snubbed again
In preparation for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, the torch was once again paraded through Sydney streets on Friday, causing traffic mayhem but providing a small amount of diversionary interest.
As was traditional, the torch was carried by a number of former Olympic medal winners, together with other sporting stars and local "identities". However, once again there was no library presence, or even mention.
Apparently, the Australian Olympic Committee neglected considering any information professionals when formulating the list of torch-bearers. A number of library associations have stated that this would have been a golden opportunity to promote literacy and reading ...
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Craftspeople challenge Pearl
In a backlash against the rank commercialism of the now infamous Library Doll, a number of information professionals are looking to alternative conversation pieces.
The Pueblo Indian Story Teller doll, described as "a friendly reminder of the rich verbal heritage of these Native Americans ...the figure depicts a grandmother sharing tales and narrative history with her grandchildren" on a postcard from Ellanie Sampson of Albuquerque NM, is one of the many collectables.
Containing no plastic pieces or batteries, one advertised on eBay was selling for US$125 ...
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Access to be extended
Following the release of Morgan Spurlock's "Upsize Me", the documentary on the health implications of excessive fast food consumption, libraries are taking a proactive role.
A number of library coffee shops have elected to include salads amongst their offerings, with fruit drinks and fat-free snacks to also be offered to patrons who find they can't last 30 minutes without a food or drink intake.
In addition, doorways will be widened to allow additional access. A number of incidents involving doorways in libraries have also been reported ...
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Cusser kicked out
Fredric Alan Maxwell, 49, a researcher, author and self-described library activist, was banned from the Ann Arbor District Library for one year after he used the "F-word" in an exchange with a librarian on last year, one of three encounters with library staffers - two of which resulted in his being evicted by police. Maxwell said that the library's actions violate his constitutional right to free speech, and is planning to take the case to court.
This raises serious concerns for all library administrators, as to the exact nature of offensive language. Although a thesaurus of non-acceptable words for use in libraries is now proposed, OCLC to date has not shown any interest in the project. However, a well known library signage supplier has produced a suitable directional aid ...
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Although this Pluto Press publication may be a little difficult to source, the WLW review team thoroughly recommends chasing a copy down for inclusion in the collections of all libraries.
Don't be misled by the title, "The 1976 Big Red Diary". Measuring in at a mere 6" x 4" (15cm x 10.5cm), the publishers have cleverly packed in all 365 days of the calendar year. Not only is each and every day represented, but also a small amount of space to write in any significant events or important information.
Unlike a number of other similar publications, this small tome also contains historical data on past events that have occurred on any particular day, which is sort of handy if you're scrambling around looking for some obscure factoid for a newsletter or library display ...
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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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Ismail Serageldin announced today that he's "very proud to be the first person in over 1,600 years to bear the title of "librarian of Alexandria". After working for the World Bank for 28 years, let's hope he can adjust to his new salary levels ...
Former president Bill Clinton's new book, for which he received a reported $10 million advance, has been book-talked by the author himself ...
The latest news on the Ontario education report states that "the number of full-time teacher-librarians at Ontario elementary schools has plunged 80 per cent during the last seven years ...There are 27 per cent fewer schools with physical education teachers ... " Like, does anyone care about phys. ed? ...
Academic librarians concerned with open access might be interested in the report that Reed Elsevier has allowed academics who submit articles for publication in its science journals to make the research available for free on their personal or institutional websites ...
If you think your library is understaffed, consider the Central Library of Bangladesh. It's "being run round the clock several questions have emerged as books of library are being stolen due to inadequate supervision, as it does not have a sufficient member of employees for the purpose, it is learnt." Open 24/7, it has three staff on day shift, and two on nights - when it becomes an unofficial doss house ...
Where else but Seattle would such a great stereotype busting story come from? A waitress tells a visiting academic that she plans to become a librarian ...
The Kansas City Infozine headline is a little confusing, stating that Barnes and Nobel will "Open and Close" stores. From the description, it sounds like the book retailer is emulating libraries ...
Who would have thought that anyone would bother hacking ISBNs? XML.com provides a step-by-step guide for "home librarians", but seems to be unaware of the current 10 digits being extended ...
On the technology front, Otis Library in Norwich, (CN) has thought "outside the (MS) box", and moved into a Linux Thin Client landscape, thereby saving time AND money ...
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How come dumb stuff seems so smart while you're doing it?
Dennis the Menace
The National Institute of Standards and Technology has produced a 50 page document on the care and handling of CDs and DVDs, as part of its Digital Data Preservation Program. Luckily, they've also provided a one-page summary ...
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