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WAR, POVERTY, ILLITERACY AND LIBRARIES
Global exclusive: the official apology
In the latest incidence of a long line of self-admitted failures to make a significant difference to the quality of life for the entire human race, the Warrior Librarian has issued a public apology to Planet Earth.
Writing to a colleague on the standard of academic research into library working conditions, and the lack of academic rigor in same, Biblia stated that she was almost tempted to churn out yet another journal article on the topic.
However, after having just completed what may possibly be seminal works on both global literacy (published in April 2004 Editorial Eye) and mental health issues for library folk (June 2004 Orana), the Warrior Librarian added that she didn't have sufficient time to save the rest of the world. At least, not this week ...
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Product range extended
Following a reader request for an extention of the Warrior Librarian Online Store product range, Warrior Librarian Weekly is proud to be able to offer a new item.
Among the other suggestions received were merchandise featuring the Warrior Librarian eye chart and the Warrior Librarian prayer. Interestingly, the original requesting reader was surprised to hear that Biblia is not independently wealthy from the income received from her library job.
At a mere $16.99, the Dog T-shirt saves you the embarressment of wearing one yourself. Dog not included ...
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LIBRARY HEALTH AND SAFETY
Finally, some good news!
At the risk of offending WLW's more rounded readers, it would be negligent of us to withhold this vital information. For those who'd prefer to read a book than go to a gym or jogging, the news is all good. A recently released report has found that frequent and vigorous physical activity appears to increase the risk of ovarian cancer.
Sure, the advice is qualified by age parameters, but you've got to get into training for these things early on in your life, so you can continue to maintain a healthy lifestyle in later years.
But wait! There's more. Scientists at The Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR) have determined that moderate wine intake may also reduce the risk of ovarian cancer.
However, the Warrior Librarian Weekly Lifestyle Team advises that in the interests of gender equity, all males are also invited to stay at home with a good book and a fine vintage ...
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Book Talks still rank #1
The use of photographs showing libraries, librarians and services related to readers remains the prevailing illustrative graphic on 100% of web sites that are in any way related to libraries.
Admittedly, most of the web sites hold copyright on the graphics they use, but this doesn't always appear to be the case ...
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Winkokur's The Portable Curmudgeon, provided to the WLW Book Appreciation Group by Stella of Baltimore (MD), provides " ... more than 1,000 outrageously irreverent quotations ...", few of which seem to be endlessly repeated on quotation web sites. At least, so far.
One of the many useful features of this book is the alphabetical listing of World Class Curmudgeons. There seems to currently be a spate of curmudgeonism, if email signatures are any accurate guide to contemporary .
With this handy listing, one can immediately tell if an email signatory is a World Class curmudgeon, or merely one in training ...
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A brief quantitative study was completed this week into the reading habits of rail commuters. The group was selected at random from those in the second carriage of the 8.48am from Blacktown.
Of a group of ten (10) people in adjacent seats, five (5) were reading books (4 of which were paperbacks, the other a hard-cover).
A further two (2) from the survey group were reading newspapers (The Financial Review and the Daily Telegraph). Two (2) appeared to be students who were studying from printed notes and making annotations on those documents.
The final member of the survey group was an elderly gentleman who appeared to be asleep. Or possibly dead ...
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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 ...
CONFERENCES: Biblia's next conference appearance is scheduled on June 29, 2004 for the School Library Association of Queensland. Members and friends of MEMO can click here for the report on the Fargo conference.
ACADEMIA: The University of Texas at Arlington now lists this website on its page 'Websites for Professional Growth'...
INTERNET: Google now lists 'about' 1,830 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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FINALLY, someone in government has come to realize that there is a link between reading and literacy! Mayor Bloomberg of New York is promoting the benefits of books and libraries for the "city's 345 public-housing projects". Maybe the word might even spread to other domains that claim to have an interest in literacy (like perhaps, various "Departments of Education") ...
Following a 16% budget cut, academic serials librarians are having to re-assess their journal subscriptions. At this stage, it is believed that WLW will not be effected ...
The "economic cleansing" legislation that might have given Colorado's public libraries almost unlimited funds - by restricting residency to households who's income exceeds $200,000 - didn't make it through due process ...
The governor (MI) recently led a discussion at Grand Valley State University, asking young people how to make "Grand Rapids as seductive as Seattle and as phat as Philly". The ideas for raising the city's cool quotient included better libraries and museums, a light rail system and more emphasis on art instruction for kids. We thought that MI was already cool, what with the snow and everything ...
Are Captain Underpants and other fart-fest book hooks objectionable? According to some members of religious orders, yes ...
In spreading the messages on freedom and economic reform whilst on the presidential campaign trail, Laura Bush managed to squeeze in a pro-library/reading statement ...
For filmography buffs - an online interview with Tina Fey (the author of the screenplay for the new PG-13 teen comedy Mean Girls), reveals that in addition to the more than 130 costume changes (in a 93-minute film, "naughty librarians" get a mention ...
Probably of absolutely no significance (but still pretty interesting) is the fact the British buy more art books than Americans, although Americans buy more books on photography and how-to-do-it projects, plus graphic novels and comics ...
On the technology front, it appears that not even Bill Gates can halt the flow of spam, proving that money can't buy you happiness. Unless, of course, you're in library acquisitions ...
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The (UK) Guardian reports that public libraries "seem dingier; you can't find the books you want and the collection seems stale; they are peopled by slightly sad, furtive adults who obviously have some unhealthy obsession or they wouldn't be there ..."
According to the report, written by one Tim Coates, libraries "are incredibly indifferently managed" ....
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A best-seller is the gilded tomb of a mediocre talent.
Logan Pearsall Smith
Many thanks to the Scout Report for bringing our attention to the Children's Literature website. There is a whole truckload of free virtual resources, together with free information on the Children's Literature Comprehensive Database (CLCD), which (incidently) is not free ...
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