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Former dictator to publish picture book
Following the announcement by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, once a devoted and energetic champion of Arab unity, that he had distanced himself from the Arabs, the former dictator has hired a public relations company for an image make-over that includes showing his 'softer side'.
It is believed that an unnamed publisher has paid a substantial advance for a 36 page children's book, possibly the first of a series. Although the names of neither the publisher nor the PR consultant have yet been made public, a spokesman said that although the Colonel had made a "few mistakes in the past", they would follow entertainer Madonna's example and publish possibly something in the fantasy genre, or maybe a sticker book.
A spokesman stated that the process of finding a suitable PR consultant was more difficult than had been anticipated. There were two rejections before they could find someone to take on the challenge ...
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ALA membership has unexpected benefits
Bay area small businessman Rasheed McMurphy, the American Library Association's newest member, is delighted with the increase in business since displaying his membership certificate and including "ALA Member" on his business card.
In an exclusive interview, Rasheed revealed that joining the Travel Industry Association, Association of Contingency Planners, plus the National Association of Sales Professionals, had not significantly impacted on the image of what he prefers to call Pre-Loved Automobile Adoption Agency operatives - often derogeratively called "used car salesmen".
"Sure, librarians might be concerned over how the general public views them, but they have no idea what it's like at parties - for myself and my colleagues - when we tell people that we are a, ummm, you know, like ...
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IFLA overwhelmed by submissions
With the deadline now passed for submissions for the publication contract of the International Federation of Library Associations' journal, the culling process is well underway.
News Corporation's Rupert Murdoch has remained silent on his plans to incorporate the IFLA journal into his multi-media global mega-conglomerate.
There have been suggestions that AOL-Time-Warner (publishers of Mad magazine, yeah, OK, and Time) may have submitted an expression of interest. However, since William Gaines is no longer "available" to oversee editorial control it is believed that that publisher could not deliver a lighter style of content that the journal has lacked in the past.
Sjoerd Koopman, IFLA's Coordinator of Professional Activities, has yet to make any official announcement ...
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School library promotion
A number of school library associations have warned that the use of graphics depicting children in libraries should be used only with great caution.
Elements that are vital to budgeting include technology and (obviously) books. Also very important is the depiction of at least one smiling staff member doing something at kid-height.
The implicit dangers of using any identifiable youngsters is well-known from the perspective of child safety and/or custody.
However, recently coming to light as another reason for not showing the faces of the smaller patrons is the fact that the little monsters often subtley "flip the bird" at the camera - a fact that doesn't come to light until after half the world's population (and the principal) has seen it ...
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This fun little 1973 publication will hold high school seniors enthralled with its black and white photographs and simple pen sketches.
"Health Education for Secondary Schools 2", written by K.F. Flanagan and published by The Jacaranda Press, has sufficient rude bits explained to cause a minor tittering from the back of the library. The parts covering teeth care and how to apply a Band Aid in three easy steps will probably be grafittied within the first few days.
But at least it leaves out all the challengable content, such as sexually transmitted diseases and teenage pregnancy. Although out of print for nearly 30 years, it's worth keeping an eye out for this title at library weed sales, or on eBay ...
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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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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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There isn't anything anomolous about using the words and "terrifying" together when talking about librarians ...
Here's a nice pro-library rant for you to print off and pass around to the nay-sayers ...
In the same vein, the most-read article for the De Soto Times on May 13 was another library bouquet ...
Recent graduates of Library School could clock up some experience as a volunteer for the battleship USS New Jersey, which are looking for people "to serve as librarians, grant writers and office support staff". It'll also help you to adjust to salary levels in paid employment ...
A concerned patron from Amador County questioned the rearrangement of a library collection that made law books more accessable than mysteries novels. Given the convoluted and incomprehensible nature of the legal profession, we need to ask if there any difference?
Craig Silverstein, technology director of Google, paid reference librarians a well-earned compliment when he stated that they add "intelligence" to a targeted online search ...
Does Bolton (UK) Library need more staff to help clear the processing backlog? A book donated in 1840 has just been found to contain an enclosure - being a 1824 letter from Napoleon Bonaparte ...
Something for everyone in the article about Enid Blyton - fans and detractors will both find fodder here ...
First Lady and Professional Former Librarian Laura Bush could maybe have picked a more suitable book than LHOTP as a gift to An Officially Designated Needy School. But the big surprise was the fact that there were only 136 "needy schools" for the whole of the USA. Still, the (less than) $5,000 to each school library will help - a little.
Probably not funny to the northernmost of North Americans, but the book title "Eskimo Architecture" would undoubtedly provoke deep thought on how many images of igloos would fit into 216 pages ...
Strange but true. Librarians made it into a medical joke that was published at the Building Construction Industry website ...
On the Library Technology front, the news release from the Institute of Physics (on a new cross-publisher reference tool) might be of interest ...
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From the shareware game Exile: Escape From The Pit
Given the importance of footwear to the operational aspects of librarianship, Ian's Shoelace Site should be bookmarked for future professional reasons ...
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