Hi. I did a little email interview for BUST Magazine that will be coming out sometime soonish. Please come and see me at ALA in a few weeks if you're going to be in San Diego. In the meantime, please carry your reference materials prominently no matter what the FBI might think.
How far should libraries go to accomodate patrons who are "leaving text behind
" Should we be spending 20% of our acquisitions budget on DVDs? Some very interesting numbers at the end of this article. [thanks tammi]
Pennsylvania was the state that had the first lending library in the US and now its public library system ranks 40th in the nation
... and this is an improvement over a few years ago, apparently. [thanks stessa]
If it's a slow work week, go check out the long article over at Library Juice entitled "A Librarian's Work
." A great view of the profession from way back in the 1870's.
Bizarre gift item: Library of Congress baseball
from the LoC's Yahoo storefront. "Had Mr. Jefferson not been born long before the game of baseball was invented, this is the ball he would have had in his collection!"
Hi. I hope you had a wonderful holiday in whatever way you chose to celebrate it. Remember the days are just going to get longer and longer even as -- in Vermont anyhow -- the nights continue to get colder.
Hi. I have gotten many emails over the last week or so clearly in response to Nat Hentoff's columns in the Village Voice which have recently been about ALA's silence on the Cuban "independent librarian" issue. My basic response has been that ALA does nothing without consulting its members and the next chance to do that will be at the Midwinter meeting in the second week of January. ALA Council has been discussing the issue and I would not be surprised if there were a resolution passed about the issue. I think calling the ALA names because they are slow-moving and have not made this a top priority issue in a year that gave us CIPA and PATRIOT II may be a good way to get a lot of press but is not the most effective way of dealing with this extremely controversial issue.
Hi. I try not to brag too much here, but I think it really is neat that I have my own Google/dmoz category.
If you like goofy flash animation, click on "librarian
". [thanks simon]
The FCC has made some changes to the e-rate program
to prohibit schools from buying computers cheaply and selling them to wealthier schools to make a profit. You can read about it on their website
but you'll need Word or Acrobat.
Searching for more on drunken abstracting led me to this strange blog
. Who knows what it might have been?
More on the drunken librarian
I got the Ďeurekaí moment that there might be hot guys at this party. Yeah, I was already fucked up. Hot guys at a library party? Sure. That could happen. Itís almost as likely as Marcus Schenkenberg and Tyson Beckford showing up at a Star Trek convention. But in my drunken mind, it seemed like a possibility.
Hi. I've been having a bit of trouble with my Movable Type install which means that posting has been troublesome and slowish. I'm working it out this week but updates may be sporadic. Plus the holdays and all....
You mean I may be able to search inside the book without having to have all those soul-searching discussions about how sucky Amazon is and how maybe my library should be more like them anyhow....? Google beta-tests inside the book searching
Hi. I had to stay home from work today because of a crazy snowstorm. I dislike staying home from work so I did workish things here -- dealt with my work budget, looked at the website I am working on from a lot of different browsers, messed with this site. I got the bad news from our OPAC provider at work. They do not support Netscape. This was their response when I pointed out a really egregious formatting error that I had gotten when doing a routine query. Problem solved on their end, I guess "Oh, we don't support that." I wonder what other browsers they don't support? Probably all of them except Internet Explorer So, I may not be able to change what is already broken at my library, but I've been looking into Open Source systems again. LISnews had a link to a very informative pdf HOWTO discussing how to distribute Open Source software CD's in your library.
In another somewhat strange library altercation, man with assistance dog is allowed to proceed with his lawsuit against the library because the library cat [now deceased] scratched his dog
. You remember the lawsuit right? Well it's going ahead as scheduled. [thanks eric]
"Perhaps [librarians] would have been more at home with a portrait of Lucifer?" Slight overreaction from the president of the Catholic League from librarians' decision to remove some, but not all, depictions of Jesus
from a library art exhibit. The library stands by its decision
, but ALA-OIF says the library policy doesn't make sense. [thanks Natalia]
A few little birds have told me that it's calendar time again this year. In this one, librarians pose naked for charity
. Maybe American libraries will start doing this
as a way to raise funds for their own libraries.[thanks all]
Tough decisions with falling stock prices. Do you sell the nice books to fix the library? The library director of the Providence Athenaeum didn't think so, he's resigned
and the debate is growing ugly
is adding a commenting feature tho their newly added article. All the articles added in December 2003 -- such as this one on mentoring
-- give readers the ability to comment on the articles.
Still reading the Bookslut Interview with me
done by Michael Farrely. Just noticed that bookslut and book lust [Nancy Pearl's book] are anagrams. Maybe I'll call my memoirs BooKults.
I know this casting call
doesn't say "librarians" anyplace but the person who sent me the link assures me they are looking for librarians. This despite protestations by me and ALA staffers that since librarians have master's degrees, they are tough [though not impossible] to find in the 19-25 age range.
Hi. I have updated my ALA schedule to include my book signing on Sunday at 12:30 or 1. McFarland assures me they will have more than six books. Also changed the NY Times login link to the left. I will no longer be supporting librarian.net logins to the NYTimes though I will try to offer working links instead.
Marylaine celebrates her 200th issue of Ex Libris
and invites readers to share with her what they think about it. Drop her a note, will you?
From the "liner notes": Ever wonder what librarians do after hours when they remove their glasses, lose the orthopedic shoes and let their hair hang down? Do you think librarians fuck?? The always innovative Jim Holliday offers MIDNIGHT LIBRARIANS
- a past, present and future time capsule into this previously unexplored porn area. [nsfw]
Hi. It seems like in response to my plaintive yowling the ALA voice mail system is now a) in order and b) includes all the numbers. If I achieve only one thing in my three year tenure as an ALA Councilor, it would be okay if this were it.
I'm sort of happy I don't really understand what is going on in these pictures
. Just a bunch of girls in a library, fully dressed. Perfectly normal, right? [thanks edlef]
Once more with the librarian who was also an S/M dom, had a website, had her contract "not renewed" in the small town she worked in. Here's an absolutely fascinating transcript
of the board meeting where this issue was discussed. Of particular note is a defense of the librarian by her own sister. I've pulled some good bits for quotes but it's really worth reading the whole thing.
"we have a lady ... public domain with a website. Anybody could access it. So we have a lady who has gone public domain with her beliefs.... if sheís gone pubic already, why would she not go public in her workplace, in a place like a library. Thatís a trust issue that people are concerned with. If sheís gone public, and obviously she has, why would she stop at the workplace.
"Weíre trying to protect them from simple spankings and stuff like this, and yet these things are okay for adults? I canít stand the thought of it. I donít care if itís behind closed doors. If they think itís okay for them thatís fine, but I just canít stand the thought that you can sayÖitís a double standard. Itís just wrong."
"Itís very easy to discriminate against something and somebody else when you can look at them, when you can see what theyíre doing. Thatís one reason Iím so tolerant. I donít give a ____ if she has these problems. I donít care if sheís put it out in the public. If youíre worried about your kids reading this, then you can look after them. Thatís what parents are really supposed to do. That is our job."
"Itís not that I think it makes the woman a bad person. What anyone does privately is strictly their own - the fact that she made this a non-private issue by having a website. I donít think anyone here thinks this makes her a bad person, itís just how it affects the library."
Hi. Back to our regularly scheduled library banter. Thanks for paying attention.
Did I ever mention that I am now a member of AFSCME? They take $6 a week and in return I get to agitate for things like Professional Days when I go to ALA. It's an okay trade off. I am well-compensated. Things in King County aren't going as well
, the administration is stalling the procdess of getting newly-unionized workers their first contract. [thanks bill]
Beyond the Job
: a new worthwhile blog for information professionals. Good stuff here already, go see. From your favorite career advisors Sarah Johnson and Rachel Singer Gordon.
Short article about using the census data
to help plan services for your library. I was really sort of astounded when I did our community analysis that there were almost no people in our service area who don't speak English. I sort of assumed that as a default, you should pay attetnion to diferent cultural and language groups when plannign services. The sad fact about Vermont, or at least where I live, is that it can be pretty ethnically homogenous, even if there are still wide cultural and class differences. [thanks mac]
Hi. This year like many years past I am observing World AIDS Day. Please go see what lii.org has to offer in this category and spend a little time familiarizing yourself with this deadly pandemic which has not gone away.