We heard that today (or yesterday?) is (was) National Librarian Day, so in celebration, here are a couple of gifs of Hand/Study, our site-specific installation featuring a whole bunch of library hands doing all sorts of great library things.
On the outside:
this is also my response to snapped fingers, whistles, and waves from halfway across the room. If you are not physically challenged, get up and come to the desk like a civilized person!
Word to that patron:: R.E.S.P.E.C.T.
The City of Boulder, Colorado is hiring a Principal Librarian. From the job description that sounds like a library director position. Most of the requirements are fairly typical, such as at least 5 years of supervisory experience. But one could be a potential disqualifier. You can’t be like Irma Pince, the librarian at Hogwarts in the Harry Potter series:This job has nothing to do with being that severe authority figure wandering the hallways of your elementary school.Interesting responses on LJ's Facebook page. Is the job description clever or playing into a tired stereotype?
- Unfortunate stereotype. There aren’t many like her anymore.
- In fairness, Madame Pince’s collection was far more dangerous than just “radical” ideas. They could explode, eat people. Or the spells in them, too advanced for most students, could ‘cause physical harm or death to the caster or others. If students wanted a forbidden spell, they should’ve done like Muggles and used the internet.
"I’m studying to be a librarian."
"What’s the sexiest part about being a librarian?"
"I’d say the width of our knowledge. The rest of academia seems to have a rather specific focal point, whereas librarians need to know enough to serve as a guide for researchers of every discipline."
Or, to put it another way: ‘What can’t librarians do?’
Where I think the model has broken down so far is in areas of coverage. The English Wikipedia, for instance, covers very extensively cultural and geographic topics that English speakers are interested in. Same deal with the German Wikipedia, the Spanish Wikipedia, the French Wikipedia, and so on…. There’s this perception that the English Wikipedia is so big, that it’s a superset of all the other language editions. That is actually not the case…. If you read an English language article about a concept that also has articles in other language editions, you are, on average, missing out on about 28 percent of the content you would get if you could read all of the language editions. That’s based on a dataset of [the largest] 25 language editions…. That’s a new reason why we need librarians—to help understand the cultural context of the information we’re reading, and help us gain information from other cultural contexts.
Interesting point that Hecht raises. How much are we missing out in terms of information and knowledge because of our Anglophone focus?
Welcome to the 2014 LJ Movers & Shakers. The 50 individuals recognized here are passionate about what all types of libraries can do to enhance lives—for adults, teens, schoolchildren, infants, and toddlers. If there’s a common theme among their profiles, it’s that as much as the library is a place to go, it is also a place on the go—to wherever patrons or potential patrons are.
The Class of 2014 brings the total number of Movers to over 650. It was difficult to select just 50 people to honor from the more than 225 nominations we received. There’s not one Mover, however, who hasn’t told us that they couldn’t succeed without their colleagues, so, in effect, the Movers & Shakers represent hundreds more who work in and for libraries.
Meet our Advocates
Creativity was the theme of the 2009 Summer Reading Program at Lafayette (Colorado) Public Library. The library staff got creative and found a special way to thank participants for the summer’s reading success (3,131 readers and 26,000+ hours of reading reported!) Staff members spent the summer studying and practicing hula, and performed LAHAINA to a crowd of about 200 onlookers at the July 28 Grand Finale celebration. Aloha
Hula dancing librarians! So adorable!
What can’t librarians do? Many are now becoming health insurance guides.
The buzz at the American Library Association’s winter meeting recently wasn’t just about the annual awards (a.k.a. the book award “super bowl”); the Affordable Care Act was also on the agenda. Libraries across the country have been trying to meet a growing demand for health insurance information.
Recently spotted in our collection: Patrons Are People: How to Be a Model Librarian, published by the American Library Association in 1956 and full of helpful hints prepared and illustrated by Sarah Leslie Wallace.
This is what a librarian looks like. Beautiful and inspiring.
Our book review database is down, so it’s time for a kitty pic.
Sr. Editor Margaret Heilbrun presents her annual “Best Acknowledgments” and bestows the Amanda Foreman Award upon the author(s) and book(s) her subjective committee of one found most deserving of kudos for gracious and specific thanks offered to named library and archives staff who, in providing research access to the author, helped bring the book to publication.
Thanking the authors who thank the librarians and archivists. An annual LJ favorite.
“This seems like a better way to channel money to librarians than my previous strategy, which was incurring exorbitant late fees,” Snicket says.
Well done, sir. Well done!