Posts Tagged ‘librarians’

In our daily lives as librarians we often feel that we and our profession are not fully understood. As a librarian, how could I bring the message across but through a book?  How could I also show that we are not stereotypes and that many of us are as unique as the rest of the community? What better way to reveal the profession and to gain insight into the inner workings of the library professional but through anecdotes?

The book by Marilyn Johnson entitled “This Book is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All”, published in 2010, is such a book. You will find the book under the call number 023.2 Johnson – please check the library catalog for availability at http://www.aclibrary.org

Here is a summary:

Those who predicted the death of libraries forgot to consider that in the automated maze of contemporary life, none of us–neither the experts nor the hopelessly baffled–can get along without human help. And not just any help–we need librarians, who won’t charge us by the question or roll their eyes, no matter what we ask. Who are they? What do they know? And how quickly can they save us from being buried by the digital age? This book is a romp through the ranks of information professionals and a revelation for readers burned out on the clichés and stereotyping of librarians. Here are bloggers, radicals and visionaries who fuse the tools of the digital age with their love for the written word and the enduring values of free speech, open access, and scout-badge-quality assistance to anyone in need.


The frontier — Information sickness — On the ground — The blog people — Big brother and the holdout company — How to change the world — To the ramparts! — Follow that tattooed librarian — Wizards of odd — Gotham city — What’s worth saving? — The best day

Happy reading! See you in the library!

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Thursday Thirteen #101

As you may imagine, I’ve been hanging out in the reference section again. That’s where I found the source listed below. Today I’m bringing you all a list of 13 books which contain librarian characters. This is a library blog, after all, so it makes sense to me. My favorite of the books below is Rest You Merry. Do you have a favorite book with a librarian character in it?

13 Novels with Librarian Characters:
1. Chatterton by Peter Ackroyd
2. The Cat Who Knew Shakespeare by Lilian J. Braun
3. Rest You Merry by Charlotte MacLeod
4. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
5. Dead Over Heels by Charlaine Harris
6. Always Coming Home by Ursula K. Le Guin
7. Die for Love by Elizabeth Peters
8. Duplicate Keys by Jane Smiley
9. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
10. Dewey Death by Ursula Torday
11. Leave it to Psmith by P. G. Wodehouse
12. The Eternal Conflict by David H. Keller
13. Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank

Librarians in Fiction: A Critical Biography by Grant Burns

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Centerville held a 2-day Kids Library Camp on June 23rd and 25th. The registration was full in three days but the inquiries never stopped, even when the camp was already in session. Thirty-six kids in grades 4 to 7 attended and all left with happy comments like “It was awesome!”, This was a really fun camp. I want to do it next year!!!”, “This was so rad!” Wow!

Take a look of this video to see what kids were learning and the fun we all had. I tried to cover all the sessions in the order they were presented but had to leave out the exciting Contest. The pictures of the contest were deleted by mistake. 😥

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I’ve been re-reading some of Laurie R. King’s Mary Russell mysteries lately. (Yes, I’ve re-read the whole series several times by now. If you get a chance, try listening to the Audiobook versions. Jenny Sterlin does an excellent job. ) When I encountered the following dedication, I just had to share it with you all.

The dedication from The Game by Laurie R. King:

“For the librarians everywhere, who spend their lives in battle against the forces of darkness.”

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