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You Need a Thong

Why? Because you need to support Rory Litwin.

And who is Rory Litwin? Rory is the originator of Library Juice, an online magazine for librarians and library-friendly folks. He’s been at it since 1998, keeping us duly informed on intellectual freedom issues, social responsibility, library humor and just plain interesting web sites.

So how does a thong support Rory?… Read the rest

Search Extended due to Cluelessness

It’s almost spring and a not-so-young librarian’s fancy turns to reading ads for library directors’ positions on a variety of listservs. After some-ten odd years in this profession, I’m beginning to sense a pattern in the position descriptions:

Library Director

LOCATION: Any county in some rectangular state in the middle of the country. If frostbite in winter doesn’t get you, the plague of locusts during the summer will.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Responsible for the operation of a library district … Read the rest

Search Extended due to Cluelessness

It’s almost spring and a not-so-young librarian’s fancy turns to reading ads for library directors’ positions on a variety of listservs. After some-ten odd years in this profession, I’m beginning to sense a pattern in the position descriptions:

Library Director

LOCATION: Any county in some rectangular state in the middle of the country. If frostbite in winter doesn’t get you, the plague of locusts during the summer will.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Responsible for the operation of a library district … Read the rest

Maybe There is a God – #2 in a Series

Every once in great while, we librarians get teeny signs from the heavens that we actually matter.

Like tears streaming from a statue of the Virgin Mary or Jesus’ face on a tortilla, we occasionally read of wondrous happenings, such as this report from the Contra Costa Times about Richmond, California high school students striking over the school board’s decision to eliminate sports and library closures. De Anza High School student Ana Salguera states

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What Not to Ask

PUBLIB is running a thread on why people are reluctant to ask for help in a library. Several posters state it’s a no-no to use the h-word when asking patrons if they need assistance. I had no idea that the simple act of asking someone if they need help sends certain individuals screaming into the stacks without a even an ISBN number.… Read the rest