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In Age of Google, Librarians Get Shelved

“The next time you visit a public library and see an older person at the information desk, someone near retirement age, take a good look. You may be seeing the last of a dying breed, the professional librarian.Years ago, a librarian was someone who held a master’s degree in library science (MLS) issued by a graduate program accredited by the American Library Association. Those of us who attended library schools underwent rigorous preparation, usually assignments that forced us to become familiar with the reference books and research tools that filled the university library.” (via WSJ)

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Late KU librarian’s expertise, devotion remembered as another bequest announced from her multimillion-dollar estate

“In 1957, the Kansas University Library purchased a second-edition translation of John Barclay’s “Argenis” that was printed in London in 1636.Shortly thereafter, a young student named Ann Hyde — along with a visiting professor, Bertram Colgrave, and the special collections cataloguer, Alexandra Mason, who would become Hyde’s lifelong friend — discovered and deciphered leaves from two different 11th century Old English manuscripts that were used as padding in the 17th century book’s binding.” (LJWorld.com)

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Tumblr’s Meme Librarian has the best job on the Internet

“Amanda Brennan is a librarian for the Internet. Brennan’s official job title is content and community associate at Tumblr, but everyone at the microblogging platform calls her their “meme librarian.” She spends her days on the front lines of an online meme’s creation, dissemination and, yes, inevitable death.” (via Washington Post)

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British Librarians Are Suing Government Over Library Closings

“The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (Cilip) has launched a new campaign to push the UK government to think twice before shutting down libraries and to take better care of those that remain. The My Library By Right effort aims to champion “the public’s right to libraries” by leaning on a 1964 British law, the Public Libraries and Museums Act, to provide quality public library services to citizens across the country.” (via adweek)

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Japan librarians cry foul over leaked Murakami reading list

“A war of words has erupted between privacy-advocating librarians and a newspaper after it published a snapshot of the high-school reading habits of Japan’s foremost literary son Haruki Murakami. Leaked library borrowing cards from half a century ago revealed the teenage Murakami — nowadays a perennial contender for the Nobel literature prize — checked out several titles by French writer Joseph Kessel. But the Japan Library Association on Monday lashed out at what it said was an invasion of the publicity-shy writer’s privacy.” (via Yahoo)

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Columbus librarians encouraged to report signs of child abuse

“Librarians, especially those who work with children or visit their homes, see a lot, sometimes too much: a kid with unusual bruises, homes with drug paraphernalia or parents who appear abusive or slap their kids in public. But unlike doctors, lawyers, day-care providers and teachers, who are required by law to report evidence of possible abuse to police or social-service agencies, librarians have a legal responsibility to protect the identities and reading habits of their patrons. The apparent conflict has created confusion. The Columbus Metropolitan Library board unanimously approved a new policy this week to help clarify the roles.” (Via Columbus Dispatch)

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University at Buffalo librarian has health info at her fingertips

“Pamela Rose has seen a lot of changes over five decades at the University at Buffalo Health Sciences Library. She’s also developed a deeper appreciation for animals. “My worlds are colliding,” Rose said recently as she sat in her office at the historic library on South Campus. “I’ve placed cats with many, many of my colleagues over the years because I used to foster and rescue them. Therapy dogs are coming here. And I’ve had zoo docents here because there are connections between historical medicines and animals.” Rose, 68, lives in Parkside with her husband, Joel, a retired UB computer programmer who led the fight years ago to keep the Buffalo Zoo in Delaware Park and in more recent years to try to quash the Buffalo Creek Casino.” (via Buffalo News)

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This Librarian Bicycles Around San Francisco Towing a Miniature Library With Free Books

“School librarian Alicia Tapia is on a mission to spread the love of reading. Knowing the important influence books can have on literacy and learning she started towing a miniature library around San Francisco in 2013. She calls her creation Bibliobicicleta.” (via Visual News)

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The future of the MLS: New report from the University of Maryland

“Last summer, the iSchool at the University of Maryland launched the Re-Envisioning the MLS initiative. The premise is that future professionals in library and library-related fields will likely need fundamentally different educational preparation than what is provided by current curricula. Based on an extensive body of research, outreach, and analysis, yesterday the iSchool released its report Re-Envisioning the MLS: Findings, Issues, and Considerations.” (via Direct Dispatch)

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Librarian reinvents herself with a dash of new tech, a flash of Harry Potter

“Lisa Waite Bunker, a social media librarian for Pima County Public Library, owes much of her tech-savvy to a bit of magic. In fact, you might even call Harry Potter her teacher. Bunker, a devoted fan of the fantasy book series, had a growing interest in hand coding and graphic design when she discovered the online community of Potter fans. In a “fandom” with a heavy teen presence, Bunker, now 55, watched “younger people online who were making it up as they went along,” she says. “They would do anything that would delight the fandom. They were willing to experiment, and it taught me to be somewhat fearless with trying new technologies.” (Via Tuscon.com)

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