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BDSM and beheading videos: The evolving role of the librarian

“No job is without its perils, and for a college librarian today, one of those just might be having an associate dean overhear you explaining to a student how to create a more accurate BDSM scene for a photo shoot inspired by “Fifty Shades of Gray.” “So BDSM is all about control and in part humiliation, you might want to put a collar and a ball gag in her mouth,” I was explaining as the dean walked by. She stopped and looked at me.” (via The Washington Post)

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Ann Dougherty, 57, librarian who wrote love letters for patrons

“ANN DOUGHERTY used to say she felt like Cyrano, the fictional character who wrote love letters for a fellow soldier in the famous French play by Edmond Rostand. Ann did the same for a number of male patrons of the Free Library’s Rodriguez branch, including a Spanish-speaking man who wanted to woo an English-speaking woman. Ann helped him write the love letter, and the man got his first date. Alas, Ann never found out if the romance lasted. Ann was a librarian, but nothing like the librarians usually thought of as dowdy spinsters in dim rooms reeking of the dusty volumes of forgotten lore.” (via Philly.com)

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Crowdfunded Ferguson Children’s Librarian Amy Randazzo Ready To Start Her New Role

“In the time of tragedy, anger, and division in Ferguson, one thing thing stood out as an inspirational bright spot: The Ferguson Municipal Public Library. The public library remained open during the riots in the city, according to director Scott Bonner, as a show of community and solidarity.” (via Bustle)

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A Role for Librarians as Data Managers in the Life Sciences

“Traditionally, librarians have been involved at the beginning and the end of the research process, assisting researchers with finding information and with disseminating information. With the changing data landscape, however, it is important for the library to participate in other aspects of research. A librarian who can provide concise and customized training in needed areas—for example, documentation in the process of data collection—will be valuable to the research team.” (via CLIR)

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Ten librarians across the country honored for outstanding public service accomplishments

“Today, 10 librarians were honored with this year’s Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award for demonstrating the critical role librarians play in transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning. Selected from a pool of more than 1,000 nominations, the 10 winning librarians join a distinguished group of award recipients. To date, only 70 librarians have received the award since its inception in 2008.“Each day thousands of dedicated library workers have a profound impact on the quality of life in the communities that they serve,” said Courtney Young, president of the American Library Association. “This year’s award winners provide us with a glimpse of how library workers are transforming lives through access to technology, bridging community resources and fostering a love for learning. The I Love My Librarian Award provides a rare opportunity for both library patrons and the profession to recognize invaluable community change agents – our nation’s librarians.” (via ALA)

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U’s Middle East Library is Home to “Enthusiastic” Librarian

“This library, as one hears from others, is extraordinary,” said Leonard Chiarelli, associate librarian at the Marriott Library. Chiarelli is in charge of the Aziz S. Atiya Middle East Library, one of the most respected centers for research in Middle East studies. Raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., Chiarelli earned a bachelor’s degree in history at Pace University in Manhattan. While an undergraduate, he resolved to come to the U to study at the suggestion of Philip Hitti, whom he had met during a lecture in Manhattan. Chiarelli wanted to study the Mediterranean region during the Medieval period, which was controlled by Arabs at the time. Hitti told Chiarelli that no one in the east knew about that specific subject and referred him to Aziz S. Atiya, who was at the U at the time.” (via The Daily Utah Chronicle)

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Homeless Outreach in Volumes: Books by Bike for ‘Outside’ People in Oregon

“A homeless man named Daniel was engrossed in a Barbara Kingsolver novel when his backpack was stolen recently, and Laura Moulton was determined to set things to right. Ms. Moulton, 44, an artist, writer and adjunct professor of creative nonfiction, did not know Daniel’s last name, his exact age, or really even how to find him — they had met only once. But she knew the novel, “Prodigal Summer,” and that was a start. So, armed with a new copy of the book, off she went. Such is the life of a street librarian.” (via NYTimes)

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Radical Librarianship: how ninja librarians are ensuring patrons’ electronic privacy

“Librarians in Massachusetts are working to give their patrons a chance to opt-out of pervasive surveillance. Partnering with the ACLU of Massachusetts, area librarians have been teaching and taking workshops on how freedom of speech and the right to privacy are compromised by the surveillance of online and digital communications — and what new privacy-protecting services they can offer patrons to shield them from unwanted spying of their library activity.” (via Boing Boing)

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Anyone Can Pivot: What The Changing Role Of Librarians Means For You

“While students were in love with EasyBib when we first introduced it in 2001, we also had some no-so-happy opponents. As a service that saved time by automating the process of creating citations and bibliographies, many librarians and English teachers initially weren’t thrilled. They believed we were indirectly taking away the learning process of creating citations, and were apprehensive of the idea of software generating accurate citations. I remember, as part of guerilla marketing tactics, cold emailing a librarian about EasyBib. She responded, coldly, that she would never consider using a product like ours with her students, and that it encouraged student laziness.” (via Forbes)

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Wesleyan U. fires university librarian after disagreement with provost

“Wesleyan University last month fired its head librarian after a prolonged debate over the role of a library at a liberal arts institution. Patricia A. Tully, a 10-year veteran with the university, served as the Caleb T. Winchester university librarian from March 2010 until her firing last month. The news was first reported by the campus blog Wesleying.” (via insidehighered)

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