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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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How an NPR Librarian Outdid VA Researchers in Finding Mustard Gas Victims

“The Veterans Affairs Department knew there were 4,000 World War II veterans who had been exposed to mustard gas during chemical experiments, the existence of which wasn’t declassified until the 1990s. But the agency’s effort to track them down and compensate any who suffered injuries went almost nowhere, according to exclusive findings by NPR’s investigative unit in a report broadcast Tuesday.” (Via GoVExec)

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Not Just Librarians Anymore: Jeffco’s DTLs are Leaders in a Digital Age

“The days of the dewey decimal system, card catalogs, and “Please Be Quiet” signs have long past for Jeffco Schools librarians. Today’s Digital Teacher Librarians (DTL’s), have very complex jobs where the focus is on student information literacy and technology. Books still form the core of their mission, but Jeffco DTL’s say the primary goal is to help students research, sift, and decipher information from a wide range of sources. They also have to ensure all the technology available to students and teachers, is in working order, and that library users are trained up on it.” (via Denver Post)

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Portland Public Library director says no more shushing

“An unlikely action figure adorns the desk of Sarah Campbell, who will become the new executive director of the Portland Public Library on July 11. Campbell, a Chicago native, majored in psycholinguistics in college and worked in education afterward. Occasionally she worked in libraries and returned to that profession after moving to Portland 22 years ago. She was the director of library and learning research at York County Technical College (now York County Community College) and then joined the Portland Public Library, where she’s now associate director. Clad in a modest below-the-knee skirt and holding a finger to her lips in the quintessential “shush” pose is an action figure of Nancy Pearl, a librarian of epic renown.” (via The Portland Press Herald)

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14 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About Librarians

“We recently asked librarians amongst the BuzzFeed Community to tell us the most frustrating misconception people have about their job. Here are the enlightening results!” (via Buzzfeed)

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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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