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Marin’s top librarian: Public has right to know

“Marin County’s chief librarian is a public information advocate who believes libraries must become increasingly relevant to the communities they serve. “The challenge I face as the leader for the Marin County Free Library is determining how to be the library that thrives and provides truly exceptional service to the community,” said Sara Jones, who took over last month. Exceptional service, she added, means that people get what they want in the formats they seek when and where they need them” (via Marin Independent Journal)

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Libraries’ Leading Roles: On Stage, On Screen And In Song

“When I was 9, I spent a lot of time at a public library just down the street; I was already a theater nerd, and it had a well-stocked theater section. Not just books, but original cast albums for Broadway shows old and new. One day, an addition: The Music Man, about a salesman who was crazy about a girl named, as one song put it, “Marrrrrrrion, madam librarian.” I just assumed our librarian, who was maybe 23, was that most regrettable of midcentury things, a “spinster.” (She was so much older than my baby-sitters.) Later I learned that The Music Man was spoofing that idea, by making Marian young — maybe 23 — and sexy once she let down her hair and utterly irresistible to the traveling salesman, who’d presumably had many a fling.” (via NPR)

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LIBRARIANS TO HELP WITH HEALTH LAW

“The nation’s librarians will be recruited to help people get signed up for insurance under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. Up to 17,000 U.S. libraries will be part of the effort to get information and crucial computer time to the millions of uninsured Americans who need to get coverage under the law.” (via Associated Press)

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Library board rehires worker

“The rumble in Round Lake is over. As its first order of business, a newly appointed seven-member Board of Trustees held an emergency meeting Wednesday night and unanimously voted to reinstate longtime librarian Theresa Marchione to her job with back pay. “Come on back, Theresa,” said Bill Ryan as sustained applause from the audience filled Village Hall. Marchione, a familiar face at the Wesley Avenue facility for decades, had been terminated for shutting down the library 40 minutes early on May 29 because of a tornado warning. A powerful twister touched down later in nearby Vischer Ferry.” (via Times Union)

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A public library on a bicycle? Seattle has one

“Seattle is a great book town. And also a great biking town. So it should comes as little surprise that Seattle now given us a mobile, people-powered public library that’s wheeled about town by pedaling librarians. “Librarians on bicycles are traveling to several outdoor events across the city with a custom-built book trailer that can carry 500 pounds of materials and display 75 books at a time,” Library Journal reports this week. Last month, Mayor Mike McGinn helped inaugurate the summer pilot program by biking from the city’s Central Library to an elementary school with books and a team of librarians in tow.” (via latimes.com)

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A librarian uses her expertise to improve Wikipedia

“Every day, students come to Chanitra Bishop for advice about information — everything from how to find certain articles, to what books will help their research projects. Ms. Bishop certainly has the right pedigree. At Indiana University Bloomington, she’s the Digital Scholarship and Emerging Technologies Librarian at the Herman B Wells Library, which contains more than 4.6 million volumes, including special collections in African Studies, Russian and East European Studies, Uralic and Altaic Studies, East Asian Studies, and West European Studies. “I wanted to work in the library,” says Ms. Bishop, “because I enjoy working with people, doing research, and helping people find information.” (via Wikimedia blog)

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Worlds strongest librarian strengthens writing voice in new memoir

“Dont share your thoughts about librarians leading bored, desperate lives with Josh Hanagarne. As an employee at the Salt Lake City Main Library, with a specialty on third-floor volumes encompassing medicine, finance, psychology and cooking — “the problem-solving books, as he puts it — hes exposed to the fullest possible range of human folly, tragedy and glory. “The public library contains multitudes. And each person who visits contains multitudes as well, hell tell you. “I watched a man chew on his own ponytail with such boyish exuberance that it gagged him. Then he asked me if we had any tissue paper.” (via San Jose Mercury News)

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Talking with Josh Hanagarne, the World’s Strongest Librarian

“In The World’s Strongest Librarian (Gotham Bks: Penguin Group (USA). May 2013), his forthright, affecting, and sometimes surprisingly funny new memoir, Josh Hanagarne discloses a passion for books so great that he claims to see the rest of life as a mere break between bouts of reading. He’s a librarian at the Salt Lake Public Library who at 6’7? can reach the highest stacks, an Alice in his own Wonderland consumed with asking questions, a modestly observant Mormon with a newfound interest in evolution, and a dedicated weight lifter who launched his blog, World’s Strongest Librarian, to keep track of his progress.” (via Library Journal)

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Library employees protest changed title

“Incoming library staff will no longer be designated as faculty, University Librarian Karin Wittenborg told library employees in an email March 1. Instead, all future positions within the University library system, including vacancies created by retirements and departures as well as newly created positions, will be posted as University staff. The decision was met with strong pushback from many in the library community. Forty-three members of the Library Faculty Assembly sent a letter to Wittenborg in February voicing their opposition to the proposed change. The faculty expressed concern about their future roles within the University community under this new system.”

via The Cavalier Daily

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Book publisher to drop lawsuit against McMaster librarian

“U.S.-based publishing company says it is dropping at least one of its lawsuits against a McMaster librarian after scholars across North America came to his defense. Edwin Mellen Press (EMP) had filed two lawsuits against Dale Askey and McMaster University, claiming a total of $4.5 million in damages. In the first filing, submitted in June of last year, the company alleged that statements Askey made in a Sept. 2010 blog post, while he was working at a Kansas university, were both “false” and “defamatory in its tone and context.”

via CBC.

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