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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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The Original Search Engine

“In the days before Google, librarians at the New York Public Library hand clipped hundreds of thousands of photos and illustrations from magazines and books to create over 12,000 different files for its Picture Collection. Visitors could search for images of, say, rat catching or handshaking.”

via NY Times

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Rutgers Librarian’s Offbeat Career Path: From Wall Street to the Bandura

“If there’s such a thing as a typical librarian, it would not be Lilia Pavlovsky. Pavlovsky, an assistant professor and lecturer at Rutgers’ School of Communication and Information, is a semi-retired Ukrainian folk singer who has worked on Wall Street, harvested potatoes and acted off-Broadway. But her unorthodox career path led Pavlovsky to the top of her field. Last fall, she won the Library Journal Teaching Award after being nominated by students and colleagues.

In classes like “Human Information Behavior,” Pavlovsky  explores how and why people seek information and the many different ways it can be used in the digital age.”

via Rutgers FOCUS

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Amherst College librarian launches new open access publishing venture

“One doesn’t normally think of small liberal arts colleges as having very much of a role in affecting the direction of scholarly communication in general or academic publishing in particular. But Bryn Geffert, head librarian at Amherst College in Massachusetts, believes the can and should. With the endorsement of Amherst’s president and Board of Trustees, he has recently launched Amherst College Press, which will produce a handful of edited, peer-reviewed, digital-first books on “a very small number of subjects.” “We want to do a few things well, not overextend,” he says. Staff retirements have allowed Geffert to repurpose two salary lines in the library’s budget into an editorial staff, including a press director­—”somebody who’s absolutely committed to open access,” he says. “That’s a fundamental value for the press.”

via New Directions in Scholarly Publishing

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An academic press sues a librarian, raising issues of academic freedom

“Librarian questions quality of a publishing house. Librarian publicly criticizes said press on his personal blog. Two years later, librarian and current employer get sued for libel and damages in excess of $4 million. That’s been the progression of events for Dale Askey, associate university librarian at McMaster University in Ontario, where he’s been working since 2011. At the time of his blog post, in August 2010, Askey was a tenured associate professor at Kansas State University, where librarians are granted faculty status. He said his comments about Edwin Mellen Press, since removed from his blog, pertained to his work, assessing materials for potential inclusion in Kansas State’s library collection in a time of diminishing resources”

via Inside Higher Ed

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