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Librarian Shaming lets library workers share their shameful secrets

“Websites such as PostSecret have long let Internet users spill their secrets in anonymity. Now librarians are secretly confessing their misdeeds on the Tumblr site Librarian Shaming. Billed as “a place for those of us in Libraryland to come clean,” the Tumblr has librarians upload pictures of themselves with a confession written on paper held in front of their face, concealing their identity. According to the site, it was inspired by a post on the blog for the Dracut Library in Massachusetts, which had the Dracut librarians hold up their own confessions in front of their faces.” (via CSMonitor.com)

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Librarian Quietly Saved $1 Million For Gift Back To Library

“Carol Sue Snowden, a librarian at the Columbus Metropolitan Library, was known by her peers for her modest lifestyle. She drove a used Chevrolet, lived in a condominium, and was happy to indulge in little other than her passion for books. It was precisely because of this frugal lifestyle that she was able to accomplish something monumental: She’d saved over $1 million, donating all of it to libraries and reading programs she’d come to love.” (via Huffington Post)

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This Librarian is out to get loud

“As far as monikers go, few fit their subjects more perfectly than The Librarian fits Andrea Graham. Or maybe not – one could argue the alias is false advertising. With her signature black-rimmed spectacles, barely-detectable overbite and introverted air, the average person would have no trouble imagining the 33-year-old quietly stacking books at their local reference centre. It’s an understandable assumption, and one that couldn’t be farther from the truth.” (via Vancouver Sun)

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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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