Welcome to the 2006 resource list for You don't look like a librarian!.
- August 5: Rodgers, Sara, in a Letter to the Editor. Story on libraries just furthers stereotype. Well said, Sara! Times Union, August 5, 2006.
- August 5: CALL FOR PAPERS: The Libraries, Archives, and Popular Culture Research Area of the Popular Culture Association is soliciting papers for the April 2007 conference.
- July 27: Hidalgo, Jason. Librarian knows how to jump and jive. Reno Gazette Journal, July 26, 2006. This is one librarian who knows her swing, jive, jazz and rockabilly! Julie Machado is a program manager for the Northwest Reno Library by day, and bass violin player for Brassakwards by night. Dance on, Julie!
- July 20: Gordon, Rachel Singer. Think Trends, Not Types. Library Journal, June 15, 2006. (So I'm finally catching up on my reading.) As always, Rachel puts it just right: "As librarians, though, we should know better than to get sucked into the hype." I admit to occasionally being sucked into the hype, or the type - it's something I definitely have to work on!
- June 18-21: LISA V totally rocked!
- June 16: Kollali, Sapna. CNY has few male library teachers. Syracuse Post-Standard, June 11, 2006. Meet Nick Lykling, a male librarian passionate about school librarianship. He makes some very good points about mentoring school-age boys; it's definitely worth a read.
- June 11-14: Ah, the joys of the SLA Annual Conference!
- June 8: College Students' Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources. A detailed section of the earlier-mentioned OCLC report on Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources; a good read if you want to know what the college kids are thinkin' about us these days!
- June 2: Byrd, Heather. Beauty And Brains: Rockin' the Sexy Librarian Look. The Nashville Rage, June 1, 2006. Excuse me while I retch....
- June 1: Check out John Hubbard's interview on Milwaukee Public Radio (from April 4th of this year) where he discusses, among other things, his essay Librarians: We're Not What You Think (mentioned here earlier). Lots of current cultural, political and media references, and worth a listen. (John's interview starts about 2/3 of the way through the MP3.) My favorite part is when John discusses librarians as "technological sherpas"... it's an interesting concept and one I like. Have a listen!
- May 22: Brown, Sloane. Smashing image of a librarian - an interview (drink, actually) with Carla Hayden, executive director of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore. (A place to check out while at SLA)! I love her "pleasant surprise" comment. Baltimore Sun, May 14, 2006.
- May 10: Rex Libris #4 is now available for order!
- May 10: Ramirez, Mark. "No snickering in the library, unless you're hooked on 'Unshelved'." Seattle Times, 9 May 2006. Unshelved strikes again! (If you don't already read this strip, start immediately.)
- May 1: The Librarian as Archetype, a muy groovy blog posting by InfoSciPhi on April 27th 2006. Ponder-worthy ideas; let's all try to be "Wise Old Ones".
- April 26: "The Librarian" as comic? Looks like the continuing adventures of Flynn Carsen will be immortalized in graphic novel form. Might go hand-in-hand (kind of) with Rex Libris!
- April 26: Whiting, Jerry. Librarians: We're not what you think! A wonderful "rant'n'rave" from the Jet City Orange webzine, originally published in 2002. Give it a read! Updated May 31st to HTML page instead of PDF
- April 17: Rachel Singer Gordon's latest NextGen column for LJ discusses comfort zones and the "geeks vs. geezers" environment that sometimes arises. Interesting discussion on neoteny, which (it turns out) is a fancy word for how we should live life anyway! (Just my 2 cents.) Anyway, read the article! Library Journal, 14 April 2006.
- April 7: Check out Rock ‘n' Roll Library, a mini-video project (requires QuickTime) "produced for National Library Week by Students in the MLIS Program at the School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh". (The site kept timing out every time I tried to view this, so I haven't actually seen it yet... but keep trying, as I will, and eventually we'll all be able to check out what these students did in the name of learning theory!)
- March 17: Now, we all know it's not nice to go "Boo-yah!" at nuns, but: Boo-yah!
- February 27: Yes, it really does have to do with perception of librarians: we made the list of 5 most unpopular jobs for the future (according to CareerBuilder). Sigh....
- February 27: From bookcases to stock races. The Morning Journal, 29 January 2006. More nifty librarian hobbies; this time read about Sandy Nosse.
- February 27: Librarian by day; truck-pulling, tire-tossing fiend on the weekends. Weekly Dig. Read about librarian Diann Smothers and her off-work hobbies.
- February 27: Moving past stereotypes. Journal Gazette, 22 January 2006. "In fact, the only real change in the high school library is standing behind the circulation desk. Miss Watson - that bespectacled spinster with her hair in a bun, a tissue up her sleeve and her finger permanently glued to her shushing lips - is gone. In her place? A big guy named Steve." Go, Steve!
- February 27: That DHL ad; love it or hate it? Me, I'm not so keen on it. Arrgh....
- February 15: It's so much fun I have to mention it again: check out the fun-tastic Librarian Trading Cards group on Flickr, and the associated Librarian Trading Cards Blog!
- February 15: Leiker, Joy. "Library reaches out to teens". Star Press online, February 12, 2006. The opening line is what got my attention: "Angela Dubinger is pretty cool, as librarians go." Don't get me wrong - Angela sounds like she's doing all the right things to connect to her teen patrons - but huh? What is the reporter's "normal" criteria for librarians?
- February 10: The Return of Rex Libris! Rex Libris issues #2 ("Labyrinth of Literature") and #3 ("Leap of Faith") are now available - order your copy now!
- February 10: Check out "Heroes of the Information Age", a well-done final multimedia project by Anthony Joachim. I, myself, identify with both Spyder and Java Joe! Site last modified 10 December 2003
- OCLC's Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources (2005) is now available for download. Beats the pants off my own two tiny surveys!
- January 2006: Happy New Year! Am completely behind on absolutely everything due to temporary work overload; please check back later for more fabulous links!
Resources from 2005.
Resources and interesting information from 2004.
Earlier resources (not guaranteed to be reliable links anymore, these are 2002-2003 articles)
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