April 4, 2006

National Library Workers Day

.: This is National Library Workers Day in the USA, and we celebrate as well in Canada, alongside our American friends and colleagues.

January 25, 2006

Hooray for Hollywood

.: The Hollywood Librarian. Our chance to be on the marquee?

The Hollywood Librarian: Librarians in Cinema and Society, now in production, will be the first full-length film to focus on the work and lives of librarians in the entertaining and appealing context of American movies. American film contains hundreds of examples of librarians and libraries on screen -- some positive, some negative, some laughable and some dead wrong. Films such as Sophie's Choice, Philadelphia and It's a Wonderful Life show librarians as negative stereotypes. The librarians in Lorenzo's Oil, Desk Set and The Shawshank Redemption, on the other hand, are competent and professional. Dozens of interviews of real librarians will be interwoven with movie clips of cinematic librarians and serve as transitions between the themes of censorship, intellectual freedom, children and librarians, pay equity and funding issues, and the value of reading.

January 26, 2005

Eighteen Resources For Techie Librarians (All of Us, Really)

:: Michael Stephens, offers some basic words of advice for all librarians working in the Information Overload Age. First, Michael begins with Twelve Techie Things for Librarians 2005 (Updated):

In lieu of looking back at 2004, I thought I'd look ahead at some things librarians need to be aware of as we move into the middle of the decade. These are the things I would want a knowledgeable, tech savvy staff to be aware of and consider for their libraries. In strategic planning, long range plan meetings and the like I would hope an "in the know" librarian at the table could speak about these things.
Included in his list are toolbars for library users, RSS feeds from catalogue and library sites, OSS, and virtual communities for librarians.

Following that post, he lists Six Resources Every Techie Librarian Should Use (Updated):

Last week I wrote about 12 Techie Things for library folk to be aware of -- to be in the know about in planning meetings and staff meeetings. Nothing pains me more but a bunch of blank looks in a meeting room when someone says they learned about "mobblogging" at a recent conference.
Here he includes library-related blogs, using RSS readers, reading the Pew Reports, community participation, publishing, and using your brain! Good points all!

The challenge for me is trying to find a balance, to sort and sift through all the information flying at me at lightspeed, digest what I consider to be important, and embed that into my daily routine. While I consider myself to be relatively tech-savvy, I don't own a cell phone or a PDA.

When all of "it" comes at us at such a relentless, never-ending pace, we need to find downtime for processing, without feeling guilty that we will miss something, an important post on one of the 225 blogs we monitor daily. The downtime consideration is perhaps the one thing Michael might consider including in his lists. Without downtime, burnout sneaks up and bites us hard. Oh, and of course, some consideration must be given to our lives away from work. Simply put, we need time to stare at the wall, the sun, the tube, the movie screen, the musician or the actor we are watching perform, read our books, and listen to our CDs. Or go for a bike ride or a walk.