Monday, April 30, 2012
These titles are: Space and Beyond, by R.A. Montgomery; Secret of the Ninja, by Jay Leibold; Journey Under the Sea, by R.A. Montgomery; Terror on the Titanic, by Jim Wallace; House of Danger, by R.A. Montgomery; The Abominable Snowman, by R.A. Montgomery; Cup of Death, by Shannon Gilligan; The Lost Jewels of Nabooti, by R.A. Montgomery; Race Forever, by R.A. Montgomery; and Mystery of the Maya, by R.A. Montgomery.
Available through the iBookstore, the ten digital Choose Your Own Adventure books contain maps that allow you to navigate around the book. Just promise not to cheat!
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Being inattentive, avoiding eye contact, and not listening are among the behaviors that we were told are unacceptable in my class on reference librarianship. In this class, which instructs us on the basics of assisting visitors to the library, we're learning about nonverbal messages that convey approachability, such as making eye contact, smiling and nodding, and leaning toward the patron. When asked why some librarians don't practice these positive nonverbal skills when dealing with the public, the professor said, "Maybe they're overworked or burned out." Or maybe they're having a bad day? Still, at work it's important to be professional, and librarians are supposed to be welcoming. If, one day, I become a public librarian, I hope not to inspire a letter to the editor like the one Jourdan wrote to the Post.
Above image from: http://dancingwithdaisy.blogspot.com
Friday, April 20, 2012
Thursday, April 12, 2012
|"Why is this still here?" From the shelf of my school's library.|
image source: http://www.antiqbook.com
Such books should have been weeded out a long time ago. But they weren't, which is fortunate for Mary and Holly, two public librarians in Michigan who started a blog to highlight these often hilarious (and sometimes horrible) holdings. Their blog, Awfullibrarybooks.net, features more than 200 pages of questionable, campy, or just plain creepy books that were found at public libraries.
A guide to hippies for the 21st-century library patron.
image source: awfullibrarybooks.net
"These books and other materials represent the worst in public library holdings. We all know about a quality collection and the necessity of weeding materials, but please! There is really no excuse for ANY public library to maintain these items," say Mary and Holly in the first post on their blog. The libraries that these odd items are from are mercifully not mentioned by name. But I'm grateful that anonymous library workers and patrons where sharp enough to spot them and had the sense (and sense of humor) to submit them to Awfullibrarybooks.net for the amusement of "librarians, bibliophiles and lovers of nostalgia."
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Saturday, April 7, 2012
1. Janitorial Work
2. Mental Illness
3. Public Health
6. Exorbitant Fines
7. Sexual Situations
9. Parent/Child Discipline
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Sunday, April 1, 2012
Last week, MetroFocus reported that many employees of the beloved Strand Bookstore believe the retailer is transforming into a worker-unfriendly, corporate-style environment. The employees’ biggest qualm was with a new contract the ownership had proposed. And yesterday, employees say the owners offered them a new version of a previous contract, which they believe would significantly reduce benefits and wages, and pit new workers against old. It looks like this dispute may intensify.
In the new contract they received yesterday, there are “some things that are more beneficial for us. The problem is that there is still a two-tier wage system,” said Chris McCallion, a Strand employee who has become somewhat of a spokesperson for the pushback against the ownership, and is collaborating with activists in the Occupy Wall Street movement toward that end.
Many union members claim the two-tier wage system is designed to produce financial disagreements between new and older employees, and weaken unions, because it stipulates new and old workers get different rates of pay, raises and benefits.
“Any kind of multi-tier system is an attack directly on young workers,” said Harrison Magee, one of the founders of Occupy Your Workplace, who has worked with The Strand employees on their negotiations. “New hires are going to be working less often, working longer hours and getting paid less.”
The Strand’s general manager, Eddie Sutton — a non-unionized employee who has been at The Strand since 1991 — told MetroFocus, “We’re working with the union as we’ve done and that contract is with the negotiating committee and the union. And that’s where it stands, and that process continues as it always has. One of the things that this has been characterized as is a dispute or a struggle, and it’s really just been negotiations on both sides — the union and the store.”
The employees also say they are still frustrated that the new contract calls for their paid sick days to be cut in half, and that it calls for a one-and-a-half-year wage freeze.
“We’re losing things for people already in the [union] membership and at the same time the people who are coming in are not encouraged to stay very long,” said McCallion. “That’s kind of a reflection of how the business wants to go, shifting from knowledgeable booksellers to an expendable labor force.”
Next week, The Strand union members will vote on whether to approve the new contract, something McCallion doesn’t think the majority of members will do. And if they reject it?
McCallion said things will “get hairy,” especially because he claims the union local has not been particularly helpful. He still hopes The Strand’s owners might be willing to offer yet another contract.