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Nat Lib Wk 2015: So You Want to Be a Librarian


So You Want to Be a Librarian
Wallace
1963

Submitter: This book was at the small urban library in the next town over. From their careers section I bring you this time traveler So You Want to Be A Librarian. My colleagues and I got a chuckle at some of the advice given to future librarians. Not sure why they were holding on to this one for so long.

Holly: This book is so ridiculous that it hurts my feelings. I mean, someone was either really lazy about weeding to have left this relic on the shelf or really needs to read a more current book on librarianship so they know how to do their job. If it is meant for a historical collection, then put it in one.

More Librarian Career Guides:

I Want to Be a Librarian (Updated)

I Want to be a Librarian (Original)

Be Assertive!

Manage That Small Library

Setting Up a Library

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Is this deductible?

 

Kiplinger’s Sure Ways to Cut Your Taxes
McCormally
1990

We take a break from our National Library Week to remind everyone that it is April 15. For those outside of the USA, it is tax day. Don’t forget to file. As of this writing, this book was still on file in a public library business/finance collection. I am sure it is super helpful, especially for people e-filing!  If anyone says “historical value” to me I will clobber them with an 1991 10-key adding machine. Better yet, how about you work a ref desk in a public library on April 15 for people who just started to realize they need forms. Can you say Form 4868?

I’m not (that) bitter, I am one of the dorkier librarians that actually likes tax season. I like to test my customer service skills/tax knowledge and of course mention that monetary gifts to the library are usually tax deductible.

Happy tax day and take deep breaths when you have had to explain, for the thousandth time, why there aren’t instructions.

Mary

For the record, I can give you contact info for the White House, but President Obama doesn’t check with me about tax forms.

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Natl Lib Wk 2015 – Planning and Role Setting for Public Libraries

Planning and Role Setting for Public Libraries: A Manual of Operations and Procedures
McClure, Owen, Zweizig, Lynch, and Van House
1987

My library hired a new Director when our previous Director retired a while ago. As she read all the various manuals and documents left behind, she came upon a small collection of books in her new office. Since she has a great sense of humor and appreciates ALB, she bestowed some of the worst books she found upon us.

What we have here, my friends, is a very well-written, informative little tome on strategic planning for public libraries. At least, in the late 80s it was. When I saw the cover of this book I  knew ALB had to have it. That hair! That outfit! The complete lack of anything technological in that office!

And then there’s what’s on the inside. The first picture (below) shows a woman pointing to a completely blank flip chart, smiling like she’s so proud of her fake presentation. (Maybe it just didn’t show up in the grainy black and white photos and there’s actually something on that white board?) Picture #2 shows a woman using a sweet old-school phone. The text on that page talks about how libraries have extensive  vertical files. True, some libraries may still have vertical files, but many, many more have moved to web links or digitization. Picture #3 shows what looks like a computer, but is clearly old, old, old. Not a great representation of libraries today.

The text is dated in places, but surprisingly has a lot of pretty good advice too! But alas, I would have to weed it in favor of something completely current. Half-relevant doesn’t cut it upstairs in the Admin office.

Holly

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