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NLW15: Another Romance in the Stacks

Library Tree coverThe Library Tree
Peake
1972

As we close out National Library Week, we have yet another romance in the stacks. Our librarian wanna-be is Carolyn, who got the job at the library thanks to her powerful and connected uncle. Naturally, the handsome director is a complete jerk and a political “enemy” of Carolyn’s uncle and doesn’t want her on the staff. Uncle and his cohorts on the board override his concerns and she is hired. Aside from the jerk boss, Carolyn likes the job.

The boss is still not happy and is undermining Carolyn or yelling at her for one thing or another. Carolyn, however, finally gets to a point that she is going to resign.  WHEN SUDDENLY, the long lost dad who abandoned her years ago contacts her and wants to reconcile. Of course he is dying. Literally. Jerk director man drives her to the hospital and tells the father he is Carolyn’s fiance. Jerk director guy wants her dying father to know she will be “taken care of.” THE BIG REVEAL: He really loves her and wants her to go to library school. Cue the music.

I know all of you are wiping your tears and are so happy for Carolyn now that she has everything: a library career AND a man!

Happy National Library Week everyone! I hope all of you got lots of praise and cash this week.

Mary

 

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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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The Trusted Trustee

The Library Trustee coverThe Library Trustee: A Practical Guidebook
4th Edition
Young
1988

This book bubbled up from my library’s professional collection, having been tucked away in the Director’s office for a while (and by “a while” I mean a few decades.) It was probably a pretty handy book in its day. There is highlighting throughout, so someone clearly found it useful.

26 years later, it has snippets that are useful, but I would never give it to a trustee. It doesn’t point in the direction libraries are headed today at all, so it just gives trustees the wrong impression of their job (and our job).

You will see in the images below:
-Discussions of CD-ROM reference products
-That newfangled “computerized circulation control”
-Old funding statistics on what percentage of funding comes from local, state, and federal sources
-Communication techniques that are completely void of technology
-The idea that technology of the future might allow people to access the library catalog (*gasp!) FROM THEIR HOMES
-The idea that technology of the future  might also allow libraries to replace print materials with “microfilm or compact discs” (p.122)

Please, please give your trustees training materials that reflect your library’s true mission and goals. You want them to support your efforts, not try to get you to spend money on CD-ROMs and plan for the future of fax machines.

Holly

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