Most of November, 2004: Folks have been sending me emails (and occasionally actual books!) that feature librarians - either in a good or bad way. Here's a few of them (note, most of these I haven't read yet so have no comments on):
November 19, 2004: An update on TNT's miniseries "The Librarian" (mentioned earlier in this list), now titled "The Librarian: Quest for the Spear" and set to air December 5th. Set your VCR's!
October 15, 2004: Sampson, Hannah. "Downtown library catches a wave". We now add Surfing Librarians to the roster - yeah! "If the thought of a librarian on a surfboard sounds a little odd, think again." Miami Herald, October 12, 2004.
September 21, 2004: Sells, Chris. "A Man, A Plan, A Canal, A Librarian!". Fun blog entry about word finds, computer programs and librarians. Online blog, Saturday, June 26th, 2004.
September 15, 2004: Penenberg, Adam. "Don't Mess With Librarians". Wired News, 15 September 2004. More about Jessamyn West and the Patriot Act.
September 9, 2004: Litwin, Rory. Check out Rory's article "A Librarian's Confession" in Library Juice 7.18, August 27, 2004. Very insightful, and caused me to take a second thought about myself as a librarian, as well. Read this and think about it!
July 7, 2004: CALL FOR PAPERS: The Popular Culture Association will be holding its annual joint meeting with the American Culture Association March 23-26, 2005 at the San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina. The Libraries, Archives, and Popular Culture Research Area is soliciting papers dealing with any aspect of Popular Culture as it pertains to libraries, librarians, archives, museums, or research. Prospective presenters should send a one page abstract with full contact
information, preferably by e-mail, to Roger Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is December 1, 2004.
March 22, 2004: Gordon, Rachel Singer. "Find Your Image Between the Extremes". Library Journal, March 15, 2004. A thoughtful and thought-inspiring piece exploring the image of the nextgen librarian.
March 4, 2004: MSN's online reporting from the Oscars discusses Liv Tyler's librarian glasses and their impact, along with commenting: "The Hottest Librarian Ever: You can bet guys make passes at girls who wear granny glasses when they look like Liv Tyler, whose smart-girl eyewear contrasted sharply with her Marilyn Monroe-like voice." (PDF, on page 4). MSN Entertainment Online, March 3, 2004
February 24, 2004: Ogden, Allison. What are librarians really like? Project for LIBR 500, University of British Columbia School of Library, Archival and Information Studies. Unknown date but likely late 2002. (This is complementary to another study of Allison's listed below.)
February 24, 2004: Let's hear it for the Central Jersey Regional Library Cooperative: check out their web site, Become a Librarian! I found this to be quite charming, and a great window into their group.
February 24, 2004: This just made me smile. We need to get this quiz out there to the world! Would you enjoy working as a librarian? It's short but gives a decent overview of some of the things we're responsible for that folks might not think we are.
February 19, 2004: ALA, we hardly knew ye. ALA and Woman's Day Magazine are co-sponsoring a "Put it in Writing / Be a Librarian for a Day!" contest. From the WD web site, "If you've always wanted to field queries, read to kids during story hour and make book selections, tell us about it". The flames have been roaring on the listservs I belong to - so many librarians feel seriously short-changed by this description and tag line to interest people in librarianship. Got a comment? Send it to either organization, and let them know!
January 14, 2004: Seidl, Ann. The Hollywood Librarian! Ms. Seidl presented at the Hawaii Library Association this month, and I heard about it from a friend who attended. I would love to see this presentation about all things librarian in film! Maybe I'll get lucky someday...
Earlier resources (not guaranteed to be reliable links anymore, these are 2002-2003 articles)