cat lady librarian Gavia Libraria | The Library Loon The Loon has been known to use upheavals in the law-school environment as a forecasting tool for library schools. She doesn’t believe (believe it or not) that library school as an institution is in nearly that much trouble, mostly because many fewer moneymaking hopes have been pinned on library schools than law schools by revenue-starved universities. Still, if the topic is graduate outcomes, there are certainly similarities, and not always comfortable ones. Should library schools report their job placement rates? Let’s get those unexamined assumptions examined first. This is, not to put too fine a point on it, nonsense, especially when iSchools enter the mix. Even the tiny library school where the Loon works trains archivists (whose placement rates are pessimal at present, rather worse than librarians) and records managers (who do tolerably well) as well as librarians. What other jobs are those scary graphs missing? But this might need to be part of that available-jobs axis also.
Historical Object of the Month 1937 Vaudeville poster with Harryette on the left and Dorothy Bercu on the right Dorothy Bercu was born in Douglas, Wyoming, on June 14th, 1917 to George and Olive Bercu. Her father was a Jewish immigrant from Romania, and her mother hailed from Minnesota. The American West provided many economic opportunities for Eastern European Jewish immigrants, and Jewish-owned businesses were a feature of many western towns. Her father owned the Chicago Hide, Fur, and Wool business. The show advertised in the poster was a Vaudeville production staged at the Opera House in Grace, Idaho, in 1937. Dorothy grew up in Wyoming, but as a show business performer, she traveled widely. Bercu Sisters at Gold Palace in 1925 She and her younger sister Harryette became popular Vaudeville performers, dancers, acrobats, and dance studio owners. Vaudeville was a popular form of variety show in the United States from the 1890s through the 1930s.
Librarian in Black – Sarah Houghton Today's Document New Stephen's Lighthouse Librarian in Black – Sarah Houghton Earlier this week, California Governor Jerry Brown appointed Greg Lucas as the new California State Librarian. The appointment requires state senate confirmation, which has not happened yet. Lucas is not a librarian, nor has he ever (per information readily available online) worked in a library, volunteered for a library, served on a library Board or Commission, or…well…had any involvement with libraries at all. So what has Lucas done? He was a political reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle and more recently has been a political blogger. My Own Reaction My initial response on social media was in line with that of many librarians: “California’s new State Librarian isn’t a librarian. After the initial outcry, there was a backlash of people telling those of us with grumpy faces to hold on and stay positive. I stopped for a moment and reconsidered my position. That being said, as many have pointed out in discussions on Lucas’s qualifications the California State Education Code states:
Top Technology Trends | LITA Blog Please mark your calendars and join us at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference on Sunday, June 30th, beginning at 1pm, for Sunday Afternoon with LITA! We will start off the day with the LITA awards and scholarships presentation followed by our Top Tech Trends program, moderated by Lorcan Dempsey. Then join us for the LITA President’s Program with Cory Doctorow, and finally, wrap up the day with the LITA Happy Hour at 5:30 at Fado Irish Pub! 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm McCormick Place Convention Center S105a-cPanelists: Char Booth, Aimee Fifarek, Sarah Houghton, Brewster Kahle, Clifford Lynch, Gary Price Moderator: Lorcan Dempsey Presentation of LITA Awards and Scholarships will take place at 1pm, then join the Top Tech Trends panel from 1:30-2:30, for a conversation about trends and opportunities in libraries.