April 2, 2001
National Library Week, April 1-7, 2001
J. Edgar Hoover
Jorge Luis Borges
All of these people were librarians.
The first full week in April marks National
Library Week. Below are a list of links related to National Library Week and the
profession of librarianship.
- The American Library Association leads the
celebration of National Library Week, as it has since 1958. The ALA website
- The International Federation of Library
Associations and Institutions also maintains a collection of quotations
about libraries and books at http://www.ifla.org/I/humour/subj.htm.
- LibDex, the Library Index, http://www.libdex.com/,
contains a directory of the world's libraries websites and web-based
catalogs. The directory is arranged by country, then by
state/region/province. All types of libraries are represented including
academic, government, hospital, law, medical, military, public, religious,
special, and veterinary.
- LexisNexis joins the National Library Week
celebration with a Toolkit, http://www.lexis-nexis.com/infopro/events/NLW/nlw2001.htm,
which offers games, such as match the quotation to the speaker ("I must
say that I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it
on, I go to the library and read a book." ), word scrambles and
puzzles, and trivia games.
- The Labor Department's Occupational Outlook
Handbook, 2000-01 edition, contains a description of the work of
professional librarians, http://stats.bls.gov/oco/ocos068.htm.
- Our own Mary Whisner has written an article on
Choosing Law Librarianship: Thoughts for People Contemplating a Career Move,
- From Katherine Hepburn in Desk Set to Shirley
"Marian the Librarian" Jones in Music Man to Parker Posey in Party
Girl, librarians have made appearances in movies over the year. An annotated
filmography is available at http://www.lib.byu.edu/dept/libsci/films/introduction.html.
- For the real scoop on a rare breed of
librarian, check out The Lipstick Librarian, http://www.teleport.com/~petlin/liplib/.
- Selected library humor:
- Patron: I am looking for a globe of the earth.
Ref: We have a table-top model over here.
Patron: No, that's not good enough. Don't you have a life size?
Ref (after a short pause): Yes, but it's in use right now!
- Telephone patron: Do you have books on leaves?
Library worker: Nope, we keep them on shelves.
- (Telephone call to reference desk)
Patron: "Can you tell me what the gestation period of the lemming is?"
Librarian: "Just a minute"
Patron: "Thanks very much"
Upon which the patron hung up.