Wednesday, May 28, 2008

I have written before about Jackson County libraries' experience with privatization. Another story about library privatization:

Library will not privatize

If there are any library schools discussing this topic, I would love to hear about them.

Other items on this blog about privatizing libraries can be found using this search string:

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Steve Cisler, digital librarian - rest in peace
[from BoingBoing-th]
I think it is safe to say that most of how we interact with networks as librarians has Mr. Cisler to thank.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Ask Oprah to have "The Hollywood Librarian" on her show!

Many of you have seen documentary "The Hollywood Librarian" at ALA
Conferences or one of the many showings across the country. If you have
not seen the film, you can see clips at The film has been called "brilliant"
"engaging" and "illuminating" and has been seen by thousands of people
in the US, Canada, Ireland, the UK, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany and
the Netherlands.

After showing the film in Normal, IL, the community where I live, I
think this is a film that needs to go beyond library audiences. I would
like the film to be viewed by Oprah. Copies have been mailed to her, to
help promote librarianship. And when Oprah promotes an issue, it gets
national attention.

I am asking every librarian to email Oprah asking her to at least view
the film and suggest she have Ann Seidl on as a guest. There is a form
that needs to be filled out at

In the "Tell us your story" box, please request that Oprah view the film
"The Hollywood Librarian" by Ann Seidl and have her on the show. The
form does ask for contact information, and the producers can contact me:
Toni Tucker or 309-212-2407 for more information
about the documentary or Ann Seidl.

This could be a great campaign to get this film in front of Oprah and
really promote our amazing profession.
Please forward to other library listservs.

Thank you,
Toni Tucker
Illinois State University
Milner Library
Campus Box 8900
Normal, IL 61790-8900
Voice (309)438-7402
Fax (309) 438-3676

Thursday, May 08, 2008

The Internet Archive won their fight against a National Security letter from the FBI, and can now talk about it: .