Archive | October, 2008

This is amazing.

7 Oct

$5,000 Award offered for improving library workers’ Salaries, Status

The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) is seeking nominees for a $5,000 award, courtesy of the SirsiDynix Corp. Nominees will include individuals and organizations that have made a positive change in the salaries or status of librarians and/or support staff. The Award Jury is looking forward to receiving the stories of champions that have had a local, regional or national impact.
Each candidate must have three nominations, using the electronic application form at The deadline is Friday, Dec. 12.

Nominations will be reviewed by the Award Jury, chaired by Linda Dobb, of the California State University Library East Bay, at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in January 2009 in Denver, Colo.  The winner(s) will be honored at the Annual Conference in June 2009 in Chicago.

The Award Jury encourages the library community to nominate staff and libraries of all sizes and types that are actively working to secure equitable pay for people in librarianship. Please submit three strong letters of support, since only the first three received will be reviewed. Self-nominations are permitted. Supporting documents may be e-mailed to ALA-APA, faxed to (312) 280-5013 or mailed to SirsiDynix Award, ALA-APA, 50 East Huron, Chicago, IL 60611.

The recipient of the award does not have to be an ALA member or a current or past library staff member. The award recipient’s achievement(s) must be notable in improving the pay and status of library workers.


The Mysteries of LC

6 Oct

How to create LC subject headings (a group effort by myself, Bill Cron* and Beth Panozzo):

To do LC headings, simply take the first two letters of the author’s middle name. Pick a random number between 40 and 80, and multiply it by 162. Add the letters to the numbers, then type it out in MS Word, convert font to Haettenschweiler Narrow, and enter into the free iGoogle German to English translator.

I seem to remember that in the case of anonymous authors, I need to find someone who had chinese take-out for lunch, add the first and third numbers of the fortune cookie, and multiply by current longitude. Then, if Mercury is retrograde, plug this number into WorldCat, close my eyes, take a walk around the block, and the subject heading will be on a postit in my middle desk drawer when I get back.

However, I was later reminded that this technique only works for videodiscs.

*Forgive the color scheme. Bill’s site is a throw-back to the days when the internet was wild and slow.