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Worse Ways to Make a Living

A kind reader sent on this blog post discussing this article in the Washington Post. The Post article profiles a company calling itself the "Five O'Clock Club." Doesn't that sound charming? It sounds like a group of colleagues who go out for happy hour on Friday after work, who sit around a large table laughing and unwinding after a hard week. Instead, it's a company that profits off of human misery. Their name is deceptively charming, but maybe the name "We Take Money to Fire People Club" was already taken. One of their latest clients is the Brooklyn Public Library, who after suppressing children's books decided they were so short of money that they paid the "We Take Money to Fire People Club" thousands of dollars to do what they do best - lie for a living. The blog post details some of the various lies surrounding the issue. The Post article makes it easy to figure out who was fired. The "We Take Money to Fire People Club" wrote a public ...
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Law Librarians Should Just Be Glad Anyone Knows Their Names

I'll start by saying I don't know what was up with the comments yesterday or why they weren't working properly. It was probably my fault, but I'll blame Chip because that's the sort of thing he's around for. I was just reading about the Thomson-West promotional email in LJ (the best gol-darned library journal in the whole world!!®). That's the one where they told their customers that if they were on a first name basis with their librarians, then they were spending too much time in the library. West wants people to go straight to their products. As I understand it, librarians in law schools are pretty much slaves, and the law professors would much rather have the slave fetch information than waste their valuable time doing it. Is it the same in law firms? Would going directly to West products all the time be like automatic checkouts and having to scan our own credit cards at stores? Something that's supposedly for our convenience, but generally reduces us all to the level of sales ...
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Go Out and Be Inspirational!

Some people think the Annoyed Librarian is too negative. You know the people I'm talking about. All those librarians who claim to hate "anonymity" when they really just hate the AL, the ones who think librarians should always put on a happy face and just direct their feet to the sunny side of the street and all that kind of thing. Let's try a sunny, happy AL today, and see if they change their tune. Today I'm going to write like the slap-happy librarian bloggers who like to praise everything to pieces and use lots of exclamation points. If those pathetic critics don't come out cheering, I'll go back to being the old AL. ------------------------------------- What did you want to be when you grew up? How many of you lucky, lucky librarians are living the life of your childhood dreams? How many of you grew up wanting to be nothing more than a librarian...um...I mean...wanting nothing more than to be a librarian? Are there any arms waving furiously out there? Actress Jennifer ...
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Unaccomplished Ex-Con Disinvited to Speak at Library of Congress; Free Speech Dead!

A kind reader sent this story on to me a few days ago, but what with this and that I'm just getting around to it. I'm thinking about having Chip go through all my email, find the juicy bits, and condense them into a three-bullet-point memo for me. He'll probably be happy adding executive secretary to his list of duties. Lynndie England - the ex-convict and Abu Ghraib leash specialist - is the subject of a new "authorized biography," because apparently there are some people who will read anything. No doubt hoping for another exciting photo opportunity, she was invited to speak at a Library of Congress veteran's forum organized by an LoC employee. England doesn't seem to me to be a good choice as speaker, since she's done nothing so far in her life at all remarkable except act like an idiot and get her picture taken doing it. The biographer would probably have been a better choice to speak at the Library of Congress. He at least can write, which is more than we know about ...
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Banned Books in Brooklyn

Ahh, the irony. Yesterday, I got an email telling me to prepare for Banned Books Week (or BBW, as it's sometimes known). Then I read my morning paper only to discover an article about challenged books at the Brooklyn Public Library. Boy, I thought, those ALA marketing people are at the top of their game this time, getting an article about challenged books in the Paper of Record just as they're preparing for BBW. Instead of the usual snoozefest about how librarians defend offensive books and are the saviors of civilization, we are treated to a story of the Brooklyn Public Library basically not defending an offensive book. Tintin au Congo has been removed from the circulating collection because a patron found it "offensive to black people." So much for intellectual freedom! From the NYT: "'It’s not for the public,' a librarian in the children’s room said this month when a patron asked to see it. The book, published 79 years ago, was moved in 2007 from the ...
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Potentially Violent Religious Nuts 1, Yale 0

Violent Muslim religious nuts have won another battle against liberty and free speech, and this time they didn't even have to do anything. Just because some ignorant, violent, backwards religious nuts might protest over a picture of the Danish cartoons of Muhammad, Yale University Press has decided not to publish a picture of the cartoons in a book about the...controversy over the Danish cartoons of Muhammad. Brandeis University professor Jytte Klausen's The Cartoons that Shook the World won't contain the images that the book is about. Go, Yale! I've been reading up on this story since a kind reader sent it to me. Lately I've been trying to avoid reading the news because much of it is so annoying, but fortunately I have readers to drag me back into the world. The story was all over the place in the last week, so you've probably already noticed it. Though the press claimed to have consulted many "experts" who unanimously thought publishing the cartoons might incite ...
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