I will NEVER FORGET that evening in 1975 when a group of librarians gathered to hear Major R. Owens, an African American librarian from Brooklyn, as he began his first campaign for public office. We all came together at the loft where I lived on New York’s Upper West Side. I was devastated when I heard of his death in late October.
A Planet Of Books And Other Librarian Dreams: An Interview With Whovian Librarian Susan Jane Bigelow
Librarian and sci-fi author and enthusiast Susan Jane Bigelow ruminates on how the much-loved and storied TV show—which celebrated its 50th anniversary this week—has influenced her life and her approach to librarianship. (Bigelow also enlarges on this theme in her essay in Queers Dig Timelords: A Celebration of Dr. Who by the LBGTQ Fans Who Love It, which also features a piece by fellow librarian Neil Chester.) She also settles once and for all the lasting question of which Doctor would make the best librarian.
When science fiction author, past Science Fiction Writers of America president, and noted blogger John Scalzi spoke at LJ’s Movers & Shakers luncheon during ALA Annual 2013, part of his address consisted of reading aloud from his Personal History of Libraries. It moved many in the room to tears—including Scalzi himself—and concluded with his thanks to libraries for their influence on his life and others. In honor of Thanksgiving, and with his permission, LJ reprints the piece here.
For the past decade, Suzie Allard has worked to build a specialty in science information and science data management. In the process, she has expanded the range of jobs available for the new librarians graduating from her programs. Allard, associate professor and associate director of the School of Information Sciences (SIS) in the College of Communication and Information (CCI) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK), now has been named the winner of the 2013 LJ Teaching Award, sponsored by ProQuest.
Last spring I did a research consultation with a student who was preparing to work on her senior thesis. She was smart, focused, motivated, and self-directed, and in addition to discussing the research process and research resources, we talked about what it is like to work in libraries. The young lady got back in touch [...]