Libraries/librarians on Tumblr. With good links. Enjoy!
For our next report studying the changing role of public libraries in the digital age, we’re supplementing our usual nationally representative phone surveys with online surveys to draw out the deeper, richer stories behind the data. If you check out or download e-books from your local public library, please take the survey and tell us about your experiences!
Generations of librarians
The other day when I posted about the rising number of MLIS degrees conferred since 2000 it may have seemed obvious to assume that 2008 (7,191 degrees) was the peak. But this is actually not the case. The peak on record is actually the 1975-1976 academic year. with 8,037, and 1970-1971 was pretty close to the end of the 2000s with 7,001. Additionally the National Center for Education Statistics was only keeping data for every 5th year at the time, so there may have been another, even higher peak during this time.
If you’ve ever talked to newer (years of experience, not age) librarians you may have heard about feelings of a divide between ‘old’ and ‘new’ librarians. This data shows that this is not merely the feeling that any newcomers to a profession would have. We can see that there really is are 2 distinct periods of ‘boom’ in the library profession, the early-mid 1970s and the mid-late 2000s. So there are large groups of librarians clustered around 2 very different periods of time.
Data source: Digest of Education Statistics (2010)
An interesting article about how librarians can save us from “filter failure.”
Thanks aaknopf for the LJ link!
Evie Carnahan from The Mummy and The Mummy Returns
Rupert Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Ariana from Family Man
Barbara Gordon a.k.a. Batgirl, also a.k.a. Oracle from Detective Comics
(and all the various Bat spin-offs)
Wan Shi Tong from Avatar: The Last Airbender
Dean Corso from The Ninth Gate
Lirael from Lirael
Lucien from Sandman
Yomiko Readman from Read or Die
The Librarian from Discworld
High school and college students may be “digital natives,” but they’re wretched at searching. In a recent experiment at Northwestern, when 102 undergraduates were asked to do some research online, none went to the trouble of checking the authors’ credentials. In 1955, we wondered why Johnny can’t read. Today the question is, why can’t Johnny search?
Consider the efforts of Frances Harris, librarian at the magnet University Laboratory High School in Urbana, Illinois. (Librarians are our national leaders in this fight; they’re the main ones trying to teach search skills to kids today.) Harris educates eighth and ninth graders in how to format nuanced queries using Boolean logic and advanced settings. She steers them away from raw Google searches and has them use academic and news databases, too.