Friday, July 25, 2003

I found a nice section about librarians in the Star Trek novel "Star Trek Log Nine" by Alan Dean Foster:
[for a better understanding: Captain Kirk & Spock had just been circumvented by armed natives on a foreign planet and had been bereaft of their weapons, tricorders and communicators]
"There are times, Mr. Spock", Kirk went on, staring in amazement at his now empty hand, "when I think I should have been a librarian".
"There are those who believe the task of librarian would be equally challenging, Captain", Spock responded as the circle of lowered spears grew denser around them. (...) "Though it is undoubtedly less dangerous..."
I just read an interesting quote about librarians in the mailing list "futurelib":
"I really didn't realize the librarians were, you know, such a dangerous group ... They are subversive. You think they're just sitting at the desk, all quiet and everything. They're like plotting the revolution, man. I wouldn't mess with them"
said Michael Moore

Tuesday, July 22, 2003

I'm collecting articles, books, websites dealing with the occupational image of librarians. The list can be found here: Bibliographie Berufsbild BibliothekarIn. It comprises literature about job descriptions, librarians in fiction and on the screen, librarians and their role in knowledge management, education, job titles, careers, advancement opportunities... If you have any hints about literature I haven't yet included, please send me an e-mail.

Friday, July 18, 2003

Welcome to my blog!

Welcome to my blog! I will post stuff about libraries, librarians, books, writing & reading that I come across during my work hours or leisure time. Who is "I"? My name is Monika, I'm a librarian from Austria and I work in a library of a so-called "university of applied sciences" which educates future librarians, documentalists, info and knowledge managers - well let's speak of "information professionals", that's easier. This university is situated just a few kilometres from the Hungarian border. Before being trained as a librarian myself, I studied german literature & language at the University of Vienna. I haven't finished yet, but hope I will in the next few terms. So welcome again at library mistress's place.