Library Juice 1:36 - October 7, 1998

1. Job Title Generator for librarians and information science professionals 
3. National Medical Librarians Month feature on NLM Web site 
4. Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Citation Index (CCI) 
5. Medical Library Association Scholarship for Minority Students 
6. Library of Congress Finding Aids 
7. Spanish language interface for OCLC FirstSearch service 
8. The McLuhan List and "Project MediaGuru" 
9. Is E-trash Necessary for a Good Education?  (From NETFUTURE #76) 
10. Letter on porn on the internet in the library 
11. Letter from councilor Harger to council, on SRRT and the UNESCO discussion 
12. Background on the Guinea-Bissau situation and the UNESCO discussion 
13. Why librarians need funnier humor 
Quote for the week: 
"I congratulate you for having opened the doors of libraries and schools 
to pornographic literature."  
-Larry Flynt to Ken Starr, in an invitation to join the staff of Hustler  
1. Job Title Generator for librarians and information science professionals 
(Sent by Barbara Perry to SJSU SLIS list for students undergoing the  
"culminating experience," as a little comic relief.) 
For information on how MAI might affect libraries, see the MAI Factsheet from  
the British Columbia Library, at: 
For a discussion on an alternative MAI based on citizens' rights by the 
Polaris Institute, see 
For more information on the following action, see the Global Citizen  
Tradewatch "STOP MAI" page at 
It is a good general source of information on MAI from a critical perspective. 
Incidentally, prospects look good for stopping MAI, due to growing opinion  
that the current world financial crisis was caused by such trade  
"liberalization" arrangements.  The juggernaut rolls on, however. 
Here is the message, forwarded to SRRTAC-L by Elaine Harger: 
Take some minutes to tell them how the MAI threatens local sovereignty, 
and undermine our environmental and labor standards. Get all your friends and 
family to do the same, WE NEED TO FLOOD THEIR SWITCHBOARDS! 
It's time to call the ones responsible for negotiating the MAI. Tell them 
withdraw from the negotiations since the MAI grants corporations  
unprecedented power over nations and citizens.. 
--> MADELINE ALBRIGHT (State Department): 202-736-4247 
--> CHARLENE BARSHEFSKY (United States Trade Representative): 
--> JOHN PODESTA  (White House): 202-456-1414 
 Margrete Strand Rangnes 
 MAI Project Coordinator 
 Public Citizen Global Trade Watch 
 215 Pennsylvania Ave, SE 
 Washington DC, 20003 
 202-546 4996, ext. 306 
 202-547 7392 (fax) 
 To subscribe to our MAI Listserv send an e-mail to mstrand[at],     
 or subscribe directly by going to our website, 
3. National Medical Librarians Month feature on NLM Web site 
Subject: National Medical Librarians Month feature on NLM Web site 
The Medical Library Association (MLA) has declared October as National 
Medical Librarians Month.  In addition to the many librarians on the staff 
of the National Library of Medicine, NLM relies heavily on the work of 
medical librarians in the more than 4,500 member libraries of the National 
Network of Libraries of Medicine.  The accomplishments of nineteen of 
those librarians are featured in a series of pages on the NLM Web site. 
The main page for NLM's 1998 observance of National Medical Librarians  
Month can be found at: 
Monica Unger 
Systems Librarian, Public Services Division 
U.S. National Library of Medicine 
4. Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Citation Index (CCI) 
The National Institutes of Health, Office of Alternative Medicine (OAM) has 
released a prototype version of the CAM Citation Index (CCI), a 
bibliographic index to the scientific literature on complementary and 
alternative medicine which has appeared in the National Library of 
Medicine's Medline database from 1966 to 1997. CCI includes over 90,000 
citations in the broad areas of Alternative Systems of Medicine 
(Traditional as well as Western medicine); Herbal and Manual Healing; 
Mind/Body Control; Diet, Nutrition, and Lifestyle Changes; 
Bioelectromagnetic Applications; and Pharmacological and Biological 
Treatment. Users can search by keyword or browse by Systems, Methods, or 
Diseases. Retrieved records can be displayed in HTML or bibliographic 
format. Clicking on the Home button at the bottom of the screen will take 
users to information about OAM, CAM, grants, research, and funding 
opportunities. The final version of CCI is scheduled to be released in 
December, 1998.[GW] 
>From the Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-1998. 
5. Medical Library Association Scholarship for Minority Students 
The purpose of the Medical Library Association Scholarship for Minority 
Students is to encourage candidates who show excellence in scholarship and 
potential for accomplishment in health sciences librarianship.  The 
applicant must be entering an ALA-accredited graduate library school or 
must have completed more than half of his/her graduate program in health 
sciences librarianship.  The recipient receives student membership in MLA, 
and free, inclusive registration at the annual meeting. 
Scholarship amount:   $2,000 
Application deadline: December 1, 1998 
For further information contact: 
Professional Development Department 
Medical Library Association 
65 East Wacker Place 
Suite 1900 
Chicago, IL  60602-4805 
(312)419-9094, ext 28 
Fax (312) 419-8950 
6. Library of Congress Finding Aids 
The Encoded Archival Description Working Group at the Library of Congress 
has announced the first release of a search system for archival finding 
aids at the LOC. These finding aids are extremely useful to researchers 
because they offer more detailed information on primary source material 
than standard catalog records, often providing "information about a 
collection's provenance and the conditions under which it may be accessed 
or copied; biographical or organizational histories related to the 
collection; a note describing the scope and content of the collection; and 
progressively detailed descriptions of the parts or components of the 
collection together with the corresponding call numbers [or] container 
numbers." The aids have been encoded in SGML using Encoded Archival 
Description (EAD), and search returns are available in both HTML and SGML. 
Users can search by keyword or browse by subject, name, collection title, 
or collections by date. [MD] 
>From the Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-1998. 
7. Spanish language interface for OCLC FirstSearch service 
To: Multiple recipients of list EQUILIBR <EQUILIBR[at]CMSA.BERKELEY.EDU> 
OCLC has released a Spanish language interface for the OCLC FirstSearch 
service.  "By providing the interface in additional languages, OCLC hopes 
to make FirstSearch even easier to use for non-English speakers and those 
for who English is a second language," said Phyllis B. Spies, Vice Pres. 
of OCLC Worldwide Sales.  All screens, including Help, appear in the 
language selected (Spanish or English).  The content of the Spanish 
screens is identical to the English version.  The databases are not 
translated, however. The Spanish interface is intended for users in Spain, 
Spanish-speaking Latin America, and Hispanic communities in the United 
The OCLC FirstSearch service is designed for people who use libraries and 
requires no training or online search experience.  FirstSearch provides 
access to more than 75 databases, including OCLC FirstSearch Electronic 
Collections Online and more than a dozen full-text databases.  More info. 
about FirstSearch can be found at 
or contact Nita Dean (614) 761-5002 or nita_dean[at] 
8. The McLuhan List and "Project MediaGuru" 
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"Project  MediaGuru" is the result of over a decade of work and 
preparation to update and revitalize the work of the late 
Dr. Marshall McLuhan; to develop insights and projections 
involving the interface between culture and technology for 
the 1990's -- and beyond. Our resources include the top 
McLuhan scholars on the planet, as well as the original 
McLuhan Archives. Nelson Thall, former McLuhan archivist for 
The McLuhan Program in Culture and  Technology at 
the University of Toronto, is Director of McLuhan Research 
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We were sent this review today, and wanted to share it with 
our readers: 
"Of several hundred thousand Internet sites, the most 
eclectic (lit., 'combining from different sources to 
serve one's purpose') may just be the monthly ezine 
published over the Net by Project McLuhan, 
''. This peculiar yet undeniably 
endearing publication, the offspring of the Canadian 
and charitable Center For Media Sciences, 'McLuhan 
Research Division', starts each issue with 'words of 
wisdom' from Nelson Thall, arguably one of the most 
credentialed McLuhan scholars on the planet, a 
gentleman whose daily agenda routinely includes 
interviews with the likes of TIME and the WASHINGTON 
POST. True to his training, Thall offers his verbal 
gems in a sort of McLuhanesque crytpo-speak that, at 
the very least, makes the reader work a bit in order to 
grasp the -- often razor-sharp -- point. (Thall in real 
life talks just like he writes, by the way -- on that 
we have the solemn assurance of Canadian broadcast host 
John Heslink who regularly faces the daunting challenge 
of presenting the Center, and Thall himself, to 
insomniac Canadians over open-line radio.) But it 
quickly becomes obvious that even Thall is little more 
than "straight man" for what follows within the body of the 
ezine -- some of the most discordant, jerry-rigged, 
piecemeal, and yet unwaveringly fascinating tidbits on 
cultural effects in the 90's ever served up for mass 
consumption anywhere, whether electronically or 
otherwise. A typical 'post' offers good-intentioned 
film reviews, humour from Dennis Miller, medical 
research from the JAMA, and then slam-dunks with 
enough conspiracy and New Age hocus-pocus to make even 
Tim Leary wonder if he's accidentally switched cold 
medications. Most interesting is that most -- if not 
all -- of these information 'smart bombs' come from 
accredited sources, with real reference citations. They 
have simply been re-combined in such a way as to make 
the constant reader wonder, to paraphrase Nietze, if he 
is reading the information, or the information is 
reading him..." 
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9. Is E-trash Necessary for a Good Education?  (From NETFUTURE #76) 
Is E-trash Necessary for a Good Education? 
Mention the heavy weight of trash on the Net as one of the reasons for not 
shipping young students off to cyberspace for their education, and you're 
guaranteed to hear the retort:  "How can kids learn to discriminate good 
things from bad, or sense from nonsense, if we don't expose them to the 
junk as well as to the high-quality stuff?" 
Well, to begin with, when you're looking for reasons to spend hundreds of 
billions of dollars on wiring every classroom to the Net, you'll probably 
want to put the fact that "it's a great way to expose kids to garbage" 
somewhere near the bottom of the list.  Nor is the textbook committee 
likely to require a certain minimum percentage of junk in each textbook, 
so that students can learn to recognize it.  Nor will the violin teacher 
have his student play lousy music for the sake of the exposure. 
Actually, students have no problem producing lousy music, lousy reasoning, 
lousy judgment, quite on their own.  It doesn't require much instruction. 
What's needed educationally is an ever more profound grasp of the good, 
the true, and the beautiful.  Given such a grasp, you can recognize junk, 
but it doesn't work the other way around in quite the same way. 
America Screws Up 
It seems we have no choice but to endure yet another promotional stunt 
designed to lure more kids online.  This one's called "America Links Up", 
and since it's all too obvious that the Net isn't an especially healthy 
place for kids, the new promotion tries to show how the online experience 
*can* be safe and educational. 
Sponsors range from Walt Disney and Time Warner to the U.S. Department of 
Education, from Microsoft to the National PTA, and from the Urban League 
to America Online.  Everything comes to a head with a national townhall 
meeting on Sep. 15, but meanwhile you can go to the website 
( and read the "Tips for Kids", with advice like 
   Tip #2:  If I see or receive something online that looks weird or bad 
   or that makes me feel uncomfortable, I won't respond, I'll leave that 
   area right away and tell my parents. 
(Do the "America Links Up" sponsors live on Mars, or what?) 
Actually, it's worth citing the other four tips here, since they suggest a 
single, overriding truth. 
   Tip #1:  I won't give out my name, age, school, address, phone number, 
   picture or any other information about myself or my family without 
   getting permission. 
   Tip #3:  I won't get together with anyone I meet online without getting 
   my parents' permission first.  I know people sometimes aren't who they 
   say they are online. 
   Tip #4:  I won't open or accept e-mails, files, links, URLs or other 
   things online from people I don't really know or trust. 
   Tip #5:  I won't give out my password to anyone but my parents or 
   guardian, not even to my best friend. 
In other words:  the world we're inviting these kids into is by nature a 
strongly anonymous and depersonalized place. 
"America Links Up" offers a closely related set of tips for parents.  But 
the most striking thing about the site is all the common sense advice it 
does *not* give.  Therefore I offer these TIPS FOR "AMERICA LINKS UP" 
   Tip #1:  We won't encourage children to spend time online at the 
   expense of their immersion in the world around them, their time spent 
   playing with other children, or their formative experiences with caring 
   adults and mentors. 
   Tip #2:  We won't ask children to become adults before their time -- 
   adults who can detach themselves from their own feelings of discomfort 
   and react "objectively and reasonably" to those feelings. 
   Tip #3:  We will steer children away from the onslaught of ads on the 
   Net, since our aim is to see children educated rather than conditioned. 
   Tip #4:  Given the unhealthily sedentary existence from which many 
   children already suffer in the era of television, we will try to reduce 
   the overall time they sit in front of screens. 
   Tip #5:  We won't push children unnecessarily or prematurely into 
   environments where we must ask them to be wary of shadowy, unseen human 
   beings who are vaguely suggested to be capable of dark and 
   unmentionable crimes. 
   Tip #6:  Come to think of it, maybe we'll just urge kids to stay 
   offline until they're at least into junior high school. 
NETFUTURE is a newsletter and forwarding service dealing with technology 
and human responsibility.  It is hosted by the UDT Core Programme of the 
International Federation of Library Associations.  Postings occur roughly 
every couple of weeks.  The editor is Steve Talbott, author of "The Future 
Does Not Compute: Transcending the Machines in Our Midst". 
Current and past issues of NETFUTURE are available on the Web:   (mirror site)        (mirror site) 
10. Letter on porn on the internet in the library 
From: LAvocado[at] 
Date: Tue, 29 Sep 1998 15:05:38 EDT 
To: librarians[at] 
Mime-Version: 1.0 
Subject: porn on the internet in the library 
Sender: owner-librarians[at] 
Precedence: bulk 
Me: The desire to access porn on the internet is inversely proportional to the 
ability to find an actual  sex partner. 
co-worker: No, the desire to access porn on the internet  is inversely 
proportional to the ability to access real porn. 
Where I work, patrons do come to the library specifically to access porn on 
the net. Are they too poor or too  young to go to the newstand  half a block 
away?  Are they lured by the  thrill of the  forbidden, getting a "dirty" 
sexual thrill in a place that is sacred, or at least highly dignified?  Or do 
they enjoy the disapproval of the librarians, who don't all agree with the 
non-filtering policy? 
How harmful can information be?  Does coming across porn on the internet, 
whether accidentally or on purpose, really hurt children?  Or does the harm 
come from being exposed to porn by some leering adult who is getting an 
abusive thrill from watching the child's reaction?  Don't children who are too 
young for porn just say "Eeuuww" and move on?  Most children first see porn 
when they come across their father's or older brother's collection, don't 
they?  Paul and Carol and I found a magazine that belonged to Carol's uncle 
and we thought it was almost as funny as as daring each other to drink pickle 
juice and milk, laughing so hard with mouths full that the milk started 
flowing through our nostrils, and then of course, laughing even more.  
The real tragedy of porn on the internet is that so many parents are so afraid 
of it. 
11. Letter from councilor Harger to council, on SRRT and the UNESCO resolution 
(Editor's note: Councilor Blanche Woolls, Director of SJSU SLIS, originally  
suggested taking action in relation to UNESCO) 
Sender: owner-alacoun[at] 
Dear Councilors, 
This is wonderful news that Council will be considering a proposal for ALA 
to become a partner of UNESCO.  That the proposal will be coming apparently 
with a supportive recommendation from the ALA Exec. Bd. is even better.   
I'm afraid, however, that (in light of the recent attacks on SRRT) I simply 
can't resist pointing out that this development originated from a 
SRRT-affiliated Councilor, namely Mark Rosenzweig, who launched the 
discussion among Councilors when he posted information about the plight of 
the research center in Guinea Bissau, and expressed his hope for "a very 
active and well-publicized liaison between ALA and Unesco and other 
national library associations specifically for reacting to these kinds of 
cultural disasters."  
So, here we have an _excellent_ example of just how SRRT and its members 
"stimulate" the association. 
I look forward very much to the vote on the UNESCO resolution, when I'm 
sure I'll be standing up to cast my vote with a _majority_!!! 
Elaine Harger 
> From: Ann K. Symons <symons[at]> 
> To: ALA Council List <alacoun[at]> 
> Subject: UNESCO 
> Date: Wednesday, September 30, 1998 3:40 PM 
> Dear Councilors - 
> The Executive Board has been following the UNESCO messages on the Council 
> listserv. The officers, including the Executive Director, had a regularly 
> scheduled conference call yesterday.   
> Here are the answers to some of your questions: 
> ALA has passed numerous resolutions regarding UNESCO going back to the 
> 70's.  These include resolutions on UNESCO Funding (1/77), A U.S. 
> Representative to UNESCO (7/81), Continued United States Membership in 
> UNESCO (1/84), United States Membership in UNESCO (6/84) and the 7/91 
> resolution urging the United States to return to UNESCO. 
> These resolutions were brought to Council by the International Relations 
> Committee with the concurrence of the ALA Legislation Committee.   
> On UNESCO's website there is reference to a UNESCO partners program.  ALA 
> is currently not a UNESCO partner and Bill Gordon is looking into what it 
> would take to be a UNESCO partner.     
> I have talked with Councilor Andrea Gruhl and asked her to talk with Pat 
> Schuman, Chair of ALA's International Relations Committee, about how to 
> bring this forward at Midwinter.    
12.  Background on the Guinea-Bissau situation and the UNESCO discussion 
Date: Fri, 18 Sep 1998 10:20:22 -0400 
From: Mark Rosenzweig <LIBRFMCR[at]OFFICE.HOFSTRA.EDU> 
To: alacoun[at] 
Cc: iskra[at] 
Subject: SOS:National Institute for Studies and Research/ 
Mime-Version: 1.0 
A major research institution in Guinea-Bisseau is 
being destroyed in a civil war. It is the core of what 
would be Guuinea-Bisseau's National Library. (see 
Are there Councilor's who would be interested in 
investigating this further and formulating a 
resolution of protest at this wanton destruction? 
Please advise. 
 S.  O.  S 
The war which flared up in Guinea-Bissau on 7 June 1998, between the Military Junta representing 90 per cent of the armed forces reinforced by veterans of the armed struggle for national liberation, and the remaining 10 per cent supported by troops from Senegal and Guinea-Conakry solicited by the Head of State, has already exacted a heavy toll, even if the precise details still remain unclear. To the unknown number of deaths, can be added some 
250,000 displaced persons and refugees, and the enormous material 
destruction caused by intense bombardment with heavy artillery during  
50 days of confrontation. 
Among the infrastructures most affected by the destruction is the 
Instituto Nacional de Estudos e Pesquisa (INEP), which is the largest 
and most active research institution in the country.  The complex housing 
INEP is located less than a kilometre from the initial front-line of the 
hostilities. It has been transformed into an advanced post of the 
Senegalese troops. The transformation of the complex into an army 
barrack and the adverse bombardments it consequently attracted have 
caused immense damages. 
Thanks to the cease fire signed on 25 August 1998, a few staff members of INEP  
were authorized, after enormous difficulties, to visit their place of work. The  
preliminary balance-sheet can be summarized in one word: DISASTER. 
All the workrooms were forcibly opened, emptied of their contents and  
transformed into dormitories for soldiers. All work documents were thrown  
outside and left exposed to the elements. The stock of dozens of computers  
containing data bases on all aspect of Guinea-Bissau, compiled carefully and  
painstakingly during the past fifteen years, has disappeared. The computers  
left behind have been disemboweled. Sensitive and very rare equipment, such as  
the only digital cartography table in the country, is thrown outside and left  
exposed to dust and rain. 
The INEP Library, embryo of the National Library and reference centre of all  
publications in the country as well as for certain United Nations agencies like  
FAO and UNESCO, is roofless and damaged on the sides. The torrential rains  
which have fallen on Bissau since the end of June have constantly entered the  
building. Its three floors - first, ground and basement - have been transformed  
into pools where thousands of soaked and irrecoverable books and journals float. 
The National Archives at INEP are scattered, shredded and exposed to 
rain and dirt. Hundreds of audio cassettes which record the history of the national liberation struggle, as told by its actors and witnesses, 
cannot be found. Hundreds of audio cassettes which record the oral 
history of the different regions of the country have disappeared. 
Photographs and films from the Audiovisual Archives are found dispersed 
and lying in the mud outside. In other words, entire pages of the 
history of Guinea-Bissau risk being irredeemably blank or illegible. 
This is particularly serious in view of the fact that no general history 
of Guinea-Bissau has yet been written, and that all recent efforts of 
the Institute have been geared towards this objective. 
To summarize, the damages suffered by INEP have reduced to zero the 
enormous efforts made since Independence to provide the country with a 
centre of documentation and research useful to all those interested in 
At the time of writing, INEP continues to be a military camp, in spite 
of the cease fire. The staff of the Institute is forbidden to engage in 
work to rehabilitate or save it from further destruction. Relentlessly, 
the disaster continues. This letter to inform is also an SOS for the 
largest research institution of Guinea-Bissau which is threatened by 
As soon as INEP ceases to be a military barrack, a more detailed 
balance-sheet will be made available. It will be followed by our project 
for reconstruction.   
We urge you to forward this SOS message to all friends of INEP that you 
know, as well as to all institutions and individuals who attach value to 
intellectual production.                                                  
The Management Council of INEP 
-More on Guinea-Bissau situation and needed response. 
Date: Wed, 23 Sep 1998 15:02:55 -0400 
From: Ismail Abdullahi <abdull[at]> 
MIME-Version: 1.0 
To: AL Kagan <akagan[at]> 
Subject: [Fwd: FYI:  National Institute of Studies and Research of 
----------- Begin Forwarded Message ------------ 
Date:  Tue, 22 Sep 1998 
From:  Mustafah Dhada, SIAD Clark Atlanta University 
The status of INEP I am afraid is very discouraging. The 
destruction of the archival materials is near total. It would 
appear that the offenders according to Peter, _ are determined to 
wipe out the collective memory of the people. The actors of an 
important episode of the history of the country, they are 
themselves bent on erasing all traces of that past by the 
ongoing wanton destruction of the country. It is like allowing 
the bombardment and destruction of the Public Records Office at 
Kew Gardens or the Archives Nationales here in Dakar!_ 
It is early days yet to contemplate a strategy of INEP 
reconstruction as fighting continues by all accounts and the 
situation remains unstable in Bissau. In the meantime, moves are 
afoot here in the United States to form a committee to help INEP 
and Peter in devising a strategy of reconstructive 
partnership. To this end several of us Guinea Bissau scholars 
are beginning to duplicate materials in our possession 
respectively. If you have materials on the subject, and are 
willing to give copies thereof to INEP then let me know. I will 
put you on my briefing list and coordinate the effort with 
Peter and the others in Dakar. It is unlikely that moves to send 
materials will happen overnight - given the lack of political 
stability in Bissau. 
Needless to add, we look forward to hearing constructive 
suggestions from the scholarly community in ways to help with the 
future of INEP. 
Please use dhada[at] as the address to which you 
should send your communication. 
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] From: "Elaine Harger" <eharger[at]> 
To: ALA Council List <alacoun[at]> 
Subject: Re: UN/UNESCO and Libraries Position Paper & Resolution 
Date: Tue, 22 Sep 1998 17:51:20 -0400 
X-Priority: 3 
MIME-Version: 1.0 
Reply-To: eharger[at] 
Sender: owner-alacoun[at] 
I'd like to voice my support for any efforts ALA Council can make to 
support and cooperate with UN and UNESCO projects relating to libraries 
_and_ to the peaceful resolution of political conflicts.  The situation of 
the National Institute of Study and Reasearch of Guinea-Bissau is tragic.  
Archives, photographs, audio cassettes, books, computer databases thrown 
into the streets, exposed to rain and mud, confiscated by armed forces 
engaged in another senseless civil war.   
Unfortunately, this is not an isolated case.  The current issue of the 
magazine "Lingua Franca" has an article about a law recently passed in 
Serbia that places draconian restrictions on universities described in LF 
as "more repressive...than any Europe has seen since Nazi Germany."  The 
article does not mention the resulting impact on libraries, but clearly 
there will be closings, firings, selective "weeding" and outright 
destruction of library materials. 
Military conflicts are a serious threat in many parts of the world to 
libraries.  ALA must to everything it can to urge the US government to 
support UN peace-making activities and to _pay its dues_.  And, ALA should 
also keep in mind that these military conflicts that destroy libraries and 
intellectual freedom are often rooted in economic inequities and tensions 
that are supported by US foreign and economic policies. 
Elaine Harger 
Newark, NJ 
13. Why librarians need funnier humor 
This was originally forwarded to srrtac-l by Fred Stoss, who noted that the  
jokes are supposed to be funny: 
---------- Forwarded message ---------- 
Date: Wed, 19 Aug 1998 20:31:51 -0400 (EDT) 
From: Elizabeth Lorbeer <lorbeer[at]> 
[Ye, Liz is a librarian in the Boston-area) 
Top ten slogans for buttons to be worn by librarians: 
10. Is that a barcode reader in your pocket, or are you just glad to see  
9. I'm a cataloger. Please speak clearly and spell proper nouns. 
8. Where's your title page, godammit? 
7. I read AACR2 in bed...what do you do in bed? 
6. "Cybrarian" doesn't quite cover it...I'm a WEB GODDESS. 
5. Yes, I'm a librarian. No, I can't clear your overdue fines for you. 
4. Stranger on plane: "You're a librarian? Oh--I have some overdue  
   books." Librarian: "Yes...I know." 
3. Please, please, don't ask me for any more books about dinosaurs. 
2. Everything you've heard about librarians is true, except the part  
   about wearing glasses and buns and being boring. 
1. The American Library Association conference: 14,000 librarians in  
   search of alcohol, sex, and cheap reference materials. 
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