Where is this Ninjitsu/Librarianship meme coming from? I know that the ALA is talking about library education again, but are there rumors that ninjitsu courses will be required for accreditation? Will there be ALA accredited dojos in which one learns to fold a library card into a throwing star?
Other places this meme pops up:
Above: Awesome graphics from Brandy Danner.
In the same way that we now like we like pirates for their daring, bohemian fashion sense and enjoyable way of talking (Arrrr!) the legendary skill of the ninja is more memorable and important to us than the fact that they were assassins. Calling a librarian a “ninja librarian” is sometimes merely a compliment, like “rockstar librarian” or “superhero librarian,” and has nothing to do with assassinating people.
This is a relief, but it doesn’t completely explain away the meme. Any other thoughts?
Note to self: The next time you can’t sleep, try doing some homework instead of blogging, schmuck.
Final project for my cataloging class at Final project for my cataloging class at UB, as a part of the requirements for a Master’s in Library Science. It consists of the results of an informal survey I did regarding the classification systems used by librarians in Monroe County as well as a brief overview of the ANSCR classification system. It’s a lot more fun than it sounds!!
Via Tame the Web, a funny video about librarians and IT professionals in the model of the recent Apple Mac television advertisements:
I think the tensions between IT and libraries are much more pronounced in a hospital setting than in, for instance, a public library- don’t you? Systems security is a much more serious business when systems data includes PHI. Our CIO keeps our hospital’s systems locked down pretty tightly, and that makes browsing the web for information outside of the library very inconvenient for users…but I can’t generally find fault with his policies in this area. If our network goes down, that could threaten patient safety- so the stakes involved in network security are much higher than in a non-hospital setting.
Reading from medical journals isn’t often this much fun.
CMAJ. 2006 Dec 5;175(12):1557-9.
Erle C.H. Lim, Amy M.L. Quek and Raymond C.S. Seet Duty of care to the undiagnosed patient: Ethical imperative, or just a load of Hogwarts?
With the restoration of You-Know-Who to full corporeal form, the practice of the dark arts may lead to multitudes being charmed, befuddled and confounded. At present, muggle ethics dictate that aid may be rendered in a life-or limb-threatening situation, but the margins are blurred when neither is at stake. Muggle and wizard healers, fearful of being labelled ambulance chasers, may shy away from approaching those who remain blissfully unaware of their illnesses. We describe 4 case studies in which we intervened as muggle healers, to salutary effect. The afflicted were healed or helped, without bringing the weight of the Ministries of Magic or Magical Healing upon us. We advocate a spirit of cooperation between muggle and magical folk, mindful of the strengths that the healing arts from each community have to offer. As long as the intent is beneficent, healers or even the wizard or muggle on the street may intervene and render aid to the afflicted.
While at St. Mungo’s, we were struck by the number of people (healers and lay-wizards alike) who suffered from hitherto undiagnosed conditions. Wizard healers, unaccustomed to muggle ailments such as Tourette’s syndrome, failed to identify it in 2 of their number, who spent much of their time fidgeting, writhing and grunting expostulations. One of them had attributed the ailment to having been cursed as a child with the Imperius curse by YKW. How simple it would have been for us to point the way to a neurology text book, but being cross-trained in both the muggle and magical healing arts rendered us uncertain of our moral stance, and thus mute.
The 1/15/2006 Library Journal blurbed about the poll I ran to invite others to suggest and vote for a replacement title for “librarian” after Alex Aiken, a Westminster council official and “former policy director for the Tories,” expressed to a conference of the Public Library Authorities his belief that “[t]he concept of the librarian has to change and perhaps a start would be to abolish the title itself, with its connotations of middle-aged conservatism.”
I’m of course tickled to be mentioned in Library Journal, but I wish it was for something that mattered a little more. Maybe if I ask very nicely, I can convince them that LibWorm is a story worth covering.
I thought it might be fun to use LibWorm to quickly find all the bibliobloggers who got tagged with the “five things you don’t know about me” meme and feature some of the most fun and interesting bits from a number of them. The links use Cite Bite, so they’ll not only take you to the blog post, but will highlight the relevant bit I’m referring to. Not clear what I mean? Try clicking on some of the links.
Well, I have to say that I’m a little disappointed.
Alex Aiken, a Westminster council official and “former policy director for the Tories,” expressed to a conference of the Public Library Authorities his belief that “[t]he concept of the librarian has to change and perhaps a start would be to abolish the title itself, with its connotations of middle-aged conservatism.
With 35 votes recorded, there is a clear favorite: Information Goddess/God. C’mon, folks! Can’t we be more than egotists? My personal favorite is “Information Alchemist,” but I like “Indagatrix”, too.