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Libraries FAQ



Frequently Asked Questions about libraries and librarianship.

This FAQ about libraries and librarianship was compiled and written by Anthony Wilson paw@iglou.com with numerous contributions by others.

Copyright 1997 by Anthony Wilson (paw@iglou.com)

The Libraries FAQ may be posted to any USENET newsgroup, on-line service, or BBS as long as it is posted in its entirety and includes this copyright statement. The Libraries FAQ may not be distributed for financial gain. The Libraries FAQ may not be included in commercial collections or compilations without express permission from the author

-1.1 What is a FAQ?
FAQ is an acronym for Frequently Asked Questions (or, as some ...
-1.2 Where can I find the latest version of the Libraries FAQ?
The Libraries FAQ is posted on the 16th of every other month ...
-1.3 How can I contribute to the Libraries FAQ?
The Libraries FAQ has benefited enormously from the input of ...
-1.4 What other FAQs might interest librarians and researchers?
A complete listing of FAQs posted to news.answers can be found at ...
-2.1 What is a library?
The traditional definition is a collection of books. The ...
-2.2 What is library science?
The ALA Glossary defines it as ...
-2.3 What types of libraries are there?
Libraries can be categorized into four basic types:...
-2.4 How long have libraries been around?
The Sumerians are believed to have developed the first writing ...
-2.5 How old is librarianship?
From the Libraries FAQ 1.2 by Steve Bergson:...
-2.6 Where can I get the latest news regarding libraries and library science?
NewsFlashes/Libraries, http://www.hwwilson.com/flash.html, is ...
-3.1 Where can I earn a degree in librarianship?
The ALA site, http://www.ala.org/alaorg/oa/uslis.html , contains ...
-3.2 Where can I earn a library technician diploma?
Check out the Library Support Staff Resource Center site at the U ...
-3.3 Can I take courses or earn an accredited library degree through correspondence?
Yes, you can earn an Associate Degree, Diploma, Certificate, ...
-3.4 What conferences can I attend to keep my knowledge and skills up to date? (Librarian)
The Librarian's Datebook, maintained by Barbara Tysinger of ...
-4.1 What distinguishes the work of shelvers, library assistants, library technicians and librarians?
The U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://stats.bls.gov/ , ...
-4.2 Who decides the attitudes, policies and actions of libraries?
For those in the thick of writing Internet access guidelines, there ...
-4.3 What do I do about mouse ball theft? (Library)
Threads on mouse ball theft have appeared on a number of ...
-4.4 What's the latest word on book banning attempts in public libraries?
According to the ALA, http://www.ala.org/bbooks/ , the top 10 ...
-4.5 Where do librarians stand on the use of software filters to screen content on library Internet stations?
Content filtering software - AKA cyberfilters, AKA censorware - ...
-4.6 Where can I get information on job openings in library science?
Ann E. Robinson's Library Job Hunting page has a extensive list ...
-4.7 What are information brokers?
As Marilyn M. Levine puts it in A Brief History of ...
-4.8 What are some alternative careers for librarians?
Librarians are experts in the retrieval, analysis, and re-packaging ...
-4.9 Where can I find information on the outsourcing of library services?
-5.1 How does the Dewey decimal Classification (DDC) work?
There are ten main categories in DDC. These are divided into ...
-5.2 What are the ten major classifications of the DDC?
The Dewey Decimal ...
-5.3 What are the twenty major classes of Library of Congress?
A: General ...
-5.4 What are the classes of Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) & Black's Dental Classification?
MeSH
-5.5 What are the ten major classes of Universal Decimal Classification?
0: Generalities. Science and Knowledge Organization. ...
-5.6 What other classification (or subject heading) systems are there? (Library)
-5.7 How do I cite information I find on the Internet?
As yet, there is no agreed upon method of citing Internet sources, ...
-6.1 What organizations can I join to network with fellow professionals?
There is an excellent list of library organizations on the WWW at ...
-6.2 What organizations are there for LIS students?
Most professional LIS organizations have student chapters; see ...
-7.1 How did the "Marian the Librarian" stereotype start?
The following comes from Grimes, Deborah J. Marion the Librarian -...
-7.2 What happens when downtown New York's fiercest ruling party girl finds herself down and out working in a public library?
PARTY GIRL ...
-7.3 Can a werewolf be a librarian? Can she be happy?
Yes; maybe. Wilderness, a UK TV series, features a sex-mad ...
-7.4 Where can I find a list of sources of librarians in film?
-Martin Raish's LIBRARIANS IN THE MOVIES An Annotated ...
-7.5 Where can I find the lyrics for songs with libraries in them?
The DRA Librarian's Library,...
-7.6 Who's the patron saint of librarians?
It's St. Jerome, born at Stridon, a town on the confines of ...
-7.7 How many librarians does it take to change a light bulb?
Four. One to install the bulb and three to test it in staff mode ...
-7.8 Where can I get a list of sources of librarian images in comics?
For information about Batgirl and Mrs. McGreevey see Steve Bergson'...
-7.9 Are there sci-fi novels where librarians have a prominent role?
Most of this information comes from a thread on soc.libraries....
-7.10 Are there mystery novels where librarians have a prominent role?
-7.11 What librarian is charged with helping Buffy the Vampire Slayer fight gouls, zombies, and other creatures of the night?
Rubert Giles, a California high school librarian is The Watcher,...
-8.1 Where can I get answers to difficult reference questions through the internet?
STUMPERS-L is a networking resource for reference questions that ...
-8.2 What library-related web resources are available?
It would be impossible to list all the web sites that might ...
-8.3 What library-related newsgroups are available?
Soc.libraries.talk is the only Usenet group specifically aimed ...
-8.4 Are there e-mail discussion groups for librarians?
Usenet is drowning in a sea of flames, spam and porn (and flames ...
-8.5 Where can I find online library science journals?
Steve Bergson has compiled a list of all major online LIS ...
-8.6 Are there any library-related IRC channels or chat forums?
IRC: Internet Relay Chat. ...
-8.7 Who are some of the prominent librarians writing about the Internet and digital libraries?
All the LIS journals mentioned in section 8.5 feature articles on ...
-8.8 How can I become more comfortable using the Internet?
The Internet has been described as a library with all the books ...
-9.1 Where can I read more about librarianship?
Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science / editors: Allen ...
-9.2 What library is the Cool Library of the Week?
It could be your library. Go to the Cool Library of the Week page:...
-9.3 Does my library have a library cat?
If it does, it should be listed in the Library Cats Map of the ...
-9.4 Where can I find library-related clipart?
The Library Graphics page has GIFs of books, computers, Batgirl ...
-9.5 Where can I find free stuff for librarians and educators?
Bibliomania's Contest Links has information on literary ...
-9.6 What is the biggest, ... or the first, ... or the oldest, ... or the most popular ... etc.?
What public library is the largest in the world?...









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