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Hipster Librarians

Sleeping late, morning coffee, and the NY times are ingredients for a perfect Sunday. Finding an article about hip librarians in the NY times is icing on the cake, and finding a quote from your friend in the article are the sprinkles on top.

In last Sunday's NY times (June 8, 2006), there was an article called "A Hipper Crowd of Shushers" which described a new generation of librarians.

Jessamyn West, 38, an editor of “Revolting Librarians Redux: Radical Librarians Speak Out” a book that promotes social responsibility in librarianship, and the librarian behind the Web site librarian.net (its tagline is “putting the rarin’ back in librarian since 1999”) agreed that many new librarians are attracted to what they call the “Library 2.0” phenomenon. “It’s become a techie profession,” she said.

In a typical day, Ms. West might send instant and e-mail messages to patrons, many of who do their research online rather than in the library. She might also check Twitter, MySpace and other social networking sites, post to her various blogs and keep current through MetaFilter and RSS feeds. Some librarians also create Wikis or podcasts.

No more buns, glasses and shushers!

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Great article

What a great article that finally bridges the image of the old and new. Thanks for pointing it out.

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