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Libraries FAQ, v. 2.1, part 1/10

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Libraries FAQ 2.1

Anthony Wilson

Libraries FAQ
1.0 Introduction
1.1 What is a FAQ?
1.2 Where can I find the latest version of the Libraries FAQ?
1.3 How can I contribute to the Libraries FAQ
1.4 What other FAQs might interest librarians and researchers?

2.0 General Information About Libraries
2.1 What is a library?
2.2 What is library science?
2.3 What types of libraries are there?
2.4 How long have libraries been around?
2.5 How old is librarianship
2.6 Where can I get the latest news regarding libraries and library
3.0 Training & Education

3.1 Where can I earn a degree in librarianship?
3.2 Where can I earn a library technician diploma?
3.3 Can I take courses or earn an accredited library degree through
3.4 What conferences can I attend to keep my knowledge and skills up

4.0 Work
4.1 What distinguishes the work of shelvers, library assistants,
technicians and librarians?
4.2 Who decides the attitudes, policies and actions of libraries?
4.3 What can I do about mouse ball theft?
4.4 What's the latest word on book banning attempts in public
4.5 Where do librarians stand on the use of software filters to screen
content on library Internet workstations?
4.6 Where can I get information on job openings in library science?
4.7 What are information brokers?
4.8 What are some alternative careers for librarians?
4.9 Where can I find information on contracting out and outsourcing

5.0 Classification
5.1 How does the Dewey decimal Classification (DDC) work?
5.2 What are the ten major classifications of the DDC?
5.3 What are the twenty major classes of Library of Congress?
5.4 What are the major Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) classes?
5.5 What are the ten major classes of Universal Decimal
5.6 What other classification systems are there?
5.7 How do I cite information I find on the Internet?

6.0 Organizations
6.1 What organizations can I join to network with fellow
6.2 What organizations are there for LIS students?

7.0 Culture
7.1 How did the "Marian the Librarian" stereotype start?
7.2 What happens when downtown New York's fiercest ruling party girl
herself down and out working in a public library?
7.3 Can a werewolf be a librarian? Can she be happy?
7.4 Where can I find a list of sources of librarians in film?
7.5 Where can I find the lyrics for songs with libraries in them?
7.6 Who's the patron saint of librarians?
7.7 How many librarians does it take to change a light bulb?
7.8 Where can I get a list of sources of librarian images in comics?
7.9 Are there sci-fi novels where librarians have a prominent role?
7.10 Are there mystery novels where librarians have a prominent role?
7.11 What librarian is charged with helping Buffy the Vampire Slayer
gouls, zombies, and other creatures of the night?"

8.0 The Cyberstacks
8.1 Can I get answers to difficult reference questions through the
8.2 What library related web resources are available?
8.3 What newsgroups are available?
8.4 Are there e-mail discussion groups for librarians?
8.5 Where can I find online journals?
8.6 Are there any IRC channels or chat forums that are specifically
aimed at
8.7 Who are some of the prominent librarians writing about the
Internet and
digital libraries?
8.8 How can I become more comfortable using the Internet?

9.0 Miscellanea
9.1 Where can I read more about librarianship?
9.2 Who is the Cool Library of the Week?
9.3 Does my library have a library cat?
9.4 Where can I find library-related clipart?
9.5 Where can I find free stuff for librarians and educators?
9.6 What is the biggest, or the first, or the oldest, or the most

"Libraries are reservoirs of strength, grace and wit, reminders of
calm and continuity, lakes of mental energy, neither warm nor cold,
nor dark. The pleasure they give is steady, unorgastic, reliable, deep
long-lasting. In any library in the world, I am at home,
still and absorbed."
Germaine Greer
"Still in Melbourne, January 1987" in Daddy, We Hardly Knew You (1989)

"Just because the f---er's got a library card doesn't make him Yoda."
Brad Pitt as Detective Mills in the movie "Seven" (1995)

Copyright 1997 by Anthony Wilson (

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