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   Issue #220: September 2005

Warrior Librarian Weekly

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CONFERENCES: Appearances by A.B. Credaro
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DISASTER RECOVERY
Complete cull by fire; truckloads of replacement junk sent by well-wishers

Police sniffer-dog at work after Kelso High fire The community of Kelso High is still recovering from shock after the entire school was burned to the ground, with the exception of 4 classrooms.

State of the Art back in 1970 when the school was built, the exposed timber in the roof and ceilings helped fuel the fire. The school will now have to contend with a replacement school valued at around AUD$20 million which will feature sufficient electrical circuitry to run all the electronics simultaneously. The school's 30 year old furniture will also be replaced, together with classroom equipment.

In addressing the loss of the school's library and all its resources, kind library folk are now busy bundling up their lastest batch of weeds for transportation, despite the guarantees of the replacement of resources through insurance funding ...

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TECHNOLOGY
Google Earth gets rave reviews

Irene Buckler, LMS/TL Smithfield Elementary's LMS Irene Buckler is one of the many librarians who are completely blown away with the capabilities of Google Earth. Buckler (who is known by Australian colleagues as the Teacher Librarian at Smithfield Public School) stated that it is "one of the most absorbing programs [she] has ever used".

Noting that GE could not only delineate her school, but also the roof of her library, Buckler indicated it had many applications to learning experiences.

Local buidling authorities are also finding GE useful in identifying unauthorised house extensions and the erection of structures that did not proceed through formal channels requiring the appropriate payment of fees, charges, levies, considerations, and various other rake-offs ...

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IMAGE AND STEREOTYPES
Latest study results

Paul Green, Cobar NSW A remote area librarian, Paul Green (pictured) has completed a groundbreaking survey, which clearly debunks many of the stereotyping myths.

Green, working at Cobar (NSW) High School, stated almost exclusively to WLW that a number of survey respondents had declined to enter their age, whilst those who provided that information were notably lacking in the under-30 age group. Although he expressed it better than that, and in context.

The survey results and Paul's comments are provided HERE ...

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FIXTURES AND FITTINGS
Warning issued by Web Wizz

Computer meltdown Do-it-yourself strategies for dealing with viruses are said to be proliferating at a faster rate than the computer threats themselves.

A number of computer security specialists have confirmed that autoclaving or other high temperature treatment of hardware is not a practical solution to dealing with software-type viruses. Nor is immersion in antiseptic solution or long rests in bed with a good book and kindly friends and relatives supplying chocolate.

Although the last has always been the preferred option of any ailing Warrior Librarian staff ...

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LANGUAGE AND LITERACY
World round-up

Letter Blocks In an era when 'high literacy levels' in the developed nations are being touted by the political machinery, it's interesting to note the news that:

The Seattle Weekly reports that the Seattle Public Library and Seattle Children's Hospital will compete against more than a dozen rivals for local adult-literacy program funding;

Pennsylvania's Daily and Sunday Review reports that in 2004, the literacy program volunteers provided over 4,800 hours to tutor approximately 160 adults and teenagers in basic reading and writing and ESL;

An article in Kentucky's Winchester reports that estimates are that 20 percent of [the US] adult population - or about 44 million people - can read only at the fifth-grade level;

And so on, around the 'First World' ...

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EDITORIAL SOAPBOX

Biblia, the Warrior Librarian Don't some people make you want to scream? Or hit them? Or at least leave the room when they are present? But now the boundaries between The Day Job and life at Warrior Librarian Central are starting to blur. Very much in the vein of the fine line between genius and madness; or pleasure and pain. But without the poetic imagery or copyrightable lyrics.

Interestingly, a colleague recently commented that I seemed less "prickly" than in the past. Which might be a good thing. Or a bad one ...

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Loud mouth What can be written about the nation of manhood that has not already been written? Well, snyorl frnert bluirk for a start, but I suspect that won't advance the debate much ...

Jonathan Biggins, in For what is a man?

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BOOK OF THE WEEK
It were a fine read, cobber ...

Book cover Despite the commitment undertaken to continue with the Pulitzer Project this week, Loathsome Dove once again was relegated to the bottom of the reading pile, displaced by Peter Carey's True History of the Kelly Gang.

Although the Kelly Gang and their story has been done to death in just about all media, Carey's refreshing 'archival' approach was augmented by the clever retrospection of the idiom of the period.

Carey himself, winner of numerous awards and publishing advances, was not available for comment. Not that we asked or anything, what with the Day Job consuming most of the day, and reading stuff well into the night, we just didn't get around to it.

Anyway, perhaps Loathsome Dive will get some attention ...

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DAY JOB BLOG

bad hair day Having spent a very small amount of time reading other blogs, it seems that I've been laboring under the mistaken idea that the Day Job Blog should be of interesting events and/or fascinating insights (true or not is an entirely other issue). However, based on the modelling provided by numerous websites, the error of my ways has now become apparent.

So I need to tell you we got a whole batch of new books, except we didn't because of the budget freeze. There was no new carpet installed, nor did anyone you know pass through the doors. Although the recent conference was a resounding success, except I didn't go because I forgot to put in a leave request.

Highlight of the week was spilling coffee over myself when waiting for my commuter train. Boy! Aren't you jealous of my glamorous life ...

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