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1.0 Introduction


  • 1.1 What is the Libraries FAQ?
  • 1.2 What other FAQs might interest librarians and researchers?
  • 1.3 Who is Don Saklad?
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 existed?
  • 2.5 How old is librarianship
  • 2.6 Where can I get the latest news regarding libraries and library science?
  • 2.7 What is the largest library in the world?...the oldest?...the most popular?
  • 2.8 Where can I read more about libraries and library science?


3.0 Education & Training
  • 3.1 Where can I earn a degree in library science?
  • 3.2 Where can I earn a library technician diploma?
  • 3.3 Can I take courses or earn an accredited library degree through correspondence?
  • 3.4 What conferences can I attend to keep my knowledge and skills up to date?
  • 3.5 Where can I find rankings of LIS graduate school programs?


4.0 Work
  • 4.1 What distinguishes the work of shelvers, library assistants, library 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 libraries?
  • 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 careers in LIS?
  • 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 library services?
  • 4.10 What should librarians know about copyright law?
  • 4.11 Will that be a double-mocha-decaf-cappucino with your StephenKing?
  • 4.12 Where can I find information on setting up a small school or church library?
  • 4.13 Where can my library get information on applying for grants?
  • 4.14 Where can I find library related promotional materials?
5.0 Classification, Cataloging & Citation
  • 5.1 What are classification systems and cataloging systems?
  • 5.2 What are the 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 Classification?
  • 5.6 What other classification systems are there?
  • 5.7 How do I cite information I find on the Internet?
  • 5.8 How do I set up a cataloging system for a small or private library
6.0 Organizations
  • 6.1 What organizations can I join to network with fellow professionals?
  • 6.2 What organizations are there for LIS students?
  • 6.3What organizations can I join to actively help libraries?


7.0 Librarian Culture
  • 7.1 How did the "Marian the Librarian" stereotype start?
  • 7.2 What happens when downtown New York's fiercest ruling party girl finds 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 fight ghouls, zombies, and other creatures of the night?"
  • 7.12 Other "cool" stuff...
  • 7.13 ___ looks like a librarian?
  • 7.14 Which First Lady was a librarian?


8.0 Net Resources
  • 8.1 Where I get answers to difficult reference questions through the internet?
  • 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 library-related IRC channels or chat forums?
  • 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?
  • 8.9 How do I evaluate information I find on the Internet?
  • 8.10 Where can I find tips on searching the Internet?
  • 8.11 How can I stay up-to-date on new information resources on the Internet?
  • 8.12 The Internet is like a library...
  • 8.13 Smile, you're on Library Web Cam.



"Libraries are reservoirs of strength, grace and wit, reminders of order, calm and continuity, lakes of mental energy, neither warm nor cold, light nor dark. The pleasure they give is steady, unorgastic, reliable, deep and long-lasting. In any library in the world, I am at home, unselfconscious, 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 Anthony Wilson,

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