It's a day of linking love over here at the Bat Cave. First, a thanks to AztecLady for sending me the link for Reading Into The Future, a Newsweek article written by a Southfield, Michigan librarian who finds that her job now entails career counseling.
I found myself nodding my head a lot while reading - especially the part about teaching people to use the computer. How to use a mouse, how to sign up for e-mail, how to apply for jobs online. Yes, these people do exist. Believe me. Also it was nice to see an article about librarians in my home state doing good - where the economy took a long walk off a short pier years before our current national economic problems.
In the Hell Has Frozen Over department - there's Recession Fuels Readers' Escapist Urges, a well-done, even-handed article on the romance industry from none other than the New York Times. And they don't say the words "sex" or "bodice rippers" once. Not. Even. Once.
I didn't see the Four Horsemen standing at my front door this morning. Maybe they were hiding in the bushes?
Anyway, our own Jane from Dear Author is quoted and library circulation for romance novels is up. A lot of this can be filed under Well Duh! if you're a romance fan. But still, it was nice to see an article without any sneering for a change. How novel!