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Saturday, June 25, 2011

Lulu Is Quoted in the New York Times Today

New York Times photo of an empty library in Brooklyn because of funding cuts.

Nancy Everhart, Joanna Rossman Tamplin, Pamela Tanner Monroe, Kathleen Popp Murphy, Shanna Sadler, Sylvia Knight Norton. First four earned master's degrees under Project LEAD. Sylvia is a current doctoral candidate. Taken at FSU Reception here last night.

Last night - Lulu and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary at Antoine's off Bourbon Street. When Lulu was 5 years old - we eloped to Miami. They said it would not last.

A reporter for the New York Times spent hours collaborating with Lulu on a story about school libraries and school librarians. The article appears today on the front page of the NY Times webpage ( It is also on page A17 of the paper edition today.

In this day of squeezed school budgets - librarians are one of the main places that school board are cutting to save money. Many administrators think that computers can replace libraries when it comes to student research.

Lulu is quoted in the article - but as they say in Hollywood - much of her best stuff was left on the cutting room floor. Some people say - you know you hit the big time when you are quoted in the New York Times. Here is her quote -

Nancy Everhart, president of the American Association of School Librarians, whose membership has fallen to 8,000 from 10,000 in 2006, said that, on the contrary, the Internet age made trained librarians more important, to guide students through the basics of searching and analyzing information they find online.

Libraries, Dr. Everhart said, are “the one place that every kid in the school can go to learn the types of skills that will be expected of them when it’s time to work with computers in class.”

See full story on front page at NYTIMES.COM

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