Posts tagged library

Posted 3 weeks ago

librarianbyday:

After 3 months of research I have reached the conclusion: People LOVE to fund little birdhouses filled with books but not actual libraries.

I was going to add some tag commentary to this but then I felt a rant coming on, so here we go. 

I am working two jobs this fall semester. I would have been working three but one of the colleges I work at had to cut hours thanks to a piss-poor budget. And because I was low on the seniority list, goodbye me. The library is considered support in academic circles, yet what I do at as a Reference Librarian is more than support; I educate. I teach instructional sessions to show students how to conduct research for their projects. I work one-on-one with students to teach them how to use the library when their teacher gives them an assignment and the students have no idea where to begin. I’m even teaching an 8-week online course to educate students how to use the resources of the library and how to actually research; skills that are now becoming hot commodities in the job market. 

Nevermind that an academic library is the backbone of the education process. Nevermind that so many students are so ill-prepared to deal with an academic library setting, mostly because their school librarian may have been cut due to budgets. It’s just books, right? Just shits and giggles?

Let’s talk about my second job at the public library, where community space is being utilized for educational means. Let us discuss how I use any opportunity to work with teens to prepare them for college because I see how unprepared many students are when faced with the research process. Let us discuss how I will use every opportunity to promote the great resources of a library; both physical and online. 

Libraries mean community building. Libraries means education. Libraries mean growth in our economy. Yeah, the little libraries are cute, but look at the local systems and see how they connect to the bigger picture: progress. 

You can find some great stuff to Instagram at your local library just as easily as some random cute little box on the sidewalk. 

Posted 11 months ago

I can teach Library Instruction?!? #library #librarians

Posted 11 months ago

Headed off to teach a library instruction course for a science class. I’m wearing a shirt that says “Science: Consider Yourself Warned”. I like to go with themes for my classes.

Posted 12 months ago
mildhorror:

hinterlanding-iowa:

Seattle Public Library + umbrella crossbones + overcast sky on Flickr.
Seattle Public Library + umbrella crossbones + overcast sky = my farewell-Seattle-you-were-great tattoo. Design + ink by Ego, Fist Full of Metal Tattoo in Greenwood, Seattle.

Reblogging my own tattoo.


This is still one of the best tattoos I will ever see.

mildhorror:

hinterlanding-iowa:

Seattle Public Library + umbrella crossbones + overcast sky on Flickr.

Seattle Public Library + umbrella crossbones + overcast sky = my farewell-Seattle-you-were-great tattoo. Design + ink by Ego, Fist Full of Metal Tattoo in Greenwood, Seattle.

Reblogging my own tattoo.

This is still one of the best tattoos I will ever see.

(Source: iowasunshine)

Posted 1 year ago

noeatinginthelibrary:

pandamans:

Just some underwear in the 500s you guys. #iworkinapubliclibrary

Math and Science - the original panty dropper

For those who think being a librarian is just boring work

Posted 1 year ago

San Diego’s Kensington-Normal Heights Library

I went to return some books this morning only to discover a lovely sight! Someone had knit-bombed the park. The colors were fantastic, combining knitting and crochet patters throughout the project. There were people taking pictures and discussing the colors as I stood looking at the patterns.

Posted 1 year ago

Yes! I got sent the flyer so now I can talk about it!

I’ll be hosting a film conversation about the works of Sofia Coppola starting this coming April 5th. We’re gonna start with Sofia’s most recent film, ending the series with The Virgin Suicides. I’m really excited to be part of the last Friday Talking Picture series before the library closes and moves to it’s new branch, which will open in the middle of summer.

It’s also a great way to marathon Sofia’s works before The Bling Ring comes out later this year. So, come out and see the films with me and talk about your feels!

Posted 1 year ago

Looking through a book of Bruce Davidson’s photographs to find this gem. #beastieboys #library

Posted 1 year ago

A quick reminder that it’s okay to look up an author’s information when sorting through library donations. Sometimes you discover that said author was on the FBI’s Most Wanted list. And that it’s okay that you don’t accept said “author’s” manifesto for an academic library setting.

Posted 1 year ago

cwl: By now you should have an idea why there are more liquor stores (and...

ikenbot:

By now you should have an idea why there are more liquor stores (and other commercially promoted vices) than libraries. Libraries are one of many educational outlets where you are given access to the ammo needed to combat idiocy within our governments. Don’t trust any government that allows these…

Posted 1 year ago

Rapid City Public Library Teens: Teens' Top Ten from YALSA

rcplteens:

The 2012 Teens’ Top Ten winners have been announced. These titles have been nominated and chosen by teens.

1. Divergent by Veronica Roth
2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
3. Legend by Marie Lu
4. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
5. What Happened to…

Posted 1 year ago

The Central San Diego Branch Librarians are currently reading out loud Banned Books. This pleases me greatly.

Posted 1 year ago
Posted 2 years ago

An open letter to America’s publishers from ALA President Maureen Sullivan

CHICAGO — The following open letter was released by American Library Association (ALA) President Maureen Sullivan regarding Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Penguin refusal to provide access to their e-books in U.S. libraries. 

The open letter states:

It’s a rare thing in a free market when a customer is refused the ability to buy a company’s product and is told its money is “no good here.” Surprisingly, after centuries of enthusiastically supporting publishers’ products, libraries find themselves in just that position with purchasing e-books from three of the largest publishers in the world. Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, and Penguin have been denying access to their e-books for our nation’s 112,000 libraries and roughly 169 million public library users.

Let’s be clear on what this means: If our libraries’ digital bookshelves mirrored the New York Times fiction best-seller list, we would be missing half of our collection any given week due to these publishers’ policies. The popular “Bared to You” and “The Glass Castle” are not available in libraries because libraries cannot purchase them at any price. Today’s teens also will not find the digital copy of Judy Blume’s seminal “Forever,” nor today’s blockbuster “Hunger Games” series.

Not all publishers are following the path of these three publishers. In fact, hundreds of publishers of e-books have embraced the opportunity to create new sales and reach readers through our nation’s libraries. One recent innovation allows library patrons to immediately purchase an e-book if the library doesn’t have a copy or if there is a wait list they would like to avoid. This offers a win-win relationship for both publishers and library users since recent research from the Pew Internet Project tells us that library users are more than twice as likely to have bought their most recent book as to have borrowed it from a library.

Libraries around the country are developing mobile applications and online discovery systems that make it easier to explore books and authors on the go. Seventy-six percent of public libraries now offer e-books — double the number from only five years ago — and 39 percent of libraries have purchased and circulate e-readers. Public libraries alone spend more than $1.3 billion annually on their collections of print, audio, video, and electronic materials. They are investing not only in access to content and devices, but also in teaching the skills needed to navigate and utilize digital content successfully.

Librarians understand that publishing is not just another industry. It has special and important significance to society. Libraries complement and, in fact, actively support this industry by supporting literacy and seeking to spread an infectious and lifelong love of reading and learning. Library lending encourages patrons to experiment by sampling new authors, topics and genres. This experimentation stimulates the market for books, with the library serving as a de facto discovery, promotion and awareness service for authors and publishers.

Publishers, libraries and other entities have worked together for centuries to sustain a healthy reading ecosystem — celebrating our society’s access to the complete marketplace of ideas. Given the obvious value of libraries to publishers, it simply does not add up that any publisher would continue to lock out libraries. It doesn’t add up for me, it doesn’t add up for ALA’s 60,000 members, and it definitely doesn’t add up for the millions of people who use our libraries every month.

America’s libraries have always served as the “people’s university” by providing access to reading materials and educational opportunity for the millions who want to read and learn but cannot afford to buy the books they need. Librarians have a particular concern for vulnerable populations that may not have any other access to books and electronic content, including individuals and families who are homebound or low-income. To deny these library users access to e-books that are available to others — and which libraries are eager to purchase on their behalf — is discriminatory.

We have met and talked sincerely with many of these publishers. We have sought common ground by exploring new business models and library lending practices. But these conversations only matter if they are followed by action: Simon & Schuster must sell to libraries. Macmillan must implement its proposed pilot. Penguin must accelerate and expand its pilots beyond two urban New York libraries.

We librarians cannot stand by and do nothing while some publishers deepen the digital divide. We cannot wait passively while some publishers deny access to our cultural record. We must speak out on behalf of today’s — and tomorrow’s — readers.The library community demands meaningful change and creative solutions that serve libraries and our readers who rightfully expect the same access to e-books as they have to printed books.

So, which side will you be on? Will you join us in a future of liberating literature for all? Libraries stand with readers, thinkers, writers, dreamers and inventors. Books and knowledge — in all their forms — are essential. Access to them must not be denied.

Posted 2 years ago

It’s a legitimate question. (Taken with Instagram)