Our red and yellow knight is very dashing!
Fee, W. (2013). Where Is the Justice… League?: Graphic Novel Cataloging and Classification. Serials Review, 39(1), 37-46.
Master and access copies of thanks to @herodotusjr, @kellyannewithe, and @krispymerryman for their assistance!
A humorous but accurate reminder to think digitization projects all the way through. Especially the part about having somewhere to put your digitized products. Because digitization alone isn’t access!
When I say I read romance novels for the lulz, people don’t believe me…
Seriously? I’m laughing so hard I can’t stop!
A friend texts you in the middle of the night. You’re sound asleep, but your phone goes “ding” and reanimates you for a moment. You look at the message, but your brain isn’t working yet, so it doesn’t seem like words. Your basic reaction is: “Huh? Whatever. /snuggle” before you roll over and pass out again.
The next morning you look at your texts. Not only are there real words that make perfect sense, but you actually sent “whatever. /snuggle.”
Marc Aronson- Diversity in Librarianship
I mean yeah there are no POC but you know what’s really important? The fact that there are no men. Let’s add men. White men. We’re the ones who really suffer.
Is it any wonder I dislike my program so much?
As an adult male—a white one, at that—I’m well aware that if I bring substantially “new ideas […] to the field,” it’ll be in part because too many folks who look like me will only begin to listen to an idea when it comes out of my mouth, even as I literally explain to them that I’m repeating something I read from bell hooks, Wendy Brown, Rosi Braidotti, Lisa Nakamura, Samuel Delany, etc.
Sure, many patrons might be drawn to librarians who look like them.
But that doesn’t magically turn the larger issues (i.e. structural racism and the shift away from funding resources that benefit the community in indirect-yet-highly-quantifiable-ways) into issues that can be solved by merely bringing more phalluses to librarianship’s yard. Certainly not when, as Andy Woodward recently pointed out, 75% of the bloggers and columnists of Library Journal and American Libraries are male.
Of all the problems facing librarianship, our gender gap barely registers—and if it does, it’s as a symptom rather than a cause. However, the underlying issues that perpetuate it, and that render a female-dominated field less respected/funded, do actually merit sustained work.
Let’s use our time addressing important problems, not distractions that are simple to count.
Exactly! Ugh. Thank you.
Voting is now open for ALA Conversation Starters. Please vote for my panel!
What I really want to do is direct: First-time Library Directors discuss their experiences
You know that cliché about actors really wanting to direct? It turns out that it’s also true of new (or not so new) librarians. In this panel, four first-time library directors will discuss how they arrived in their positions, the skills that helped them move into leadership, and the obstacles they didn’t anticipate.
This panel discussion is intended for those who are interested in moving into management positions, as well as new library administrators facing similar issues. Panelists include academic library directors Jacob Berg and Jessica Olin, and public library administrators Kristi Chadwick and John Pappas. Daniel Ransom will moderate.
It’s that time! Vote for my ALA Conversation Starter,
Not the Same Old Story:
A person’s first experiences of the library often include sitting down to story time at the public library and being shown the wonder of books by a librarian. This creates fond memories, but can that experience be duplicated when that child goes to college? We will examine some best practices of children’s librarians to see how they can serve instruction librarians. These techniques for keeping audience attention, explaining new concepts, and managing difficult patrons translate surprisingly well to the academic environment. They also allow instruction librarians and patrons to relive the days when the library was a place of discovery.
TL;DR: I’ll teach you the secret of the high-five buddy!
academics should strive to make academia (and especially theory) accessible to as many people as possible. what’s the point of creating knowledge if you make it hard to understand and therefore even harder to share??
it would be helpful first to get…
|—||I asked whether the new SAT—and its “free test prep for all”—will kill a billion-dollar industry and break down educational inequality. (Spoiler: nope!)|
As librarians, we all know the kind of grossness that must be residing on our public computers’ keyboards. It’s better just not to think about it. Unfortunately, the contents of our computers are just as unclean.
This is a hypothesis in need of a research study and I don’t have stats to give you….
I just read all your posts in this series, and it’s great food for thought. I definitely have some questions and issues I want to address at work now. Thank you!
Tumblarians, you should read this!
to read later
Hey TUMBLR! It’s that time again: VOTE UP our Conversation Starter “TumblarianTalk” for #ALA14!
- You must be logged into vote, but you do NOT have to be an ALA member to create a log-in.
- This posting unfortunately listed only my name—my role will simply be as moderator. Tumblr champs thepinakes, asthedaysgobylifehappenss, uispeccoll, gov-info, rutgersprl, hclib, and lawerencepubliclibrary will be on hand to share their incredible insight and expertise.
- IT’S GOING TO ROOL. We’re leaving lots of time for tumblr-talk with the audience. Vote up and we’ll see you in Vegas!
Sometimes I get to play with construction paper and glue for a living.Edit: it’s impossible to show how huge these things are.
I have to go to work, but today or tomorrow I have to write a /rant post. The AV Club wrote a pop punk primer and left out 2000-2009, and any band which came to prominence in that time besides Blink and Green Day insofar as they existed in the ‘90s. The fuck? How do you write about pop punk without mentioning 2003? I left the scene by 2006, but I’m pretty sure something happened between then and the ’10s, too.
Let me tell you about Skate and Surf 2002.
Let me tell you the story of my people.