Don’t Librarians Just Shelve Books All Day? Or How a Book Helped Me To Begin to Squelch Stereotypes
I’ve always been, well, a bit obsessed about the role of libraries in the world. As a new librarian, I was never really able to put into words what I thought my role-well, actually, my mission, was. I’d always hammer on about how important librarians were in a world where information was omnipresent. I’d talk about the importance of librarians in developing critical thinking. None of this felt right, though…because what I slowly, but surely, was starting to do (and inspired by so many amazing librarians near and far), felt so BEYOND just that.
But here’s the deal, and if you’re reading this, I’m sure you know. I don’t think any profession is as stereotyped as librarians.
In one moment, a mob of barbarians can destroy a country's history, can erase the work of lifetimes of scholars, can inflict a wound on humanity that it will still be suffering 1,000 years later - long after the religion and philosophy and cause of the barbarians is forgotten.
List of destroyed libraries
List of book-burning incidents
Trudy Raymakers's insight:
The reason they burn libraries and books is mirroring the worth.
The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) has selected the “Biodiversity Heritage Library Field Notes Project” for a 2015 Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives award. The award of $491,713 will help support increased accessibility to original scientific documentation found in archival field notes in participating institution collections. Field notes provide valuable, primary research more »
Though the media described the rise of ebooks as a death knell for independent bookstores, in reality, the lower cost of technology on all ends has enhanced the efficiency and reach of stores. By Erin L.Cox.
Debra Kachel, Mansfield University of Pennsylvania :From coast to coast, elementary and high school libraries are being neglected, defunded, repurposed. The kindest thing that can be said about this is that it’s curious; the more accurate explanation is that it’s just wrong and very foolish.
Last week I criticized another gloom and doom article. The premise of the article was that librarians were doomed because reference librarians weren’t being asked questions anymore and couldn’t figure out what to do with themselves. Or something like that.
Last week also saw the 15th anniversary of Wikipedia. There might be some connection between those two things.
Fifteen years of Wikipedia and a bit over seventeen years of Google. When it comes to finding and accessing basic information about the world, things are much rosier than they were at the turn of the century, unless you’re a librarian who built a career on answering ready reference questions or a member of the public who thinks libraries exist only to answer such questions.
Hence the gloom and doom. Displaced librarians lovingly fondling the last print edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica, the 15th edition from 2010, and wishing someone would ask them to look up a fact. Tech journalists who haven’t set foot in a public library since they were children telling us all about how libraries are irrelevant because they never use them.
Creating Leaders is for librarians in any kind of leadership role, whether formally or informally; an overview of the impact electronic resources; how to capture data that will promote services and demonstrate value-added activities
The New York Public Library has now opened up hundreds of thousands of their digitized public-domain documents to unrestricted access and reuse, encouraging members the general public to exercise all the rights in those documents that the law gives them. Why aren't more academic libraries doing the same thing?
This all started when my teenage son reported that Adam Sandler has Ebola. He saw it trending on Facebook. I sighed inwardly and asked if he had looked at the source of the information. Being the son of a librarian he quickly said: “Yes! CNN.COM.”
So when they learned their librarian’s position was being cut as of winter break next week, they sat down Friday morning in the hallways outside their library, and refused to go to class until Chicago Public Schools gave her back. They parked themselves on the floors to read and pleaded on social media to #SaveOurLibrarian.
For years, I thought of weirdness and personal storytelling as sort of opposites. You can have surreal, cartoony, acid-trippy, logic-melting insanity, or you can tell a grounded emotional story about people. But the big epiphany I had while writing All the Birds in the Sky is, sometimes weirdness is intensely personal.
Here’s a library that Houston didn’t know it needed.
Michael Arellanes II, the architect and principal at the firm MA2, is exploring a series of grand design concepts for downtown Houston. No one in Houston has asked him to do this work, mind you. This is architectural spitballing.
In a post on the firm’s site, Arellanes II imagines a high-concept library and exhibition center for a parcel just north of downtown. The building is a star cluster of interlocking leaves, each of which provides programming space for what appears to be a truly massive library.
“By having a series of harmonic manifolds of book collection space and the mixing of programmatic function for exhibition”—[deep breath]—“it generates a dynamical system of flowing conditions which manifests with moments of extrapolation within the tectonic massing and circulation,” Arellanes II writes.
The start of the year often sees the implementation of strategy in a bigger way. In this context, I will share 20 project management (PM) tips based on lessons learnt from my 20 years of managing international and national digital projects and from some of the great project managers I’ve been lucky to work with.
The 16th-century John Dee was a magician in the court of Elizabeth I, a man who had conversations with angels, an astrologer once imprisoned for predicting Queen Mary Tudor’s death through her horoscope, and a spy. He signed his coded name as 007, a sign-off
1. The Three Main Sections of the Invisible Library. I love books that exist almost as much as I love books that don’t exist. So I have written some books, The Seas, The Invention of Everything Else and Mr. Splitfoot, but more importantly I have not written many, many more books. Ed Park, co-founder and co-librarian of the Invisible Library tells us that:
In Raymond Chandler’s posthumously published notebooks, we find 36 unused titles, from The Man With the Shredded Ear to The Black-Eyed Blonde, as well as reference to Aaron Klopstein, author of such books as Cat Hairs in the Custard and Twenty Inches of Monkey.
Imagine the potential, the possible! Clearly the list of books that don’t exist like the Invisible Library itself, is without border or end.
Brennan’s official job title is content and community associate at Tumblr, but everyone at the microblogging platform calls her their “meme librarian.” She spends her days on the front lines of an online meme’s creation, dissemination and, yes, inevitable death.
As she explains it, “My community is the Internet.” At Tumblr, Brennan sifts through the thousands of pieces of original content, from vines to videos to text posts — and from there, she catalogs ongoing trends, identifies up-and-coming blogs and documents the latest news in the Tumblrverse.
Brennan’s career in meme librarianism began in graduate school at Rutgers, where she received a master’s in library science — the degree required to become a librarian. But instead of heading to a brick-and-mortar library, Brennan continued documenting online phenomena at Know Your Meme and then at Tumblr, where she solidified her profession as information desk for doge, mmm whatcha say and the other viral Internet sensations in need of classification, categorization and preservation.
Imagine a World where Every Librarian Added One More Reference to Wikipedia. Wikipedia is a first stop for researchers: let's make it better!
#1Lib1Ref (One Librarian, One Reference) is a campaign during the week of January 15–23, 2016, calling on librarians around the world to apply their special expertise in research to add just one more reference to Wikipedia. The campaign is part of Wikipedia's 15th anniversary celebration.
Wikipedia is an invaluable part of every researcher's process: every reference added by a librarian means one more reference in any Wikipedia article that helps the next researcher, or librarian helping a researcher, ensure that the best information gets shared with the public. Join us, and make a small contribution to the sum of all human knowledge!
The National Library of Israel regularly answers reference questions for Wikipedia editors and readers. Learn more about how research libraries can contribute to Wikipedia!
Because anyone can edit Wikipedia, the Wikipedia community developed a core strategy for ensuring quality of information in its articles: including footnotes to reliable sources to allow Wikipedia readers to "verify" the information. This strategy helps the global volunteer community effectively work towards meeting Wikipedia's vision: "the sum of all human knowledge."
It’s a question that’s been raised as St. Albert moves toward planning a new community branch. Council voted to set aside funding during recent budget deliberations, with planning to start in 2016.
Library board members, staff and some community members have long been advocating for a new branch.
Toni Samek, a professor and chair of the University of Alberta’s School of Library and Information Studies and a St. Albert resident, is a library supporter.
“I’m absolutely obviously thrilled at the latest development,” Samek said.
She said libraries can be used to provide information, education, recreation and culture.
“This can be cyclical for people. There’s different points of needs in our lives,” she said. “You may not be using it this week or this month or this year, but somebody is. And it’s the idea also of not just borrowing items, it’s not just about the collections and all the facets of a multi-lingual, multi-format collection and access to that including for people with disabilities, for example, but a space that represents democratic space in the public sphere.”
That can include events such as talks or workshops, or even just playing host to people looking to meet, interact or to help fight feeling isolated.
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