Public librarians fight the good fight: we’re champions of literacy and intellectual freedom, we oppose book bannings, and we’re pro-education and public service. We’ve had a bit of a public image problem what with our shushing and our late fees, but we’ve been hard at work reinventing our image as welcoming, affirming professionals who are here to spread the love of books and information. We even have literary tattoos andbookish roller derby names.
All of this makes it harder to say this next thing: Public librarians need to do better with race.
When I recently read about the Napa Valley Wine Train that apologized for wrongfully escorting a book club of 11 black women off the train for being “too boisterous” (i.e. #laughingwhileblack), my first thought was of how many times I’ve seen the same thing happen in public libraries — I’ve witnessed many similar microaggressions against people of color throughout my time in libraries.
A new installment of video interviews are available each month in An Oral History of Law Librarianship in Spinelli’s Law Library Reference Shelf in HeinOnline. The videos contain interviews of active and retired law librarians and others related to the profession. This series showcases individuals in the profession as they discuss and reflect on their experiences.
These videos are now being made available to you via our HeinOnline YouTube Channel. Each week, here on our blog, we will be featuring one video highlighting an active or retired law librarian. Be sure to check back each week for a new feature!
This is Nate Bolt's. If you haven't been there, go. Everyone in the video was involved in the shoot and lots of safety precautions were taken and no books were harmed in the making of this video. Shot with a DJI Phantom and both a Hero3 Black and an iPhone 5S. Slowed down with Twixtor in After Effects to make up for the glaring lack of a Gimbal..
Bibliotheekvestigingen, Nederland telt er dit jaar – ondanks alle bezuinigingen – altijd nog meer dan duizend. De Colombiaanse hoofdstad Bogotá telt er negentien, op een inwonersaantal van 8,5 miljoen. Reden voor een Colombiaanse vuilnisman om zelf een bibliotheek op te richten.
Berkeley booklovers, retired librarians, council members and authors expressed discontent Wednesday at a news conference in front of the city's library over the way library officials are weeding books from the library's collection.
The Toronto Library Passport Book invites Torontonians to become local tourists, one branch at a time.
Sometimes, it pays to be a tourist in your own city. With that idea in mind, designer Noah Ortmann has created the Toronto Library Passport Book. The impetus is simple: encourage Torontonians to venture beyond their home branches and explore the city’s 100 locations, from Agincourt to Wychwood.
In addition to a list of library branch names and locations, the slim and elegantly designed notebook invites users to describe each library in one word, list the best thing about each respective branch, and rate the library on a scale of one to 10. The passport also includes an index of borrowing limits per category, overdue fees, and a small scavenger hunt that includes such mini-missions as “Ask the information desk about where to find something” and “Go to opposite ends of a large branch; try to find each other by texting only the titles and authors of books to each other.”
Myanmar is in the early stages of recovering from devastating floods that have displaced 384,900 households and affected more than 1.6 million people. While the government and relief organizations have organized a strong response to the floods, access to food, health services, and communications is still limited in many remote villages and townships. In the wake of crises, access to information is critical. Time and again, librarians have demonstrated that they have the agency to connect people with one of the most critical assets in the wake of a disaster — information.
Beyond Access champions the concept of a modern library. A modern library leverages technology and trained staff to make information a dynamic asset. The value of a modern library is amplified in the wake of a crisis. Here is the story of how two librarians in Myanmar are providing modern library services to communities affected by the floods. Their stories are representative of how Myanmar’s library community has risen to the challenge.
Bianca Ayala, 7, of Albany picks out a book Friday from Pat Mason's Little Free Library in the front yard of her Albany home.
It's just a hunch, but Pat Mason is pretty sure she's right: Little Free Libraries like hers might be more than just a cure for the summertime blues. She's convinced they could help build the literacy skills of children new to English.
After the UK government suggested all 8-year-olds get library cards, author Chris White countered with a letter lamenting the lack of library funds. By Dennis Abrams In the UK, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has called for…
Editorial It was the shock of the image that did it. A picture of a poster from a Birmingham library asking for donations as “we are no longer purchasing any new books or newspapers”. After all, this is Birmingham, the home of the massive new...
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