Thursday, September 27, 2012

Calling for more GPOMLs: Show Us Your Libraries!

thepinakes:

I’ve shown you mine, now, as kellymce suggests, show me yours. Let’s make GPOML-Thursday (Gratuitous Photo of My Library) a thing.

Tumblarians - post photos of the library where you work! If don’t work in a library, just post a photo of your favorite library - the one that’s a part of your life! Non-librarians aren’t merely welcomed to contribute - they are heartily encouraged.

We’ve all seen the beautiful photos of the Trinity University Library, the Library of Congress, and the various other high cathedrals of literature tumbl around a thousand times. Let’s see the libraries in our communities, our local colleges, or down the street, the libraries where people head every day to get work done, find the latest books, or learn about the newest technology.

Make sure you tag your posts GPOML!

!!!

Friday, September 7, 2012
People need to know that the resources are beyond these walls and at all hours. The power of a library card is tremendous. Hasbrouck Heights Library Director, Mimi Hui (via libraryadvocates)
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
The tweet announcing the formation of the EveryLibrary.org campaign came a day earlier than its founder and executive director John Chrastka had intended, but that wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. Within four hours of Kate Tkacik’s post to Tumblr, donors had contributed $400 toward EveryLibrary’s goal of raising $50,000 by November 7 with the interests of helping public, school, and academic libraries get ballot initiatives passed in 2013 and beyond.

Beverly Goldberg, American Libraries | The Campaign is on to Form the Nation’s First Library PAC

(Tumblr’s own Lifeguard Librarian [Kate Tkacik] flexes her muscles, and the internet takes notice. Tumblr’s influence has grown while the adults weren’t looking.)

(via thepinakes)

Pulling this bit out: “Tumblr’s influence has grown while the adults weren’t looking.”

(via libraryjournal)

Kate Tkacik: saving the world, one library at a time.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Too many users compose brilliant posts on happenings in the library world, only to cast them out, untagged, into the internet abyss. thelifeguardlibrarian, Tumblrarian 101: Tumblr for Libraries and Librarians, The Digital Shift.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
These Brooklyn librarians have gone from shelving books to rocking out in a band. The six librarians have formed a roving band called Lost in the Stacks - a jazz and blues band that plays at book festivals and branches all over the city.

Shush! Brooklyn librarians form band and rock out   (via runjuliet)

The New York Daily News gives a shout-out to twitter’s very own favorite @screwydecimal!

(via thepinakes)

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Call for Papers - Librarians and Social Justice

CFP: Informed Agitation: Library and Information Skills in Social Justice Movements and Beyond

In librarianship today, we encourage voices from our field to join conversations in other disciplines as well as in the broader culture. People who work in libraries and are sympathetic to or directly involved in social justice struggles have long embodied this idea, as they make use of their skills in the service of those causes. Following in the tradition of works such as Activism in American Librarianship, 1962-1973; Revolting Librarians; and Revolting Librarians Redux, this title will be a look into the projects and pursuits of activist librarianship in the early 21st century.

 Call for Papers: Informed Agitation: Library and Information Skills in Social Justice Movements and Beyond

 TITLE: Informed Agitation: Library and Information Skills in Social Justice Movements and Beyond (An Edited Collection)

 EDITOR: Melissa Morrone is a librarian at Brooklyn Public Library and has been involved in Radical Reference as well as other social justice groups.

 BOOK ABSTRACT: In librarianship today, we encourage voices from our field to join conversations in other disciplines as well as in the broader culture. People who work in libraries and are sympathetic to or directly involved in social justice struggles have long embodied this idea, as they make use of their skills in the service of those causes. Following in the tradition of works such as Activism in American Librarianship, 1962-1973; Revolting Librarians; and Revolting Librarians Redux, this title will be a look into the projects and pursuits of activist librarianship in the early 21st century.

 POSSIBLE TOPICS: Essays should describe specific activities undertaken by the library worker and how the work was received by fellow activists and/or the constituents of the project. Such activities may include:

  • Programming and collection development that gives voice to underrepresented communities and subjects.
  • Conducting community-based reference or other information services outside of any institutional affiliation.
  • Setting up libraries or archives in political organizations and contexts.
  • Doing research on behalf of social justice campaigns.
  • Training people in technology and content creation with the goal of community empowerment.
  • Other creative ways of using library and information skills to support activist causes, both inside and outside of conventional library settings.

 Essays should also include analysis of the ways in which these activities are in sync with but may also challenge the “core values” of librarianship.

 OBJECTIVE OF THE BOOK: This edited collection, to be published by Library Juice Press in June 2013 asks: How and to what end are people using their library skills in the service of wider social justice causes? What do these activities say about the future of library work, both inside and outside of traditional institutions?

 TARGET AUDIENCES:

  • People interested in going into librarianship who want an idea of nontraditional and activist areas in which librarians operate.
  • Practicing library workers seeking inspiration for ways to combine their expertise with their political interests outside the library.
  • Practicing library workers who want articulations of how their work fits into a broader context of power structures, politics, and social justice.
  • Activists interested in collaborations with library workers and/or projects related to literature, information, education, and documentation in social movements.
  • People in other fields who want to draw connections between their own work and social justice goals, and are looking for supportive literature.

     

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Please submit abstracts and proposals of up to 500 words to informed.agitation@gmail by July 15, 2012. Notifications will be sent by September 1. A first draft from 1,500-7,000 words will be due by November 15, and final manuscripts will be due by January 15, 2013.

Bolding is my own. Please pass this on to anyone you know might be interested! Submissions are due July 15!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012
You are the distributors of the collective human imagination. Sherman Alexie to librarians at ALA12 (via darienlibrary)

(Source: thelifeguardlibrarian)

calimae:

INFOGRAPHIC: Summer Reading List Based On Your Favorite TV Shows

This is a really cool idea - and the selections are all so awesome and diverse!

calimae:

INFOGRAPHIC: Summer Reading List Based On Your Favorite TV Shows

This is a really cool idea - and the selections are all so awesome and diverse!

(Source: twitter.com)

If the reason you became a librarian is because it’s quiet and you like to read books, it might be time to think about getting into a different profession. Curtis Rogers, “Social Media In Libraries: Keys to Deeper Engagement”, Information Today, June 2011, Vol. 28, 6. (via morerobots)

To the 10 or so folks I just found on #ala12:

thelifeguardlibrarian:

TAG YOUR POSTS PLEEEEEASE. #libraries #librarians.

co-sign. these tags are important and help us build a better tumblrarian community.