Wednesday, February 27, 2013
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Come on folks! We are too good to stand for this. Tumblarians are legion.

Vote for our Conversation Starter and come talk with Tumblr superstar Rachel FershleiserDarien Library’s Erin “Laser Fingers” SheaLifeguard Librarian Kate Tkacik, and your humble Library Journal tumblrer at ALA Annual in Chicago!

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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Traugher’s decision, part of a two-hour hearing, came after a legal challenge filed by the city arguing that the library cards met the criteria under a revised state voter law. As of Jan. 1, a photo ID card issued by a state or federal institution is required as proof of identity before a ballot can be cast – a driver’s license being the most likely option. Attorneys for the state told Traugher the city lacked legal authority to issue valid picture IDs for voters, according to media reports.

A lawsuit had been expected almost from the first day – July 5 – the new library card initiative was rolled out in Memphis. The city’s library system, Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton, Jr. said, is the very embodiment of a state institution. So there was no doubt the cards fit the requirements set down in the state law.

Bob Warburton, “Judge: Library Memphis Cards Aren’t Photo ID”, Library Journal.

This seems utterly ridiculous - not everyone has a driver’s license, and this could be the only form of state-issued photo ID that they have (because, yes! Public libraries are, in fact, a government institution). This is denying public libraries their place in government. When people sign up for a library card, they have to bring proof of who they are, so why shouldn’t a photo ID library card be proof of who they are as well? This ruling seems to invalidate not just library users, but libraries themselves.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

If you mean literally how did I sustain myself, it was a weird combination of taking good physical care of myself and drinking more than is perhaps strictly advisable. I don’t want to mythologize or glorify the difficulty of writing this book. Writing is just hard.

But this project was harder than the book about my father because I knew my mother would see it. And I knew there were other people waiting for it with certain expectations. No one was waiting for the book about my father, or expecting anything from it—I was completely free when I was writing Fun Home. But I had to write this second memoir with a huge boulder strapped to my back.

Alison Bechdel, from this excellent, excellent Q&A conducted by Heather McCormack. (via libraryjournal)
Tuesday, January 31, 2012 Friday, January 13, 2012 Wednesday, December 14, 2011 Thursday, December 1, 2011 Wednesday, November 23, 2011
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Monday, November 21, 2011 Thursday, November 3, 2011
Our data show that over 50% of all library users report purchasing books by an author they were introduced to in the library,” Miller noted. “This debunks the myth that when a library buys a book the publisher loses future sales. Instead, it confirms that the public library does not only incubate and support literacy, as is well understood in our culture, but it is an active partner with the publishing industry in building the book market, not to mention the burgeoning e-book market. Library Journal executive editor Rebecca Miller, on a study from LJ’s new Patron Profiles publication. The quarterly will follow ebook trends over the next year, with future releases including: “Mobile Devices, Mobile Content, and Library Apps,” “Library Web Sites and Virtual Services,” and “Media Consumption and Library Use.” (via appsandstacks)

(Source: publishersweekly.com)