Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Because of [technology], reading culture is booming, which is tremendously exciting. It’s up to everyone who loves books and wants to work with them to find ways to advocate either for authors or readers — or both. If you can do this, you’ll survive, you’ll thrive, and you’ll be part of the future.

Literary Agent Jason Ashlock: Big Book Publishers Not Innovating Fast Enough from PBS: Media Shift (via lexiewinslow)

I think this is my number one argument of why e-readers are awesome.

Friday, September 7, 2012
This was the first book I’d read in a long, long time that actually befit the name “page turner,” where the time flew by as the plot grew thicker and creepier, where the world it created inhabited my thoughts even when I wasn’t reading it. This book is exciting in so many different ways: aside from just being a thoroughly enjoyable and thrilling read, it’s one of the first sci-fi young adult novels I’ve ever read with such solid queer characters. The plot of this book is so engrossing that it won’t just be read by queer kids because it’s queer. Kids of all stripes will read this, and get an awesome queer perspective injected into their brains as a bonus. Jill Guccini’s wonderful review of Adaptation in her column “Your New School Library” at AfterEllen (via malindalo)
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.

Thursday, August 30, 2012
Putting pretty white girls on all your book covers is the book equivalent of what all our fashion magazines do. An idealization of beauty that is unrealistic and dangerous to our youth. And it isn’t the right thing to do. Seeing a minority grace the cover of a YA book is like spotting the Lochness monster, you wonder if you’ve truly seen it and if you’ll ever see it again. How sad is that? To say that only pretty white girls can sell YA books is not a business model that publishers should approve of. And it’s not true. We need look no further than the gender neutral and iconic covers for the Hunger Games and Twilight series to see the truth.

Ellen Oh  (via necesitamosunarevolucion)

Found the original essay, and added the sources in. Check it out; it is really a wonderful read (and was even cross posted to Racialicious).

The best book covers are the ones without people on them, and the art leaves it up to your imagination.

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.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012

ianbrooks:

Quotable Arts by Evan Robertson / Obvious State

High quality giclée prints available at etsy. Distilling literary quotes from a handful of the masters down to a single graphic representation, Evan captures the raw concept of the sentence and makes it damn purty to look at as well.

(via: fab)

I know these have been around the block already - but they’re really cool.

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)

We were, all three of us, shocked by the board’s decision (non-decision), because we were, in fact, thrilled, not only by the books we’d nominated but also by several other books that came within millimetres of the final cut. We never felt as if we were scraping around for books that were passable enough to slap a prize onto. We agreed, by the end of all our reading and discussion, that contemporary American fiction is diverse, inventive, ambitious, and (maybe most important) still a lively, and therefore living, art form. Michael Cunningham, on the jury selection process for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
vintageanchor:

“It is sometimes an appropriate response to reality to go insane.” ―Philip K. Dick, VALIS

vintageanchor:

“It is sometimes an appropriate response to reality to go insane.”
Philip K. Dick, VALIS