A patron just came up to me to ask me a question on library policy which is normally NBD obviously, but, um, I am sitting in my car eating a sandwich.
who are these librarians that can go to Las Vegas in the middle of summer reading?
Totally bewildered by the number of times I’ve had to tell library support staff not to be racist. Like, the number should not be more than 0 but it is.
Mostly bewildered by the fact that people feel comfortable saying racist things to me, their boss, who they know really little about except that I love being a librarian and that I read feminist authors and have liberal bumper stickers—not that any of these things mean that I couldn’t be racist myself but they at least suggest that I don’t really fit in with the conservative Southern community I now belong to—as if I’m going to agree with them or laugh along.
Being a librarian is probably the coolest thing about me so when people don’t seem impressed by it I’m not really sure what else to tell them.
My boyfriend just messaged me this picture, followed by “rawr.”
I clicked “download” with great trepidation … only to find this gem from the Shirlington Branch Library!
Coincidence? Or playful librarian?
"“You guys know about vampires? … You know, vampires have no reflections in a mirror? There’s this idea that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. And what I’ve always thought isn’t that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. It’s that if you want to make a human being into a monster, deny them, at the cultural level, any reflection of themselves. And growing up, I felt like a monster in some ways. I didn’t see myself reflected at all. I was like, “Yo, is something wrong with me? That the whole society seems to think that people like me don’t exist? And part of what inspired me, was this deep desire that before I died, I would make a couple of mirrors. That I would make some mirrors so that kids like me might see themselves reflected back and might not feel so monstrous for it.”"
- Junot Diaz (via callmebrandy)
Representation fucking matters
I find this quote particularly meaningful in light of all the stupidness RE selfies right now. REFLECTION MATTERS.
Just one of the many reasons we do AFAD every month!(via feministsupernatural)
In honor of #readwomen2014 – an effort to equalize the gender imbalance in our collective reading habits – here are 14 fantastic, timeless reads by women:
- Joan Didion on self-respect
- Susan Sontag on photography as aesthetic consumerism and a form of modern violence
- Virginia Woolf on the creative benefits of keeping a diary
- Annie Dillard on presence over productivity
- Helen Keller on optimism
- Alexandra Horowitz on the blinders of attention
- Anaïs Nin on why emotional excess is essential to creativity
- Hannah Arendt on how bureaucracy fuels violence
- Jennifer Finney Boylan on what it’s like to be a transgender parent
- Anissa Ramirez on saving science education
- Jeanette Winterson on adoption and how we use storytelling to save ourselves
- Dani Shapiro on the pleasures and perils of the creative life
- Virginia Woolf on how to read a book
- Susan Sontag on literature and freedom
Artwork above by Joanna Walsh
Hey, I read only women authors in 2013 and now that it’s over I still have no desire to read men.
If I wrote a dystopian novel it would probably be about a world in which libraries are run the way journalists seem to think they are.
Really hate it when people say, “Well just consider this my donation to the library!” while paying off fines.
It’s not a donation. It’s money you owe the library.
Who donates $1.10 and then makes a big deal of it anyway?
"Owens and Franklin served as community information librarians on the streets of Brooklyn, placing BPL collections in public places such as laundromats, stores, bars, and anywhere people gathered. Later, Owens and Braverman used what they had learned in their BPL positions to develop a Community Media Librarian program at the now defunct School of Library Service at Columbia University."
You know, sometimes I think we need to stop scrambling in screwball desperation to come up with the NEXT NEW THING that will “re-brand” our profession and look back to where librarians were before they gave a hoot about pigeonholes (like that pun?).
We’re a service profession, not a blogging profession. Let’s do work in 2014.(via thelifeguardlibrarian)