Settling into our new digs! Most important thing to note? Where’s the closest library?

As people who work with youth, we must continually examine our culture and engage with teens to break down these harmful stereotypes. One way to do this is through collection development. Whatever our personal bias, we must actively develop diverse collections, and seek and purchase titles with varying discussions about teenage sexuality
How Librarians Can Help Fight the Culture of Slut-Shaming | School Library Journal

Settling into our new digs! Most important thing to note? Where’s the closest library?

We’re moving.

We’re moving.

The biggest issue with equating the library with a Netflix for books is that it sends a false message that libraries are worth little more than $8 or $12 or $20 a month. That the services offered in libraries are little more than options to which people can subscribe, rather than actual services anyone can utilize at any time.

When the library is made to be seen as a business, rather than the heart of a community or a fundamental service made possible through citizen-approved tax dollars, it makes the library expendable. That expendability then moves down the chain: staff salaries get cut, then staff withers, then more programs and projects that benefit the community — books and movies and CDs and magazines and newspapers and wifi and computer access and database subscriptions and programs for all shapes, colors, and sizes of people — disappear, too. It detracts from the unique aspects that make a library what it is: a place for all, rather than a place for some.

Libraries reach out where Netflix reaches in.

from Libraries Are Not a “Netflix” for Books.  (via catagator)

(via libraryjournal)

Top Shelf Reveals Cover for Book 2 of ‘March’ — Good Comics for Kids http://ow.ly/zb386

Top Shelf Reveals Cover for Book 2 of ‘March’ — Good Comics for Kids http://ow.ly/zb386

Youth librarians are well-positioned to embrace the social justice roots of librarianship. They can use their financial capital and professional credibility to demand that the large, mainstream publishers put out books that reflect the youth our libraries serve
Librarians Have Buying Power—Let’s Use It for Change | School Library Journal
"Yep. Madame Tussauds created wax figures of Brian Floca and Kate DiCamillo for people to photograph."
The State of Doughnuts in Las Vegas, Nevada (or 2014 ALA Annual Conference Recap) 100 Scope Notes

"Yep. Madame Tussauds created wax figures of Brian Floca and Kate DiCamillo for people to photograph."

The State of Doughnuts in Las Vegas, Nevada (or 2014 ALA Annual Conference Recap) 100 Scope Notes

kishizuka:

If this doesn’t give you hope for humanity… (via Lower 9th Ward librarian wins first Lemony Snicket Prize | NOLA.com)

kishizuka:

If this doesn’t give you hope for humanity… (via Lower 9th Ward librarian wins first Lemony Snicket Prize | NOLA.com)

… I believe that using square footage is unfair to urban libraries, and to our customers who are disproportionately low-income, unemployed, or underemployed. Our libraries total approximately 220,000 square feet and the cost over the last three years of delivering access to digital information is approximately $4 per square foot. In general, urban libraries are more crowded and serve many more customers in smaller spaces than our suburban or rural counterparts…
The FCC To Vote on $5 Billion E-Rate Proposal, Librarians Are Speaking Out | School Library Journal
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