“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
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.
“… 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
“All that said, digital media can provide a useful vehicle for preschool children’s learning—if it’s thoughtfully chosen and managed. Librarians can play a key role here, and it’s called “media mentorship.” Educators are hungry for this kind of guidance: In a recent survey by the LEAD Commission, 82 percent of teachers reported that they had not received the training that would allow them to make the fullest use of technology in their classrooms. In another Cooney Center survey, 55 percent of parents said they would like more advice from experts on finding videos, games, and websites that will support their children’s learning.”—Too Soon for Technology?: The latest on digital use by preschoolers | School Library Journal
“The best place to begin thinking through preschoolers’ use of technology is to consider what young children need. Kids under age five need to handle real objects, learning for themselves how the natural world works. They must move their bodies, coordinating their movements and gaining physical confidence. They should engage in unstructured playtime, exercising their imaginations, managing their emotions, and solving problems in scenarios of their own creation. And, most of all, young children need to interact with other people, navigating relationships with their peers and receiving guidance and support from adults.”—Too Soon for Technology?: The latest on digital use by preschoolers | School Library Journal
“Now in praise of Kevin King. The Kalamazoo Public librarian has long been hailed as one of the best in the country. Fact. But when a man attended a summer reading kickoff for Kalamazoo Public Library with a gun, who confronted the fellow and asked him to please leave? Kevin King. So basically, he’s an amazing librarian AND he has the guts to talk to someone packing heat around children. Kevin King, today we salute you.”—Fusenews: Private jet, please — @fuseeight A Fuse #8 Production