Library Jawn

This is a jawn about libraries
by Poliana Irizarry

Posts tagged Library

Aug 24
fggtlibrarian:

dewayoga:

That True

I just finished an information literacy session with a small group of older women, and obviously we talked about using Google. Without a doubt, Google is amazing and it helps everybody, including librarians. We shouldn’t be creating a librarian vs. Google dichotomy. That’s just ridiculous. I can understand why it’s important for academic librarians to insist that students use library resources instead of Google, but in the real world (without access to subscription-based resources) we need and breathe Google, always. Librarians help others use Google through teaching search tools and strategies that narrow results, to evaluate information online, and to manage or use this information. 

I feel the same way about criticisms of Wikipedia. Wikipedia is an amazing and useful resource! There’s nothing wrong with it being the first place someone goes to find out about a topic, as long as it’s not the place where people end their search. It covers the basics, and provides links to external or reputable resources. Instead of denying Wikipedia, librarians need to insist upon its improvement, and making it more comprehensive and robust.

fggtlibrarian:

dewayoga:

That True

I just finished an information literacy session with a small group of older women, and obviously we talked about using Google. Without a doubt, Google is amazing and it helps everybody, including librarians. We shouldn’t be creating a librarian vs. Google dichotomy. That’s just ridiculous. I can understand why it’s important for academic librarians to insist that students use library resources instead of Google, but in the real world (without access to subscription-based resources) we need and breathe Google, always. Librarians help others use Google through teaching search tools and strategies that narrow results, to evaluate information online, and to manage or use this information. 

I feel the same way about criticisms of Wikipedia. Wikipedia is an amazing and useful resource! There’s nothing wrong with it being the first place someone goes to find out about a topic, as long as it’s not the place where people end their search. It covers the basics, and provides links to external or reputable resources. Instead of denying Wikipedia, librarians need to insist upon its improvement, and making it more comprehensive and robust.

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Aug 20
Two photographs of a romantic couple (one Black woman and one white woman) gazing at each other passionately at what appears to be a library or bookstore.

Two photographs of a romantic couple (one Black woman and one white woman) gazing at each other passionately at what appears to be a library or bookstore.

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Aug 6
chicagopubliclibrary:

 Chicago Public Library Offers “Blue Moon” Fine Amnesty Program 
Students Can Start the School Year with a Clean Slate
For the first time in 20 years, the Chicago Public Library is offering a fine amnesty program to encourage all patrons to return overdue materials and not allow fines to discourage students from taking advantage of the full resources offered at the library.
“This program will allow parents and children the chance to start the school year with a clean record and enable them to check out materials that will help with their studies and classes,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “Regardless of the reason for not returning an item, students with overdue materials can start fresh and take advantage of the Library and its extensive resources for their studies.”
Coinciding with the astronomical phenomenon taking place on August 31, the Library is naming the program the “Once in a Blue Moon Amnesty,” reinforcing the fact that it is not a regular occurrence.
Click here for more information. 

chicagopubliclibrary:

Chicago Public Library Offers “Blue Moon” Fine Amnesty Program

Students Can Start the School Year with a Clean Slate

For the first time in 20 years, the Chicago Public Library is offering a fine amnesty program to encourage all patrons to return overdue materials and not allow fines to discourage students from taking advantage of the full resources offered at the library.

“This program will allow parents and children the chance to start the school year with a clean record and enable them to check out materials that will help with their studies and classes,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “Regardless of the reason for not returning an item, students with overdue materials can start fresh and take advantage of the Library and its extensive resources for their studies.”

Coinciding with the astronomical phenomenon taking place on August 31, the Library is naming the program the “Once in a Blue Moon Amnesty,” reinforcing the fact that it is not a regular occurrence.

Click here for more information. 

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Jul 29
loladelphia:

This might be one of the most depressing pictures I have ever posted, but I do so to make what I feel is an important point.
This picture was taken at 3:06pm on Thursday July 26th at the David Cohen Library on Ogontz Avenue, which is part of the Free Library of Philadelphia network in the West Oak Lane neighborhood of North Philadelphia. The yellow sign to the left says the library is open until 6:00pm, but as the other two signs indicate the library is closed due to staff shortages. Translation: keeping a library open consistently in Philadelphia during the summer months is apparently just too much to ask.
The summer months make me paranoid. With schools not in session, there are hundreds of thousands of kids in Philadelphia looking for something to do with their free time. Even if the kids don’t go to the library to read a book and choose to go on the computer instead, libraries are a safe place with air conditioning that a person under the age of 18 can spend a few hours at for free. Things like this are why we have so many brazen youth in Philadelphia who go around committing violent crime, why the city had issues with violent youth mobs in Center City, and why some youth wind up in the wrong place at the wrong time. It’s because our city’s youth are bored, many don’t have a lot of money, and the city just doesn’t want to spend the money to assist in keeping them occupied. Frankly, the fact that the city’s pools and recreation centers are open this summer seems like a miracle in and of itself.
It sends a really bad message to the young people of Philadelphia when operating something as simple as a library becomes too much of a burden either fiscally or in terms of man-power. In the many times I’ve gone past this particular branch, it always seems to be closed. The same can be said about the Wadsworth Library Branch and the Cecil B. Moore Library Branch. Philadelphia’s youth is capable of accomplishing amazing things, but it’ll be damn near impossible to maximize that potential when their own city isn’t working to support them.

loladelphia:

This might be one of the most depressing pictures I have ever posted, but I do so to make what I feel is an important point.

This picture was taken at 3:06pm on Thursday July 26th at the David Cohen Library on Ogontz Avenue, which is part of the Free Library of Philadelphia network in the West Oak Lane neighborhood of North Philadelphia. The yellow sign to the left says the library is open until 6:00pm, but as the other two signs indicate the library is closed due to staff shortages. Translation: keeping a library open consistently in Philadelphia during the summer months is apparently just too much to ask.

The summer months make me paranoid. With schools not in session, there are hundreds of thousands of kids in Philadelphia looking for something to do with their free time. Even if the kids don’t go to the library to read a book and choose to go on the computer instead, libraries are a safe place with air conditioning that a person under the age of 18 can spend a few hours at for free. Things like this are why we have so many brazen youth in Philadelphia who go around committing violent crime, why the city had issues with violent youth mobs in Center City, and why some youth wind up in the wrong place at the wrong time. It’s because our city’s youth are bored, many don’t have a lot of money, and the city just doesn’t want to spend the money to assist in keeping them occupied. Frankly, the fact that the city’s pools and recreation centers are open this summer seems like a miracle in and of itself.

It sends a really bad message to the young people of Philadelphia when operating something as simple as a library becomes too much of a burden either fiscally or in terms of man-power. In the many times I’ve gone past this particular branch, it always seems to be closed. The same can be said about the Wadsworth Library Branch and the Cecil B. Moore Library Branch. Philadelphia’s youth is capable of accomplishing amazing things, but it’ll be damn near impossible to maximize that potential when their own city isn’t working to support them.


May 18

Apr 15
mrfancypantslibrarian:

Frequently Asked Questions (Self-Portrait #41) by taberandrew on Flickr.This is another good librarian t-shirt.  Got any more?

mrfancypantslibrarian:

Frequently Asked Questions (Self-Portrait #41) by taberandrew on Flickr.

This is another good librarian t-shirt. Got any more?


Jan 14
bookmania:

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“A house that has a library in it, has a soul.” — Plato

bookmania:

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“A house that has a library in it, has a soul.” — Plato

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Jan 2
whereisthepcp:

sevenpoints:

YOU OTHER READERS CAN’T DENYWHEN A BOOK WALKS IN WITH A GOOD PLOT BASEAND A BIG SPINE IN YOUR FACE YOU GET SPRUNGWANNA PULL OUT YOUR PENS‘CAUSE YOU NOTICED THAT BOOK WAS DENSEREADING, HALF-RIMS I’M WEARINGI’M HOOKED AND I AIN’T CARINGOH BABY I WANT AN E-READERAND A MEANINGFUL METERMY TEACHERS TRIED TO TRAIN METHAT BOOK YOU GOT MAKES ME SO BRAINY

whereisthepcp:

sevenpoints:

YOU OTHER READERS CAN’T DENY
WHEN A BOOK WALKS IN WITH A GOOD PLOT BASE
AND A BIG SPINE IN YOUR FACE YOU GET SPRUNG
WANNA PULL OUT YOUR PENS
‘CAUSE YOU NOTICED THAT BOOK WAS DENSE
READING, HALF-RIMS I’M WEARING
I’M HOOKED AND I AIN’T CARING
OH BABY I WANT AN E-READER
AND A MEANINGFUL METER
MY TEACHERS TRIED TO TRAIN ME
THAT BOOK YOU GOT MAKES ME SO BRAINY

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Dec 20
"Extreme shushing-squad begins cracking down on audible page turning"

"Extreme shushing-squad begins cracking down on audible page turning"


Dec 16
“Why it is that Mao’s army destroyed Tibetan libraries? Why did the Germans target the medieval library in Louvain, Belgium and follow that with the sweeping destruction and confiscation of libraries throughout central Europe? Why did the Serbs burn the great multi-cultural Bosnian National Library? And here at home, why were nine people arrested in 1961 during the first “read-in” at a segregated public library in Jackson, Mississippi? And why did the Patriot Act seek to obtain the personal borrowing records of library patrons? Not only because libraries are important symbols of a civilized society, but because they are, in a sense, tabernacles of personal freedom: freedom of thought, freedom of expression, freedom of opportunity and the true test of liberty - freedom to dissent.” Caroline Kennedy, in a speech to this year’s winners of the ‘I Love my Librarian’ award.  (via whereipostthings)

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