Library Jawn

This is a jawn about libraries
by Poliana Irizarry

Posts tagged libraries

Dec 5

Nov 24
queenslibrary:

We are heartened by all who, in the face of losing so much after Sandy, have taken the time to return their books—in whatever condition, and just as equally moved by their eagerness to find something new to check out!

queenslibrary:

We are heartened by all who, in the face of losing so much after Sandy, have taken the time to return their books—in whatever condition, and just as equally moved by their eagerness to find something new to check out!


Clarifications in re Indian Tribe LCSH

libraryjournal:

morerobots:

gov-info:

For the record: 1. This is not the first appearance of Nation LCSH. 2. For those non-catalogers: “corporation” in cat-speak means “group” or “organization” (as used in MARC field 110), not “company.”

I mean, it’s still racism because despite having Nation LCSH, it was refusing to acknowledge Nations as their own Governments, which they are.

More discussion on the recent LoC catalog changes for Native tribes.


morerobots:

thestoutorialist:

morerobots:

tried again to find that paper about racism in LC subject headings. it was over a year ago, so it’s possible it’s been taken down but I found these:

Sanford Berman is a radical librarian, and passionate on the subject, and has a website devoted to this. On that site, I found a pdf titled “Three Decades since Prejudices and Antipathies: A Study of Changes in the Library of Congress Subject Headings” by Steven A. Knowlton. For some reason, accessing Berman’s actual website just gave me a blank page.

There was a conference on the bibliographic control of Afro-American literature in the 1970s (and presumably mentions LC subject headings). Volume 1 and Volume 2. If you look at the full record, you can see the paper titles that you can probably track down on your own via ILL or something if you’re interested in reading them. This is a post I found that elaborated on the conference a little bit, and led me to the volumes.

Dewey deracialized: a critical race-theoretic perspective” by Jonathan Furner focuses on Dewey Decimal Classification but still interesting nonetheless.

This page from U of M has more bibliography on the matter.

Still disappointed though that I could find all of these but not that specific paper.

Here’s the thing. I do appreciate Sanford Berman’s work on subject headings etc. He seems to have done a lot of really solid work. Steven A. Knowlton & Jonathan Furner also have written some interesting articles.

Here’s the thing: they’re all white dudes. I’m not that interested in white dudes telling me about racism.  I want to hear from librarians who are people of color (and not just E.J. Josey who was a bad ass, but c’mon now).

always surprised to see my posts still getting notes, but I’m reblogging this because The Stoutorialist made an excellent point about the profession. It is not only difficult to find information about racism in library classifications, but yeah, all I could find in a simple google search was done by white librarians.


Nov 19

Nov 2
8bitstate:

From Walkingpaper.org:

“This is the graphic from the Portland Mercury encouraging readers to not make books sad and vote yes on 26-143.

Be sure to check out Libraries Yes, a good site with a great URL explaining what the Multnomah County Library does and providing info about establishing a library district.”

http://www.walkingpaper.org/5513

8bitstate:

From Walkingpaper.org:

“This is the graphic from the Portland Mercury encouraging readers to not make books sad and vote yes on 26-143.

Be sure to check out Libraries Yes, a good site with a great URL explaining what the Multnomah County Library does and providing info about establishing a library district.”

http://www.walkingpaper.org/5513


Oct 31
“Although the findings show some improvement in the diversity of the library workforce, we clearly have a long way to go,” stated Maureen Sullivan, ALA president. “To continue to serve the nation’s increasingly diverse communities, our libraries and the profession must reflect this diversity. We must continue to offer initiatives like ALA’s Spectrum Scholarship Program to recruit and educate librarians of color. We also must do the research necessary to discover effective ways to increase the numbers. This is a matter of urgency for all of us.”

American Library Association releases new data to update Diversity Counts report

ALA Press Release | American Library Association

(via sdiaz101)

I couldn’t agree more. I’ve spent a lot of time visiting libraries all over the country during the past few years, and I am often the only POC in a room full of librarians.

(via libraryjournal)


Oct 22
“People who live in communities without a cake pan collection can ask about an interlibrary loan, Rippel said, adding that people can check the Kansas Library Catalog online to find cake pans in libraries that have catalogued their collections.”

“Kansas libraries let people check out cake pans”

This is so fantastic. Libraries provide consumable ideas and aids for consumption. Sometimes our needs can come in the way of being able to visit the library purely for the pleasure of books. With it being the only safe, free, public space for intellectual progression, the library is becoming more and more “practical” by providing classes, computers, and now kitchen items for lending. What do you wish your library had? And conversely, are there any potential collection materials that could jeopardize a library’s function? 

(via livefromthenypl)

Hey wow that … RULES. I LOVE THE LIBRARY SO MUCH. My local branch has memberships to a few different arts institutions in the area; I think they were donated by a patron or someone on the board. So like, last year I was able to “check out” the membership card to a local arboretum and visit it with my boyfriend for free. <3

(via thelalatheory)

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Oct 12

Sep 26
punkassbookjockey:

youtastelikenachos:

Am I being a feminist killjoy if I complain that even foursquare sexualizes my profession?


Kill it! I will hold your earrings! Got my Crown Royal bag right here!

Seriously, tiresome. I have worked in customer service jobs my entire life and have never received more unwanted comments or advances than I have when working in (public) libraries. Or comments about my appearance, for that matter. It’s like as a public servant, you’re there to take what Joe Public is dishing out. And I’m not even that cute, you guys! Fortunately I’ve never dealt with anyone who didn’t correct behavior when ignored or called on it, but I have seen situations escalate to awful for several coworkers, which makes this even more cringeworthy, if not outright infuriating.



Please! Let us wear our FEMINIST KILLJOY badges with pride.

punkassbookjockey:

youtastelikenachos:

Am I being a feminist killjoy if I complain that even foursquare sexualizes my profession?

Kill it! I will hold your earrings! Got my Crown Royal bag right here!

Seriously, tiresome. I have worked in customer service jobs my entire life and have never received more unwanted comments or advances than I have when working in (public) libraries. Or comments about my appearance, for that matter. It’s like as a public servant, you’re there to take what Joe Public is dishing out. And I’m not even that cute, you guys! Fortunately I’ve never dealt with anyone who didn’t correct behavior when ignored or called on it, but I have seen situations escalate to awful for several coworkers, which makes this even more cringeworthy, if not outright infuriating.

Please! Let us wear our FEMINIST KILLJOY badges with pride.

(via megzam-deactivated20130622)


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