Libraries are using Vine to create clips that highlight new book and media acquisitions, advertise events, showcase makerspaces and 3D printers, and instruct patrons on library features. The moving images give these promotions a vibrancy that’s not feasible in text-heavy social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.
This is an articulate, moving account of Mandela’s life from his “country childhood” following his birth on July 18, 1918 to his inauguration as president of South Africa on May 10, 1994. Mandela traces the growth of his understanding of the oppression of the blacks of South Africa; his conviction that there was no alternative to armed struggle; his developing belief that all people, black and white, must be free for true freedom; and the effect that his commitment to overthrowing apartheid had on his family, who “paid a terrible price.” Over a third of Mandela’s memoir tells of his 27 years in prison, an account that could stand alone as a prison narrative. He ends his book with the conclusion that his “long walk” for freedom has just begun: “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.”
“We have experienced 15 deaths in my library this semester. Three victims were decapitated. The bodies of two other victims were never found. Others were abused and left for dead. My library is facing a crisis. Staplercide—the murder of library staplers—is at an all-time high.”—
“Surely supernovas explode that instant, somewhere, in some galaxy. The hut vanishes, and with it the sea and the sands – only Karun’s body, locked with mine, remains. We streak like superheroes past suns and solar systems, we dive through shoals of quarks and atomic nuclei. In celebration of our breakthrough fourth star, statisticians the world over rejoice." Manil Suri, "The city of Devi”—Indian novelist Manil Suri has won the Bad Sex Prize for a cosmic-themed threesome.
This year’s best audiobooks, chosen by LJ‘s reviewers, demonstrate the format’s remarkable range. Genres on display among the fiction selections include literary classics and short stories as well as urban fantasy and detective tales. The nonfiction list addresses college football, Winston Churchill, Arctic rescue missions, and the memoirs of an entertainment legend, among other topics. No narrator is on the list more than once; authors reading their own work, professional narrators, and celebrities all appear. The wide variety ensures that there’s something here for every listener—enjoy!
This article spoke to me on many levels: as a human, an internet person, but most especially as a librarian. There have been times in my life where my non-librarian friends have questioned why I teach our adults about things like Facebook.
"Facebook? Uggh. Why can’t you teach them something useful.”
It’s fine. I get it. This type of person doesn’t realize that just having the ability to think Facebook is stupid is a privilege in itself. In order to have an opinion on Facebook, you first need to have knowledge about it.
But what struck me most about this article is our responsibility as librarians to combat the digital divide that is forming between “internety people” and “non-internety people” and make sure it doesn’t become a menace to society (any chance I get to use that phrase, taking it).
I’d like to propose an idea. It’s something I’ll probably try in my library (having just decided this three minutes ago). I welcome thoughts from other librarians and also would love to see someone try something similar in their communities:
As You May Know, I am a Full Time Internet: Internet 101 Series
What is a Meme?
Students will learn the definition of a meme, the origin of the term, and then look at different examples. We’ll take a look at I Can Haz Cheeseburger? Fail blog, Forever Alone, the Ridiculously Photogenic Guy, Insanity Wolf, and more. We’ll discuss our thoughts on how we think memes go viral and then we’ll try creating our own memes!
Haters Gonna Hate:Internet Trolls and How to Spot Them
In this class, we’ll take a look at different blog posts and explore the comment threads below. We’ll compare and contrast commenting guidelines from different online communities. Students will learn how to spot internet trolls by digging deeper into their commenting history.
Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction?
Students will learn how to look up the edit history for Wikipedia articles. The instructor will demonstrate how easy it is to modify a Wikipedia article and the consequences of doing so. Making use of the footnotes and References section, we’ll fact check a statement from a Wikipedia article to determine whether it can reasonably be considered factual.
And then I’d supplement these classes with a class on finding long-form journalism articles on the web, online security, and a live “appy hour” because I think they would fit in nicely. There. Steal my ideas. I’m here to help!
EB: You know, I didn’t ask you why you collect trench art.
MH: I guess it’s something to do with reckoning with the experience of war. I think the participants and survivors themselves found something in the creation of these pieces that in some small way was a means of coping with the brutality around them and a way to mark their own or their fellows’ service. It’s chilling, disturbing, to see such pastoral images of flowers and vines hammered onto projectiles that were created for mass destruction and loss of life. Yet, with millions killed and no veterans now alive, trench art survives as something to hold and contemplate. I guess that’s it.
A fascinating conversation between LJ senior book review editor Margaret Heilbrun and reviewer Ed Burgess on her passion for collecting World War I trench art.
Are you a librarian and/or LJ book reviewer with a hobby you’d like to chat about with Margaret? If you’d like to tell us how your hobby grew out of your reading and what it means to you, email email@example.com
Inspired by School Library Journalâs 2012 Librarian Lump of Coal Gift Guide, and selected by the completely subjective methodology of âI thought it was cool,â here are 10 (and more) gifts for the librarian you actually like.
Happy Cyber Monday! Time to shop for your favorite librarian. How about some of Game of Thrones leggings? Or the perfect librarian cardigan?
MANITOWOC, Wisconsin - The Black Friday action in one Wisconsin community includes specials at the local library. HTR Media reports (http://htrne.ws/1cvftwB ) the Lester Public Library in Two Rivers is offering deals including half off overdue books and a buy-one, get-one book sale. Updated: 11/27/13 10:08 am
When science fiction author, past Science Fiction Writers of America president, and noted blogger John Scalzi spoke at LJ‘s Movers & Shakers luncheon during the 2013 American Library Association (ALA) Annual conference, part of his address consisted of reading aloud from his Personal History of Libraries. It moved many in the room to tears—including Scalzi himself—and concluded with his thanks to libraries for their influence on his life and others.
In honor of Thanksgiving, and with his permission, LJ reprints the piece below. It originally appeared on Scalzi’s blog Whatever in February.
I am, in no small part, the sum of what all those libraries I have listed above have made me. When I give my books to my local library, it’s my way of saying: Thank you. For all of it.
“You know what libraries are known for? Sweet glasses.”
Something else to check out from the forward-thinking Colorado library system, which also offers a 3D printer that patrons can use, as well as GoPro cameras, digital hard drives, and about 200 tablets available to check out.
The season of “best” books is upon us, bringing reminders of the books we loved, meant to read, still want to read, or somehow missed. Library Journal recently published its list of top picks (see LJ‘s Best Books 2013: Top Ten), and everyone from the New York Times to several American Library Association (ALA) divisions will soon follow suit (look for the announcements of The Reading List, The Notable Books List, and the Listen List, among others, on January 26).
Matching the idea of best books to the upcoming holiday of Thanksgiving, here are five (of the many) titles published in 2013 for which I am grateful.
What books are you thankful for? I am grateful for J.R.R.Tolkien’s The Lord of the Ring trilogy, which I reread every summer to escape my miserable teenage life, and Julia Child’s The Way to Cook, my bible for all things culinary.
“…a library is not just a reference service: it is also a place for the vulnerable. From the elderly gentleman whose only remaining human interaction is with library staff, to the isolated young mother who relishes the support and friendship that grows from a Baby Rhyme Time session, to a slow moving 30-something woman collecting her CDs, libraries are a haven in a world where community services are being ground down to nothing. I’ve always known libraries are vital, but now I understand that their worth cannot be measured in books alone.”—
This year’s listing of library building projects completed between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013, expands on the concept of all-purpose spaces to suit a variety of patrons and needs. There are 77 public efforts, and among the 14 academic buildings is the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons at Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI (above), which allows students to invent their own environments. A banquet of libraries with that all-important, all-purpose ingredient.
The Lafourche Louisiana Parish Public Library is facing the most offensive opposition I’ve ever seen in a library election: “ ‘They’re teaching Mexicans how to speak English,’ the council chairman said in reference to Biblioteca Hispana, a Hispanic-language segment of thesegment of the Golden Meadow library branch. ‘Let that son of a bitch go back to Mexico. There’s just so many things they’re doing that I don’t agree with. … Them junkies and hippies and food stamps (recipients) and all, they use the library to look at drugs and food stamps (on the Internet). I see them do it.’ ”
That’s a quote from Mr. Lindel Toups, chair of the Parish Council in Lafourche, LA. Mr. Toups is orchestrating a “special election” this Saturday to take money away from the library to build a new jail. Yes, literally taking money from the library to build a new jail. He wants to redirect money already dedicated to the library – an institution that educates all ages, helps people find jobs, connects them to social services, and is a place of self-discovery and community identity – to build a new jail. And he’s running a Saturday election to try and do it.
Hi! I'm the artist of the Floating Libraries picture you reblogged- the source you guys reblogged must've found my work somewhere & didn't credit me (I've contacted them). I'm glad you like-it's one of a series- but could you credit me?
So sorry about that. Will do so immediately! You do beautiful work.