1. A Guide to Chicago’s Best Kept Secrets | ALA 2013 | School Library Journal →

    schoollibraryjournal:

    Heading to Chicago at the end of the month? From food to cultural sites, we’ve got you covered!

  2. Tumblarian 101 @ALA2013! Click through to vote for our Conversation Starter. →

    libraryjournal:

    thelifeguardlibrarian:

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    Your devoted tumblarian friends and advocates (myself included) want to talk about ALL THE TUMBLARIANS at the ALA Annual Conference this June in Chicago. Please click through above, log in to ALA Connect, and vote for our presentation.

    And if you can, come hang out with us in the CHI. I suspect it’ll be a good time.

    What is a better time than Erin “Laser Fingers” Shea of Darien Library, our own Lifeguard Librarian Kate Tkacik, Tumblr superstar Rachel Fershleiser, and your humble Library Journal tumblrer coming together to talk about this great community we have made together? Vote for our Conversation Starter and then come out and talk with us in Chicago! I know it will be a good time.

    Did you know that anyone can register to vote through ALA Connect? Take a sec to register and then vote for your Tumblarians buds to host a discussion about this here thing at ALA Annual in Chicago.

  3. Tumblarian 101 @ALA2013! Click through to vote for our Conversation Starter. →

    thelifeguardlibrarian:

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    Your devoted tumblarian friends and advocates (myself included) want to talk about ALL THE TUMBLARIANS at the ALA Annual Conference this June in Chicago. Please click through above, log in to ALA Connect, and vote for our presentation.

    And if you can, come hang out with us in the CHI. I suspect it’ll be a good time.

    What is a better time than Erin “Laser Fingers” Shea of Darien Library, our own Lifeguard Librarian Kate Tkacik, Tumblr superstar Rachel Fershleiser, and your humble Library Journal tumblrer coming together to talk about this great community we have made together? Vote for our Conversation Starter and then come out and talk with us in Chicago! I know it will be a good time.

  4. newberrylibrary:

    The Newberry—you may be surprised to learn—has a remarkable collection of musical scores and ephemera. Above, you’ll find three of our most lauded treasures: a handwritten aria by a nine-year-old Mozart (check out that penmanship!); a first edition of Jacopo Peri’s Euridice, considered to be the first extant opera score; and Scott Joplin’s Euphonic Sounds, which brought ragtime into the respectable mainstream.

    If these musical curios tickle your fancy, be sure to check out this year’s Renaissance Center NEH Summer Institute, “Music and Travel in Europe and the Americas, 1500 - 1800.” The institute, geared toward college and university professors, runs from July 15 to August 9 and includes a $3,300 stipend.

  5. chicagopubliclibrary:

Blind Date With A Book
What a fun idea from the Clintonville Public Library in Clintonville, Wisconsin!

Browse through the personal ads and check out one that catches your eye! You won’t know the author or title, but you might make a connection with a new author that will turn into a long-term relationship!


If you thought I was going to stop reblogging Blind Date with a Book displays, YOU WERE WRONG.

    chicagopubliclibrary:

    Blind Date With A Book

    What a fun idea from the Clintonville Public Library in Clintonville, Wisconsin!

    Browse through the personal ads and check out one that catches your eye! You won’t know the author or title, but you might make a connection with a new author that will turn into a long-term relationship!

    If you thought I was going to stop reblogging Blind Date with a Book displays, YOU WERE WRONG.

  6. everylibrary:

A new library is a generational #win for a community.  It means that people will have a new space in which to access collections, programming, computers and emerging technology, and the librarians who make it all happen.  A new building is an enhanced center of learning and an incubator of ideas for individuals as well as businesses.  And a new library shows that this community has roots, a pride of place in which to raise families and grow together as neighbors.  
That’s why EveryLibrary is backing “Citizens for a New Shorewood-Troy” library in suburban Chicago as they campaign to get a .13 cents per thousand Levy Lift passed on April 9th, 2013.  This levy will generate the millions of dollars needed to build a 21st century library.  If it passes it means a brighter future for the community.  We stand with the community as we back this, our second ballot measure.  Click through for more info and be inspired at what this community sees for its own future - through a new library.  

    everylibrary:

    A new library is a generational #win for a community.  It means that people will have a new space in which to access collections, programming, computers and emerging technology, and the librarians who make it all happen.  A new building is an enhanced center of learning and an incubator of ideas for individuals as well as businesses.  And a new library shows that this community has roots, a pride of place in which to raise families and grow together as neighbors.  

    That’s why EveryLibrary is backing “Citizens for a New Shorewood-Troy” library in suburban Chicago as they campaign to get a .13 cents per thousand Levy Lift passed on April 9th, 2013.  This levy will generate the millions of dollars needed to build a 21st century library.  If it passes it means a brighter future for the community.  We stand with the community as we back this, our second ballot measure.  Click through for more info and be inspired at what this community sees for its own future - through a new library.  

  7. chicagopubliclibrary:

BiblioTech - San Antonio’s Completely Bookless Public Library
From Gizmodo:


The new book-free library, called “BiblioTech,” is intended to open in the fall and is part of a an entire bookless public library system planned for the entire county of Bexar.
And it’s not “bring your own device” either. The library will actually lend out e-readers (of an unspecified brand) for two weeks at a time. There will also be computers and the like, but no books, and presumably no card catalog either.


Click here to read the full story. 

    chicagopubliclibrary:

    BiblioTech - San Antonio’s Completely Bookless Public Library

    From Gizmodo:

    The new book-free library, called “BiblioTech,” is intended to open in the fall and is part of a an entire bookless public library system planned for the entire county of Bexar.

    And it’s not “bring your own device” either. The library will actually lend out e-readers (of an unspecified brand) for two weeks at a time. There will also be computers and the like, but no books, and presumably no card catalog either.

    Click here to read the full story. 

  8. newberrylibrary:

As you might expect, preserving a vast historical record and cultural heritage can sometimes (but not necessarily) delay acceptance of new technological platforms. And so with the Newberry. We’re new to this whole tumblr thing, but promise to pursue its possibilities and the community it engenders with the zealousness of the good Captain Ahab, whose crazed eye and gnashing rictus are pictured above, on the cover of this Marathi-language edition of Moby Dick. The book (as our banner image suggests) is part of our vast collection of copies of the American classic, which include first and many foreign language editions. These books will be on display during our 125th anniversary exhibition, The Newberry 125, which opens September 6 and of which more to come later.

Via thepinakes, Chicago’s great Newberry Library is on Tumblr. Also check out this awesome Moby-Dick cover.

    newberrylibrary:

    As you might expect, preserving a vast historical record and cultural heritage can sometimes (but not necessarily) delay acceptance of new technological platforms. And so with the Newberry. We’re new to this whole tumblr thing, but promise to pursue its possibilities and the community it engenders with the zealousness of the good Captain Ahab, whose crazed eye and gnashing rictus are pictured above, on the cover of this Marathi-language edition of Moby Dick. The book (as our banner image suggests) is part of our vast collection of copies of the American classic, which include first and many foreign language editions. These books will be on display during our 125th anniversary exhibition, The Newberry 125, which opens September 6 and of which more to come later.

    Via thepinakes, Chicago’s great Newberry Library is on Tumblr. Also check out this awesome Moby-Dick cover.

  9. Librarians versus Libraries in Chicago--Annoyed Librarian →

    thelifeguardlibrarian:

    Annoyed’s take on our fair city’s current state of the library.

    What would it mean to really have a library “fully open”? Was the library “fully open” when it was open on Monday mornings as well? Wouldn’t “fully open” mean 24/7 access? Otherwise, the phrase is arbitrary and meaningless.

    What’s not arbitrary is the “100 library employees still out of work.” From the standpoint of anyone not a librarian or being supported by one, the important thing is keeping the libraries open, not keeping librarians employed.

    That’s even the implied stance of the American Librarian Library Association. The goals of the ALA are about promoting libraries, not necessarily librarians.

    We have to ask the question, what’s more important, the libraries or the librarians? Most people would say the libraries, but at least one could argue that it takes “fully staffed” libraries to be effective. It may or may not be true, but it’s the best argument in the union arsenal. If the well being of the people of Chicago requires lots of librarians, then darn it the city needs to hire lots of librarians!