1. Once Forbidden, Books Become A Lifeline For A Young Migrant Worker →

    From the fields to the library, how a bookmobile and books changed one young woman’s life.

    The experience, she says, was life-changing.

    "That taught me that hope was not just a word. And it gave me the courage to leave the camps. That’s where the books made the difference."

    Storm left the camps when she was a teenager and attended night school. She ended up working in the Pierce County Library System for more than 30 years.

  2. Belying the stereotype that younger Americans completely eschew print for digital, those ages 16-29 have wide-ranging media and technology behaviors that straddle the traditional paper-based world of books and digital access to information.

    — 

    Younger Americans’ Library Habits and Expectations | Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project (via jasonwdean)

    Holla!

  3. wordtraffic:


theoreticalgirl:

librarylinknj:

It’s not about the stuff, it’s about the things you DO with the stuff. See also: Makerspaces, the point of.

Disagree with “building apps”, which can do a lot of things. Mostly this list has a problem with content development, and I don’t understand why.

^ And here is why I love Tumblr. Good points. And a shining example of why I need to remind myself to look past our collective professional navel more often than I do.
I looked at (and liked) this graphic from the POV of how to stress importance of column A to people who don’t “get” tech— which will be a challenge for me over the next few months. But that this reads as dismissive (and I see it—“WRONG”) is troubling, no? There’s lots of value in column A. B is a framework I need to allow A to happen, but we maybe shouldn’t be dismissive of A as outcome. Content IS important.
Teachable moment. Thank you!


I love cross-community discussions like, so, so much.

    wordtraffic:

    theoreticalgirl:

    librarylinknj:

    It’s not about the stuff, it’s about the things you DO with the stuff. See also: Makerspaces, the point of.

    Disagree with “building apps”, which can do a lot of things. Mostly this list has a problem with content development, and I don’t understand why.

    ^ And here is why I love Tumblr. Good points. And a shining example of why I need to remind myself to look past our collective professional navel more often than I do.

    I looked at (and liked) this graphic from the POV of how to stress importance of column A to people who don’t “get” tech— which will be a challenge for me over the next few months. But that this reads as dismissive (and I see it—“WRONG”) is troubling, no? There’s lots of value in column A. B is a framework I need to allow A to happen, but we maybe shouldn’t be dismissive of A as outcome. Content IS important.

    Teachable moment. Thank you!

    I love cross-community discussions like, so, so much.

    (Source: ittakesalibrary)

  4. Digital technologies create new opportunities for accelerating, expanding, and individualizing learning. Our members and students are already actively engaged in building the schools and campuses of the future—including quality online communities. Increasingly, teachers, faculty, and staff are becoming curriculum designers who orchestrate the delivery of content using multiple instructional methods and technologies both within and beyond the traditional instructional day. Teaching and learning can now occur beyond the limitations of time and space. NEA embraces this new environment and these new technologies to better prepare our students for college and for 21st century careers.

    — NEA - NEA Policy Statement on Digital Learning (via infoneer-pulse)

  5. librariesbuildcommunity:

via @shannonmmiller about Van Meter Library Voice: Learning With SoundCloud….Look What It Brought To Us Today! building community #tlchat
Shannon McClintock Miller of Van Meter, Iowa inspires teacher librarians to expand the library beyond four walls.  In her latest post, Shannon shares how she uses social tech tools, such as SoundCloud and Symbaloo, to facilitate her student’s knowledge creation and share their work with others to expand their learning as they connect to a vast community of students, teachers and teacher librarians with the same passion and vision.  What would be a fun in-school poetry activity becomes an opportunity share and learn with the rest of the world. Shannon blogs about her own and her student’s creating, collaborating and sharing experiences to inspire other teacher librarians to do the same.  Check out her blog, the Van Meter Library Voice, for more ideas.

    librariesbuildcommunity:

    via @shannonmmiller about Van Meter Library Voice: Learning With SoundCloud….Look What It Brought To Us Today! building community #tlchat

    Shannon McClintock Miller of Van Meter, Iowa inspires teacher librarians to expand the library beyond four walls.  In her latest post, Shannon shares how she uses social tech tools, such as SoundCloud and Symbaloo, to facilitate her student’s knowledge creation and share their work with others to expand their learning as they connect to a vast community of students, teachers and teacher librarians with the same passion and vision.  What would be a fun in-school poetry activity becomes an opportunity share and learn with the rest of the world. Shannon blogs about her own and her student’s creating, collaborating and sharing experiences to inspire other teacher librarians to do the same.  Check out her blog, the Van Meter Library Voice, for more ideas.

  6. Reading is not purely academic and I hope that there is resurgence of positivity toward reading. Young people are getting distracted at their most distractible time—middle school, and never returning to reading. But they are eager participants when they are hooked. So we have to be more adventurous in the ways we engage in reading instruction and advocacy.

    — Library Journal Mover & Shaker Kirby McCurtis,”Creating Community: Up Close with Youth Librarian Kirby McCurtis” (via schoollibraryjournal)

  7. I was reading books when I was 13, 14 just coming up. I was living in the hood, but I went to the library and I checked out music books. I just read that shit because I wanted to be in the music business. But I felt like, if I’m going to be in the music business, I got to know about the business. I knew I had talent; I was talented as fuck. I could DJ, I could make music, I could produce beats, I could rap. But I needed to know the business part. So I went to the library, checked out a bunch of books. Well I had my mom check me out books; I was young. I was 13. I had her check me out a bunch of books from the library and I just read almost like six or seven books. Then I would check the books back in, and I would check them back out for another two weeks just to read the same thing over and over again so I could understand it.

    — 

    Rapper Juicy J talks about how libraries educated hime in a Vice interview (via lowscoreattack)

    I took a kid (a DJ-hopeful) to the library once and dropped him off with the music librarian. He wanted to learn how to copyright his beats. He came back overawed with a) how kind the librarian was and b) “yo she knew everything!”

    (via thelifeguardlibrarian)

    (Source: Vice Magazine)

  8. Tumblarian list—help me update! →

    thelifeguardlibrarian:

    Librarians, students, library service lovers! Who am I missing? Who would like to be included or removed?

    You heard the lady.

  9. darienlibrary:

harperbooks:

ex-genius:

mrdavidgordon:

Headline says it all.

This is an actual article in the actual newspaper in the actual institution from which I received my degree. For some reason, that is the actual pull quote. 

Oh those poor books.

THE SPINES WERE BROKEN?!
THE HUMANITY!


This gif makes it all worth it.

    darienlibrary:

    harperbooks:

    ex-genius:

    mrdavidgordon:

    Headline says it all.

    This is an actual article in the actual newspaper in the actual institution from which I received my degree. For some reason, that is the actual pull quote. 

    Oh those poor books.

    THE SPINES WERE BROKEN?!

    THE HUMANITY!

    image

    This gif makes it all worth it.

  10. Inherent in the digital book is the promise of change, and I want that promise realized. I no longer expect a blanket model from all publishers and accept the messiness this brings.

    I trust my readers, and want them to help choose what titles we should license. Patron-driven acquisitions has received its share of attention in the academic world; it’s time to experiment with popular literature.I want to serve my community. I want publishers to thrive. And I want libraries to flourish.

    I want a New Year.

    — 

    Brian Kenney, “ALA Preview 2013”

    (h/t cloudunbound)

    We are going to keep repping Brian Kenney because this man knows his stuff.

  11. thelifeguardlibrarian:

Dear Mr. Dewey,
Thanks for ALA and Library Journal. Though I must admit, I don’t prefer your system and I really don’t appreciate your ”persistent inability to control [your]self around women.”
But thanks for organizaing things anyways. It WAS actually pretty helpful in middle school. Don’t grope women who aren’t your wife in public. 
Happy Birthday, Kate

Looking for less problematic library hunks and/or babes? Look no further. P.S., happy birthday I guess, Melvil. (Seriously thank you for founding us.)

    thelifeguardlibrarian:

    Dear Mr. Dewey,

    Thanks for ALA and Library Journal. Though I must admit, I don’t prefer your system and I really don’t appreciate your ”persistent inability to control [your]self around women.”

    But thanks for organizaing things anyways. It WAS actually pretty helpful in middle school. Don’t grope women who aren’t your wife in public. 

    Happy Birthday,
    Kate

    Looking for less problematic library hunks and/or babes? Look no further. P.S., happy birthday I guess, Melvil. (Seriously thank you for founding us.)

  12. Call for Reviewers!
The Library Journal Book Review needs writers!
Our newest editor, the super sharp and incredibly talented Annalisa Pesek needs reviewers in business, economics, careers, and education. Email her at apesek@mediasourceinc.com for more information!
Your Library Journal tumblrer (me) is looking for people to review plays. Email me at mmcardle@mediasourceinc.com for more information!

    Call for Reviewers!

    The Library Journal Book Review needs writers!

    Our newest editor, the super sharp and incredibly talented Annalisa Pesek needs reviewers in business, economics, careers, and education. Email her at apesek@mediasourceinc.com for more information!

    Your Library Journal tumblrer (me) is looking for people to review plays. Email me at mmcardle@mediasourceinc.com for more information!

  13. chicagopubliclibrary:


“Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.”

Happy birthday, Bill Nye! Born November 27th, 1955.
The Chicago Public Library has a large selection of Bill Nye books. Click here to check out the list.

This is just great life advice. Happy birthday, good sir!

    chicagopubliclibrary:

    “Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.”

    Happy birthday, Bill Nye! Born November 27th, 1955.

    The Chicago Public Library has a large selection of Bill Nye books. Click here to check out the list.

    This is just great life advice. Happy birthday, good sir!

  14. #twitterlibrarians are almost there! →

    thelifeguardlibrarian:

    Miss your chance to give in the Tumblr vs Twitter Race to $1k for EveryLibrary? Be a social media sport and help Twitter reach their goal! I know you’re on Twitter, too. Both platforms have done an amazing job, blowing the initial fundraising deadline (1 week) out of the water.

    If that’s not your thing, please PLEASE consider directing donations to libraries affected by Sandy. Urban Libraries Unite is in need of cash donations, as is the New Jersey Library Association Relief project.

    Let’s keep making it happen for libraries!

    Yes, we beat Twitter handily, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t still donate! DO IT FOR THE LIBRARIES.

  15. How did the election impact your libraries?

    everylibrary:

    EveryLibrary is working to build a full national report on library ballot pass/fails. Help us out by replying with what happened in your races. The next step is voter segmentation and message analysis. We need more wins for libraries in 2013 and 2014.

    Every library matters.