One last chance to take the LJ Tumblr survey! Then I promise I won’t bug you any more about it.
<3 Thanks! <3
One last chance to take the LJ Tumblr survey! Then I promise I won’t bug you any more about it.
<3 Thanks! <3
What a set of staircases!
I’ve been working hard to get a Tumblr / LJ party together for ALA. Still figuring out the final details, but pencil in Saturday, June 29 at 7pm. This will be our moment of glory.
Readers’ advisory practice
Oh, just today’s reminder to take the LJ Tumblr survey, if you haven’t already.
New York can be gorgeous in the spring, and there’s plenty to see. Relatively near the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, the now-perennial site of BookExpo America (BEA), is great shopping, the spectacular Highline Park, and the New York Public Library’s Schwarzman Building, with its fascinating exhibits. You might not see any of it though; changes are afoot at BEA, and they mean more…of everything. Along with a return to weekend hours—the show now runs from Wednesday, May 29, through Saturday, June 1, 2013, including LJ’s and SLJ’s warm-up Day of Dialog events—there is now a third author stage. Attendees will find almost 300 autograph signings on the three stages, as well as the relocated BEA Editors’ Buzz sessions, which cover children’s, YA, and adult books. The stages will also welcome the new “BEA Selects,” featuring indie publishers discussing their fall 2013 romance, mystery, literary fiction, and sf/fantasy titles.
You’ll want to take in the exhibits, of course, and the dozens of programs offered during the conference. Below are the offerings that are best for librarians—not all of them are particularly aimed at our profession, but eavesdropping on “the other side” can be illuminating. Though ebook questions feature heavily, we’re moving on from library availability concerns to debates surrounding secondhand ebooks, the effects on authors, and e-publishing of out-of-print titles. For a break from it all, do what the fun crowd did at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting: check out the Association of American Publishers (AAP) Library Family Feud. Featuring Simon Doonan on the author team, it’s a hotter ticket than any Broadway show.
Or take a load off at any point during the show at LJ’s Librarians’ Lounge, open Thursday through Saturday, at booth 757.
I think I’m actually the person in green— most of the credit should go to thelifeguardlibrarian’s great response.
Oh my god, text-block, major props for this awesome gif.
The Brooklyn Public Library is inviting all Brooklyn residents to participate in its Hurricane Sandy Oral History Project. News articles and statistics don’t equate to personal narratives recounting the emotional impact of the storm.
Participants will be interviewed for 20-30 minutes and their stories will be preserved in a permanent collection and many will be available online.
If you’re interested in being apart of the project, email June Koffi at j.koffi AT brooklynpubliclibrary.org.
Edward Christopher Williams (1871 – 1929) was the first African-American professional librarian in the United States of America. His sudden death in 1929 ended his career the year he was expected to receive the first Ph.D. in librarianship.
Upon his graduation with distinction from Adelbert College of Western Reserve University in 1892, he was appointed Assistant Librarian of Hatch Library at WRU. Two years later, he was promoted to librarian of Hatch Library until 1909, when he resigned to assume the responsibility of the Principal of M Street High School (now Dunbar High School) in Washington, D.C. He continued his career as University Librarian of Howard University until his death on December 24, 1929.
He is also author of the novel When Washington Was in Vogue.
Holla library history / DC history twofer.
I know you aren’t supposed to cry in book club, but I have the sweetest little friends ever. This Lego librarian (with shhhhh! Coffee cup and book) was a gift from 3rd graders Alex and Will….this MADE my week! #lego #lovemylibraryjob #kidsaremadeofawesome
I recognize this is super sweet but every time I see that little librarian figure under the plastic I think someone is trying to kill her.
(If you haven’t taken it yet, you still have time!)
If you aren’t in the library field, how would you describe yourself?
- Creepily obsessed with librarians in general
- I’d still be awesome and geeky
How do you use Tumblr?
- geez I should get back to work but just one more gif maybe.
- i use it to publish my short fictions written for practice to a coterie audience.
- Excellently. Breath-takingly. Laudably.
Why do you follow Library Journal on Tumblr?
- I don’t
- ALL the reasons!
- I do not
- So I can fangirl when they like something I post
- Desperate and pathetic hope for a reblog for the work blog. But mostly all of the above
A couple of points,
1) I would just like to thank each and everyone one of the 14 of you who admitted they were “creepily obsessed with Library Journal.” It is brave to admit something like that.
2) If any of you have a post you really believe in (and would like a reblog) feel free to send us an Ask! I can’t promise anything, but it’ll ensure that I’ll see it.
The Finding Aid: Black Women at the Intersection of Art and Archiving is an interactive, multi-media dialogue that explores the intersection of experimental art practices and community-based archiving.
The event’s organization is based on the idea of a finding aid. A finding aid is a document used in archives for accessibility and discovery. We will transform a finding aid from an archival inventory/guide into an artistic archival experience.
Our goal for this event is that people leave knowing what an archive and archivist is or can be, and that people feel empowered to begin their own archival/artistic practice or feel moved to engage with existing archives.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 @ 6:30pm
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Langston Hughes Auditorium
Joyce-LeeAnn is a writer, archivist and performance artist from Denver, Colorado based in Brooklyn, New York. She received a BA in Writing and Literature from Naropa University via Hampton University. She received a MILS with an Archives Certificate from Pratt Institute. She works as a professional project archivist. Joyce-LeeAnn’s writing explores the poetics of archival processing and investigates ways to tell stories through preserved documents. Subjects covered in her prose | poetry include: grief, healing processes, beautiful moments, writings on restroom walls and a fragment of black Denver history. Her experimental literary performances usually include a makeshift typewriter-drum-kit.
Kameelah Janan Rasheed (b. 1985) is a photo-based artist, writer, and educator from East Palo Alto, CA based in Brooklyn, NY. She is a Gallery/Studio Instructor at the Brooklyn Museum as well as a public school teacher working with court involved youth in East New York. Kameelah’s work enlists archival as well as archaeological traditions to explore collective memory and her family narratives through found images from eBay and estate sells, material objects, and original photography. An object-based body of work, she interrogates the trinity of spatial trauma within Black communities — homelessness, incarceration, and forced migration and how this influences both collective memory and the way we reconstruct narratives from material fragments. Currently, she is an Artist-in-Residence at the Center for Book Arts. In 2012, Kameelah was an Artist-in-Residence at the Center for Photography at Woodstock. She will have her first solo exhibit at Real Art Ways in July 2013 tentatively entitled The Imagined Archive. A former Fulbright Scholar to South Africa, Kameelah received her Master of Education from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Arts in Policy and Africana Studies from Pomona College.
Marilyn Nance is an American visual artist known for her images of 20th century African American life—spirituality, music, art, and African retentions, She grew up through many movements—The Civil Rights Movement, Black Power, Black Arts, Anti War, Students Rights, the Women’s Movement, and the Anti-Apartheid Movement.
A two-time finalist for the W. Eugene Smith Award in Humanistic Photography, her photographs can be found in the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and in the Library of Congress.
Image © Albert Chong
Arianne Edmonds is a Los Angeles native, storyteller and archivist. Her historical collection spans from 1886-1950 and explores the uniqueness of early black Los Angeles, through the lens of genealogy. She received her Bachelors of Science in Communications, from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and started her career in educational media at Sesame Workshop. She currently works with the Taproot Foundation managing consultant relations and community partnerships.
Ladi’Sasha Jones is a is a collector and witness worker of oral history narratives with a special interest in documenting Black women’s stories and Black American family life. She approaches her documentation practice by working from the intersections of cultural equity and collective community memory.
Currently, Ladi’Sasha is working on the curation of a public forum to share her collection of oral history records via a digital sound art gallery — coming Summer 2013. Having earned her B.A. in African American Studies from Temple University in 2010 and a M.A. in Arts Politics from NYU Tisch School of the Arts in 2012, she recently completed a Certificate in Oral History from Baylor University in April of 2013. She aims to move towards freelancing and sharing her documenting services with community and cultural arts organizations along with individual artists.
Shawn(ta) Smithis a lesbian separatist, writer, archivist and reference librarian. Her essays blend storytelling with documentation and archiving. Her work will appear in “Black Gay Genius Interview with Lisa C. Moore” in Black Gay Genius: Joseph Beam and In the Life (forthcoming). She is currently editing a new anthology Her Saturn Returns: Queer Women of Color Life Transitions, a compilation of narratives of queer women and color in their Saturn. Shawn is a collective member of the Lesbian Herstory Archives and the WOW Cafe Theater where she co-produces Rivers of Honey, a monthly Cabaret highlighting the art of women of color. Shawn is pursuing her MFA in Fiction at Queens College while working as a reference & instruction librarian at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She is the former Archive Coordinator for StoryCorps.
Photo © Arianne Benford
Sonia Louise Davis(b. 1988, New York City) is an artist and photographer. Using a large format view camera, her work mines the public and private archive, exploring collective memory and family history through site-specific and community-based projects. Sonia is currently participating in the Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) Program at the Bronx Museum of the Arts. An honors graduate of Wesleyan University, she holds a BA in African American Studies, with a concentration in Music and Visual Art.
Born in Las Vegas,Salome Asega is an Ethiopian visual artist and independent curator working in Brooklyn. She received her BA in Transnational Visual Art and Social Practice from the Gallatin School at NYU and is currently an MFA candidate in the Design and Technology program at Parsons The New School for Design. She is also a founding member of the Sistah Friends Project.
The intersection of art and archiving? Yes please.
Anne Hadden on her way to deliver books in Big Sur.
From Denise Sallee’s “Reconceptualizing Women’s History: Anne Hadden and the California County Library System” in a 1992 issue of Libraries and Culture:
Anne Hadden, a California librarian for forty-six years, was one of many career-oriented women who worked within the California County Library System during the early years of the twentieth century. California library history is rich in strong, autonomous, and influential women who viewed their work as fundamental to the cultural and educational development of the state. They exemplified the educated and Progressive-minded “New Women” who came of age at the turn of the century.
…And so this post will serve to say that we’re okay with all of it, really! The Library would just be a big empty building without you! We’re glad you are here.
Some things you don’t need to apologize for are:
*Especially this one. Do not feel sorry for talking to a library staff member! You are the reason we are here! We are glad to hear from you!
In fact, let’s nix needless apologies altogether (and yes, I’m speaking to women in particular). “Excuse me” can adequately replace 98% of the apologies you might make in a day. You’re perfectly entitled to use the coffee maker, exit an elevator, approach a colleague, or round a corner without saying “I’m sorry” to anybody. Trust me.