1. Afternoon Librarian Shindig →

    thepinakes:

    The Information Amateurs Social Club is inviting any and all Bay Area-local librarians, archivists, MLIS students, and other assorted bookslingers to Zeitgeist this Saturday, February 23rd from 2-6pm.

    Come out, have a beer, and have a good time! If the rain has gone away, we’ll be on the enormous patio. Newcomers are always welcome!

    Bay Area tumblarians, kick it with Daniel this Saturday. You won’t regret it.

  2. The public library is a true American invention. Perhaps no other place captures the values of freedom of expression and democracy like this venerable institution. Libraries represent what we should never take for granted: the freedom to read, the freedom to choose and the freedom to share our ideas.

    — Luis Herrera, the city librarian of San Francisco, in the New York Times Op/Ed “More Relevant Than Ever” (via queenslibrary)

  3. According to Cathy Nyhan, fifth-floor manager at the New Main, San Francisco’s old Main library had a typewriter room too, a bigger one, filled with “tons of typewriters.” When the institution moved into its new high-tech home, it wanted to preserve that functionality, albeit on a more limited scale. Hence, the Typewriter Room and what is, at least within the realm of the New Main and the city’s 27 branch libraries, the last public typewriter.

    According to Cathy Nyhan, fifth-floor manager at the New Main, San Francisco’s old Main library had a typewriter room too, a bigger one, filled with “tons of typewriters.” When the institution moved into its new high-tech home, it wanted to preserve that functionality, albeit on a more limited scale. Hence, the Typewriter Room and what is, at least within the realm of the New Main and the city’s 27 branch libraries, the last public typewriter.