1. librarianwardrobe:

    #ala2013 LW+EL After Hours Party!

    This is like the cronut of library events (that means best of everything, if you’re not up on new desserts), so you probably want to keep reading…

    Join EveryLibrary and Librarian Wardrobe on Saturday, 6/29 at 9:30pm for fun, drinks, and a best-dressed/walkoff contest. Kind of like the one in Anaheim, but Warren G probably won’t be there, nor is there likely to be a fistfight.

    We have 2 emcees and 5 judges to make it a dreamy night. Your judges are 2012 and 2013 LW V-Day Crushes, and your emcees are totally magical in their own right. Don’t miss this!

    Take note and dress to impress. We will be bestowing winners of best-dressed and the walkoff with little tokens of our appreciation… and of course, bragging rights last forever.

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    Emcees (it’s a package deal)

    (L) JP Porcaro (1985-2014) works at an academic library in New Jersey, despite never having read any books. He is an instigator in the best sense of the term, getting people together to form ALA Think Tank and countless other innovative, creative and fun library-inspired projects. Most importantly, he has a big mouth and an even bigger heart. 

    (R) Jaime Hammond is the Acting Director of Library Services at a community college in Connecticut, which required her to get a new wardrobe, regardless of what anyone else says. She imagines that she would enjoy lots of hobbies but she has kids instead. She can be found on twitter as @jaimebc but is far funnier on facebook. She has every intention of joining the Peace Corps on her fiftieth birthday. 

    Judge: Trevor Dawes

    Judging category: Best Hair

    Trevor A. Dawes is an Associate University Librarian at Washington University in St. Louis and an instructor in the MSLIS program at the iSchool at Drexel University.  Dawes earned his MLS from Rutgers University, and has two additional Master’s Degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University.  He is an active member of the American Library Association and is currently Vice-President/President-Elect of the Association of College and Research Libraries

    Judge: Patrick Sweeney

    Judging category: Least Librarianish
    (H/T to Caris O’Malley for creating this category last year)

    Patrick is the branch manager of the East Palo Alto Library in the San Mateo County Library System where he gets to do fun projects like start guitar, seed, and Nook lending libraries. He lives on a sailboat in the San Francisco Bay that he use for the library advocacy project called the Story Sailboat. When not not doing library projects, he’s reading, writing, playing guitar, or having drinks with his friends at the local dive bars.

    Judge: Courtney Young

    Judging category: Best Shoes

    Courtney L. Young is currently Head Librarian and Associate Professor of Women’s Studies and Penn State Greater Allegheny. She is an active leader in the American Library Association (ALA) — **and now elected to ALA President!** — serving on the ALA Executive Board (2009-2012) and as a past President of the New Members Round Table (2009-2010). In 2011, Courtney was named a Library Journal “Mover& Shaker”, recognized as a Change Agent for her ability to successfully make connections among a diversity of duties in her library, on campus, and in the profession. She frequently presents and publishes on issues related to academic librarianship, diversity, virtual reference, and professional development.

    Judge: Daniel Ransom

    Judging category: Best Ensemble

    Daniel Ransom lives in San Francisco and works in Oakland as an academic librarian at a small liberal arts university, with responsibilities in reference, instruction, and electronic resource management. When he’s not working with his students, he’s either at home working with his kids or out on a bike. He can be found online on twitter and tumblr as @ThePinakes (named for the catalog of the Great Library of Alexandria; he has a pet obsession with library history, especially the ancient variety).

    Judge: Celia C. Perez

    Judging category: Best Accessorizing

    Celia C. Perez is a community college librarian / department chairperson in Chicago. She writes about Latinos in children’s and YA books on her blog All Brown All Around (http://all-brown-all-around.blogspot.com) and is beyond the moon to be serving on the 2014 Pura Belpré Award committee. In addition to being a librarian and a mom, she makes zines, works on her novel, crosses things off her list (http://100things2013.blogspot.com), and photographs unattractive boots. She has a big bookish crush on Sherman Alexie.

    See you there! <3

    The best part about this party (well, other than how awesome it is) is that it is taking place at the same place AND right after SET PHASERS TO INTERNET, the LJ & Tumblr sponsored Tumblarian meet up.

    How convenient is that? So, so convenient.

  2. everylibrary:


This is a picture of a letter. We don’t usually post pictures of letters unless they are from the archives.  But this one is current.  It is addressed to California state Senator Lois Wolk.  She chairs the Governance and FInance Committee.  They will be taking up SCA7 soon.  It is a state constitutional amendment that, if passed in the General Assembly and ratified by the voters, would change the threshold for successful library ballot measures at the ballot box from 66% down to 55% . While still larger than a simple majority, making it 11% easier to pass a library levy, bond, or referendum would be a game changer for libraries in that state.  
EveryLibrary is backing passage of SCA7. We’re going to be walking the halls in Sacramento talking to senators and assembly members about libraries.  We appreciate your support.  Please spread the word.  If you are in CA, please write a letter via California Library Association’s SCA7 Advocacy Page.
Changing the threshold for voter approval in California could be one of the biggest things we do to help libraries run more effective campaigns. We’ll keep you posted.

    everylibrary:

    This is a picture of a letter. We don’t usually post pictures of letters unless they are from the archives.  But this one is current.  It is addressed to California state Senator Lois Wolk.  She chairs the Governance and FInance Committee.  They will be taking up SCA7 soon.  It is a state constitutional amendment that, if passed in the General Assembly and ratified by the voters, would change the threshold for successful library ballot measures at the ballot box from 66% down to 55% . While still larger than a simple majority, making it 11% easier to pass a library levy, bond, or referendum would be a game changer for libraries in that state.  

    EveryLibrary is backing passage of SCA7. We’re going to be walking the halls in Sacramento talking to senators and assembly members about libraries.  We appreciate your support.  Please spread the word.  If you are in CA, please write a letter via California Library Association’s SCA7 Advocacy Page.

    Changing the threshold for voter approval in California could be one of the biggest things we do to help libraries run more effective campaigns. We’ll keep you posted.

  3. EveryLibrary Social in San Francisco →

    thepinakes:

    This weekend [March 16, 2013] John Chrastka of EveryLibrary will be coming to the San Francisco Bay Area. We want to invite you to the Library of the Bourbon and Branch speakeasy for a night of cocktails, networking, and learning about the new library PAC. We will be gathering in the “Library” of the speakeasy so be sure to speak the word “Books” to get to the meetup.

    RSVP via Facebook »>.

    More about EveryLibrary »>.

    More about Bourbon and Branch »>.

    Get yer airplane tickets so you can join in »>.

    Are you in the Bay Area and/or independently wealthy? If so, hang out with some of the LJ tumblr’s favorite Tumblarians: EveryLibrary (John), thepinakes (Daniel), and pcsweeney (Patrick).

  4. 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.  

  5. #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.

  6. One thousand dollars. →

    librarean:

    I’ve been present for a good deal of the coalescence of this tumblarian community now, and I’d readily guess that tumblr folk historians may well point to today as the day we ‘arrived’. Certainly it’s gotten everyone all fired up, at least. And the excitement and general outpouring of splendidness in relation to EveryLibrary has got me thinking, or rather realizing and appreciating anew: I’m really grateful for this community and what it does.

    I don’t just mean in relation to fundraising and donations (although that’s important), but in terms of the smashing resource it is for learning about libraries and the people who work with them. On my dash are examples of public programming, reference work, archival work, cataloging stuff I now have slightly less of no idea about, life as an MLIS student, and so much more (also plenty of shining personal posts that give every impression of librarians being a good lot generally who I would quite like to know).

    I’ve only just turned twenty-one, and I’m still a good couple of years away from grad school, much less an MLIS and a career helping people by means of libraries—definitely on the low end of whatever curve you’d care to extrapolate from the ages and experiences of all the libraryish people on here. But because of those people and their blogs and their willingness to share about themselves and their jobs through this medium, I am light-years ahead of where I would be without the tumblr platform bringing everyone together.

    Whether you realize it or not, I think that, by coming together in bits and pieces, we are building for the future—for future activism, for future learning, and for people who have yet to discover librarianship as a profession, as was the case for myself a couple years ago. When they do, though, they will have a smart, vibrant, diverse, and informative community here for them.

    Thank you, tumblrarians, for providing such a great avenue of experience of the ways in which people library. You’re the best.

  7. thelifeguardlibrarian:

In less than 24 hours, Tumblr raised $1010 for EveryLibrary, the first and only national organization dedicated exclusively to political action at a local level to create, renew, and protect public funding for libraries of all types.
What will your donations go towards? Funding raised this week will go towards the necessary personnel and resources needed to do voter analysis on library ballot measures which were voted on across the country during the election. What EL learns from this election will have a critical impact on our strategy of support for future library endeavors on the ballot.
How can we continue to kick ass? 1) Help Twitter-librarians reach their goal. Users posted an amazing day on that platform over there, raising well over $400. 2) Help libraries affected by Hurricane Sandy. I urge you to visit Urban Libraries Unite and Rebuilding New Jersey’s Libraries to see how you can help with material and cash donations.
I hope some one reblogs with the appropriate victory GIF, those just aren’t my thing. All I can do is sit here in grateful amazement over the goodness of you people. Yes, you people.

This is my cue:

    thelifeguardlibrarian:

    In less than 24 hours, Tumblr raised $1010 for EveryLibrary, the first and only national organization dedicated exclusively to political action at a local level to create, renew, and protect public funding for libraries of all types.

    What will your donations go towards? Funding raised this week will go towards the necessary personnel and resources needed to do voter analysis on library ballot measures which were voted on across the country during the election. What EL learns from this election will have a critical impact on our strategy of support for future library endeavors on the ballot.

    How can we continue to kick ass? 1) Help Twitter-librarians reach their goal. Users posted an amazing day on that platform over there, raising well over $400. 2) Help libraries affected by Hurricane Sandy. I urge you to visit Urban Libraries Unite and Rebuilding New Jersey’s Libraries to see how you can help with material and cash donations.

    I hope some one reblogs with the appropriate victory GIF, those just aren’t my thing. All I can do is sit here in grateful amazement over the goodness of you people. Yes, you people.

    This is my cue:

  8. EveryLibrary Update →

    youtastelikenachos:

    thedanaash:

    thelifeguardlibrarian:

    So I left work and went to yoga. Grocery shopped. Came home.

    FOLKS WE’RE AT $820. WE NEED LESS THAN $200 SMACKERS TO LOCK THIS THING DOWN IN LESS THAN 24 HOURS.

    it’s at $890 now. this is totally happening.

    It’s at $910 now and I’m signing off…

  9. We did it! $500 since this morning and now I'll pipe down for a bit. →

    thelifeguardlibrarian:

    So. many. thanks.

    Collective pat on the back, everyone. Good job! We still have to make it to 1k, though, so don’t stop reblogging, retweeting, and always of course donating!

  10. $100 before noon. You rock.  →

    youtastelikenachos:

    thelifeguardlibrarian:

    What am I talking about? Tumblr supports EveryLibrary. DIG.

    Donate to EveryLibrary. I send you five zines totally free. Win/win.

    $130 now! Keep going! Keep going!

  11. youtastelikenachos:

You guys! I’m giving away my zines! And by “giving away,” I mean “Could you please donate to this really great cause and then I will make you a copy of every single issue of my zine and mail it to you for free in a special package?”
Kate did a really excellent post on what EveryLibrary is and why it needs our help. To cajole you into donating, I’m giving you my zines. These first five issues consist of the following:
Issue 1: This was my very first zine and it’s about moving to New York City at the age of 21 fresh out of a long term relationship and how I made out with every person in sight.
Issue 2: This one is about produce. Mostly vegetables but I think there’s some fruit in there.
Issue 3: This one is about the summer I spent interning at the American Library in Paris followed by a brief stint on a farm.
Issue 4: I made this issue for Women’s History Month. Includes Hellen Keller fanfic.
Issue 5: This issue documents the time I got bed bugs. Not for the faint of heart.
TO RECEIVE A ZINE, use this link to donate to EveryLibrary. Amount does not matter! Then go here and enter your name and address. Then I send you your zine! That’s it! You’ve donated to a great cause and you’re getting some zines mailed personally from me to you. Sometimes I draw weird things on the envelopes too.

Donate! Donate! Donate!

    youtastelikenachos:

    You guys! I’m giving away my zines! And by “giving away,” I mean “Could you please donate to this really great cause and then I will make you a copy of every single issue of my zine and mail it to you for free in a special package?”

    Kate did a really excellent post on what EveryLibrary is and why it needs our help. To cajole you into donating, I’m giving you my zines. These first five issues consist of the following:

    Issue 1: This was my very first zine and it’s about moving to New York City at the age of 21 fresh out of a long term relationship and how I made out with every person in sight.

    Issue 2: This one is about produce. Mostly vegetables but I think there’s some fruit in there.

    Issue 3: This one is about the summer I spent interning at the American Library in Paris followed by a brief stint on a farm.

    Issue 4: I made this issue for Women’s History Month. Includes Hellen Keller fanfic.

    Issue 5: This issue documents the time I got bed bugs. Not for the faint of heart.

    TO RECEIVE A ZINE, use this link to donate to EveryLibrary. Amount does not matter! Then go here and enter your name and address. Then I send you your zine! That’s it! You’ve donated to a great cause and you’re getting some zines mailed personally from me to you. Sometimes I draw weird things on the envelopes too.

    Donate! Donate! Donate!

  12. HEY TUMBLR, it's the Tumblr vs Twitter race to $1000 for EveryLibrary! →

    thelifeguardlibrarian:

    Attention tumblarians, library-loving tumblrers, and all the internet friends: today kicks off a one-week fundraiser to $1000 to benefit EveryLibrary, the first and only national organization dedicated exclusively to political action at a local level to create, renew, and protect public funding for libraries of all types.

    In order to maximize our efforts,Tumblr is taking on the Twitter community in a race to $1k, from today until next Tuesday, November 20th.

    Help today, help tomorrow.

    Why does EveryLibrary need our help? Funding raised this week will go towards the necessary personnel and resources needed to do voter analysis on library ballot measures which were voted on across the country during the election. What EL learns from this election will have a critical impact on our strategy of support for future library endeavors on the ballot. Cool and important, right?

    Even cooler, if you can’t give cash right now, we’ve partnered with Urban Libraries Unite (an incredible org, check it out) in supporting their book drive which is currently seeking new and good condition used children’s books and new unmarked children’s coloring and activity books (with crayons if possible), to go out to young victims of the storm who are currently in shelters in New York City. Material donations should be directed here.

    If you’re feeling particularly philanthropic this week, ULU is also looking for cash donations, as is the New Jersey Library Association Relief project.

    Please consider giving what you can. Chip in $5 or $10—or donate books to support Sandy victims.

    To contribute to the #tumblarian EveryLibrary race to 1k (WHICH I HAVE EVERY CONFIDENCE WE CAN CLEAN UP WELL BEFORE NEXT TUESDAY), please click through the link above or here.

    Give us a like, a reblog, a shout out to your friends and family. Think about it: all we need is about 100 folks to find $10 or so for the cause. Let’s have fun, do good work for EveryLibrary, and flex these Tumblarian muscles. Let us also show Twitter what’s up.

    To learn more about EveryLibrary (and to share the good news with your generous friends) please visit here.

    YES YES YES

  13. librarianwardrobe:

Head of Adult Programming
Public Library
Connecticut
I would also like to add that I was parked when I took this picture and the earrings were a gift. Yes I know they’re fly as hell.

Another tumblrarian who is very close to my heart. (And whose earring are indeed fly as hell.)

    librarianwardrobe:

    • Head of Adult Programming
    • Public Library
    • Connecticut

    I would also like to add that I was parked when I took this picture and the earrings were a gift. Yes I know they’re fly as hell.

    Another tumblrarian who is very close to my heart. (And whose earring are indeed fly as hell.)

  14. librarianwardrobe:

I’m a librarian who knows how important it is to vote, and I brought my daughters with me (in a wagon!) to the polling place so that they’ll know how important it is, too.
Librarian for Research and Electronic Resources
Academic Library
San Francisco Bay Area

One of my favorite tumblrarians!

    librarianwardrobe:

    I’m a librarian who knows how important it is to vote, and I brought my daughters with me (in a wagon!) to the polling place so that they’ll know how important it is, too.

    Librarian for Research and Electronic Resources

    Academic Library

    San Francisco Bay Area

    One of my favorite tumblrarians!

  15. EveryLibrary is needed now more than ever. Antigovernment and antitax forces have beaten back library enterprises much more frequently in recent years. As I reported in that September 1 column, mayors of several major U.S. cities have targeted library budgets for reduction despite their tiny share of city taxes. Governors from both major political parties have savaged state funding.

    While it is obvious that there is still a massive reservoir of public support for libraries, the current political climate is eroding that work in some jurisdictions. The combination of economic recession and antitax rhetoric is poisonous to all public agencies and institutions, and libraries are no exception. EveryLibrary is a direct, aggressive way to combat these toxic forces. In the past, libraries have been able to ride out bad times and accept small reductions in services, collections, and hours. These losses have now become much too deep and are inflicting nearly fatal wounds to needed library service in too many places in America. EveryLibrary offers the first potentially effective way to begin to turn the tide.

    — John Berry, editor-at-large for Library Journal, “A New Weapon for Budgets: EveryLibrary” (via everylibrary)