1. librarianpirate:

Found while weeding. I think there are a few of us here in the tumblarian community who can make this our own.

This is…amazing.


    Found while weeding. I think there are a few of us here in the tumblarian community who can make this our own.

    This is…amazing.

  2. My Daguerreotype Librarian: Barbara Gittings →



    Barbara Gittings was a librarian, gay rights activist, and editor of lesbian magazine The Ladder, published by the Daughters of Bilitis. She marched with Frank Kameny in Washington DC, she helped get the American Psychological Association to remove homosexuality from the DSM, and she was very active in ALA’s Taskforce on Gay Liberation (which has now morphed into the GLBT Round Table), including its Hug A Homosexual booth at the 1971 annual conference. You can read more in her history of the taskforce, Gays in Libraryland

    Photo is from the NYPL Digital Gallery

    I love this one. What a cutie!

  3. QUE(E)RY: Update on Hurricane Sandy →


    In response to Hurricane Sandy, the Que(e)ry Librarians are designating additional proceeds from our upcoming event to benefit the Ali Forney Center. Their center in Chelsea was destroyed by flooding at a time when the services they provide to homeless LGBT youth are all the more crucial. Emergency funds will help AFC restore services and facilities to those affected by the hurricane and the winter storm which came shortly thereafter.

    The first 100 donors at our party on November 24th will get a free beer courtesy of Public Assembly. You can also donate now on AFC’s website.

    Here are a few other library-related resources if you are looking for help or looking for ways to get involved:

    NYC Distribution Locations

    Our friends at Urban Librarians Unite have compiled a list of resources for Hurricane Sandy relief, and are also conducting a Children’s book drive.

    Brooklyn Public Library’s Response to Hurricane Sandy

    Queens Public Library’s Response to Hurricane Sandy

    NYPL’s response to Hurricane Sandy

  4. As far as I’m concerned, when you suppress a minority from your library catalogue, you’re making a statement: you’re pulling the welcome mat out from under that minority’s feet and you’re ensuring the dissolution of that minority and its history within your community. I’m proud of the consideration I see librarians give to their diverse communities of users. I’m proud to see Armistead Maupin on the quick-read shelves with Urdu and Polish texts around one corner and mental health texts around the next. I’m proud of these refuges and community centres and melting pots. I’m proud that despite the shushy stereotypes, these are places where anyone can have as loud an identity as they like and it will be catered to. I’m proud of libraries and of my choice to become a librarian.

    — Boolean Berry - LGBT pride and libraries (via contrarylibrarian)