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For All You Untrustworthy Low Level Employees

13 hours 33 min ago
This story about the library budget crisis in Miami-Dade County, Florida is quite a read. A librarian formerly employed by the county criticized the library director, who allegedly responded with a “heated monologue” in which he said that without him the library system would be, um, in a bad condition. Since this is a family [...]

National Library Week Yet Again

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 10:00
National Library Week is here yet again. That’s the week librarians come together to celebrate the fact that we don’t have a true national library like other civilized countries. Or something like that. Still, I tried to get excited about it. That was helped by this lovely brochure that you can print out and distribute [...]

Library Problems for Progressives

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 10:00
ALA Annual is coming up soon, in Vegas of all places. No doubt the SRRT is busily trying to think up resolutions that have nothing to do with libraries so they can waste the ALA Council’s time debating them before they’re defeated. Instead of more of that nonsense, I recommend they address something actually having [...]

How Not to Lobby for a Library

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 10:00
Somewhere in the Old Dominion State they’re wondering whether it’s time to build new libraries. Is it the right time, they ask. Are we ready? Is it time? Are we prepared? It could be that libraries are like children. A lot of people say if you wait until you’re ready to have a child, you’ll [...]

Bigger Worries

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 10:00
Sometimes I just don’t what to say about the ALA, so I’ll probably contradict myself at some point along the way. I was just reading through the ALA press release about the latest budget proposal from Congressman Paul Ryan. The thing is, it’s a completely appropriate response from an organization concerned with American libraries. Also, [...]

Everybody’s a Victim

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 10:00
Today we try to answer the important question, when is a book ban not a book ban? This is a little different than the one I normally ask, which is when is a book ban not censorship? That question is ridiculously easy to answer if you’re thinking clearly and haven’t drunk the ALA Kool-Aid. If [...]

Please, No Starbucks in Every Library

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:00
Before I begin, I just want to point out that if you can’t find a librarian job paying $142,000 a year that will then allow you go take classes at a library school to find out how libraries work, then you just don’t know the right people. Best entry-level librarian job ever. Okay, on to [...]

Signs, Signs, Everywhere Signs

Mon, 03/24/2014 - 10:00
I thought it was one of the truisms of the profession that library patrons never read signs. Signage is just that thing librarians do to try to control people who pay no attention to them. It turns out, not for the first time, that I was wrong. Some patrons pay attention to signs. The library [...]

The Orlando Problem

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 10:00
When the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) speaks, the ALA Council listserv goes wild. Okay, maybe not all the time, but definitely when it “condemns the American Library Association’s (ALA) decision to continue with plans to hold the ALA 2016 annual conference in Orlando, Fla. in the wake of the George Zimmerman [...]

Take That, Bobst Librarians!

Mon, 03/17/2014 - 10:00
A Kind Reader sent in this amusing article with the subject line, “Take that, Bobst Librarians!” Obviously, I liked the subject line. Bobst is the main library at NYU, and at least one NYU student is very disappointed in the librarians there. “I need a great librarian, and I’m miffed that Bobst doesn’t have any,” [...]

Why People Hate Weeding Books

Thu, 03/13/2014 - 10:00
What is it about book weeding that gets library patrons so panicked? I can sort of understand the furor over that weeding project gone awry in Illinois last year, but it seems to happen all the time. A late example is the library at Emporia State University in Kansas, which has had its weeding project [...]

Librarians and Dating

Mon, 03/10/2014 - 10:00
According to the Daily Mail – and take that for what it’s worth – the online dating site eHarmony looked at their statistics to see what professions the two most popular genders were more likely to date or interact with. Supposedly, women prefer men in advertising, which I find surprising, although I don’t know why. [...]

Banned Books in Prison

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 11:00
There’s a news article about prison libraries that makes me wonder what stance the ALA would take on the matter. In almost all ways it’s an exemplary tale of how New York city libraries are trying to provide library service to the local prison populations. This is a great thing to do unless the goal [...]

The Closing of British Libraries

Mon, 03/03/2014 - 11:00
A couple of weeks ago I mentioned what bad shape some British and Canadian libraries were compared to American libraries. Apparently I got only part of the story, because the British situation seems to be getting even worse. According to this column arguing for libraries as public spaces that don’t need to make a profit [...]

Essential Nonessential Services

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 11:00
Someone “sounding off” in Potsdam, NY has some interesting comments on public libraries. In response to “Potsdam Public Library Asking For More Taxpayer Support to Keep Open Hours” by Mix96, taxpayers should only be mandated to fund essential services. The Potsdam Library may be nice, but it is not an essential service. If it is [...]

Canadians Fighting Stereotypes

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 11:00
In addition to all sorts of bad things happening to their government libraries, some Canadian librarians have also fallen victim to the most popular and risible genre of journalism about librarians, the Stereotype Busting genre. As usual, the article lives up to the stereotype of journalists thinking everyone who works in a library is a [...]

An Idea for a Resolution

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 11:00
I have a confession to make that will probably come as a shock. I’m not a small town girl, or even a small town woman. Small towns are those places I sometimes pass through on the way to somewhere else, unless I can just fly over them. Thus, I’ve never given much thought to small [...]

The Library as Third Place

Mon, 02/17/2014 - 11:00
Inspired by this article in the Chicago Tribune hailing libraries as “havens on earth,” I wanted to write about libraries as Third Places. A Third Place is somewhere other than home or work, the first two places. From the Wikipedia article summing up Ray Oldenburg’s The Great Good Place, we find the following characteristic of [...]

It Could Be Worse

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 11:00
Although a few years ago it looked like American libraries might be in trouble, perhaps even reduced to the irrelevance that American Libraries has long enjoyed, they seem to be doing okay. Levies are getting passed. Cities are building or expanding more libraries. Lots of people are using them and lots more seem to like [...]

Librarians and Babysitters

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 11:00
Grumpy can be good. Or at least understandable. I understand grumpy, and could have called this blog Grumpy Librarian, except there was probably already a blog called that. In Bowie, MD, some mornings they wake up Grumpy. Other mornings they just let her sleep. And last week they interviewed her for the local newspaper, where [...]