Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Here here!!

Here here!!

(Source: limencommunitas)

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
unypl:

“Neuromancer,” by William Gibson
Borrow I Read

Oooh, that’s a good one.

unypl:

“Neuromancer,” by William Gibson

Borrow I Read

Oooh, that’s a good one.

Friday, September 14, 2012
latenitelynx:

Incredible card catalog tattoo on the arm of a card-catalog-lovin’ librarian

Very nice…

latenitelynx:

Incredible card catalog tattoo on the arm of a card-catalog-lovin’ librarian

Very nice…

Friday, July 27, 2012
I see pics like this one posted quite often— bookshelves where the books are organized by color or in some neat visual pattern. While it might look pretty, it really galls me that they get tagged as “libraries”. This type of organization makes finding any particular book almost impossible unless you set it up yourself and memorize the location and/or color of every book!! This makes an essentially useless library, for if you cannot find a book, you might as well not have it at all.
Please, for the love of Ranganathan,stop intentionally disorganizing your books!!

I see pics like this one posted quite often— bookshelves where the books are organized by color or in some neat visual pattern. While it might look pretty, it really galls me that they get tagged as “libraries”. This type of organization makes finding any particular book almost impossible unless you set it up yourself and memorize the location and/or color of every book!! This makes an essentially useless library, for if you cannot find a book, you might as well not have it at all.

Please, for the love of Ranganathan,stop intentionally disorganizing your books!!

Monday, July 2, 2012
unypl:

“The Master and Margarita,” by Mikhail Bulgakov 
Translated by Diana Burgin and Katherine Tiernan O’Connor
Read The Master and Margarita 

Love, love, love that book!!

unypl:

“The Master and Margarita,” by Mikhail Bulgakov 

Translated by Diana Burgin and Katherine Tiernan O’Connor

Read The Master and Margarita

Love, love, love that book!!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

If the reason you became a librarian is because it’s quiet and you like to read books, it might be time to think about getting into a different profession.

librarylydia:

“If the reason you became a librarian is because it’s quiet and you like to read books, it might be time to think about getting into a different profession.”

Curtis Rogers, “Social Media In Libraries: Keys to Deeper Engagement”, Information Today, June 2011, Vol. 28, 6. (via morerobots)

Completely true. When I tell people I’m going to become a Librarian they’re often surprised because I’m an extrovert and I can be loud at times. They don’t understand that not all libraries are tombs of silence and that all the really good librarians are people persons. Library buildings are stocked with books, yes, but libraries are really made of the people in the them, both the patrons and the librarians. If you don’t like working with the public, you won’t like working in a library. Also don’t expect to sit around all day reading books, believe me, there’s precious little time for that, for a Librarian pleasure reading happens on your own time.

Here, here. The introverts in the library world these days tend to be catalogers (and they seem to be growing rarer) and Library tech folks.

The idea that a librarian reads all day is a little silly. Librarians are there to help people find information (regardless of its media) and that means dealing with PEOPLE! It also means you have to spend the time you’re not dealing with people learning more about the resources available, which means reading articles ABOUT books, reading book reviews and lists of new publications, comparing prices and talking (or chatting, texting, emailing, blogging, etc.) to/with people about the best resources for your patrons.

Monday, June 11, 2012
Cool little library in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.

Cool little library in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012
eternallinestotime:

The pin they gave me at Grad School Orientation for my MLS :)


Damn. I wish my MLS program had been that cool.

eternallinestotime:

The pin they gave me at Grad School Orientation for my MLS :)

Damn. I wish my MLS program had been that cool.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Classic.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

In Defense of JSTOR

thepinakes:

There was a recent piece posted by the Atlantic about the cost cycle and paywall of academic articles. It’s a big issue and access to scholarly journals is a topic that merits real discussion and hopefully change. However, the article itself was so poorly researched and inaccurate it does a disservice to the conversation.

The article supposes that the villain is JSTOR. It’s not.

The author of the Atlantic piece is bemoaning his inability to access the latest research in autism and blames JSTOR, even though the vast majority of JSTOR content (aside from their small and new “Current Scholarship” program) is 3 years old or older. JSTOR is designed to be the alternative to print journal storage for back issues; if you’re looking for current articles and the latest research, JSTOR is not where you should go. JSTOR is a not-for-profit that has done tremendous work digitizing and saving thousands of historic scholarly journals, dating back over a century of content, that libraries are throwing away. They are providing access to a treasure trove of valuable content that libraries cannot afford to maintain or store.

Actual current research is packaged and sold by for-profit companies like Elsevier, Wiley, and Taylor & Francis — if you have a problem with the model for academic publishing, those are the publishers you should take it up with.

Because of that poorly written article, I’m seeing “fuck JSTOR” going around on Tumblr as if JSTOR has anything to do with the problem. And therefore the internet is pissing me off.