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The biggest issue with equating the library with a Netflix for books is that it sends a false message that libraries are worth little more than $8 or $12 or $20 a month. That the services offered in libraries are little more than options to which people can subscribe, rather than actual services anyone can utilize at any time.

When the library is made to be seen as a business, rather than the heart of a community or a fundamental service made possible through citizen-approved tax dollars, it makes the library expendable. That expendability then moves down the chain: staff salaries get cut, then staff withers, then more programs and projects that benefit the community — books and movies and CDs and magazines and newspapers and wifi and computer access and database subscriptions and programs for all shapes, colors, and sizes of people — disappear, too. It detracts from the unique aspects that make a library what it is: a place for all, rather than a place for some.

Libraries reach out where Netflix reaches in.

hiringlibrarians:

Hey lookit I wrote this!  Thanks to all the job hunters who’ve shared their perspectives.

So excited to see this published!

pussreboots:

thepinakes:

My alma mater, San José State University SLIS, is changing its name to SJSU “School of Information.” Libraries aren’t dying, but library schools think they are. From their new “About” blurb:

"Graduates work in diverse areas, such as information governance,…

It’s not shame, it’s lack of work.  You gotta be able to have your grads go on to work, and there are not enough library jobs for all the people SJSU wants to graduate.

If you'd been looking for a library job and was offered one at ITT Tech, would you take it?
Anonymous

I had to look up ITT Tech - didn’t know what that was.  I probably wouldn’t, because I’m a public librarian at this point.  

If I was an academic librarian, and the potential coworkers were cool, and the pay was ok, and I’d get to do fun things, I’d take it.  If it didn’t seem right, I wouldn’t.  

I don’t have any particular prejudice against taking jobs at for-profit schools.  It’s more about the fit of the position.  

Beyond the Book Brand

Beyond the Book Brand

As books evolve, so must libraries.  As information needs change, so must we.  Thus begins another chapter in As the Library Turns.

Books are intrinsically linked with libraries, in the minds of our patrons.  As much as I hate the whole concept of branding, I have to admit it perfectly describes our situation.  Books are our brand.

We must expand the brand.  You probably know that.   For a recent…

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Librarian fact #880

librarianfacts:

Ball pits are banned from library conventions, as librarians spend too much time arguing over whether the balls should be sorted by colour or left to occur at random in order to introduce a element of spontaneity into the user experience.

People who feel strongly about retaining books in libraries have a simple way to combat the removal of treasured volumes. Since every system of elimination is based, no matter what they say, on circulation counts, the number of years that have elapsed since a book was last checked out, or the number of times it has been checked out overall, if you feel strongly about a book, you should go to every library you have access to and check out the volume you care about. Take it home a while. Read it or don’t. Keep it beside you as you read the same book on a Kindle, Nook, or iPad. Let it breathe the air of your home, and then take it back to the library, knowing you have fought the guerrilla war for physical books.
Phyllis Rose, The Shelf (via egtedrowe)
shepherdsongs:

I was driving past a business here in the Houston Heights, when I glimpsed this painted on the side of the building. I recognized that iconic WWII poster before I realized it was not just any woman, but 14 year old Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who was attacked for wanting an education. The words next to her are her quote, ( “I don’t mind if I have to sit on the floor at school.) All I want is education. And I’m afraid of no one.”

shepherdsongs:

I was driving past a business here in the Houston Heights, when I glimpsed this painted on the side of the building. I recognized that iconic WWII poster before I realized it was not just any woman, but 14 year old Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who was attacked for wanting an education. The words next to her are her quote, ( “I don’t mind if I have to sit on the floor at school.) All I want is education. And I’m afraid of no one.”

biomorphosis:

When you flip bats upside down they become exceptionally sassy dancers [x].

cheshirelibrary:

Winner named for new Lemony Snicket librarian prize
[via sfgate.com]
There are Nobel winners — and now there are Noble winners.
A new award — the Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced With Adversity – will be presented to Laurence Copel, the founder of the Lower Ninth Ward Street Library in New Orleans.
Known to the children in her neighborhood as the Book Lady, Copel opened a library in her home while living on $350 a week. She also turned her bicycle into a mobile book carrier, making house visits for families who couldn’t leave home.
How awesome is this????

cheshirelibrary:

Winner named for new Lemony Snicket librarian prize

[via sfgate.com]

There are Nobel winners — and now there are Noble winners.

A new award — the Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced With Adversity – will be presented to Laurence Copel, the founder of the Lower Ninth Ward Street Library in New Orleans.

Known to the children in her neighborhood as the Book Lady, Copel opened a library in her home while living on $350 a week. She also turned her bicycle into a mobile book carrier, making house visits for families who couldn’t leave home.

How awesome is this????