Bookoisseur

I read. I write. I spend all together too much time on the internet. I talk incessantly about books, TV and movies. I write for Hello Giggles, and tweet frequently as Bookoisseur.
~ Tuesday, April 8 ~
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kenyatta:

Brooklyn Public Library

kenyatta:

Brooklyn Public Library

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~ Thursday, February 6 ~
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Funding cuts be damned: more than 16,000 public library branches in the U.S. serve 96.4 percent of the population, according to the “State of America’s Libraries Report 2013” by the American Library Association. (The ALA was founded in 1876, the same year the Dewey decimal system was developed.) Public libraries circulated 2.46 billion materials last year, the greatest volume in 10 years. Over this same period, the circulation of children’s book and materials increased by more than 28 percent. Attendance at library-hosted programs for kids hit 60.5 million in 2013. But it’s not just for kids: public libraries nationwide hosted 3.75 million public programs, and attendance for those events, too, is growing, indicating, as the ALA report put it, “an increased demand for these services.” Unsurprisingly, public computers at libraries are also in high demand—and libraries have responded by doubling the number available over the last 10 years.
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~ Friday, November 15 ~
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‘Let that son of a bitch go back to Mexico. There’s just so many things they’re doing that I don’t agree with. … Them junkies and hippies and food stamps (recipients) and all, they use the library to look at drugs and food stamps (on the Internet). I see them do it.’

The Worst Library Election in the Country is This Saturday | EveryLibrary

Welp.

That’s a quote from Mr. Lindel Toups, chair of the Parish Council in Lafourche, LA, in reference to Mexicans learning English at the Biblioteca Hispana, a Hispanic-language segment of the library system.

THIS is why we need EveryLibrary supporting libraries on the ballot.

Click through to learn more and click here to help now. Click, share, donate—do what you can.

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Vote for libraries. Vote for literacy. Vote for equality.

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~ Monday, May 13 ~
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~ Tuesday, April 16 ~
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~ Tuesday, January 22 ~
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~ Thursday, December 13 ~
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~ Monday, December 10 ~
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~ Sunday, December 9 ~
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Because kids don’t have a political voice, they have been neglected—and have replace the elderly as the most impoverished age group in our country. Today, 22 percent of children live below the poverty line.

Nicholas Kristof, “Profiting From a Child’s Illiteracy”

22% is a frightening, shameful number.

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~ Saturday, December 8 ~
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thelifeguardlibrarian:


When a humanitarian catastrophe occurs, international organizations and governments set up medical outposts, drop emergency food supplies from helicopters, and hand out clothing in disaster zones. Naturally, absolute priority is given to what we call ‘basic needs’: food, water, shelter, and health. While there is no question that organizations and governments must devote the majority of their efforts to promoting the physical well-being of disaster victims, more attention should be given to nourishing the mind as a second measure to help victims cope with catastrophe and move forward.
The fulfillment of basic needs is undoubtedly the first priority in humanitarian situations. Yet from LWB’s work in Haiti, we know that access to books and information resources improves outcomes for displaced persons. Books and expression help sustain intellectual stimulation and promote self-worth and resilience amid crisis. Whether through books, computers, legal assistance or training, access to information and cultural resources empowers individuals and gives them the tools to reconstruct what has been lost. Furthermore, libraries can improve communication within communities and among aid workers by providing phones, community mapping tools, and places for family reunification and community organizing. These types of resources can also play a decisive role in restoring a sense of normality in post-emergency situations.
With the strong belief that books, writing, and learning should not be denied to victims of humanitarian disasters, Libraries Without Borders, through this call to action, seeks to increase awareness about the need for access to information and books in post-disaster situations. Furthermore, LWB calls on international organizations to 1) expand reading, cultural and educational programs, which activate the human spirit and help individuals cope with trauma; and 2) make the provision of access to information and books a priority for international humanitarian relief.

Sign the petition here.

thelifeguardlibrarian:

When a humanitarian catastrophe occurs, international organizations and governments set up medical outposts, drop emergency food supplies from helicopters, and hand out clothing in disaster zones. Naturally, absolute priority is given to what we call ‘basic needs’: food, water, shelter, and health. While there is no question that organizations and governments must devote the majority of their efforts to promoting the physical well-being of disaster victims, more attention should be given to nourishing the mind as a second measure to help victims cope with catastrophe and move forward.

The fulfillment of basic needs is undoubtedly the first priority in humanitarian situations. Yet from LWB’s work in Haiti, we know that access to books and information resources improves outcomes for displaced persons. Books and expression help sustain intellectual stimulation and promote self-worth and resilience amid crisis. Whether through books, computers, legal assistance or training, access to information and cultural resources empowers individuals and gives them the tools to reconstruct what has been lost. Furthermore, libraries can improve communication within communities and among aid workers by providing phones, community mapping tools, and places for family reunification and community organizing. These types of resources can also play a decisive role in restoring a sense of normality in post-emergency situations.

With the strong belief that books, writing, and learning should not be denied to victims of humanitarian disasters, Libraries Without Borders, through this call to action, seeks to increase awareness about the need for access to information and books in post-disaster situations. Furthermore, LWB calls on international organizations to 1) expand reading, cultural and educational programs, which activate the human spirit and help individuals cope with trauma; and 2) make the provision of access to information and books a priority for international humanitarian relief.

Sign the petition here.

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~ Tuesday, December 4 ~
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In early days, I tried not to give librarians any trouble, which was where I made my primary mistake. Librarians like to be given trouble; they exist for it, they are geared to it. For the location of a mislaid volume, an uncatalogued item, your good librarian has a ferret’s nose. Give her a scent and she jumps the leash, her eye bright with battle.

Catherine Drinker Bowen.  Adventures of a Biographer, ch. 9. 1959 (via ebookworm)

This is actually totally true. I did some research for my brother at the Library of Congress when he was getting his PhD. Mostly photocopying original sources he couldn’t borrow and that kind of thing. Anyways, one of the documents was missing and not shelved where it was supposed to be. When three librarians went into the back - going back and forth about where it might be - I turned to the guy at the desk and said, “I’m so sorry. This must be such a pain for you guys.”

His response:

"Oh no. They love this. They’re going to be talking about this at lunch and the other librarians will be jealous."

They found the document. They were very proud. 

(Source: libraryaccounts)

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~ Monday, December 3 ~
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cloudunbound:

It’s been a month and change since I joined Tumblr, and I can sense the size and power of a zinester contingent (*looks at You Taste Like Nachos*). Writing about zines here makes sense because they are not locked up in DRM, they cost next to nothing, and they can nicely bolster your library’s holdings in music, feminism, local politics, environmentalism, and—erm—John Waters.
Named Movers and Shakers by Library Journal this year, Matthew Moyer and Andrew Coulon of the Jacksonville Public Library have done tremendous collection development work in this area—see Jacksonville’s readers’ advisory page for ideas on where to start. In November 2011, they wrangled punk legend Kathleen Hanna to present on zines (Hanna donated her personal papers, including zines, to New York University’s Fales Library). This ebullient poster represents one of the many ingenious marketing tools Moyer and Coulon have used to make a fringe medium a gateway drug to their library’s total offerings.
More on zines later. 

cloudunbound:

It’s been a month and change since I joined Tumblr, and I can sense the size and power of a zinester contingent (*looks at You Taste Like Nachos*). Writing about zines here makes sense because they are not locked up in DRM, they cost next to nothing, and they can nicely bolster your library’s holdings in music, feminism, local politics, environmentalism, and—erm—John Waters.

Named Movers and Shakers by Library Journal this year, Matthew Moyer and Andrew Coulon of the Jacksonville Public Library have done tremendous collection development work in this area—see Jacksonville’s readers’ advisory page for ideas on where to start. In November 2011, they wrangled punk legend Kathleen Hanna to present on zines (Hanna donated her personal papers, including zines, to New York University’s Fales Library). This ebullient poster represents one of the many ingenious marketing tools Moyer and Coulon have used to make a fringe medium a gateway drug to their library’s total offerings.

More on zines later. 

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~ Saturday, December 1 ~
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