Best. Tweet. of the week:
Check out this call for articles on “Locating the Library within Institutional Oppression.” The outline is written already; you just expand on it.
Over at Book Riot, Kelly Jensen criticized the notion that’s floating around in some circles that libraries are a “Netflix for books.”
I chanced across this interesting piece on public libraries and homeless people yesterday morning. I used to work with a lot of homeless people in a former job, and it’s nice to see libraries realizing that they can welcome homeless people and still keep the library pleasant for all the other patrons. Doesn’t have to be either/or.
Annoyed Librarian has been discussing what is and isn’t censorship this week in not one but two posts. They’re interesting reads that might make you think a bit. Both posts are making me very appreciative of how freely available books are in the US. Bound to bunch a few panties but she does have a point.
And I’m behind the times, but I just discovered the Librarian Problems tumblr. If you’ve never seen it before, I’m really sorry about all the work you’re not going to get done this afternoon.
I already linked these in my post this week on media carriers, but I didn’t really discuss them, so check ’em out if you haven’t already: FastCompany’s report on the Internet Archive’s effort to digitize video from 40,000 Betamax and VHS tapes and The Country Music Hall of Fame’s Tumblr about the joys of cataloging 6,000 U-matic tapes.
I was also browsing Stanford University’s Special Collections site this week and fell down a rabbit-hole of obsession with the R. Buckminster Fuller Digital Collection. My grandpa was a big admirer of old Bucky Fuller, and I’ve had a soft spot for him ever since I was a kid. Stanford has digitized some great A/V materials, in addition to holding his papers and drawings.
And, in extra-curricular reading this week, two articles stood out: Jody DeRidder and Kathryn G. Matheny in D-Lib on “What Do Researchers Need: Feedback On Use of Online Primary Source Materials” and Susan Hamburger’s 2013 study on employers’ attitudes toward archival certification. Both came across my Twitter feed via our own Steve Ammidown. Thanks, Steve!
A few of my classmates at the University of Maryland are being super international librarian/scholars this summer. They are about a week into their study-abroad journey in Namibia and have been documenting it all over at Namibian Libraries. The blogging has been excellent so far, and really highlights all the crazy awesome collaboration going on.