HLS Weekly Round-Up

Editor’s Note: Each week, we reflect on the top articles, blog posts, tweets, news, thoughts, and other tidbits we’ve found interesting or useful. Enjoy!


This week’s member email from AALL included notice that the AALL Special Committee on Access to Justice report on Law Libraries and Access to Justice is online. I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but I’m sure it’s interesting!

Another thing I haven’t had a chance to read (in this case, that should be modified by “thoroughly,” as I did skim it) is this post on the loss of civil rights records in Hurricane Sandy.

Finally, Anna-Sophia suggested this would be a good place for some kitten pictures. Sure it’s a stereotype, but, well, I don’t mind occasionally perpetuating stereotypes. This is Skates, who came home from the Washington Humane Society on Tuesday and, as you can see, is settling in just fine.

gray cat on shelfgray cat on sofa


If you haven’t had this tweeted or e-mailed to you a million times already, read the BoingBoing article on librarians who support electronic information privacy. This is the kind of stuff that makes me simultaneously fired up to change the world and super frustrated that I don’t work in a library yet.

I was very sad but not very surprised to read this article on people stealing from little free libraries. Come on people. I have my gripes with little free libraries in that they encourage foolish people to talk nonsense about not needing “real” libraries, but this is just mean.

And finally, you should already know this but it’s National Library Card Sign Up Month, which is awesome. Even more awesome, Stan Lee is this year’s Honorary Chair.


nina de jesus is one of those people you should totally start following. This week, she’s hitting hard with “On (Failing) to Break Into Libtech” – an excellent breakdown of some key problems in the library labor market and a good reality check that you can do everything “right” and still have a hard time making a career.

I loved Hope Wabuke’s take on the #WeNeedDiverseBooks conversation at The Root: “If We Want Diverse Books, We Need Diverse MFA Programs.” A good reminder that our collections don’t happen in a vacuum.

And I know we keep coming back to Erin and Rachel’s blog, Unified Library Scene, but that’s because it keeps being so great. Rachel’s post from last week, On Being the Only One, resonated with me so strongly. Erin’s post this week, On Teaching and Impostor Syndrome, is a fantastic challenge to the “public services vs. technical services” false dichotomy that tells you you can only do one or the other.

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