Weekly Round-Up!

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


The National Archives recently launched an archive of GIFs through Giphy and they’re simply fantastic. Check them out here! https://www.digitalgov.gov/2016/09/23/gettin-giphy-with-it-nara-shares-online-library-of-animated-gifs/


Are you on the creepy clown train? Check out these creepy clown books!


Melissa Cardenas-Dow wrote this week about “Marginalized Identities, Adjunct Academic Library Work, and Social Worlds” and the impact of the devaluation of adjunct and part-time labor for marginalized groups.

Writing on the SAA Issues & Advocacy Roundtable blog, Rachel Mattson explores the classification of police-worn body camera footage as part of the public record in a two part series.


Because I’m a cataloging nerd, I keep up to date with the newly added Library of Congress Subject Headings (and so does my friend Netanel Ganin). Although some cool headings related to sexuality, such as Bisexual men — Relations with women, just got added, I’m super hype that Ghostbusters (Fictitious characters) and Jedi (Fictitious characters) got added. I think Ghostbusters got added because of the awesome new reboot, but I’m not sure! Something something literary warrant, something something I ain’t afraid of no ghosts.


More librarians are self-censoring these days. Some they have decided not to purchase a book because it includes subject matter that could be controversial, such as sexual content, profanity, or other “non-age appropriate” material. More than 90 percent of elementary and middle school librarians say they have passed on purchasing a book for those reasons. Here is a related article comparing Librarians’ and Teachers’ Self-Censoring Patterns.

Cover photo from JSMetcalf Photos on Flickr Commons.  Licensed under CC 2.0.

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