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Seattle Public Librarians Just Want to Read You Stories - Slog - The Stranger

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 07/23/2020 - 15:39
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The Lit Line (206-386-4656) isn't necessarily a newfangled idea, SPL librarian Robin Rousu told me. It's pretty old. Rousu has been a librarian with SPL for 15 years. She used to run the Dial-a-Story program where kids were encouraged to call a number to get a story read to them. That program was built around the idea of landlines. So, naturally, it's since faded from relevance. But, the infrastructure and the idea were perfect for the COVID-19 era.

 

How Arlington's Sarah Kamya Is Diversifying Little Free Libraries Across the Country

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 07/01/2020 - 11:38
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How Arlington’s Sarah Kamya Is Diversifying Little Free Libraries Across the Country What started as a simple Instagram request has exploded into a nationwide project.

From: https://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/2020/06/30/sarah-kamya-little-free-… How Arlington's Sarah Kamya Is Diversifying Little Free Libraries Across the Country

Information Hunters: When Librarians, Soldiers and Spies Banded Together in World War Two Europe 

Submitted by Blake on Sun, 06/28/2020 - 19:08
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Information Hunters: When Librarians, Soldiers and Spies Banded Together in World War Two Europe 

In Information Hunters, Kathy Peiss describes American assumptions about German libraries as the Allies closed in on Berlin in 1945. ‘On its face, the military government’s perspective was simple: Nazi books were akin to a virus or infestation. It required quarantine and elimination.’

 

 

Calling in Librarianship: A Manifesto

Submitted by Blake on Sat, 06/20/2020 - 20:06
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I’m not here to make friends–yet I desperately want all of you to like me–but more importantly, I want to share with you some things I believe to be true, and sharing these truths is much more important to me than being liked. I feel the need to call some of ya’ll in. So–here we go. From: https://himissjulie.com/2020/06/20/calling-in-librarianship-a-manifesto/ Calling in Librarianship: A Manifesto

Stacking books to contact tracing: LA librarians embrace new role during COVID-19

Submitted by Blake on Sat, 06/20/2020 - 20:01
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“We thought we were going to get a lot of hang-ups. … We all know those telemarketers that call in the middle of the day. You don’t answer the phone.,” he says. “They [people he’s called] have been so inviting and trying to help. ... Some of them are just saying, ‘I'm not doing anything, I'm home. I got all the time in the world.’”  From: https://www.kcrw.com/news/shows/greater-la/librarians-covid-19-blm-masks/lapl-coronavirus-contact-tracer Stacking books to contact tracing: LA librarians embrace new role during COVID-19

Black Lives Matter: Librarians share books, films that shine light on race, injustice | UC Berkeley Library News

Submitted by Blake on Sat, 06/20/2020 - 19:58
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At UC Berkeley, members of the Library staff have shared lists of books and films to provide a deeper understanding of race and racism, and to lift and center Black voices. They’re also working to provide greater access to many of the volumes you see here — and more — in digital form, so they can be read by more people within the UC Berkeley community, from anywhere. From: https://news.lib.berkeley.edu/juneteenth-2020 Black Lives Matter: Librarians share books, films that shine light on race, injustice | UC Berkeley Library News

Wayne State to roll out fast-track librarian certificate amid shortage, student demand

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 02/20/2019 - 16:40
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Wayne State University is set to offer a new experimental school library certificate to address student demand and a general shortage of certified school librarians in the state. The Detroit-based university plans to offer a 15-credit program through its School of Information Sciences, said Matt Fredericks, academic services officer for the school.

Female Librarians on Horseback Delivering Books, ca. 1930s

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 02/19/2019 - 08:00
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President Franklin Roosevelt was trying to figure out a way to resolve the Great Depression of the 1930s. His Works Progress Administration created the Pack Horse Library Initiative to help Americans become more literate so that they’d have a better chance of finding employment.
From Female Librarians on Horseback Delivering Books, ca. 1930s | History Daily