Truth needs an advocate and it should come in the form of an enormous flock of librarians descending on Silicon Valley to create the internet we deserve, an information ecosystem that serves the people.The blessing and curse of social media is that it must remain open so we can reap the most benefits; but openness must be tempered with the strong and consistent curation and moderation that these librarians could provide, so that everyone’s voice is protected and amplified.
From: https://www.wired.com/story/you-purged-racists-from-your-website-great-… You Purged Racists From Your Website? Great, Now Get to Work | WIRED
Millions of Americans Depend on Libraries for Internet. Now They’re Closed From big cities to tiny towns, librarians are getting scrappy to meet the need
From: https://themarkup.org/coronavirus/2020/06/25/millions-of-americans-depe… Millions of Americans Depend on Libraries for Internet. Now They’re Closed – The Markup
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
This is all to say that Flannery O’Connor did not care if you liked her work, and she certainly did not care, it would seem from her letters, if you liked her. Writing was not for her a means of making a point or gaining admiration, though, being human, it is hard to imagine that she was not pleased at times with herself and her success. Writing for her was a means of understanding herself: “I write because I don't know what I think until I read what I say.”
From: https://churchlifejournal.nd.edu/articles/flannery-oconnor-didnt-care-i… Flannery O’Connor Didn't Care If You Liked Her Work | Church Life Journal | University of Notre Dame
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.’
From: https://www.lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v42/n13/neal-ascherson/warrior-libraria… Neal Ascherson · Warrior Librarians: Cultural Pillaging · LRB 2 July 2020
Getting books to customers is easy (well, easy if you don’t have global pandemic to deal with, anyway) – they visit the library or a bookmobile, and pick up their book. How about using drones or robots to deliver books?Well … both are being done right now.
From: https://davidleeking.com/drone-and-robot-book-delivery/ Drone and Robot Book Delivery | | David Lee King
Coronavirus Tests the Limits of America’s Public Libraries With school closures and job loss, communities will need libraries more than ever. But constraints after Covid-19 mean they’ll have to rethink their role.
From: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-06-24/how-coronavirus-is-c… How Coronavirus Is Changing Public Libraries - Bloomberg
Overwhelmed With Orders, Some Black-Owned Bookstores Ask for Patience “We are running as fast as we can,” a Boston shop told customers who are clamoring for antiracism books that are soaring in popularity but hard to keep in stock.
From: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/23/books/black-owned-bookstores-frugal… Overwhelmed With Orders, Some Black-Owned Bookstores Ask for Patience - The New York Times
One thing that readily comes to my mind when thinking of how libraries have used social media: to spread humor, and by extension joy. Even typos can or other misconceptions can be shaped into a something that is positively viral. An example of this is the whole snake/snack confusion that the Pflugerville Library had when advertising their Anti-Prom.
Librarians and the Power of Social Media | Book Riot