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

Kept Out of the Library, a School District Tries Summer Reading by Drone - The New York Times

Submitted by Blake on Sat, 06/20/2020 - 20:02
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A Virginia school district, determined not to let a pandemic keep students from their summer reading, is delivering books to students via the drone company run by Alphabet. From: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/17/us/google-wing-drones-virginia-books.html Kept Out of the Library, a School District Tries Summer Reading by Drone - The New York Times

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

Libraries Are Dealing With New Demand For Books And Services During The Pandemic

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 06/19/2020 - 13:54
NPR On Openings If you find yourself scrambling for a good novel to escape the novel coronavirus, you're not alone. Across the country, libraries have seen demand skyrocket for their electronic offerings, but librarians say they continue to worry about the digital divide and equality in access — not to mention the complicated questions that must be answered before they can reopen for physical lending.

Happy 20 Years LISNews!

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 11/07/2019 - 09:52
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Thu, 11/14/2019 - 11:28

Congrats on 20 years. When I have needed a random or interesting story about the library world, It has been a fresh air of community. Yes, as times have changed the stories are different and so is the community of readers and posters.

When I have needed a random or interesting story about the library world Lis.org has been a breath fresh air, community and often great humor. Yes, as times have changed the stories are different and so is the community of readers and posters. Keep up the great work. Steven

As usual, I forgot! 20 years ago on Nov 2nd I brought LISNews online. I can't possibly thank everyone who has helped LISNews over the past 20 years. Steve Glabraith, Steven M Cohen & Nabeal Ahmed, were all instrumental in helping me during the early years (when I needed it most!). We also had a few authors that posted like bloggers possessed and are still with us, BIRDIE especially, and Ieleene, Aaron, Rochelle, and a few other authors who helped out for awhile and moved on. Behind the scenes Joe Frazee helped me get the original LISNews server up and running. Over the years a few dedicated souls have tirelessly submitted stories; Bob Cox, Martin, Lee Hadden, Charles Davis, and many others. Stephen Kellat, for the podcast, Robin, Troy, Andy, Dan and all the LISNews authors deserve a big thank you and a pat on the back for all their hard work. LISNews is a collaborative site, and we all work together to make it great. I'd also like to thank everyone who has ever chipped in to pay for the server, submitted a story, wrote in their journal, left a comment, or just dropped by for a visit. Happy Birthday LISNews. Here's hoping we have a few more good years ahead of us!