Karen Keninger became director of the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., in March. She is the first person who is blind to direct the Braille and talking-book program.
<a href="http://gapersblock.com/bookclub/2011/06/24/chicago_underground_library_its_alive/">Chicago Underground Library Lives and Thrives</a> What do you do when a natural disaster takes out your library? You go mobile. <a href="http://underground-library.org/node/1">The Chicago Underground Library</a>, an organization dedicated to the collection and distribution of local independent and small-press media, is nothing if not about adaptation created by necessity.
From <a href="http://www.lambdaliterary.org/features/news/04/25/calling-all-lgbtiqa-librarians/">here</a>:
"....We would like to recognize the valuable work that librarians do to select and promote LGBT literature of any kind.
LambdaLiterary.org, the online publication of the Lambda Literary Foundation, will have a new column starting in August 2010 which will feature interviews with LGBTIQA librarians and the work that they do to select and promote LGBTIQ materials at their libraries.
Minnesota Public Radio has posted a couple of interviews with Neil Gaiman (American Gods, Stardust, Coraline, The Graveyard Book, etc), this year's honorary chair of National Library week: <A HREF="http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/04/12/gaiman/">http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/04/12/gaiman/</A>
Very cool project here in Brooklyn, NY, the Reanimation Library.
Below, a video explanation of the project via Rocketboom. Ella Morton interviews Andrew Beccone, master librarian and founder of the Reanimation Library:
Additional information at the Reanimation Library website.
Sounds like THE perfect place to send of some of those old weeded illustrated volumes....
The incoming chair of the Petroleum & Energy Resources Division [DPER] of SLA dropped us a link to an interesting librarian.
<blockquote>This is the story of a struggling librarian from Uganda, Africa and how the Petroleum & Energy Division [DPER] of SLA has sponsored his membership in SLA and now DPER is fundraising to help bring Stephen Kizza to the 2010 SLA meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. The division board members feel that this very positive story demonstrates the power of SLA networking and how SLA members help one another.
How would you describe your work?
Hrm. It depends on my mood, I suppose – my work is readable for the general public, it’s an exploration of memory, a negotiation of relationships, it’s trying to give voice to the things we don’t say out loud that we wish we could. I do tend to write largely in a woman’s voice, but I think as humans we all have the same general worries, concerns, and yearnings.
Submitted by Great Western Dragon on June 8, 2009 - 11:46am
On one of my previous shows, I talked about Ignite Phoenix and the whole Ignite thing. Among other things, I said it'd be good for librarians to get into something like this because, in five minutes, you can tell a huge group of people all about your library and/or whatever else you're passionate about.
Dani Cutler, a local Phoenix area podcaster, is working on a series of interviews with people who've presented at Ignite Phoenix. She and I sat down at one of the greatest coffee shops in the Valley of the Sun and talked about libraries and the funny things that happen in them, history, Hyperlinked History, and presenting at Ignite.
So if you have the interest, you can hear my alter ego speak with the lovely and intelligent Dani Cutler over on the Ignite Phoenix Podcast site.
Submitted by Great Western Dragon on May 30, 2009 - 8:33am
When it comes to science fiction, Harlan Ellison is a living legend who wrote, and fought, his way to the top. He's known for being abrasive, cantankerous, and he's just as well known for being proud of that assessment. This is a man who not only sued AOL and the guy who posted his stories on AOL without authorization, his lawsuit was successful.
So Maria Langer, the author of over 70 books on using technology, posted this video on her blog. It's Mr. Ellison talking about the importance of paying writers. As you'd expect, he's vocal about getting paid for his work, and why not? It's his work and don't you get paid for yours? Be prepared for colourful language, invective, and righteous indignation.
In other words, be prepared for Harlan Ellison being himself and telling you exactly how he feels.
Author/Illustrator Lane Smith walks us through his thought process and style decisions for two soon-to-be-publishsed picture books:
- Princess Hyacinth (The Surprising Tale of a Girl Who Floated) with Florence Parry Heide due out September 22, 2009; and
- The Big Elephant in the Room due out July 7, 2009.
<a href="http://www.justonemorebook.com/2009/04/02/rock-stars-of-reading-part-2-lane-smith/">The first of three videos </a>documenting the JustOneMoreBook Podcast crew's weekend in the home and studio of Lane Smith and Molly Leach has been published (April 2, 2009) at:
In this 15 minute online documentary, Lane shows off original artwork from The Stinky Cheese Man, describes the production process for The Happy Hocky Family books, shares his passion for children’s books — old and new — and compares traditional collage with digital collage.
<p style="margin: 0px;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;">In November 2008, the <a href="http://e2ma.net/go/1851990919/1695235/63184990/goto:http://www.justonemorebook.com" target="_blank">Just One More Book!!
...says Art Spiegelman, annointed father of the genre. He says, "If that’s true (that he's the father), I want a blood test," the Economist reports. 'Graphic novel' sounds more respectable, but I prefer 'comics' because it credits the medium. ['Comics'] is a dumb word, but that’s what they are."
Spiegelman is not without his share of ticks. He admitted that he hates collaborating with other artists, he talks out loud while he works and he takes very little pleasure in drawing. “I don’t have the natural skills or patience to draw well,” he said. “I take no pleasure in drawing a tree just for a tree’s sake. I only draw a tree when I absolutely need a tree.”
When asked, "As a gamer, what should I expect from my library? – and if they aren’t meeting my expectations is there anything I can do about it?" Information Goddess Beth Gallaway answered, "Games are information and stories, conveyed in an interactive digital format, and thoroughly legitimate.
Most people are likely to pretend that mental and emotional health issues do not affect them or their loved ones. Yet, whether you’re prepared to admit it or not, mental and emotional health problems do exist in children.
Kim Hix wrote the book No One is Perfect and YOU Are a Great Kid as a gift to her son, Zack, who struggles with ever changing moods, severe anxiety and Tourettes Disorder. He was diagnosed at age four.
People often picture librarians as the stiff, grey-haired stereotype wearing horned-rimmed glasses and a bun -- and shushing people. Many librarians, however, are on the cutting edge of the coolest of media tools. Today's librarians have embraced some incredible new technologies to spread a love of reading and to promote their craft.
Elizabeth Bird, or Betsy Bird, is one of a new generation of librarians.
Matt Tavares, illustrator extraordinaire, talks about turning his senior thesis into his first published book, the ageless appeal of baseball stories and a kindergarten teacher who fostered his passion for art.
<A HREF="http://www.justonemorebook.com/2009/01/26/conversation-with-matt-tavares/">Listen in on the chat here on the Just One More Book podcast</A>.