Dear somewhat-still-new librarian who did not receive a banana slicer (per a recent realia-based meme in which Some People were anonymously mailed banana slicers), was not anointed as a Mover & Shaker, has not been tapped for Emerging Leader, ran and lost for an association office or didn’t even get nominated in the first place, has been too busy raising a baby/goat/library/career/yurt to blog, tweet, post on Facebook, and publish all over the place, and at times feels a wee bit Uncool:
Banana slicers are hard to clean.
This is what happens when librarians get bored.
Awesome. That’s a much better use of those James Patterson books.
This is a list of tips on how to serve your teen patrons who are deaf & hard of hearing, and it’s pretty great! Teens are such a specialized population group to work with anyway, since they deal in all manner of emotions (or non-emotions) and can even be intimidating. Deaf/hoh teens may still be struggling with advocacy skills (I know I sure did), and need that extra boost of confidence. If you recognize a teen is deaf or hard of hearing, use these tips!
The only one I really question is the use of the microphone, because while microphones make sound louder, they don’t clarify the sound. The issue sometimes isn’t hearing the other person, but understanding them, and there’s a huge difference there that people don’t seem to grasp. I would suggest reserving spaces/seats specifically for your deaf/hoh teens to sit in the front, as close as they can be, on the off chance they can see the speaker better and therefore pick up on visual cues.
Do you think Second Life is an elaborate ruse designed by library schools to give library school students something to make fun of?
- Adam Beauchamp (@delayedcajun), my ACRL roommate (via thepinakes)
Oh god, I made known my disdain for Second Life in my Systems class, had the same prof for Digital Libraries the next day, where he introduced us to his Second Life character visiting an in-game library.
So, first things first — this is a not-in-any-particular-order list of things that have helped me use Tumblr in a way that works for me, and my organization. It is neither definitive nor exhuastive. Some people who’ve helped me do a better job and have fun with Tumblr, either…
Librarians of tumblr! I am considering getting a tattoo on my wrist. I’m planning to keep it small enough that it could mostly be covered by a watch or wide bracelet if need be. However, I have no idea what the rules most libraries (specifically public) have regarding visible tattoos, so if it’s a huge no-no, it might give me pause. Could any of you share your libraries’ policies on employee tattoos?
Tattooed tumblarians, what say you?
I’m the librarian, you know. Most people don’t realize how important librarians are. I ran across a book recently which suggested that the peace and prosperity of a culture was solely related to how many librarians it contained. Possibly a slight overstatement. But a culture that doesn’t value its librarians doesn’t value ideas and without ideas, well, where are we?
- Lucien, the librarian of dreams, from Neil Gaiman’s Sandman (via thehannahmachine)
Too much to reblog, folks! You guys are all over these topics, but I wanted to point them out for readers who may not have seen them yet.