Last month I saw this A List of Female Technology Policy Experts making the rounds on Twitter. Which was inspired by this tweet: If you’re writing about gov hacking and only citing men– PSA: @evacide, @granick, @Riana_Crypto, @Susan_Hennessey all worth talking to. — Amie Stepanovich (@astepanovich) August 23, 2016 I immediately thought back to the analysis I did of ALA & LITA Top … Continue reading A List of Female Technology Experts in Libraries
First, let me get this out of the way – libraries are not in competition with tech companies such as Google and Amazon. You only need to look at the search results for “what really happened to dinosaurs?” to know Google isn’t doing the best job answering reference questions. And sure they might not be “evil” but they sure as heck are “good” (and even … Continue reading What Happens to Library Employees When We Fall Prey to the Competition Fallacy?
Today is the 2 year anniversary of the launch of This is What a Librarian Looks Like! Submissions have slowed down after the last year but we still added over 500 new photos! That’s right! There are 1,294 photos from 36 different countries! We have had over 70,000 followers on Tumblr! What I’ve learned: Tumblr is great for submission, but terrible for indexing, searching, or just … Continue reading 1262 Photos, 36 Countries, and Two Years Later – This Is What A Librarian Looks Like
Last night Emily Lloyd tweeted Hashtag I’d like to see: #ittakesalibrary. Especially in place of #savelibraries. — Emily Lloyd (@PoesyGalore) June 6, 2013 YES THIS PLEASE! It is past time to change the tone of the conversation around the future of libraries. Nina McHale wrote I hope that in five years, the person next to one of us on a flight won’t say, “Do we … Continue reading It Takes a Library: It is Time to Change the Tone of the Conversation About the Future of Libraries #ittakesalibrary
I recently posted to Facebook Dear ALA, Library Journal, and others: I have an MLS. I paid good money for it. I earned it. I am a librarian. Forever. The fact that I do not currently (nor may ever again) work in a library does not change that fact. Please make room for me on your surveys etc. Thank you. Bobbi, MLS Forever. Then I … Continue reading Once a Librarian, Always a Librarian?
Erin and I announced Looks Like Library Science open for submission a little over a year ago on February 13th. This project has been so much fun! Thank you to everyone who submitted a photo! If you haven’t submitted a photo – you still can – see instructions at the end. I’ve learned that Tumblr is great for allowing others to submit photos to your site, but … Continue reading Looks Like Library Science After One Year
Doing more with less is a bad joke on people who have made a living making something from nothing. Two years ago George Needham was a speaker at my library’s staff day. I’m not sure these were his exact words, but it is pretty close and you get the idea. It stuck with me. Libraries and librarians need to stop saying we can do more with … Continue reading You Can Not Do More With Less – Less for Libraries Means Less For Our Communities and They Deserve More