For decades librarians at Oakland’s main library have collected the scraps of paper ephemera left behind in returned books, shoved into nooks in the library shelves or secretly slipped to librarians.
The collection ranges from half-done to-do lists to childish notes about…!
My collection of stuff left in library books is my absolute favorite thing in the world, I always show it to people when they come over but they’re never really interested, but you can find the most personal and interesting things
I also do this. Lots of bookmarks. I tend to try and return things of actual value - checks, airplane tickets, medical records, tax forms, love letters, and photographs.
Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson has an important message about proper attribution.
I THOUGHT THIS WAS AN ADDED CAPTION BUT THEN I WENT TO THE VIDEO AND IT’S REAL
NEIL ACTUALLY SAID THIS
WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE
Featuring A Clockwork Orange, Shakespeare, Bridget Jones and Kingsley Amis – here are the most withering literary putdowns
(not because we don’t like ALA, but because we’re not going to the conference this year, live in the DC area, and want to have fun anyway)
WHERE: The Pinch (downstairs)
3548 14th St NW (14th & Parkwood NW)
WHEN: Tuesday, May 28, 9:00 pm
I wanna go!
Another surprise revealed today! We have a special comic chapter included in the book! We editors felt the felinophile stereotype of librarians should be addressed in some manner and thought pairing Dorothy Gambrell’s artistry and comic sense (of Cat and Girl fame) with Amanda Brennan’s meme skills (formerly the librarian for Know Your Meme.com and now with Tumblr) would be a great way to explore this depiction. Don’t be mistaken, this chapter is fun and lovely, but it still fits in well with our scholarly collection. Check out their interview below and pick up a copy of the book to see this comic chapter on the cat lady librarian stereotype!
(The Librarian Stereotype: Deconstructing Perceptions and Presentations of Information Work will be available by ALA the latest. Copies will be for purchase at the conference but also online. And keep an eye out for one more surprise in the next week or two, we think you’ll like it!)
Amanda Brennan works on the Content and Community team at Tumblr in New York City
Q1: Provide a brief summary of your chapter
This chapter explores the relationship between librarian and cat lady stereotypes and the roles cats have played in library history. In comics!
Q2: What do you think is one of the most pressing issues regarding the librarian stereotype?
Amanda: For me personally, it’s that I have to fight to earn my librarian title. One time, I got heckled on Twitter by a kid who asked me what a meme librarian does and “if I tell the memes to shhhh.” It’s hard for some people to wrap their head around the idea that librarians are doing awesome things online and not everyone works in a brick and mortar library. For librarians at large, I agree with Erin that librarianship needs to be more diverse.
Q3: What sparked your interest to write this chapter?
Amanda: I was approached by Nicole with the idea and I jumped at the chance. As a cat lady myself, I really enjoyed being able to dive into the history behind it (monastery cats! cat mummies!) while trying to figure out where the line between the two stereotypes began to overlap.
Q5: Who is your librarian role model?
Amanda: I have so many. So many of the librarians I encounter are doing such challenging and important work in so many different aspects of the profession. I admire the staffs of the Digital Public Library of America and the Internet Archive for their dedication to the web at large. Colleen Theisen of University of Iowa is my hero for her GIF work. And every single Tumblarian far and wide.
Q5: Tell us something fun about yourself!
Amanda: I have the best job in the world, I can play two whole songs on guitar and I have held Grumpy Cat AND Lil Bub.
This collection of things overheard in the library comes from the amazing Happy Librarian. Enjoy!
"Where is your amazon.com section?"
"If, like, I have fines, do I have to pay them or can you just make them disappear like a magical elf?"
"Do you put GPS trackers in books? I lost mine!"
The FCC vote expected today could dramatically impact the flow of digital content Americans receive, not to mention the bottom line for many major U.S. technology and content companies.
So, where could the public find news about this issue? In 2014, coverage of net neutrality has been all but absent from network and cable news coverage. It was primarily a Web debate.
When you look at the national statistics on college graduation rates, there are two big trends that stand out right away. The first is that there are a whole lot of students who make it to college — who show up on campus and enroll in classes — but never get their degrees. More than 40 percent of American students who start at four-year colleges haven’t earned a degree after six years. If you include community-college students in the tabulation, the dropout rate is more than half, worse than any other country except Hungary.
The second trend is that whether a student graduates or not seems to depend today almost entirely on just one factor — how much money his or her parents make. To put it in blunt terms: Rich kids graduate; poor and working-class kids don’t. Or to put it more statistically: About a quarter of college freshmen born into the bottom half of the income distribution will manage to collect a bachelor’s degree by age 24, while almost 90 percent of freshmen born into families in the top income quartile will go on to finish their degree.