Library Advocates

ALA Washington Office

The American Library Association's Washington Office tumblr. We post about federal policies that affect libraries, including copyright, privacy and access. We also post about ebooks and, admittedly, the occasional library fluff.

Library Advocates

Jul 25

kingsleyyy:

this hedgehog is cheering for u bc u can do anything image

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mortisia:

William Styron, Conversations with William Styron

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Jul 24

Update on cell phone unlocking

Consider the fact that piracy has not been deterred by the technological protection provision. Contemplate the absurdity of arguing for an exemption that you haven’t even exercised because, if you did so, you would be violating the law. Imagine going through this process every three years even to retain exemptions that were previously accepted. And after this long drawn out process—including a week-long public roundtable deliberation and a reply comment period, you have to wait another year for the Librarian of Congress to make his recommendation. It’s insane!

Update on cell phone unlocking

Consider the fact that piracy has not been deterred by the technological protection provision. Contemplate the absurdity of arguing for an exemption that you haven’t even exercised because, if you did so, you would be violating the law. Imagine going through this process every three years even to retain exemptions that were previously accepted. And after this long drawn out process—including a week-long public roundtable deliberation and a reply comment period, you have to wait another year for the Librarian of Congress to make his recommendation. It’s insane!


living-stories-living-libraries:

The library is a place that helped me earn my undergraduate degree in Music Therapy. In my sophomore and junior years at The College of Wooster, I spent countless hours in the library putting together multiple health records notebooks (HRNs).
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living-stories-living-libraries:

The library is a place that helped me earn my undergraduate degree in Music Therapy. In my sophomore and junior years at The College of Wooster, I spent countless hours in the library putting together multiple health records notebooks (HRNs).

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Jul 23
mylifeinthelibrary:

hatpire:

mylifeinthelibrary:

hatpire:

tamorapierce:

libraryadvocates:

lalie:

The fact that the ALA shared this link is so gloriously bitter and angry and I love it.

Is there a portmanteau for that? Angritter? Bangry? 

Amazon is searching for all kinds of ways to get little chunks of change out of readers, isn’t it?

I actually rather like this plan. The idea of being able to put a new book on my Kindle from anywhere in the world at any time of day (or night) is awesome.
I love paper books and libraries, but I read much more on my Kindle.

Becky, I feel like I should point out that your library allows you to download ebooks to your kindle from anywhere in the world at anytime as well…for free. And your library in particular has two ebook services.
My main complaint with the new Kindle plan is they’re selling it like it includes all ebooks, but it actually only applies to a very small percentage of their offerings. It’s a restricted catalog.

Whaaaaaaaaat.
I am clearly outdated in terms of my library knowledge. I need to get on top of this shit, stat.

Just go to the library’s website, open the side menu* and click on elibrary. It has links to both services there and I think there are instructions you can download as well. If not, I can walk you through it or you can stop in at the library and anyone in adult services will be happy to help.

What services does your library offer that you might not know about? Visit their website or local branch today and find out! There are only happy surprises in store for you when you do.

mylifeinthelibrary:

hatpire:

mylifeinthelibrary:

hatpire:

tamorapierce:

libraryadvocates:

lalie:

The fact that the ALA shared this link is so gloriously bitter and angry and I love it.

Is there a portmanteau for that? Angritter? Bangry? 

Amazon is searching for all kinds of ways to get little chunks of change out of readers, isn’t it?

I actually rather like this plan. The idea of being able to put a new book on my Kindle from anywhere in the world at any time of day (or night) is awesome.

I love paper books and libraries, but I read much more on my Kindle.

Becky, I feel like I should point out that your library allows you to download ebooks to your kindle from anywhere in the world at anytime as well…for free. And your library in particular has two ebook services.

My main complaint with the new Kindle plan is they’re selling it like it includes all ebooks, but it actually only applies to a very small percentage of their offerings. It’s a restricted catalog.

Whaaaaaaaaat.

I am clearly outdated in terms of my library knowledge. I need to get on top of this shit, stat.

Just go to the library’s website, open the side menu* and click on elibrary. It has links to both services there and I think there are instructions you can download as well. If not, I can walk you through it or you can stop in at the library and anyone in adult services will be happy to help.

What services does your library offer that you might not know about? Visit their website or local branch today and find out! There are only happy surprises in store for you when you do.


slcl:

Teens created their own Rube Goldberg machines at the Cliff Cave Branch last week. The challenge was to build a machine that could complete a simple task using as many steps as possible, hence the name of the program: Chain Reactions. 

Find more fun, science-based programs at SLCL right here

How you know the cool kids are the ones hanging out at the library during their free time.


liblinks:

LLTG: Librarians Love Tim Gunn

And so begins the movement to reclaim the word ‘schoolmarm.’

liblinks:

LLTG: Librarians Love Tim Gunn

And so begins the movement to reclaim the word ‘schoolmarm.’



Jul 22

heidireadsya:

libraryadvocates:

To celebrate my new found power as a participant in the WO’s Tumblr, I’m sharing with you something I’m very much looking forward to. I’ve been a fan of these books for years and in less than a month, Outlander’s story will be brought to life!

Outlander | New Series | STARZ

I feel like I should reread Outlander, but it’s such a large undertaking and so many other books. The first time I read it, I just didn’t enjoy it that much.

It makes me feel very guilty because Diana Gabaldon and I attended the same university for our undergrad. There’s a dorm on campus named after her father.

Maybe I’ll give it a try as audio.

You should absolutely give it another try! I know the books are long, but the series has everything — history, romance, biology, herbal info, Scotland, war, hunting, family, amazing character development, humor and the list goes on.  I’ve read the series multiple times, I’ve borrowed the audio from the library and then broke down and bought it.  Davina Porter, the narrator, does a fantastic job; I’d definitely recommend the audio!


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