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

Apr 21

Libraries are wonderful

noctumsolis:

If you don’t think that libraries are wonderful, then you’re wrong.

Who could argue.


“The first thing this librarian needs to understand is that the bookmobile doesn’t belong to her. It belongs to the public, including children.”

Pat Scales responds regarding a ‘conservative’ librarian who wants to keep “Wimpy Kid” and “Captain Underpants” out of the bookmobile that she mans.

SLJ Columnist Pat Scales Addresses Censorship Concerns in Libraries | School Library Journal

(via schoollibraryjournal)

(via schoollibraryjournal)


Apr 18

“Data from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) show that there is a positive correlation between cuts to school library staff and lower reading scores, whereas states that gained school librarians saw an increase in reading scores.” Our Library Ecosystem Is Under Threat | Barbara K. Stripling (via librarianbyday)

(via andersoncountylibrary)


Apr 17
“Maybe I can go to the library, and get an office, and read books!”

Hannah (6) has just learned to read and is planning her future career. (via hanknyc)

She’s definitely got the first step right.


“It’s still National Library Week. You should be especially nice to a librarian today, or tomorrow. Sometime this week, anyway. Probably the librarians would like tea. Or chocolates. Or a reliable source of funding.” Neil Gaiman (via ala-con)

(via bookishlyyoungadultreads)


theoverduelibrarian:

Today was the Therapy Dog event I organized at my library. All the stress was worth it after spending the day hearing law students walk through the door and squeal “PUPPIES!!”. Look at that face.

I feel better already.

theoverduelibrarian:

Today was the Therapy Dog event I organized at my library. All the stress was worth it after spending the day hearing law students walk through the door and squeal “PUPPIES!!”. Look at that face.

I feel better already.


kittynilles:

Libraries are honestly my favorite places to be

I know the feeling.


Apr 15
“As libraries begin exploring ways to deliver legally obtained and responsibly monitored content to patrons, we will have to offer a counterpoint to the concept of “free” as the automatic enemy of rights holders. While we know that it is anything but free to provide these services (no-fee or no-charge is perhaps a better description), the public often perceives it as such, and simply banning phrases like “read for free” or “watch for free” from the world’s largest Internet index will not reduce infringement.” Abby Lull (transformativetidbits), Indexing the internet and searching for “free”

“We don’t know yet what types of early experiences give us the biggest effect on brain capacity or IQ, but we know that early reading does have an impact.” Brain and behavioural plasticity in the developing brain: Neuroscience and public policy (via librarianbyday)

(via librarianbyday)