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Library Advocates

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Sep 18

On September 23rd, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Institute for Museum and Library Services will offer a free webinar on financial literacy. This session has limited space so please register quickly.

On September 23rd, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Institute for Museum and Library Services will offer a free webinar on financial literacy. This session has limited space so please register quickly.


On Wednesday, the American Library Association and more than 70 other civil liberties organizations, major technology companies and trade associations sent a strong joint letter to the leaders of the House and Senate calling for the soonest possible vote on bills to update the woefully outdated and inadequate Electronic Communications Privacy Act.

On Wednesday, the American Library Association and more than 70 other civil liberties organizations, major technology companies and trade associations sent a strong joint letter to the leaders of the House and Senate calling for the soonest possible vote on bills to update the woefully outdated and inadequate Electronic Communications Privacy Act.


Sep 17

Well, yes, almost any month could be “FCC month” with the number of proceedings that affect libraries and our communities, but September has been particularly busy.

Well, yes, almost any month could be “FCC month” with the number of proceedings that affect libraries and our communities, but September has been particularly busy.


meaghan:

The finished sign for Banned Books Week at dcpubliclibrary

meaghan:

The finished sign for Banned Books Week at dcpubliclibrary

(via thedigitallibrarian)


Sep 16


Sep 15
"Every single one of us must also act. That action is advocacy—and it cannot succeed without you. That’s why I call on you and all of ALA’s more than 57,000 members to become an active advocate: a librarian or friend of libraries who accepts my challenge to pledge to spend an average of just one hour every week on library advocacy."

-ALA President Courtney Young speaking on library advocacy

"Every single one of us must also act. That action is advocacy—and it cannot succeed without you. That’s why I call on you and all of ALA’s more than 57,000 members to become an active advocate: a librarian or friend of libraries who accepts my challenge to pledge to spend an average of just one hour every week on library advocacy."

-ALA President Courtney Young speaking on library advocacy


Sep 11

bookpatrol:

Minnesota: Land of 10,000 lakes and 1 floating library

There are lakes everywhere in Minnesota and now one of them has a floating library.

Thanks to Sarah Peters the contraption above is open for business on Cedar Lake in Minneapolis. Designed by Molly Reichert the 8 foot structure will hold upwards of 80 books for water travelers to peruse and check out.

Canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, skiffs, rowboats, or even inner tubes are invited to paddle up to the Library and browse the shelves from inside their watercraft. The library has both circulating and reference collections of artists’ books contributed by artists nationwide. A staff of friendly floating librarians facilitate the check out process and make reading suggestions

There are even drop off boxes on the shore to return the books.

About the project, Peters told the Minneapolis Star Tribune “Art books are not a widely known art form..And so there’s an element of delight and surprise. First of all, canoeing along and coming across a library. And then having it stocked with books that are totally unique. It’s like this double whammy of inventiveness. It can expand people’s ideas of what art is.”

True enough but it could also ruin a lot of those unique books. Granted one cannot enter the library but the confluence of books and water rarely ends well.

Perhaps a shore-based library by the landing dock could have achieved the goal of exposing people to the pleasures of book arts and artists books without  the high risk. But then again maybe the reward is in the risk.

Story at the Star Tribune: The land of 10,000 lakes now has a floating library 

Floating Library website

Flickr set of the Floating Library, 2013

h/t Shelf Awareness


Sep 8

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