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Link Roundup: January 2014

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This is so familiar! I don’t know how many times I have had people shocked that being a librarian requires an actual education. People think it just involves sitting at a desk and shushing anyone who comes into the library.  They’re especially confused when they find out my library position doesn’t even involve working in the actual public services part of the library.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Comic

Spoiler alert: It’s Nicholas Brendon writing about Dracula of all things.  I really need to catch up on the comics.

I cannot wait for this movie!  It looks so good.  Definitely tissue worthy.


I need to find one of these teams.

These are gorgeous. I especially love the Knowledge Wins poster.

Link Round-Up: September 2013

Books for Boys and Books for Girls: Problems with Gendered Reading

I’m of two minds on this.  On the one hand, I agree with the author that the assumptions being made about boys are incorrect and harmful.  I’m also typically against separating children’s activities and toys by what is “appropriate” according to gender.  On the other, there has been quite a bit of research done into the who, how, and why concerning reading and the truth is boys do tend to read less, enjoy it less, and fall behind in reading skills.  If framing books in a certain way encourages boys to read, then so be it.  A good librarian or teacher knows that certain readers will only look at certain types of books.  There are reading lists for all interests, age groups, ethnicity, sexualities, and yes, even gender.  This isn’t necessarily a bad thing if it encourages reading.

Conan Doyle Estate Is Horrified That The Public Domain Might Create ‘Multiple Personalities’ Of Sherlock Holmes

I really can’t say it much better than the author of this piece did.  Honestly, though, have they not seen the 3 (fairly major) different versions on film and tv just in the last year or so?

Censorship and Invisibility: A Boomer Perspective

This is an excellent piece on one of the many reasons Banned Book Week is so important.

Freedom to Read Under Fire as Attempts to Ban Books Continue

Speaking of Banned Books Week: “Banned Books Week serves as an opportunity to remind all of us that the freedom to choose books for ourselves and our family is a right, not a privilege.”

Oh My God, There’s A Cat In Russia That Wears A Bow Tie And Works As A Librarian

If ever you’re having a bad day, just remember this cat.


 And here are a few lists to enjoy…

28 Things That Happened After The Harry Potter Books Ended

8 Punctuation Marks That Are No Longer Used

11 Scariest Mothers In Books

10 Mean Girls In Literature

Link Round-Up: August 2013

Generative Gatsby: Artist Turns American Classic Into A Jazz-Inspired Typography Experiment

The artist’s combination of science, literature, art, and music resulted in a typographic representation of Gatsby that is just stunning.  The interview is very interesting, too, though I’ll admit to not understanding some of his talk of algorithms.

  The Letter I Never Sent to Elmore Leonard

Author Elmore Leonard passed away in August.  This is a beautiful tribute to him and to the impact that authors and their work can have on our lives.

 5 reasons to liberate your ebooks from their DRM prison

I am really not a fan of DRM in ebooks.  I understand the arguments behind it, but I don’t feel that I should be married to one store for my ebooks simply because I preferred the ereader they were offering.  I also don’t like the power it gives to the stores to determine how I use and access content that I have legally purchased.  This article offers a very persuasive argument for stripping the DRM from any books you buy.

Va. Beach libraries turn teens into gardeners

I love this idea.  Two of the branches in the system where I work have gardens (and one is primarily environmentally focused as a whole).   People are often surprised by the programs and services libraries offer, but we’ve long moved from the idea of libraries as simple book repositories. I think offering these types of programs, collections, and services are very important for two reasons. For one, they’re things that the library has determined that the community needs, especially as the poor economy (and political climate) is doing away with both individuals’ ability to pay for services or items they could before and the safety net that social service programs provided. And second, they allow the library to stay relevant to the communities needs, which is important for ensuring that libraries survive.

Libraries Changed My Life

I feel like I could have written.  Unlike the author, I had a wonderful childhood, but I often felt overwhelmed by other people and the world as a whole. Even as an adult, there are times I really feel this way.  There are many reasons I wanted to go into the library field (and many reasons I’m happy to be working in the part of the field that markets and advocates for libraries), but this feeling of acceptance, safety, and giving that libraries can provide is one of the big ones.

10 Reasons Nonreaders Don’t Read — and How to Change Their Minds

I want to send this to every school, teacher, or parent I know.  When a child hates reading, we so often don’t look in the right places to figure out why and how to help.  This is especially hard for those who love reading to understand.  This really outlines if so well.

The Year I Stopped Reading Men

There are many male authors I enjoy, but I do often find myself turning to female authors again and again, especially as I get older.   Though I’m sure many would read this and take it as an attack on male authors, that isn’t what it’s about.  We can support female authors and still appreciate male authors, as well.  However, we really do need to do away with the sexism in the literary world.  It’s absurd that I had to take a Women Writer’s class in college, when so many of those women should have been included in the regular lit classes.

New JD Salinger Books Coming, According To New Biography

In case you hadn’t heard, this is happening.


 And here are a few lists to enjoy…

 ‘Art Made From Books’: 7 Stunning Pieces Of Book Art

12 Amazing Ray Bradbury Quotes For His Birthday

A 6-year-old guesses the plots of classic novels based on their covers

Link Round Up: July 2013

Book Ads: Steimatzky Makes Cool Posters For Reading

These are so clever! I wish I’d thought of it.


Jane Austen Bank Note Earns Huzzahs and Nitpicking

Jane Austen is going to be on England’s new £10 note as only the third woman ever to do so. It’s a great day for women and literature, but of course the trolls and misogynists are popping out in droves.


Why I Banned A Book

This academic librarian banned a book at his library to prove a point to the community that apathy towards censorship is dangerous.


And here are a few lists to enjoy…

YA Summer Reading: 17 Amazing Books To Get You Through September “

19 Book Cover Clichés

‘This Did Something Powerful to Me’: Authors’ Favorite First Lines of Books

Link Round Up: June 2013

The Future of Libraries: Short on Books, Long on Tech

Though I know there is a subset of library users (and, unfortunately, librarians) who are not thrilled with the changes and advancements libraries have made to keep up with modern users, I am a big fan of innovative library programs, services, and spaces.  While I still love a beautiful old building filled to the top with books, we have to admit that the public needs more than that if we want to stay relevant.  These are some examples of interesting ways libraries are trying to do that.


Authors for Library Ebooks

If you are interested in learning more about how ebook pricing and availability affects libraries or you support revamping both, this is a good site to check out.


Adagio Tea Fandom Blends

I need all of these.  I don’t even care what they taste like.  I mean, how great would it be to drink some Veritaserum or Felix Felicis while re-reading Harry Potter?  Or the TARDIS or Dalek blends while catching up on Doctor Who?  I’m aware that I sound like a commercial right now, but, seriously, how cool are these?


The First 10 Works of Fiction You Should Read If You’ve Never Read a Book Before

I’m including this because I completely disagree with it.  While the books on this list are all good books, they are exactly what someone who cares more about image than literacy would suggest.  First time readers should pick a book that excites them.  Very few people who’ve never made it through a book before are going to be excited by Hamlet or Mrs. Dalloway.  Very few people started out loving these books; they worked their way up to them and then, perhaps, found a love for them.  Unfortunately, too many people are concerned with the idea of people reading the “right” things rather than the idea that they’re reading at all.  New readers would be much better off going to the reader’s advisory at the local library to get help finding a book they’ll love.

And here are a few lists to enjoy…

23 Images That Will Change The Way You Look At “Harry Potter”

Clever Photoshopped Covers of Book Titles Missing a Letter

15 Classic Children’s Books That Have Been Banned In America

13 Utterly Disappointing Facts About Books