Support Your Local Library!


I believe passionately in libraries and have been horrified by the prospect of closures throughout the system as part of local government cuts. I tried to make a useful comic to help but it wound up being a bit… flawed? – John Alison, illustrator/writer

Thank you to Book Patrol and John Alison!



Where oh where…

Gah! So sorry I’ve been absent from this lovely place. Yes, the daily images have been rotating, but alas, Twitter has won over the long form of information sharing. In order for my fingers to get back into the swing of things, let’s simply recap with a few life highlights and some select Twitter findings that are rife for the clicking. Enjoy!

  • Started Interning at the Explorer’s Club, checking quality of previously processed collections and soon will begin some original processing of my own!
  • Gearing up for a fun trip to Austin to visit some friends. The bf and I see pinball, honky-tonk, bbq, line dancing, and the lovely Harry Ransom Center in our future!
  • Visited a great new Science Fiction bookstore in Brooklyn called Singularity & Co., which is filled with whimsy, dedication, and floor to ceiling copies of the most colorful novels I have ever seen. A MUST see.

Alrighty. Here come the Tweets:

Enjoy! Click away! I’ll return soon, I promise.



The Explorer’s Club

The Official Flag of the Explorer’s Club

Interning at the AMNH and seeing the beautifully-displayed specimens got me thinking about the brave men and women who ventured out to provide us with knowledge about our unknown world. Legacy institutions like the Explorer’s Club encouraged adventurers and scientists to pursue that goal and provided a place for them to discuss their findings with other like-minds.

From the Explorer’s Club website:

In May 1904, a group of men active in exploration met at the request of Henry Collins Walsh, to form an organization to unite explorers in the bonds of good fellowship and to promote the work of exploration by every means in its power.

Among these men were Adolphus Greely, Donaldson Smith, Henry Collins Walsh, Carl Lumholtz, Marshall Saville, Frederick Dellenbaugh, W. Furness, and David Brainard. On May 28, 1904, a dinner at the Aldine Association, located at 111 Fifth Avenue in New York City, was attended by fifty men well known in exploration. At this dinner, The Explorers Club was organized.

The Explorers Club was incorporated, and on October 25, 1905, the first regular meeting of the incorporators and subscribers was held during the afternoon. A meeting and “smoker” on that evening inaugurated the Club at its first quarters in the Studio Building at 23 West 67th Street. A year later the Club took up its headquarters at the Engineering Societies Building, 29 West 39th Street, where it remained until 1 March 1912 when the Club moved into new headquarters at 345 Amsterdam Avenue. Here, in an empty loft, the now rapidly growing organization had, for the first time, a home of its own in which to socialize and in which to gather its books, documents, trophies, and artifacts.

Today, members can still read, lounge, discover, and discuss the past AND the future of exploration. The Archives and Library of the Club preserves letters, journals, and collections of past and present members (and the public!) so that their legacy lives on for future adventurous minds.

It’s what’s inside that really counts

So recently, Google and Google Maps have created the option for retailers, museums, airports, etc. to upload indoor floor maps to their already-existing Google Map locations. Awesome, right? For example, let’s take The Mall of America, a frequently visited yet-oft-lost-in location. Here’s a screenshot from a GoogleMaps  Blog page from before, and then with the new features:

See how awesome the additional detail could help a shy, confused customer? 

I’m sure folks have already thought about this, but wouldn’t this feature really be excellent for libraries as well? Some libraries are so large and so filled with wonderful things, that a patron could easily get lost, mesmerized, or sidetracked from their intended purpose; Sometimes librarians are too preoccupied with another request to give simple directional assistance; Sometimes patrons just want to explore on their own!

Library map features could include:

  • Floors labeled by call numbers
  • Locations of specific pieces of art, terminals, and Info spots with real, live help
  • Locations of self-service checkouts (if any)
  • Locations of bathrooms
  • Locations and links to any archives or special collections
  • Hours of Operation, Exits, and how to sign up for a library card

It’s really up to the library and how they cater to the community! What do you all think? Does your library have something like this already? Let me know!

StLL–Save the Louisiana Libraries!

From the Los Angeles Times:

Citing budget concerns, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed a $25-billion budget that eliminates almost $900,000 in state funding for its libraries. In a statement, the governor’s chief budget aide, Paul Rainwater, said, “In tight budget times, we prioritized funding for healthcare and education. Operations such as local libraries can be supported with local, not state dollars.”

From LibaryJournal:

Amanda Taylor, library director for Concordia Parish, sounded a similar note. “There’s no longer a food stamp office; there’s no longer a social security office. In our rural parish a lot of our people have low literacy skills and very few computer skills. They come to the library because all of that has to be done online. There are some offices in some bigger areas but there’s no mass transportation and a lot of our people do not have transportation to a place that’s two hours away. A lot of our people have children in the military and they come to email their children that are all over the world on these bases. And almost all of the companies require you to do a job application online, even if it’s just for a truck driver who doesn’t need to be great at computer skills, so it is very important that we offer this service.”

Concordia formerly got $12,000 per year from the state, which it used to “keep up all of the maintenance [on its 52 PCs], buy new software, and to buy new equipment as needed.”

With that money gone, Concordia plans not to buy anything new, and hope all its old equipment keeps working. Maintenance costs will have to come out of the materials budget. In the meantime, Taylor is already working on getting the funding restored. “We are already talking to our legislators about the next budget,” she said. “We are going to work really hard to make the legislators understand how important it is in these rural areas because citizens depend on the public library. We’re going to hope for the legislature to open their eyes to what we do every day.”

The story broke yesterday. If you happen to see any fundraising happening, or Online Kickstarters, let me know and I’ll pass it along to the masses! 

Bogota’s miniature public libraries will make you want to move to Colombia

Check out this video to see the mini-Library in action! Good access to books mean happy folks!



Reading fans in Colombia, especially the capital city of Bogota, never need to worry about being without a book on a beautiful day. There are nearly 50 of these perfect little library kiosks scattered around the city’s parks, and 100 across the country. 

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