Occupy Libraries of the world, UNITE!

Occupy Consortium

Posted: February 13, 2012 | Author:Betsy | Filed under:Uncategorized | Modify:Edit this |1 Comment »

Welcome to the virtual home of the Occupy Library Consortium. It is our intention to create a space for Occupy Libraries to share resources, information and best practices as well as strategize for future collaboration.

Consortium: an agreement, combination or group (as of companies) formed to undertake an enterprise beyond the resources of any one member.

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“You better WORK!”

In the eternal voice of RuPaul (who should not be mistaken for Ron Paul), Librarians are required to do so much more than their daily tasks. They are the voice and the personality of their Library, and thusly, should be celebrated for much more than just their to-do lists. The Tumblr blog  LibrarianWardrobe gives us a chance to be that sassy Information Specialist we always knew we were, by spotlighting the quirky, the preppy, and the everyday flair of a wide range of Librarian, Archivist, and Information Specialist’s wardrobes across the country:

Take a look for yourself! Are you a Librarian or Information Professional? Feel like strutting or snapping a photo of your officemate doing the same? Go forth and pose!

Kaitlin Phillips: Intern for n+1 and Literary Matchmaker

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In August while interning for the Literary Journal n+1, Phillips created npluspersonals.com, which caters to the Literary-minded age group not quite ready for the New York Review of Books caliber of sedentary companionship. Featured in this week’s online issue of New York Magazine, Jillian Goodman discusses Phillips’ professional motivations and hopeful futures of those participating in searching for mr./ms. readable.

If you had to define your soulmate by tastes in literature, what would you include? Any dealbreakers?



Historypin.com + NARA. friends forever.

Yesterday an article published by Federal Computer Week’s online magazine announced a key partnership between the National Archives and HistoryPin.com, a social-networking/geo-tracking/photo posting site, which allows members to post personal photos and their locations around the globe. HistoryPin.com is a non-profit company in partnership with Google, which aims to provide a better, user-constructed understanding of the world and its histories. NARA’s contribution comes from their recent collection of user- and archivally-tagged images, which also include “photographs by Mathew Brady dating from the Civil War, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Documamerica project, and historic photographs from Washington D.C.”

The project illustrates the advantages of a socially-networked archive, and how collections, no matter their subject, can be accessed, evaluated, and used for further learning. Although it does not bode well in the realms of maintaining the sustainability and interest in a physical archival repository, it’s an essential step into the further evolution of creating interest in historical materials and proving that their existence (whether physical, digital, or both) is essential.

Screenshot courtesy of HistoryPin.com