Tag Archives: Librarians

Celebrating the Librarians of SFF | Tor.com

By Stubby the Rocket, Wed Sep 29, 2021 10:00am 32 comments 7 Favorites [+]

From article…

Across fantasy and science fiction (with the occasional stop in horror), there are any number of amazing fictional libraries we’d love to visit—especially to meet up with the guardians of the stacks!

After all, what’s a fantasy story without an awe-inspiring tower full of potentially curséd books?

Or a sci-fi adventure without the cumulative knowledge of civilization stored somewhere to guide our heroes on their quest?

We decided it was time for an overdue celebration of the keepers of knowledge, from experts in Egyptology to far-future book-lovers fighting tyrannical governments to sword-wielding barbarians, we have a librarian for every occasion.

Editor’s Note: Lots of listing in the article, and check out the comments as well.

Source: Celebrating the Librarians of SFF | Tor.com

The September 11, 2001 Web Archive: Twenty Years Later | Library of Congress | The Signal

Published September 22, 2021, by Carlyn Osborn

Today’s guest post is from Tracee Haupt, a Digital Collection Specialist in the Digital Content Management section at the Library of Congress.

The website for the French newspaper Le Monde, shown here in a capture taken shortly after September 11th, is an example of the international scope of the September 11, 2001 Web Archive.

On the twentieth anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, I asked four individuals who were part of the creation of the September 11, 2001 Web Archive to reflect on their experience documenting the tragedy and the unique contents of the collection.

In addition to the archive’s historical significance as a record of how a variety of individuals and organizations responded to September 11th, the collection is also important as an example of an early web archiving project, when both the internet and the Library of Congress’ (LC) efforts to preserve it were still relatively new.

In this post, current and former Library employees describe how the collection came to be, what they learned while creating it, and why preserving this aspect of internet history was crucial to fully understanding the impact of September 11th.

Source: The September 11, 2001 Web Archive: Twenty Years Later | The Signal

How Librarians Can Fight QAnon – The Atlantic

As “Do the research” becomes a rallying cry for conspiracy theorists, classical information literacy is not enough.

Link and alert thanks to: Library Link of the Day
http://www.tk421.net/librarylink/  (archive, rss, subscribe options)

Source: How Librarians Can Fight QAnon – The Atlantic

NEA – Read Across America

Open Your Books! NEA Celebrates Read Across America Day

“Celebrate a Nation of Diverse Readers” on March 1

WASHINGTON – February 26, 2019 –

“Meet Lilly Ann Granderson, a woman born into slavery who secretly teaches hundreds of other enslaved people to read. Or Julián, a young boy who dresses himself as a mermaid, using his Abuela’s curtain and potted fern. Both individuals are found in educator-recommended children’s books that reflect the diversity of today’s students and readers and are among the 36 books featured in this year’s Read Across America program.”

Source: NEA – Read Across America

A Love Letter to the People Who Build the Internet Archive | Internet Archive Blogs

“When you visit a public library, you get to meet the librarians and others who build and care for those collections. You know there are people who empty the garbage cans, who put back the borrowed books, who maintain the computers, and who determine what ends up on the shelf.”

“A digital library, on the other hand, is “just” a web site.  You don’t really see the people who build it – we are often anonymous. But the Internet Archive wasn’t built by computers and algorithms.”

Editor’s Note: Visit the archive site at https://www.archive.org/

Source: A Love Letter to the People Who Build the Internet Archive | Internet Archive Blogs

Bringing Wikipedia into the Library | American Libraries Magazine

Editor’s Note: I disagree with this article. The site, and its keepers, and the tools used, are not friendly for librarians or most others. It is dominated by those who turn away criticism, replace materials without reason, and seek to keep out those who don’t follow them. The hierarchy of the old guard keeps out anyone who thinks differently. Too bad.. was a good concept and got lost by giving all the power of truth to the leaders with the most history and who dominate the site and its posts.

See how Wikipedia, its community, and libraries are increasingly working together to provide free and open information to all in this excerpt from Leveraging Wikipedia: Connecting Communities of Knowledge (ALA Editions, 2018).

Source: Bringing Wikipedia into the Library | American Libraries Magazine