Hello fair readers,
Today, big stuff happened on the libraries and ebooks front. And I tried to write an eloquent and stern “open letter to HarperCollins” type post. But so many people are doing it much better than I can. So instead, I will do something I am good at and point you towards the resources to educate yourself about what is going on and what you can do about it.
First, read the Library Journal article written by Josh Hadro who broke the story. It’s really great reporting. Thank you so much Josh.
HarperCollins Puts 26 Loan Cap on Ebook Circulations
Next, check out the hashtag that started the uprising of librarians in response to that great piece of reporting.
Now read the really amazing blog posts popping up all over the libraryland blogosphere.
The Publisher That Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by theanalogdivide
Library eBook Revolution, Begin by the Librarian in Black
Publishing Industry Forces OverDrive and Other Library eBook Vendors to Take a Giant Step Back by Bobbi Newman
I am altering the deal. Pray I don’t alter it any further. by LibraryRenewal
Questions That Need Answers by David Lee King
Okay you should be pretty briefed by now and also angry/upset/disappointed — however you choose to process this.
Finally, there is this:
That right there is the email HarperCollins has obviously set up specifically for our complaints and suggestions. So let them have it. Tell them what you think and what you have to say about it. Give them any suggestions you have for how to make this right and more importantly if you are angry about this decision (that’s right Librarians, it is okay to be angry) that was made without libraries and librarians having any place or opinion in the matter tell them about it.
You can also @ them on twitter. They live here:
And that’s all for now. Have a lovely (but activist filled) weekend.
Let me give you another reason to vote for my library:
This video was created by one of my very talented co-workers. Watch it. Like it. Share it. And please, vote.
As many of you know, I recently took a position at the Morton Grove Public Library as the Readers Services Librarian. The first major project I planned was our participation in the Playaway Picture This Contest. Playaways are a relatively new style of audiobook and as a promotion, they are awarding $10,000 to the library who created the best display. I coordinated with every department in the library, borrowed some mannequins from Turin Bicycle in Evanston, IL and got to work on creating the best display we could possibly get together. Its not very often that you have a chance to win 10 grand with no strings attached! It is just money that will go directly to the library.
Now we have made it to the top 10 and the rest is up to an online vote. And I am asking for your help. It is very simple. Just go to this link:
You can view our photographs, which I’m pretty proud of, enter a valid email address, and click on “vote for this library”. There is one vote per valid email address. And please, once you have done that, please share the link on facebook, twitter, or forward this email. Post it to your blog or your website. Please pass it on. The way this can be successful is through word of mouth. And I know that I can count on you to spread the vote.
So help us (and me) out and please vote for the Morton Grove Public Library. Again, the link is:
Here is one of my favorite pics from our contest submission — in case you need a little extra motivation
Thank you so much for your help. And have a lovely day.
Hello fair readers,
I know, I know, I know.
It’s been 3 months since I have posted. I have little excuse for such behavior and I will fully admit that this blog may now seem all but dead. But in my own defense, I have been…
Insane amounts of busy. I have been working at a new library, in a new position and I have found that, low and behold, I am pretty damn good at it. Still, starting a new job is challenging. And that has taken up much of my time. Also I have been pouring my heart and soul into the group that I co-founded with Adam Girard and Anthony Molaro, the Chicago Deskset. And this has been going splendidly.
But! As you can tell from the title, this isn’t exactly the point of the post. For the past few months I have been working very hard on the feature piece for the Salaries & Placements issue of Library Journal. And today, it has appeared in the online format.
I cannot tell you how excited I am about this — it was such an honor to first, be selected by LJ and then two, be able to work with an amazing editor, and three, to have the honor of selecting three incredibly talented librarians to write with. Adam, Karen and Molly, seriously, I know I keep saying this but THANK YOU! I am constantly in awe of my peers and what we are capable of putting out into the world. Your writing brings me to tears and makes me laugh and makes me proud to be a librarian. So yeah. You pretty much rock my world.
Okay, now I will get back into library world. Working my tail off. Writing what I feel. And speaking my mind. I will be back, fair readers. I just don’t know when.
Have a lovely weekend <3
Hello fair readers,
Just a little PSA about the Chicago Deskset fundraiser tomorrow night! Here’s the details:
The next Chicago Deskset event is scheduled for:
Sunday, May 23 at 6:30pm
Clark Street Ale House
742 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60654
This event will benefit a local organization called Open Books. Please bring $5 (or more!) to donate to the charity. You can make personal checks out to Open Books or just bring cash.
So be there! Or be false as hell.
Have a lovely weekend!
Hello again fair readers!
I know. I KNOW! Two posts in one day?! Even in the same hour? It must be the RAPTURE!!
Remember how hilarious this flash video is?
N0t really. But I am going to get a little tiny bit preachy and ask that you consider voting in the American Library Association elections this year.
(ummm only if you’re a member though)
Apparently only 14% of those eligible for voting have participated. And yeah, that’s a little sad folks. If you need some ideas of folks to vote for I can recommend the following people for ALA Councilors: Michael Porter (also know as LibraryMan), Napthali Faris and Patrick Sweeney.
Just, you know, think about it. And then do it. I know you’ve been receiving all those emails from ALA…so stop ignoring them and just do some good ‘ol votin’.
Okay that’s the last for today (and probably for a few weeks knowing my schedule) Again, have a lovely day fair readers.
Hello fair readers!
An article on Forbes.com has me thinking quite a bit about the importance of creating a sense of pride and advocacy with our patrons. The article is called “Young Learners Need Librarians, Not Just Google” and here is the important part.
It is not written by a librarian and it is not being published in a library or education related journal.
I’m not denying the validity of writing to ourselves. Research and data that proves the need for keeping libraries and librarians around can provide mad firepower when it comes to funding. I think we could also argue that sometimes we have to convince even ourselves that we have a purpose. (or sometimes we just need to keep or reach tenure, ahem) But in the grand scheme of things, can librarians truly be our own advocates? And are we really reaching the people we need to reach when these studies are published in our own journals?
No. No we are not. I believe they call that “preaching to the converted”. Most of us know already that we are needed and I’m not talking about just being concerned about our job security.
I’m talking about the giant jump in circulation statistics and the simple numbers of how many people are entering our libraries and using our services. These are the day to day reminders of how very important we are and how very important it is to fight for our survival.
But when I go to a major news website and see a screenie like this…
Check out the Top Rated section.
Then that means to me that someone got to him. Someone got to Mark Moran and instilled a sense of not just pride but responsibility for libraries in him. Some library or librarian made this CEO feel strong enough that he sat down and wrote in our defense.
The ALA has a great guide on how to create an advocacy network here. But don’t forget that every good exchange you have with a patron…every time you give someone great service and help them find what they need…you are creating a sense of advocacy in someone. And that, fair readers, does so much to promote, to advocate, to save our libraries.
I’ll see you on the flipside, fair readers. And don’t forget to share…
Hello fair readers!
Last night I went to a planning meeting for a super exciting concept that is in the works. Let me direct your eyes over to the Info Activist website for a little more detail…
A Chicago version of The Desk Set is in the works. There will be plenty more details to come. In the meantime, I have been given some homework…
That’s right. I’ve never seen it. Shame on me!
Have a lovely week fair readers!
Check it out fair readers! Free money!! It’s a miracle to behold! Thank you National Book Foundation angels!
This prize is perfect for libraries. Check it out! (dolla dolla bill y’all)
Have a lovely wintery day!