Jul 24 2009

Trumpet

author: 
Kay, Jackie

I mentioned my preference for books by women of color in a previous post, and Johanna, a friend with I think pretty similar tastes (woc, but also zines and paranormal fiction) recommended Trumpet. I realized that while I do consistently enjoy books by women of color—American, immigrant-American, and Chinese and African (writing in English), I haven't done all that well with books by British women of color. I'm sorry, but Zadie Smith does nothing for me and Monica Ali less than nothing. I'm sure they're lovely women and skilled writers. Their writing styles just don't appeal to me, nor do those of the other women Brits of color I've read. Therefore it was a relief to dig into Johanna's recommendation by Nigerian-Scot Jackie Kay and realize that I was in the right place for once.

reviewdate: 
Jul 23 2009
isn: 
0-375-40509-7
Jul 24 2009

LC: let the anarchist bookfairs in, too!

Dear Library of Congress, once you let the anarcha-feminists in, could you find it in your heart to welcome ANARCHIST BOOKFAIRS? There's a Wikipedia entry, and at the moment a search for <anarchist book-fair OR bookfair> yields 75,800 results.

Jul 23 2009

Codslap Zine

For those of you who love librarian zines as much as I do, and either weren't at the ALA annual conference or were but didn't see Steve Lawson there, now is your big chance to order a copy of Codslap: the Library Society of the World Zine.

Jul 17 2009

LC: let the anarcha-feminists in!

A search of the Columbia Libraries catalog for <"anarcha-feminis?" OR anarchafeminis?> yields 12 results. I know you like to use Wikipedia as a warrant, so check out their definition of Anarcha-Feminism.

Jul 16 2009

Black Girl Next Door, the

author: 
Baszile, Jennifer

From early childhood through high school in upper class Palos Verdes California, Baszile was the only (or rare) African-American girl other than her sister on her street or in her school. This coming-of-age memoir focuses on issues particular to her situation, but that also apply to any young woman growing up in America. The anxieties about how she looks, dating, and her rocky family relationships are pretty universal.

Quotations: 

Maybe he finally understood that integration had been as hard on me as segregation had been on him. p.307

reviewdate: 
Jul 14 2009
isn: 
978-1-4165-4327-5
Jul 16 2009

NYPL privacy fail follow up

Just so's you know, when I visited the Tompkins Square branch of NYPL last night, the hold books were no longer indicated by people's full names. So yay!

Now, if only they'd had the book Library Elf told me was ready for pick up! Granted, I'd hadn't been notified by NYPL itself, so I guess they still need to work out their syncing in the new catalog.

Jul 15 2009

Twitter as a Tool for Website News

The following article was originally published in The U*N*A*B*A*S*H*E*D Librarian, a magazine for which I am a Contributing Editor, though I haven't contributed very much lately. Interested in writing for us? Pitch me something!

I was a reluctant Tweeter, but thought I would stick a toe in the microblogging pool by creating a Twitter account for the Barnard Library. I want to share that experience and give you just a small amount of background on Twitter and microblogging.

Jul 14 2009

LCSH Week 23: of Bat republics, salt boxes, and lady ethnobotanists

Just kidding about the "lady." Don't worry; it's WOMEN ETHNOBOTANISTS.

I also take up an old rant on FAT POWER.

Jul 10 2009

La Perdida

author: 
Abel, Jessica

Carla Olivares spends a year in Mexico City trying to engage with the Chicano side of her heritage. At first she spends time only with fellow expats, starting with her trustafarian (her description) ex-boyfriend with whom she lives with for the first few months. She knows very little Spanish in the beginning of the story, but as she works at immersing herself in Mexican culture, she also learns the language.

reviewdate: 
Jul 9 2009
isn: 
978-0-375-71471-9
Jul 09 2009

NYPL privacy fail

I know it's a narrow line we librarians walk between privacy and access, and that sometimes it's difficult to decide where to draw it.