Mar 30 2009

White Witch, Black Curse

Harrison, Kim

The latest in Harrison's Hollows series finds witch Rachel Morgan still mourning her dead vampire boyfriend and trying to regain her memory of his double murder. (Vampires die twice in this reality--first to become undead and then dead dead.)


I had to pick up my brother at the airport, but I might be able to squeeze in a stop at the university library as well as a charm shop for Jenks before that. A locator charm was devilishly hard. I honestly didn't know if I could pull it off. The library would be the only place I could find the recipe. Well, besides the Internet, but that was asking for trouble. p. 93

Mar 29 2009
Mar 30 2009

Library Activism Sample Platter


Vani Natarajan


Deirdre Stam's LIS class at LIU/The Palmer School, Thursday, April 2, 2009


Vani Natarajan of the Brooklyn Public Library and I are speaking at Deirdre Stam's LIU LIS class, offering two minute lightning talks on 10 library activism topics.

  1. Jenna: Radical Reference
  2. Vani: Historical people of color activist librarianship
  3. Jenna: ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table
  4. Vani: Outreach to prisoners--Books Through Bars, METRO SIG, Prisoner Express
  5. Jenna: PLG
  6. Vani: Infoshops/bookstore collectives
  7. Jenna: Alternative press/zines at Barnard
  8. Vani: Working with media makers
  9. Jenna: Free/open source software
  10. Vani: Organizing a conference
Mar 28 2009

Zine Librarians (un)Conference post-mortem report back

And of course like any decent organizers, at the end of the conference we did a go around where everyone said what they liked about the event and what could have made it better. And we set up some working groups to keep things going after the conference ended. I know it's morbid, but the term I learned to use for this exercise is post-mortem.

Mar 28 2009

Zine Librarians (un)Conference all sessions report back

At the end of the day on Sunday, someone from each session reported on the session's highlights. Before that, we took a group photo.

Mar 27 2009

LCSH Week 9: of nanotubes and bibliographic centers

LCSH Weekly List 9, where LC tells you, "It's NANOTUBES not BUCKMINSTERFULLERENES, Dummy!", turns CATALOGS on their asses, and I suggest a related term that some might interpret as anti-law enforcement.

Mar 26 2009

Moon Pearl

McCunn, Ruthanne Lum

This historical novel of 19th century Chinese feminists was my latest book club selection, and it broke what felt like a long dry streak, in terms of finding good, literary novels to love.

Mar 26 2009
Mar 23 2009

Library Camp NYC 2009

Especially for those of you who regretted missing the last one:
METRO page
Camp wiki

Are you going? I am!

Mar 23 2009

Zine Librarians collection development/intellectual freedom report back

This is another report back from the Zine Librarians (Un)conference: my notes on the collection development/intellectual freedom session.

Mar 22 2009

Have You Found Her: A Memoir

Erlbaum, Janice

At first I thought this book, about a woman's mentor relationship with a homeless teen was a lot like Erlbaum's previous memoir, Girlbomb, which I read last year and mostly liked.

Mar 23 2009
Mar 19 2009

Zine Librarians Meta discussion report back

The idea here was to sort out how we use all of the different online resources we've created and will create, including, but not limited to