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Jessamyn West has been advocating for the next Librarian of Congress to be a Librarian of Progress. It's something I've been thinking about a lot, too, though not as proactively or articulately as Jessamyn (I can first-name her; she's totally stayed at my house).
I'm referencing the song Jane & Michael Banks sing describing the perfect nanny.
One always has to get out of the way that most collections of essays, poems, stories etc. by different authors are uneven in quality and style. I think in this case, more than some others, one's preferences will vary widely. The chapters range from personal diaries to conference presentations, so readers will love some pieces and dislike others, depending on their literary tastes. As a perzine and fiction girl I expected the confessional stories to grab me the most, and some of them did, but I found that the most appealing pieces to me were those that rode the line between scholarly and personal.
I’m a contributor to this book, and so am not my usual cool and neutral self when it comes to reviewing it. (Who wants an impartial review anyway?) However, the truth is I didn’t love the book. Favorite contributions include Jessamyn West’s and Melissa Morrone's. And also mine, “Pinko Vs. Punk: a Generational Comparison of Alternative Press Publications and Zines.” After it was peer skewered by one of the editors, I felt pretty insecure about it, but reading it again, I’m pretty happy with it, even if it is a little intellectually lazy and probably too casual in tone.
I guess I have a different idea of what an unconference is than the organizers of National Library Unconference Day ’11. To me, an unconference doesn't have keynote speakers. It's peer education without stars and top down lectures.
I also have a different idea of what any library conference keynote slate should look like. In an 80% female profession, I'd prefer five women speakers and one man to the lineup listed on the website as of 2/5/11 at 3pm Eastern. I'm not saying there should be a mandated quota (though I'm not saying there shouldn't be either), I just think they could represent they could represent their constituency a teeny bit better.
The Lower East Side Librarian Library of Congress Subject Heading of the Week for Week 18, May 5, 2010 is...
I'm getting awfully tabby lately, so here are a bunch of links, so I can close tabs and not feel so bad about it.
- Betty Charm♥cils
- The future of federated searching
- Greens, after the nomination of the McKinney-Clemente...
- Is it Protected by Copyright?
- Library questions and answers
- Life on the command line
- Not guilty!
- Our government wants to define some forms of birth control as abortion
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Yesterday I attended a Free and Open Source Software for Librarians program by Scott Dexter and Samir Chopra, based on their book Decoding Liberation: The Promise of Free and Open Source Software. Before you read my report back, you should know that the content is familiar territory to me. My spouse, Eric Goldhagen, gives a similar talk in his half of our "Radical Reference: Community Librarianship and Free/Open Source Technology" (and other talks) road show.
Free and Open Source Software for Librarians
with Scott Dexter and Samir Chopra, authors of the book Decoding Liberation: The Promise of Free and Open Source Software and Associate Professors of Computer and Information Science at Brooklyn College
Thursday, July 10 @ 10:30 am
New York City College of Technology (City Tech) Faculty Lounge
Atrium 632 300 Jay St., Brooklyn
Over lunch with a Columbia colleague, Karen Green, we discussed how our previous, non-library work prepared us for librarianship. For her it was bartending, for me mostly theater electrics and production management.
While I think there are some really great young librarians who went straight from college to library school, I think having post-college real life and even those random jobs you have in your twenties is extremely valuable for our work.