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[Image: An array of covers of YA novels. From top of bottom, left to right: AMONG OTHERS, Jo Walton; LOVELY, DARK and DEEP, Amy McNamara; MARCELO IN THE REAL WORLD, Francisco X. Stork; THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST, emily m. danforth; SHARK GIRL, Kelly Bingham; ABOVE, Leah Bobet; FIVE FLAVORS OF DUMB, Anthony John; THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, John Green; WONDER, R. J. Palacio; and COLIN FISCHER, Ashley Edward Miller & Zack Stentz.]

Some examples of recently-published YA novels with prominent disabled characters in which disability is handled well, demonstrating that disability is not absent from YA though it is rather underrepresented. This is by no means a complete accounting of all the books in the world that fit these credentials—reblog! Expand the list! 

Extra credit: What kinds of disabilities do you see represented the most? Do you see disabled people at the intersections (queer disabled people, disabled people of colour)? Are the authors of the texts you see disabled themselves? 

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From redefining physical library spaces to teaching patrons how to build digital ones, libraries are excited to adopt new technologies and introduce them to their communities. Here are just some of the buzzworthy things libraries and librarians are doing, some of which we heard about at SXSW Interactive last week: 

  • Maker spaces, where patrons can get hands on experience in a variety of creative ways, ranging from sewing and crafts to 3-D printing. Many libraries will be participating in #MAYkerMondays, which promotes maker spaces in libraries by showing how their own libraries use maker spaces and programming.

  • The adoption of technology like Raspberry Pi, a $35 minicomputer designed for experimentation, to replace older and more expensive machines. Raspberry Pi units are being used to run library catalog terminals and foster creativity in maker spaces.

  • LibraryBox is an open source, digital distribution system that allows information to be shared despite access to a traditional internet connection. LibraryBoxen were distributed throughout Austin last weekvia pedicabs that served as little free libraries and volunteers who carried them to different panels.

  • Arizona State University and the Arizona public libraries are collaborating on a project called the Alexandria Network, which aims to assist small businesses and entrepreneurs by providing fact checking services, ASU’s startup resources, and co-working spaces in one convenient space in several of the state’s public libraries. Could a library be home to the next great startup?

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Librarianship is not a set of skills to be learned, or a set of degrees to be mastered. Librarianship is a conversation that has taken place over millennia. It is a conversation that we must all be a part of or it will die. It will not die from defunding, Google, and whether we make the transition to RDA. It will die if librarians forget they have an obligation to constantly reinvent ourselves, imagine a better future, or stay silent until asked our opinions.
R. David Lankes, Beyond the Bullet Points: Rock Stars (via johnxlibris)

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Struggling to find a job in my own profession, keeping that passion which I first set out with has been a real and every day battle. Volunteering and blogging are the only outlet for this passion. And while volunteering has been incredibly rewarding and is always fulfilling, it only goes so far as to what I want to do for the library.

At times it can feel as though you’re viewing a party through glass walls. One you continually ask for admittance to, and one you continually get denied. Volunteering allows you to get into the party, but not really the opportunity to take part in the festivities. It can be a bit disheartening.

For the unemployed, tumbling at least gives me the opportunity to breach that wall a bit. It allows me to wave at those on the inside and get a bit of a reaction and recognition. This in tern keeps me going, and helps keep the passion alive. Without the hope and passion, who knows what would have happened.

The Unemployed Librarian in response to What has Tumblr done for you?

I think this is important for everyone to read and remember. I’m sure you’ve all been there. I currently work VERY limited hours at a part-time library job, and volunteer the rest of the week at another library, just to be in a library. I’m grateful for the opportunity, but it can be difficult to stay motivated and positive. Make sure to salute your volunteers.

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Even Changnesia won’t keep you from learning all sorts of valuable stuff at your library.


A 20-year-old Racine man who’s accused of engaging in lewd behavior in a library has been banned from “all the libraries on the face of the Earth.”

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Court records said as a condition of his bond, he was told to “stay out of all the libraries on the face of the Earth.”

Who the fuck wrote this bond???

While faculty status isn’t necessarily all it’s cracked up to be, and plenty of academic librarians function just fine without it, librarians with it consider it to be something of a slap in the face when it’s threatened. They see it as an attack on their professionalism.

At least that’s the way they’re viewing it at the University of Virginia, where the University Librarian has just declared that no new librarians hired will have faculty status, even though some group of librarians has had it for the past 50 years. The announcement was handled the way that all significant and sweeping announcements should be handled…via email.

Gov. Cuomo wants to expand full-time pre-K education, and President Obama put support for early learning in his State of the Union address. They should both go to the library, according to advocates for using the public library as a key part of the learning process for toddlers to 4-year-olds. 

“We are all so impressed with the book, THE OUTSIDERS by S. E. Hinton, that a petition has been circulated asking that it be made into a movie. We have chosen you to send it to. In hopes that you might also see the possibilities of the movie we have enclosed a copy of the book.” -Jo Ellen Misakian, a Lone Star School Library Aide, Letter to Francis Ford Coppola (via Letters of Note)

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What Lee does at the San Francisco main library is help homeless and indigent patrons fill fundamental needs–food, shelter, hygiene, medical attention, substance abuse and mental health services. She’s one of five peer counselors, all formerly homeless, who work with a full-time psychiatric social worker stationed at the library to serve its many impoverished patrons. This outreach team, one of the first in the country, is no longer a novelty.

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I’m so heartened to read parts of this article:

In interviews with half a dozen regular guests at the library who identified themselves as homeless, all expressed relief and gratitude for the library’s clean, well-lighted space, and the warmth of the building and its staff. “Nobody acts like I don’t belong here,” said Roger—“just Roger”—a 38-year-old regular who described himself as “sometimes homeless, sometimes not, sometimes using (drugs), sometimes not.”

but clearly something else is wrong if these services aren’t being provided elsewhere.

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The number of people who are homeless is on the rise, as is library service for them. Still, many librarians and library administrators believe they cannot meet the needs of this group since homelessness is such a complex issue. It often reflects the problems of individuals themselves—hence the idea that the homeless themselves are the “problem”—but it is also attributable to a lack of affordable housing and changes in work and the economy. Nevertheless, there are innovative librarians and libraries working to serve homeless and low-income users. Their efforts fulfill the spirit of the American Library Association Policy 61, inspired by lifelong activist Sanford Berman (see “The Problem Is Poverty,” Blatant Berry). The policy spurs librarians to recognize the “urgent need to respond to the increasing number of poor children, adults, and families in America.”

The Problem Is Not the Homeless | LJ Feature Story

Our Executive Editor Josh Hadro mentioned this LJ story in the comments for the recent Salon story about San Francisco P.L.’s homeless services. Still pertinent!

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Without media specialists in the schools, the district is scrambling to find other ways to give students the library access that they need. Elyria is planning to work with the local public libraries to see how they might be able to step in with electronic links or even bookmobiles, says Stephens. In addition, principals will be asked to run libraries, with teachers then managing students in the libraries, he adds.

“They’re expensive for us to run,” he says of school libraries. “We want students to have access but not spend as much money on them.”

The library is not just about access to the resources, it’s about access to competent information professionals that can teach students.

I also find the personal element, knowing your students, to be so important. As much as the public library may be able to help, it’s not going to be the same as having a professional in the school.

This makes me feel ill.



From an award-winning Oscar-nominated film team comes a new documentary exploring why Americans are using public libraries more than ever before—and the high stakes for democracy if libraries become extinct.

Really looking forward to seeing this in its entirety.  Check it out.

Yes! Many people already recognize the incredible value of libraries, but, for those who don’t, hearing the stories of libraries helping the public is crucial.


This is a great interview with YALSA’s The Hub and the CBC Diversity Committee (a publishing industry group focused on increasing diversity within children’s and YA publishing). Anyone interested in the business side of diversity in YA should check it out!

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Public libraries circulated 2.46 billion materials in FY 2010, the highest circulation in 10 years, representing a continued increasing trend. Circulation of children’s materials has increased by 28.3 percent in the last 10 years and comprises over one-third of all materials circulated in public libraries.
The most current federal statistics report on public libraries, Public Libraries in the United States Survey: Fiscal Year 2010 (2013), published in January of 2013.  (via ebookporn)

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