Hawaii State Public Library Needs Your Aloha

The Hawaii State Public Library System is facing a tough situation: with the latest operating budget voted down, the System is now attempting to meet a budget reduction of 20% ($3.58 million according to HSPLS; $6 million according to the Honolulu Advertiser. To meet the new restrictions, HSPLS has frozen over 70 vacant positions and contemplating furlough days. To meet the challenge, HSPLS and the Friends of the Library of Hawaii have launched campaigns to meet the monetary challenge: … Read the rest

Shushing Alert Courtesy of New Times Broward-Palm Beach

The New Times Broward-Palm Beach gets massive eye-rolling from the LL for its “The Juice
blog posting about librarians and layoffs. The snarkiness I don’t mind, but did they have to use a beyond-tired stereotype pix of a frazzled-hair, shushing librarian to emphasize the point?… Read the rest

A New Superhero at ComicCon?

Spotted by Defamer at ComicCon:

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Caption states she’s a “real” librarian, but everyone knows a real librarian would tote back-up copies of the plush anime figure in the messenger bag, along with a fistful of freebie pens that will last for only one reference shift.… Read the rest

Can’t We All Just Get Along?

When a librarian acts as crossing guard, people get upset.

When a library assistant tells patrons to keep it down, people get arrested.

When librarians plan a panel discussion on a potentially sensitive issue, people get upset. Real upset.

But when librarians are pressed into moving a library in the most inefficient way possible, they don’t get upset. Or arrested:… Read the rest

Librarianship: A Prescient Profession

Over the past few days I’ve noticed a disturbing trend within our profession over the past year: the need to incorporate Michael Jackson tributes at professional functions. Here’s the National Library of Australia’s“Thriller” tribute, incorporating book carts:

Here’s Santa Monica Public’s entry at last year’s ALA Book Cart Drill Team competition:

How did they know? Or was it coincidence, driven by the fact that in our day-to-day lives, we who work in libraries always succumb to the opportunity to … Read the rest