Library Advocacy Efforts

For someone who went to a small liberal arts college for undergrad (where the campus culture was fairly politicized), I never considered myself a particularly politically active person. I vote regularly and will discuss political issues with friends and peers, but I never spent a great deal of time engaging in political advocacy groups or … More Library Advocacy Efforts

When the State Librarian is not, in fact, a librarian…

I don’t often lend a great deal of airtime to local and state-level libraries issues that aren’t in Illinois. While there are exceptions, I generally assume that there are many local factors at play and I try to defer to the judgement and statements of the affected local librarians. That being said, last week’s news from California … More When the State Librarian is not, in fact, a librarian…

Hack Library School Library Student Day in the Life! (or #HLSDITL, for short!)

This year I’m participating in the Hack Library School Library Student Day in the Life event! It involves library school students blogging, Tumbling, or tweeting about their day; the purpose is for prospective library students to get a peak into library school life and for current library students to connect with each other! It’s been … More Hack Library School Library Student Day in the Life! (or #HLSDITL, for short!)

Censorship & Intellectual Freedom

This past weekend at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Conference in Seattle, a reception to honor the recipient of an award for intellectual freedom was held. My dear sweet University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science established the Robert B. Downs Intellectual Freedom Award in 1969 to honor Robert Downs, a champion of … More Censorship & Intellectual Freedom

Food in the Library

I recently read a very interesting blog post over at Letters to a Young Librarian (a fantastic library blog written by Jessica Olin), about libraries and food. She explained her library’s policy and her own viewpoints as follows: We allow food, drink, etc. in the library where I currently work. The theory is that if we … More Food in the Library