Masters of Library & Information Science candidate. Nerdfighter. Bibliophile. Artist. Whovian. Future teacher librarian. Information literacy superhero.
Arguing about books vs. ebooks is like arguing about cake vs. also cake.
Istanbul’s amazing book benches
Benches placed in puclic places such as parks and bus tops all over the city. The project covers the works of 18 classic Turkish authors and each bench ir opened in the most memorable page of the book.
Doing more with less is a bad joke on people who have made a living making something from nothing.
Libraries and librarians need to stop saying we can do more with less. We can’t. We can do less with less. Our communities are continually demanding more from us – more formats for content, more space for things like games, meetings, and creating both digital and physical things.
At the same time libraries are also getting less – less financial support, less public opinion support, less consideration, less support and partnership from big publishers and producers, and chosen less often to partner with other organizations and businesses.
There are many ways to address these issues but one of the most important ones is stop saying we can do more with less. Because we can’t. We can do less with less. And until we are honest with ourselves and others we are going to keep getting less. Despite our “smile and make the best of it” attitude the hard truth is that less for us means less for our communities and they deserve more.
I think my fave part of being a librarian is how helping people find information can help them empower themselves.
The biggest issue with equating the library with a Netflix for books is that it sends a false message that libraries are worth little more than $8 or $12 or $20 a month. That the services offered in libraries are little more than options to which people can subscribe, rather than actual services anyone can utilize at any time.
When the library is made to be seen as a business, rather than the heart of a community or a fundamental service made possible through citizen-approved tax dollars, it makes the library expendable. That expendability then moves down the chain: staff salaries get cut, then staff withers, then more programs and projects that benefit the community — books and movies and CDs and magazines and newspapers and wifi and computer access and database subscriptions and programs for all shapes, colors, and sizes of people — disappear, too. It detracts from the unique aspects that make a library what it is: a place for all, rather than a place for some.
Libraries reach out where Netflix reaches in.