Genevieve M. Walton

Above: Genevieve M. Walton. This image is from the Eastern Michigan University Archives and may only be used with permission.

This post was submitted by Michael V. Barnes (Assisant Professor, Cataloging/Metadata, at Eastern Michigan University).

Genevieve Walton was one of the first librarians at the MichiganState Normal School (now Eastern Michigan University). She began her tenure atthe Normal in 1892 and was the head librarian for the next 40 years. Professional training for librarians was limited in those days and Ms. Walton’s formal education came in the shape of a six week course at the Fletcher School in Amherst, MA. Later, she received a Master of Arts from St. Mary’s College in South Bend.

When Ms. Walton started at the library, the stacks were only open to library personnel and student assistants, the collection consisted of 12,000 volumes, and was in rough order by broad topic (history, art, science, literature, etc.). By the end of her run at the Normal School, the library was open to all students, had grown to 70,000 volumes, and was classified in good subject order using the Dewey Decimal System. When use of Cuttering became commonplace, Ms. Walton rejected it entirely. She believed that the role of library personnel was to become intimately acquainted with the titles and that the only way to do this was to have a sense of each piece and know its home within the larger collection. She maintained that “a librarian must be constant in reading, both professional and general, to worthily fulfill his work.

Ms. Walton was well liked on campus. Daily, she brought home three students and faculty for lunch. She made a habit of bringing coffee from home during cold winter evenings to give out to students in the library. The library profession in Michigan also greatly benefited from Ms. Walton’s involvement. Her house was a center for visiting librarians and was said to have had round table discussions on librarianship. She was a co-founder of the Michigan Library Association and was its first female president.

Ms. Walton’s career culminated in the construction of the first separate Library building on campus. It had seating for 400 students and shelving space for 150,000 volumes as well as special chairs and tables “for short people.” She passed away two years after the dedication and is remembered on campus by the dormitory that bears her name.

(This image is from the Eastern Michigan University Archives and may only be used with permission.)

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I either need to find a way to get myself access to an academic library or find a place online where I can pirate academic texts because even with cheap-ass used books on amazon marketplace, my credit card can’t handle this shit. 


Merry Christmas from the University of Maryland Libraries. Fun, except I think the singer mispronounced “library.”

Academic Tumblrarians

I’m continuing my compulsive list-making and moving on to academic libraries and librarians on Tumblr. For those of you new to the strong tumblrarian community, check out LJ’s Digital Shift on their favorite library tumblrs and tumblr 101, and thelifeguardlibrarian’s list of library tumblrs

University/College Libraries/Archives/Special Collections on Tumblr

  1. Business and Tourism Blog (Sunderland University Library Services)
  2. Columbia College Library 
  3. Crossett-copia (Crossett Library, Bennington College)
  4. Found in the University Archives! (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  5. Grand Rapids Community College Library 
  6. Harry Ransom Center (University of Texas at Austin)
  7. Hendrix College Archives 
  8. Mandeville Special Collections Library (UC San Diego)
  9. Montana State University Library 
  10. Paul Robeson Library (Rutgers)
  11. Peabody Library’s Wunderkind (Johns Hopkins)
  12. Pickler Memorial Library Exhibits (Truman State University)
  13. Pollak Library’s Tumblr (California State University, Fullerton)
  14. Point Park University Library 
  15. Roosevelt University Library  
  16. SLC Music Library Tumblr (Sarah Lawrence College William Schuman Music Library)
  17. The Special Collections at Goucher College 
  18. Temple University Libraries 
  19. UCLA Powell Library 
  20. University of Sunderland Library Culture 
  21. University of Sunderland Off Campus Library Services 
  22. Urban Archives (Temple University Libraries)
  23. USC Libraries

Non-University Research Libraries: 

  1. Chicago Public Library 
  2. The Hurd Library 
  3. MoMA Library 
  4. National Archives  
  5. New York Public Library 
  6. Nova Scotia Archives  

Academic Librarians on Tumblr:

  1. A Librarian’s Life 
  2. An Accidental Academic (Librarian) 
  3. iPads and Tablets in Libraries 

As always, leave a comment if I missed anyone. There are a couple academic librarians who I didn’t include because they weren’t “strictly business” tumblrarians. (PSA: Please don’t put personal information up online. Pictures of your children shouldn’t be available to the public.) 

An e-library with the purpose of providing Women who have an interest in Socialism and Communism with writings by Socialist and Communist Women. Particularly, Women of Color Socialist and Communist writers.

Please keep in mind I just threw this together like 3 minutes ago, I’ll keep adding stuff as I can retrieve it from my multiple computers and the internet.

The purpose of the library to me, isn’t to sway people to a particular tenet of communism but simply to raise awareness and inform people [especially women] about socialist/communist literature by women addressing women’s issues.

If you have anything you think should be included please feel free to shoot it to me via submission, ask or fanmail, especially if it’s in another language as I would really like to have more than just English resources.