How to search for the answer rather than parrot the first page of results, how to transfer skills about concepts rather than how to follow explicit instructions for one version of one branded tool, what’s formatted in a resume versus a cover letter, and how not to sign your life away in EULA terms. Sounds like digital natives need those ideas.
When a librarian pushes back against the idea that college students don’t need to learn about information technology because they’re “digital natives”
Ever notice how librarians seem to really be into cats?
That’s not a coincidence.
Have you ever heard of library cats?
They’re domesticated cats that live in libraries worldwide.
It might seem like some strange new fad, but libraries and cats go way back – waaaaaaay back.
These furry librarians were first hired around 3rd century BCE at the Ancient Library of Alexandria by a librarian named Petsis to perform an invaluable job: to protect the library’s collection from pests like mice and rats, which are still a bane on libraries everywhere to this day (no matter how clean a library might be).
Here’s a few examples of feline librarians around the globe:
Israel, at Gulbenkian Library; Jerusalem, Israel
Dewey Readmore Books, at Spencer Public Library; Spencer, Iowa, US
NEOS, at the
Fairview Campus library of Grande Prairie Regional College; Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada
(his namesake is the name of the online catalogue program used by a consortium of public and academic libraries across Alberta; my university library during my undergrad used it, actually)
Library Cat, at the University of Edinburgh Central Library; Edinburgh, Scotland
Kuzya, at the
Novorossiysk Public Library; Novorossiysk, Russia
He’s required to wear a bow tie because as the Assistant Librarian he has to look dapper on the job. (No, really).
The American Library Association strongly opposes any actions that limit free access to information, undermine privacy or discriminate on any basis. This includes the temporary suspension of visas and entrance to the US based on anyone’s nationality or religion as well as the increased scrutiny of any individual’s communication such as mobile phone and/or social media activity.
“Our nation’s 120,000 public, academic, school and special libraries serve all community members, including people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities and the most vulnerable in our communities, offering services and educational resources that transform communities, open minds, and promote inclusion and diversity.
“ALA believes that the struggle against racism, prejudice, stereotyping and discrimination is central to our mission. We will continue to speak out and support efforts to abolish intolerance and cultural invisibility, stand up for all the members of the communities we serve, and promote understanding and inclusion through our work.
“We will continue to speak out and support our members as they work tirelessly for access to library and information resources on behalf of all of their community members, while advocating for privacy, intellectual freedom, critical global research, information literacy, ongoing access to scientific research, and fair and equitable treatment for everyone.
We started doing everyday cosplay on Monday and usually stick to a theme to bind us all together. This picture shows off our theme of D.C. Superheroes! From L to R we have Sarah (reference and instruction librarian) as Batman, Kassie (reference and instruction librarian) as The Flash, Jess (circulation clerk and LIS grad student) as Aquaman, and Laura (senior circulation clerk) as Wonder Woman. We all work at SUNY Genesee Community College in Batavia, NY.
Doing a pretty painful reading about palaeoclimates in the library. My academic life is going pretty well right now, but I’m also tired all the time. Looking forward to the weekend so I can have some lie-ins and naps!
Gaga at the Super Bowl - Actual footage of me dropping into that conversation.
When a librarian answers an e-mail with a Gif about what happened when she overheard one patron telling another that they better have all their books checked in by spring break because they’re not allow to use the library during spring break
Halloween mega post pt. 1! You guys are super creative and adorbs! Me and my lazy witch-hat-headband salute you!
1. Halloween Costume. Competitive Intelligence Librarian, Law Library, New York. I needle-felted the planets (and Pluto!) for the crown. Everything else, I already owned! First place in the office costume contest! 2. Young Adult Librarian, Public Library, Georgia 3. VPL Special Collections - Halloween. Public library, Canada 4. Library Services Specialist, 6th-12th grade library, California. Steampunk!Captain Marvel. 5. Emily Davenport, Librarian, Carter High School, Strawberry Plains, TN USA 6. I am the YA Library Associate in the Southeast Anchor Library of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, the public city library serving the citizens of Baltimore, Maryland. I’m here channeling Billie Joe Armstrong from the band Green Day! 7. Sally, Snow White, a back cat and the Grim Reaper. We are all part of the Publishing and Depository Services team with Public Works, Government of Canada. Sally is our Systems Librarian and the rest of us are Cataloguing and Acquisitions. 8. EVE celebrates Halloween at the Freeport Public Library with tiny WALL-E at my belt, plant in boot, and glowing green plant badge. 9. Dressed as Belle for my archivist job at an academic library in MA aujourd’hui. #bibliophile 10. Library Director, public library, Tennessee, USA. My goth tendencies made a Minnie Mouse costume very easy to throw together.
What I think a lot of people maybe don’t consider is that, historically speaking, vampires have almost always been an intrinsically sexual thing in literature. Sucking blood is a metaphor for sex. Dracula was largely about Victorian era sexuality, particularly female sexuality and homosexuality (Bram Stoker was close friends with Oscar Wilde, and started writing the book right after his trial). At the time, people thought blood was the same as sperm (No, really). Naturally, fangs penetrating a person’s neck is a metaphor for sexual penetration.
This is one of the reasons why Ferid was so fucking creepy from the very beginning; he wanted to suck children’s blood directly. Even if you’re not actively aware of the implications of sucking blood, you probably still thought that was creepy as fuck.
This is also why the scene where Mika sucks Yuu’s blood feels so significant (at least to many people). From a literary standpoint, it’s basically a loss-of-virginity scene, and the position they are in during it only makes it more obvious, as well as some of the dialogue afterward.
For over a hundred years, vampire stories have often been used as a vehicle to talk about pretty much any kind of sex that society disapproves of, particularly in stories where the vampires don’t want to drink blood.
Once you start thinking about Mika’s story from that perspective, you will probably find that a lot of aspects of it are consistent with history.
I’m quite surprised that so few people in the mikayuu fandom are discussing this actively. If someone else has already made these points, I apologize.
1. Public libraries, which are open to any member of the region the library serves, and as such have to cater to all age groups and to as many languages and minorities as possible.
2. Academic libraries, which generally cater to post-secondary students, faculty, staff, and possibly alumni depending on their policies. Academic libraries are often (in Canada, at least), available to the public to a lesser extent (public access depends on their policies; you might be able to take out books, for example, but need to pay a small fee to use their databases).
3. School libraries, which are sadly extremely endangered, are the libraries at schools for primary and secondary education (in Canada that’d be elementary, junior high, and high school). Access is usually limited to students and teachers of the school. To give you an idea of how endangered they are, some provinces in Canada have done away with school libraries altogether.
4. Special libraries, which are technically every other kind of library. Their access to the public can vary wildly, from full access to no access at all. Special libraries can (and often are) broken down into several smaller groups of library types, but don’t get their own main category probably because they can usually qualify as various types of libraries at once (for example, a visual art library that’s entirely digital or a government library specifically relating to a subject like health, the environment, or the law).