information librarian

“Welcome,” she said. “Welcome, and thank you for agreeing to be a volunteer with Multnomah County Libraries. We are so grateful for you and your commitment to our community. For the next hour, we’re going to go over some important information that you need to know as a volunteer, no matter what role you play.”

I expected that we were going to learn about things like policies for canceling our shifts, or maybe where to find first aid kits. We probably did talk about those things. But the part that I remember most vividly is the first thing she talked about.

“We’re going to start with the Library Bill of Rights from the American Library Association,” she said, and she projected the text of the document onto the screen. “Everyone who works for libraries, including volunteers, helps to support and uphold the Library Bill of Rights.”

This was new to me. I’d been a regular patron at my local public library for years, graduating from Dr. Seuss to The Babysitters Club series to, most recently, my fixation on books about neo-paganism and queer sex. No one had mentioned this whole Bill of Rights thing. It was a short document with just a few bullet points.

“Libraries support free access to information,” Bess explained. “One of our core values is intellectual freedom. This impacts all of you because when you’re volunteering for the library, we expect you to support the rights of library users to find and read whatever they want, even if you don’t agree with what they’re looking for.”

She continued, “For example, let’s say that a small child came up to you and asked where to find the Stephen King books. You might think those books are too scary for someone that age, or that he shouldn’t be reading that kind of stuff. But that doesn’t matter. No matter what, we help people find the information they want, and we don’t censor their interests. Does that make sense?”

Heads around the room nodded, and I leaned back into the wall, letting her words sink in. It was absolutely, positively the most radical, punk rock thing I had ever heard in my life.

I can read whatever I want. No one can stop me.

I can help other people read what they want. And no one can stop them.

“This is core,” Bess added, “to a functioning democracy. We believe that fighting censorship and providing free, unrestricted access is key to helping citizens participate in the world. And, most importantly, we keep everyone’s information strictly confidential. So, even if you know what books your neighbor is checking out or what they’re looking at on the computer, you don’t share that with anyone.”

As someone who kept carefully guarded notebooks full of very personal thoughts, I was especially excited by the library’s emphasis on privacy. All of this sounded great. I wanted more. I wanted in. I wanted to be a crazy, wild, counterculture librarian-witch who would help anyone read anything from The Anarchist’s Cookbook to Mein Kampf. I would be a bold freedom fighter in the face of censorship. I would defend unfiltered Internet access and anatomically correct picture books. Maybe I was only in the eighth grade, but I was ready to stand up to anyone who tried to threaten the ideal of intellectual freedom. Fuck blink-182. Libraries were the real punk rock.

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LIBRARIES ARE THE REAL PUNK ROCK by Zoe Fisher

“Fake” news is a real problem and here are some great tips to evaluate what you’re reading!

(Keep in mind though, that much “news” is also based in some fact, but often tilted to represent a bias or ideological slant. In general, watch out for sensational/alarmist headlines, no sources cited in the text, and lots of emotional/judgmental language. Good sources for relatively unbiased news: The New York Times, BBC News, Associated Press, and NPR.)

Not sure if a news source may be biased? Ask a librarian!

(Image from IFLA. Text reads: Consider the source: Click away from the story to investigate the site, its mission and its contact info. Read beyond: Headlines can be outrageous in an effort to get clicks. What’s the whole story? Check the author: Do a quick search on the author. Are they credible? Are they real? Supporting sources: Click on those links. Determine if the info given actually supports the story. Check the date: Reposting old news stories doesn’t mean they’re relevant to current events. Is it a joke?: If it is too outlandish, it might be satire. Research the site and author to be sure. Check your biases: Consider if your own beliefs could affect your judgement. Ask the experts: Ask a librarian, or consult a fact-checking site.)

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My first video for this new adventure of a series on Library and Information Science topics: What… is… Library and Information Science?!

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huffingtonpost.com
Librarians Across America Are Using Their Powers For Political Good
Whether it’s community organizing or battling untruth, they do far more than just shelve books.

Libraries are often community centers offering support to underrepresented communities, social services, classes, internet access and more. 

How does your library use their superpowers?

#NationalLibraryWeek

Despite being first author on a published paper that uses the phrase “artificial neural network” frequently, despite spending my morning peer-reviewing a journal article about machine learning, I still feel like I’m a complete newcomer to stats, just because I’ve only taken one formal stats course. But I guess there’s a lesson there about graduate school and continuing education and less formal forms of knowledge transfer in academia, because 90% of what I work on now isn’t stuff I learned in the classroom. The best college classes I ever took recognized that their purpose was to pass along learning methods and to formalize particular ways of thinking—less in the way of “please repeat to me every equation and definition in this textbook” and more in the way of “here’s how to put into words the scientific problem you’re facing, which may or may not be one of the topics we’re covering here, and here’s some things you can try in order to find a solution to that problem”.

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The members of the Lightning court are fairly diverse, with a range of skin tones, body types, and hair and eye colors. Yet they all reflect their stormy territory and their scaled ancestors; they all of course have their draconic wings, which they are known for.
Wing designs by Marcella @foxboy-lucien
If you would like wings please message Marcella!

High Ladies: @mayhemories and @aelin-and-feyre
First: @runesandfaes
Second: @ilikebigbooks-and-icannotlie
Third: @fiery-feyre and her wonderful wife @darlingfireheart
Spymaster: @foxboy-lucien
Spies: @havilliardandgalathynius @cynical-minds-for-cynical-times @shinywhiteshoe @tarafitz124 @wingsofanillyrian @zacc-efron
Executive Assistant: @queenoffantasy
Light Wielder: @destiny14444
Thunder Enforcer: @poisonbooknerd
Storm Whisperer: @kazgavejasonthecrowbar
Dragon Keeper: @bbyshadowbat
Emissary: @cassiancalore
Emissary of Mortal Lands: @dreams-of-feysand
Ambassador: @thebookishshadowhunter
Healers: @rowanismybae and @lifelillysandmagicwands
General: @therealmofgoals
Chief Strategist: @acomafxtog24-7
Commandress of Bloodshed: @rhysand-and-rowan
Cryptographer: @deathbytitanium
Captain of the Guard: @highqueenofmagic
Assassin: @acourtoffuckmylifeup
Lightning Thief: @sugarcoated44
Seer: @aelinxfeyre
Priestess: @rowaelinandfeysandfeels
Hitwoman: @seldomsmurf
Cartographer: @she-was-brave-and-she-was-strong
Librarian/Informant: @deezrmuhsheeple
Researcher: @starzablaze
Historian: @rhysand-vs-rowan
Lady in Waiting: @magic-madness-heavensin-blog
Weapons Designer: @inejcalmarekaz
Painter: @thexscarletxwitchx
The Sassy friend who Wanders in when needed: @tntwme
Random Anonymous Cat: @insert-username-here712
Court Falconer: @m0ther0fdragons
Court Musician: @veinssaxonio
Designer: @tog-trash
Cat Lady: @smokeydiamondstorm
Court Entertainer: @acourtofredqueens
Court Witch: @azuremirwae
Random Dragon: @searching-the-stars
Crazy Old Sage: @justanotherpaperheart
Counselor: @whyyoumakemesadstahp
Cook: @alexiea1
Gardener: @otaku-trash-sendhelp1000-7
Architect: @couldilienexttoyou
Shapeshifter: @highladyofluna
Story Keeper: @my-ships-will-never-be-sank
Art Shop Keeper: @skyl0rd5117
Teacher: @amberissues
Court Mother: @ponyjockey
Photographer: @autumn03
Astronomer: @court-of-shadows-and-fury
Soldiers: @aelin-rattlethestars @the-girl-of-ticking-clocks
Record Keeper: @feyre-herondale03
Black Sheep Of The Family: @aroyalbluedragon

Hello everyone! I’m new in the studyblr/langblr. I’ve been following the studyblr tumblr, and I’m really wanna join to this interesting community and strive as much as I can!

Little bit about me:

❀ Andriana/Andri

❀ 17

❀ Studying and living in Plzen, Czech Republic

❀ Ukrainian

❀ My hobbies: watching horror films/cartoons/anime, reading books, write, and I just starting learning English, German, Czech and Russian)

❀ I’m going into my 2nd year at Secondary Vocational School of Professor Švejcar, Information Services and Librarian Work

❀ I plan go to the university after school.

My Inspiration:

  • People

My family and friends, BTS, BlackPink, EXO, Kylie and Kendall Jenner

  • Tumblr

@sootudying, @flaheistudies, @jhonstudies, @abiistudies, @starcrossedstudying, @colonelstudy, @uhnmotivated, @studyblr, @eintsein, @academiix, @ghoulstudies, @bookmrk

  • YouTube

Doodles by Sarah, Jem, Lavendairestudyign, studyquill, studywithinspo, WaysToStudy

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”

anonymous asked:

Any tips on interviewing for (public) librarian positions in particular? I'll have my MLIS in a few months and I've had an internship and some volunteer work, but no paid library experience so I've never actually interviewed with one before.

Well, everything from my interview guide (link), but as for advice specific to libraries, here are some things I’ve picked up from my own interviewing experience:

  • Customer service is huge. It’s everything, really.
  • Know library trends and be able to speak about them.
  • Research the library before you interview. Look over their strategic plan and their budget (you took a management class, right?) and figure out how you can fit into that and what changes you would make if you had the chance.
  • Read the board minutes. They’re available to the public and will let you know what’s going on at that library and what’s coming down the pipeline.
  • Research the community, too! What are their unique needs? Are there at-risk teens? Is the average age over 50? What are the demographics and how does the library relate to its people?
  • Make a list of all the databases with which you are familiar. Put it in your interview folder. Trust me, you’ll thank me for this later. I won’t make that mistake twice.
  • You might be asked to prepare a book talk or a story time. Go ahead and work on this now, rather than try to pull it together at the last minute. 
  • They will ask you what you’re reading or what you’ve read lately. Be honest, but also know how to talk about a book rather than just “it was good” or “I like the characters.”
  • Your reason for wanting to work in a library should be something more than “I like books.” If that’s why you went into library science, you’re going to quickly discover you’re in the wrong field. We all love books, but the job is so much more than that.
  • Social media experience, as well as knowledge of ebooks, ereaders, blogs, and coding are big pluses. 

Note that I have only interviewed for adult reference librarian positions, not children’s, circ, admin, tech, or digital librarian positions. Thankfully, you can go to http://hiringlibrarians.com for more information.

districtdispatch.org
Dear Congress, here's how to ensure public access to government information - District Dispatch
Committee on House Administration is examining Title 44 of the U.S. Code. ALA has made detailed recommendations to Congress that it modernize Title 44.

Congress’ Committee on House Administration is currently examining Title 44 of the U.S. Code. Read today’s District Dispatch post to find out what Title 44 modernization means for the Federal Depository Library Program and the Government Publishing Office.

Librarians… we’ve always talked about information literacy. Information literacy is just trying to get people to be savvy consumers of information, and getting them to be able to really interrogate the information that is available to them, to see what is quality, to evaluate sources, et cetera.

It’s part of what we’re calling information overload. We’re just inundated with so much information it becomes just more difficult to parse out where the quality information is. And these fake news sites are increasingly savvy. We used to talk to students about “How does the website look? Does it look like you could have done it on your laptop or does it look like there’s a corporation behind it?” We used to and still do look at the url: “Is it a .net, is it a .org?” But these new sites are so savvy, the interfaces can be really slick, and they can look a lot like what we consider to be reputable sources. There’s is also now a lot of manipulation of the domains. I saw something not too long ago that had “.edu.co.” We say that if it has an “edu” it’s a reputable site but there’s that added manipulation with the “.co.” It becomes trickier to identify these deceitful sites right away unless you’re really paying attention and doing due diligence.