anonymous asked:

what are you studying? :)

I’m going to school in Library & Information Science, but my current headache is me frantically trying to code a website for my final for a technology course. I wanted to make a site with post-election resources for folks based on what emotion you’re currently experiencing (’cause I know my capabilities to engage with politics are completely different when I’m angry vs scared or sad vs totally dissociated, you know?). 

I got to a dead end in my mental capacity in trying to design a form people could submit anonymous comments to, because I realized I need to get into a database on our school’s server & make a table to store info for the php file to interact with and I am not awake enough to be messing with the terminal interface rn. @_@ 


You know what’s awesome?  Research.  You know what’s not awesome?  Not being able to get access to research because it’s stuck behind a paywall and you don’t belong to an institution/your institution doesn’t subscribe to that particular journal.


Here is a list of free, open access materials on a variety of subjects.  Feel free to add if you like!


Directory of Open Access Journals- A compendium of over 9000 journals from 133 countries, multilingual and multidisciplinary.

Directory of Open Access Books- Like the above, but for ebooks.  Also multidisciplinary.

Ubiquity Press- Journals covering archaeology, comics scholarship, museum studies, psychology, history, international development, and more.  Also publishes open access ebooks on a wide variety of subjects.

Europeana-  Digital library about the history and culture of Europe.

Digital Public Library of America- American history, culture, economics, SO MUCH AMERICA.

Internet Archive- In addition to books, they have music and videos, too.  Free!  And legal!  They also have the Wayback Machine, which lets you see webpages as they looked at a particular time.

College and Research Libraries- Library science and information studies.  Because that’s what I do.

Library of Congress Digital Collections- American history and culture, historic newspapers, sound recordings, photographs, and a ton of other neat stuff.

LSE Digital Library- London history, women’s history.

Wiley Open Access- Science things!  Neurology, medicine, chemistry, ecology, engineering, food science, biology, psychology, veterinary medicine.

SpringerOpen-  Mainly STEM journals, looooong list.

Elsevier Open Access-  Elsevier’s kind of the devil but you might as well take advantage of this.  Mainly STEM, also a linguistics journal and a medical journal in Spanish.

anonymous asked:

hi this may be an unusual ask but, in less than a month i am likely going to be promoted into a different department. i'll be working in a library branch as a book shelver or something similar. i wanted to know if you i guess, have any tips for working in a library? sorry if this is vague im just curious, i saw that youre a reference librarian so i thought youd have some??

I sort of like how vague it is?

20 Random Tips for Library Survival:

  • It really does matter where the books go. If it’s not where it’s supposed to be on shelf, in rough sort, or on display, it doesn’t exist.
  • Be very wary of the “no fines for library employees” rule. 98% of us can’t handle that kind of responsibility.
  • Do whatever the director says. Drop everything for them.
  • Ditto for board members.
  • Patrons will assume that because you work in a library you know everything about it. It is your job to pass these questions off to the correct authority.
  • Understand how to use the catalog. Someone has to.
  • Never promise anything.
  • Children are always right.
  • Befriend your tech support.
  • Befriend whichever librarian is in charge of ordering materials for your favorite collection. They’ll order almost anything you want (so long as it’s new and moderately priced).
  • If you stare blankly and smile at a patron long enough, they’ll stop telling you their racist theory about the economy.
  • It’s really hard to push 50lb book carts in high heels when you only weigh 108lbs.
  • Fill displays whenever you can.
  • Beware the phrase “we’ve always done it this way.”
  • Wear gloves when working with children’s books or cookbooks.
  • Always feed the reference librarian.
  • Reader’s advisory is everyone’s job. Be prepared to talk about books, movies, or music that you love.
  • Never judge anyone on their tastes. Every book has its reader and every reader their book. It’s not up to you to decide what’s good and what’s bad.
  • Speak softly around technical services workers. They spook easily.
  • Keep a parka in your locker. You’ll need it.
When I look up at the night sky and I know that, yes - we are part of this universe, we are in this universe. But, perhaps more important than both of those facts, is that the universe is in us. When I reflect on that fact, I look up - many people feel small, because they are small and the universe is big - but, I feel big! Because my atoms came from those stars. There’s a level of connectivity. That’s really what you want in life, you want to feel connected, you want to feel relevant, you want to feel like a participant in the goings on of activities and events around you. That’s precisely what we are… just by being alive.

What is the deadliest book on your shelves?

Of course, every library holds a great deal of sensitive material – works which have unfortunately inspired violence, such as political manifestos, controversial religious texts, and so on.  But what about a book that could actually be physically dangerous to handle?

This is the story of MSU’s toxic book, a work that was produced not out of a desire to cause harm, but out of an altruistic concern for public safety.  

Shadows from the Walls of Death came about due to the work of Robert C. Kedzie, a distinguished Civil War surgeon and professor of chemistry at MSU from 1863 to 1902.  In this seminal study, Kedzie described the deadly effects of the arsenic-based pigment known as Paris Green, a popular coloring agent in 19th century wallpaper.  Literature included with our copy summarizes his findings: 

Kedzie showed through chemical analysis that the Paris Green pigment was poisonous and that it was only weakly bonded to the paper.  As a result, it detached from the wallpaper easily, floating into the air as fine dust particles.  Those who breathed in the poisonous dust suffered from bronchitis, rheumatism, weight loss, severe headaches, and ultimately death.

Kedzie immediately reported his findings to the Michigan Board of Health.  To spread the word about the dangerous pigment, widely used throughout the country, he cut up samples of the arsenical wallpaper and bound them together in books.  Kedzie produced 100 such volumes, which he sent out to state libraries along with his scientific data and conclusions.

Before long, Kedzie’s shocking study had made its mark, and Paris Green was banned from use as a wallpaper pigment.

Most of the 100 copies of Shadows from the Walls of Death were eventually destroyed due to their poisonous content.  MSU Special Collections houses the only complete copy of the wallpaper book known to have survived, and it sits unassumingly on our vault shelves. 

Fortunately, our conservators have worked to lessen the threat of this deadly arsenic-laced volume.  Each wallpaper specimen has been individually encapsulated to protect library staff and patrons.


Possible Reasons You Have Not Seen These Paintings
redflawedglass replied to your photo: “Stephen Slaughter Portrait of Two Society Women England (c. 1740s) …”:

Sometimes it means the painting is in private hands, or (heaven forbid) no longer exists. :(

That’s true. Sometimes it’s because it’s not on display due to photosensitivity, or a host of other reasons.

And sometimes it’s the result of the devaluation of paintings of Black models, and a masterpiece sits moldering in a basement for 200 years.

And sometimes it’s the result of paintings of Black people not being “British enough”, and being sold out of collections to whoever will take them.

And sometimes it’s because no one can find it because it’s mislabeled, in the wrong section, or because no one seems to know where to put it.

Or because it’s organized toward only specific topics, and the photography of the work in question reflects the bias towards white skin tones.

^ note that none of those tags would lead people toward it who weren’t already writing about or researching race and racism.

The Bridgeman Art Library took the new photo a while after criticism was posted about the image they had available.

Librarians, curators, researchers, bloggers, writers-we all have opportunities every day to create massive change in our respective universes. We’re all making a difference. And that is why I always take the opportunity to challenge rather than just assuming there’s a good reason for these lacks. Most of my benefits of the doubt have already been exhausted, and if you don’t challenge, nothing changes.


Yesterday, the Library of Congress digitized a treasure trove of materials from Carl Sagan’s life—including early Cosmos drafts, NASA proposals, correspondences with Neil deGrasse Tyson, audio recordings, and over 30 minutes of home movie footage.

In lieu of this momentous occasion, they’ve also created a showcase of over 300 historic items exploring connections between the legacies of Carl, Galileo, H.G. Wells, and many others.

Discover “Our Place in the Cosmos

Physics says: go to sleep. Of course
you’re tired. Every atom in you
has been dancing the shimmy in silver shoes
nonstop from mitosis to now.
Quit tapping your feet. They’ll dance
inside themselves without you. Go to sleep.

Geology says: it will be all right. Slow inch
by inch America is giving itself
to the ocean. Go to sleep. Let darkness
lap at your sides. Give darkness an inch.
You aren’t alone. All of the continents used to be
one body. You aren’t alone. Go to sleep.

Astronomy says: the sun will rise tomorrow,
Zoology says: on rainbow-fish and lithe gazelle,
Psychology says: but first it has to be night, so
Biology says: the body-clocks are stopped all over town
History says: here are the blankets, layer on layer, down and down.

—  Albert Goldbarth, The Sciences Sing a Lullabye
Library AUs
  • You’re in my spot AU
  • It’s a week before finals and you’re actually sitting in front of one of the computers on a laptop??//??
  • You found me crying in the corner because I have no idea what my assignment even is
  • You keep requesting the book I need so I can’t have it the whole time and we leave each other passive aggressive notes in the margins
  • “Can you please help me reach the book up there? I’m too short to reach it and you’re the hottest tall person I’ve seen around”
  • I don’t mean to sound like a creep but I couldn’t help but notice you borrowed my favourite book and I just wanted to tell you that you’ll love it
  • I don’t mean to sound like a creep but I couldn’t help but notice you borrowed my least favourite book and I just wanted to tell you that you’re gonna hate it
  • Your headphones aren’t plugged in all the way and I can hear your music
  • I fell asleep and you’re the person who woke me up when the library started closing