We’re having a blast at the Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting chatting with our fellow archivists and tumblarians and talking all things Othmeralia at our poster session. If you’re at the conference, please swing by the ballroom level and say “hello.” And a question for all the tumblarians out there, near and far: why should archivists and librarians add Tumblr to their social media repertoire? Post your thoughts in the comments below and we’ll share them at the conference.

I was informed that the library does not provide the use of a stapler for the general public. I would like to express my displeasure with such a policy. If there is any way I can be of assistance in helping provide MINIMAL stationary needs, please do not hesitate to inform me.

Complaint letter to the library, found in an old box of files.

Dated: 8/15/78

It’s Monday so I decided to be a little mischievous with this post. lol.

Okay, okay I know this phrase can be misinterpret in a number of ways but what I can say is this we’re a small branch on Staten Island that serves the Dongan Hills community as a whole. How big is your library branch? ;)

Early American Libraries

Heading out to ALA Annual at the end of the week? In celebration of the upcoming conference, Oxford Handbooks Online will be freeing up a new library-related review article every day this week for our favorite tumblarians. We are kicking off today with an article on the history of libraries in early American society.

Check back tomorrow for another article and stop by the OUP booth on Saturday, June 29 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. for a special presentation on the evolution of the Oxford Handbooks program. 

Librarians! Information Professionals! Listen Up!

here’s a copy of the text I’m sending out to invite folks to join my focus group on contribution to Mozilla. It’s time to be information advocates! If you’re reading this and want to be a part of the open web, please get in touch!

As librarians and information professionals, it’s important for us to be involved in open software initiatives, free and open information, and the open web. For Mozilla, which is a non-profit, open-source project, librarians can provide incredibly important skills like metadata curation, organization of information, database expertise, as well as the educational and managerial expertise that we learn through classes and work in reference, event programming, and all of the other multitudinous things we do so capably. Volunteering and contributing to Mozilla can help us develop the soft skills we need as well as help us bridge the gap between work and volunteering. Gaining relevant volunteer experience is only part of it— Mozilla contributors receive tremendous recognition.The Mozilla community is a fantastic community to be a part of, and we’re so excited to find LIS/IS professionals who want to collaborate!

I’m creating a focus group to determine what would motivate information professionals and paraprofessionals (as well as interested parties and students) to become contributors and volunteers, and we would love to invite you to participate. The time commitment can be as large or as small as you like— we want to invite people in and provide them incentives and meaningful participation.

If you want to be a part of it, get back to me by Friday, January 24th. Please forward this call widely!

For more information, go here: http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/contribute/

or here: http://wiki.mozilla.org/contribute

for information on the Mozilla Manifesto and Mission, go here: http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/about/manifesto/