July 30, 2014
Roxane Gay on the Radio



Roxane Gay is the best. 


I did a radio interview today. You can hear it here.

July 30, 2014
Kate's "Books are taking over my life please for the love of glob help" giveaway



Not pictured: large bookshelf in living room (completely full), 3 boxes of books sitting next to that bookshelf, large box of books under my bed, box of books from Las Vegas sitting next to my front door because I dropped them there when I got home and I don’t have any…

July 29, 2014


Amazing OITNB illustrations by starfleetbabe

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July 28, 2014


Amazon: The thousand datapoints of the Amazon Empire will descend upon you. Our delivery drones will blot out the sun.
Libraries: Then we will lend in the shade. 

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July 28, 2014
Help Me Move Out Please




My name is Fobazi, and I live in the great state of New Jersey, and I just finished graduated from Rutgers University. For the past two years, I have pursued a Masters in Library Science, and I recently got a full-time job.

But the job doesn’t start until after Labor Day. So my immediate need is for funds to move out of my house.

Right now I live with my mother. She makes home a very unsafe place for me to live. She is an extremely conservative Christian and a pastor and constantly derides my “choice” in sexuality. On top of that, she constantly takes all of my savings.

At this moment, I have less than $50 to my name because my mom found my hidden savings. My job doesn’t start until after labor day and I wasn’t able to work this summer due to immobility.

So with this, I am asking for the kindness of others to help me save up $2400 to pay the security deposit on an apartment.

All money donated will go towards a savings account I am setting aside explicitly to save for an apartment. Any extra funds past my goal will be put towards other necessities.

Any and all reblogs or signal boosts are super duper appreciated!

Oh my gosh guys I’m crying. I only posted about the fundraiser 8 hours ago and I’ve already received $400! You guys are so amazing. There are 55 days left and I’m hopeful I can actually leave! 

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July 27, 2014
Emerging Leaders: Thoughts, Recommendations


Applications are due August 1st. Still mulling? I suppose recommendations can come first—yes, you should apply. If nothing else, it’s a definitely positive resume line item with the added perks of:

  • attending two ALA conferences
  • guaranteed networking opportunities with not only your EL cohort, but those certain ALA folks who are good to know
  • new friends to have lunch with during said conferences
  • the experience of coordinating and completing a project through digital collaboration
  • great examples of teamwork that will always be handy for those “tell me about a time when” interview questions

On your application, be sure to stick to the theme and use concrete examples which demonstrate your potential as a leader. This is not the time to be shy or self-effacing. Sell yourself as a professional that ALA should want to get to know.

How was my experience? You know, it was pretty good. But for my part—and what I’ve heard from many others—it was entirely in our (the participants) hands to make the experience worthwhile. There is need for a major overhaul in the facilitation of the actual days the EL cohort spends together at Midwinter & Annual. To be frank, there were some wasted hours. Not enough time was spent in conversation with other members of the class. There are still some ELs from my year that I wasn’t even able to meet.

Aside from the leadership “training” portion, the project experiences varied widely depending on what projects were assigned by the different ALA divisions and round tables. My group worked for NMRT and happily, we will see our efforts realized as the logo we designed as a part of the marketing plan we were tasked to assigned has been adopted by the NMRT board. Exciting, gratifying stuff. We did work and it mattered. However, we as a team didn’t form a life-changing bond over nightly Google hangouts. That’s not to say we don’t like each other (we totally do!) or that we didn’t enjoy our project. We worked as a task force. We divvied up what had to be done and made it happen. And hey guess what, that’s OK. That’s good experience, too. That’s real life.

It was a valuable process. While I’m still not entirely sure about many of the inner workings of ALA, I feel a little bit more comfortable and I have quite a few more friends. I’m grateful to have had the opportunity and I look forward to seeing how the program evolves as leadership changes. And I’d hope to see some #tumblarians names pop up when the next class is announced…

July 23, 2014

aspacewanderer said: Have you seen those mayflies before? They're the actual worst. /shudder

No, and I’m a little scared to now. Yeesh.

July 23, 2014

Massive Mayfly Emergence From the Mississippi River Caught on Radar


Massive Mayfly Emergence From the Mississippi River Caught on Radar

July 23, 2014



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July 23, 2014


when i’m out with my family and i see a book store


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July 23, 2014



My extremely talented coworker Amanda photoshopped our children’s librarians to look like American Girl dolls and I have been laughing about it ever since.

Best. Thing. Ever.

This is perfect!

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July 22, 2014


Honest Trailer for Divergent.

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July 20, 2014

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July 19, 2014





Google’s Street View cameras are touring museums and taking weird selfies by accident

this is terrifying



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July 17, 2014


This is not a drill. A SWEATER LIBRARIAN JOB has opened with Ralph Lauren.

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