Once online, most seniors make the internet a daily part of their lives and view it in a positive light. Non-users are divided on the relative merits of going online.
We’ll include your questions to be answered during our 45 minute Guerrilla Tech Hacks session at Tech Speed Dating on April 23!
Hey, smarties. You may well be familiar with the Guerrilla Storytime model of participatory training pioneered by Amy Koester & Cory Eckert at . We’re borrowing that model for Guerrilla Tech Hacks at our Tech Speed Dating event next week. If you have a burning question — small or big, practical or theoretical, funny or awful, or anywhere in between — would you share it with us? We’ll be capturing the discussion & posting it online after the workshop for everyone to benefit from. Thank you!
(Pssst signal boost requested!)
Within the last few weeks, the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, and CNN have all published articles examining the lack of diversity in children’s and young adult literature — and next month, School Library Journal plans to publish an entire issue devoted to diversity. While all this mainstream interest in diversity is to be applauded for bringing more people into the ongoing conversation about diversity, they still largely fail to tackle the problem of how we can change the status quo.
We at Diversity in YA obviously don’t have all the answers, and we aren’t the first people to talk about these issues. This conversation has been going on for decades. What we do have are ideas for how you can change the status quo right now. If you’re an ordinary reader, you don’t have to wait to show your support for books that show the world as it is. Here are five ways you can help make positive change right now:
1. Look for diversity.
Make a conscious effort to seek out books to read that feature characters of color, LGBT characters, and/or disabled characters. They may not be front-and-center at your local Barnes & Noble; you may have to look around a bit or go online to find them.
2. Support diversity.
Support the diverse books that are published today by buying them, by checking them out at your library, or by requesting that your library buy them.
3. Recommend diversity.
If you use Goodreads, Facebook, social media, or have a blog, talk up the books you love that happen to have diverse characters. Tell your friends! Word of mouth is still key in bringing awareness to books. And remember: You don’t need to recommend them solely for their diversity — they’re great books to enjoy, plain and simple.
4. Talk up diversity.
When discussions around diversity in literature occur online, join in the conversation if you can to express that you do want more diverse books to read and that the issue is important to you.
5. Don’t give up.
There will always be people who dismiss “diversity” as meaningless. They are the reason we must keep fighting for representation. We’re all in this together.
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Want a list of diverse YA books you can get started reading right now? Here are a dozen YA books of all kinds (contemporary, fantasy, sci-fi, mystery — something for everyone!) that happen to have characters of color, LGBT characters, and/or disabled characters.
Want even more book lists? Here’s a link to all of our book lists.
Researchers found that being too busy, not enjoying reading, and preferring to spend their spare time on the internet mean men read fewer books, read more slowly, and are less likely to finish them than women.
A study published today by the UK’s Reading Agency (through which I met my library twin, Sandy Mahal, well worth a follow if you want to track literacy goings-on in England). Well, we’re not surprised, are we? And yet, women still do not rule the world.
Once more, I must point collection development and readers’ advisory librarians to Douglas Lord, who writes the gut-bustingly hilarious and educational Books for Dudes column for Library Journal. If anyone can help you attract the elusive 18-45 male demographic, it’s he.
Here are two favorite roundups (I confess I used to edit him, but still: he has great taste and co-mingles fiction and nonfiction):
- Books for Dudes: Killer Thrillers, Memoirs, and Performing Arts Biographies (featuring his stellar take on Gorm Henrick Rasmussen’s Pink Moon)
- Men in Captivity, Ode de Bradbury & Heavy Metal for the Coffee Table (oh, how he gets Ray!)
Kiss A Librarian This Week -- It's a Radical Act - Tenured Radical - The Chronicle of Higher Education
I look good today, too, uguise.
I woke up like this:
People will regularly discuss Weasleycest and Tami Taylor’s hair at parties, because if there’s one thing librarians get, it’s an enthusiast. We are all punk-ass book jockeys, and we want you to read our favorite book. And then maybe we’ll break down the Library of Congress Subject Headings afterwards.
So You’ve Decided to Go To Library School, over at the great, the essential, THE Toast
With love from an iSchool graduate (MISt, University of Toronto, 2002, whooo!)
Wonderful images from the grand opening of the Atlantic City Free Public Library’s Makerspace, MAKE | AC. Full gallery is on their FB Page, along with coverage from NBC and the Press of Atlantic City!
I’ve never seen anything like this before. Factiva thanks business librarians! All hail! (h/t @pcsweeney)
Erin Shea, of darienlibrary programming wizardry fame, is with us today for a wonderful webinar on Adult Programming. If you can’t join us LIVE & in person, you can follow along w/the tweets (#llnj_program) and catch up with the webinar recording & Erin’s slides at the link above.
Happy National Library Week, friends! You rock. Via the wonderful Emily Lloyd at Shelf Check.
National Library Week is back, and with it, our favorite GIF of all time. Yes, we love this even more than all the Cumberbatchian or Hiddlestonian goodness you can throw at us (though you are welcome to test that assertion).
Rock on, friends & colleagues!