The America of the near future will look nothing like the America of the recent past.
The Next America, a new book by Paul Taylor and the Pew Research Center, examines the country in the throes of a demographic overhaul.
Today’s Millennials—well-educated, tech savvy, underemployed twenty-somethings—are at risk of becoming the first generation in American history to have a lower standard of living than their parents. Meantime, more than 10,000 Baby Boomers are retiring every single day, most of them not as well prepared financially as they’d hoped. This graying of our population has helped polarize our politics, put stresses on our social safety net, and presented our elected leaders with a daunting challenge: how to keep faith with the old without bankrupting the young and starving the future.
Paul Taylor’s book is out! Stay tuned here for more interesting findings from the book and grab yourself a copy from Amazon.
This looks like essential reading for anyone in public service. Or, you know, life & society.
Tumblr does a fantastic job of pinpointing key influencers. Just look at the curated Books Spotlight, Writer’s Spotlight or browse Tumblr Book News to see what’s trending. A lot of great authors use Tumblr successfully. Some of my favorites include Emma Straub, Heidi Julavits, and Chuck Palahniuk. It’s also a good idea to follow literary sites like The Millions and The Rumpus along with sites that started on Tumblr like Last Night’s Reading and Slaughterhouse 90210. Feel free to check out the Doubleday Books Tumblr, too. (via Tumblr for Writers 101 | Book Country Blog)
Going back to my post about The State of Readers’ Advisory from Library Journal et al., I want to say I empathize and sympathize with those of you who are scared or feel unqualified to recommend books or genres you haven’t read widely and deeply. At Library Journal, I used to have the same exact feelings as a young book review editor taking on unfamiliar categories (e.g., religion, self-help, computers).
How I got over my insecurities was by plugging into excellent RA resources, from Twitter and trusted book fiends to book reviews and, yes, Tumblr (see the authors and publishers active above). No one with all the time life has to offer can ever read every single book in the world. Let’s all acknowledge that. The best you can do, and it’s more than good enough, is to familiarize yourself with publishing trends, genre tropes, and best-selling and influential authors. You fashion yourself not into The Supreme Reader of All Things but A Competent Book Generalist, who no doubt possesses some expertise on a few areas. This takes time, but less time than it would to read every book in existence.
First step to getting there: grant yourself permission not to know everything. Trust your instincts. Then I promise RA gets really fun.
See you at the RA Unconference, I hope.
Relevant to today’s webinar with Anna & Kaite, yay!
Latin conjugation of #yolo
is this real?!
The conjugations are, Yolo as a latin verb is not real.
YOLO IS AS REAL AS IT GETS!!!
Modern Latin conjugations & declensions = forever reblog.
Our webinar, Reader’s Advisory For A New Age: Social Media & Tech Tools, presented by Anna Mickelson (aka patrondebris here, @helgagrace on Twitter) and Kaite Mediatore Stover (@marianliberryan on Twitter), will be coming at the NJ tumblarian community LIVE this afternoon.
All webinar materials will be available here for everyone to enjoy tomorrow.
As you’ve doubtless deduced from the GIF above, we are SO EXCITED about this webinar. Form-based RA! Brilliant RA Tumblrs! Librarians rocking Twitter & FB! And MORE!
Update: our GIF isn’t, well, as GIF-y as one would like. Sadface.
Try this instead:
Librarians with a particular interest in readers’ advisory are cordially invited to join a group of like-minded folk at Darien Library on Friday, May 16, 2014, for the Library’s first annual RA Unconference. Or, as we’ve been calling it, RAUNCON. (Pronounced RON-CON.) Darien Library is sponsoring this unconference, so registration is free, as is lunch that day. There are 80 spots for interested librarians. The schedule can be found here.
In addition, the Library knows from hosting previous unconferences that travel can be a barrier to attendance for some librarians coming from afar, and is providing a $100 travel stipend for one attendee. If you would like to apply for the stipend, please submit a short essay (under 500 words) in this tumblr’s ask box, along with your name and library.
You can register here—don’t wait too long! If you don’t currently work in a library, just put “not currently” in the Library field.
Feel free to ask anything else in the ask box or to email the Library’s Head of Reader Services, Stephanie, at sanderson at darienlibrary dot org. Feel free also to submit favorite RA resources, articles, &c, to this tumblr—we’d like to mirror the unconference online as much as possible for those who can’t make it!
Anna Haase Kreuger has cooked up something wonderful. Click above to read the whole call to action post, excerpted below:
Everyday Diversity books:
1. Predominately feature diverse main characters—no tokenism.
2. Are, “Loose tooth books.” That is, the storylines are not about race, religion, ability, or cultures.
3. Are, by nature, often ambiguous. Finding them requires close looking and open interpretations. We might get it wrong sometimes, but I think the benefits of the project outweigh the risk of misstep.
The Everyday Diversity project does not minimize the real need for education about race, history, social equality, and injustice. It does not mean to take a stand that we are past racism or any such idealism. The Everyday Diversity project is about filling a small but important need within the larger issues. More and more I get parents looking for books that are “everyday stories” featuring diverse characters, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. I’d like to create a resource for answering those questions.
My goals for the project are:
1. To create searchable database of books with storytime theme suggestions.
2. In-depth reviews of great storytime books that feature Everyday Diversity.
Want to be involved? I need you. I’m looking to form a team to help get this project going, and to make it something useful and powerful and inspiring. Email me at gmail: opinionsbyanna and we’ll make something awesome together.
Augusta Baker was the first African American to work at the New York Public Library in an administration position. Baker’s passion for children brought her to write a bibliography in 1971 called The Black Experience in Children’s Books, which was considered a benchmark guide in constructing minority representation in collections.
In honor of Black History Month in the United States, we’re recognizing African American librarians like Augusta Baker. The Oxford African American Studies Center is free for Black History Month. Simply use Username: blackhistorymonth and Password: onlineaccess to log in.
Photo Credit: New York Public Library Research Room, 2006, by Diliff, via Wikimedia Commons.
There are only a few more days for you to take advantage of this freebie month. Go forth & research!