Want to see more library, archive, & museum content come to SXSW 2015? The SXSW PanelPicker is now open for public voting. 30% of the decision to pick a panel is based on public input, so sign up for an account, and get your votes in before Friday, Sept. 5! Feel free to add comments to the proposals to show additional support, and share far and wide! Selected panels will be announced starting Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. Below is a short list of SXSW 2015 LAM (Interactive and EDU) panels. See a more inclusive list here and don’t forget to vote!
There is no better time of the year than September to sign up for a library card. All next month, the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries all across the country are celebrating the value of getting a library card. If you don’t already have a library card, then be sure to stop by your local public library sometime during the month of September. If you have one, but know a friend or young person who doesn’t, then bring them to the library to get a card! They will want one to check out books, ebooks, audio tapes, cds, videos, dvds, and access computer terminals, databases and download mp3s—all free!
Just found the photo I submitted to Democracy Now’s social media campaign! #librariansfordemocracynow
Philadelphia based photographer/videographer Kyle Cassidy spoke with and photographed librarians at the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2014 Midwinter conference in Philadelphia and the results are in (see the entire photo essay here). Cassidy’s concept was, “If I can put you in front of 50,000 people to tell them one thing about libraries and librarians, what would it be?” In interviews, Cassidy asked librarians to talk about the challenges libraries face and why now, perhaps more than ever, they’re important. Sure, this is only what some librarians look like. That said, I was happy to hear these voices and honestly, I thought everyone looked fabulous (hi Ingrid!)
This week is the one year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. This short film made by Free4All Film* spotlights Queens Library and the local community post storm.
*FREE FOR ALL is a multi-platform documentary project exploring the history, spirit and challenges of the free public library.
Come out, come out, wherever you are and show some love Tuesday, May 28, 2013!
(Via Urban Librarians Unite)
Citywide Day of Rallies In Support of NYC’s Public Libraries
Rallies in Across the City Call to Restore Proposed Budget Cuts
New Yorkers love their libraries and they show it but the current NYC
budget proposed cuts of more than $106 million threaten to shut down
community libraries across New York City. In response to this, a
citywide day of action will take place on Tuesday May 28th. NYC’s
three public library systems will participate along with the Queens
Library Guild Local 1321 and Urban Librarians Unite. There will be
library love going on across New York City.
3:00 – 4:00PM
Kingsbridge Library, 291 West 231st Street, Bronx, NY
Wrap yourself up in library love. The activists in the Bronx will be
hugging the library with the help of local students and community
groups. These crafty activists have been knitting furiously in
protest of the cuts. They expect lots of pint-sized protesters as
their youngest supporters, the storytime set, will be out in force.
Bushwick Branch, 340 Bushwick Ave. at Seigel St, Brooklyn, NY
Council Member Diana Reyna will attend
Park Slope Branch, 431 Sixth Ave. at Ninth St., Brooklyn
Council Member Brad Lander will attend
Hug the Libraries! Two Brooklyn Libraries will be literally embraced
by their communities. The Bushwick Branch and the Park Slope Branch
will be surrounded by crowds clasping hands and embracing the library
3 to 4 PM
Jefferson Market Library, 425 Avenue of the Americas, NY, NY
Manhattanites are hoping the city will “cut it out” with slashing
library budgets. Children of all ages will attend a craft event,
featuring a special paper cut-out celebrating the Library, which will
be displayed for all New Yorkers who love their libraries, and to make
a statement about their importance.
11:00 – 1:00PM
Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica
Council Member Leroy Comrie expected to attend
The Queens Library Guild, Local 1321 Rally at the Queens Central
Library will be a vocal celebration of love for the library. Staff and
customers will take it in turn to come forward and speak up about
their personal love for the library.
The Urban Librarian’s Conference focuses specifically on the issues of the working librarian in the city. This conference will target skills and techniques for people on the front line of information services.
The Urban Librarian’s Conference will differ from other library conferences in numerous ways. Instead of being based on ALA Divisions or on geographic location this conference will focus on serving populations in a type of community (the city). Working urban librarians often find themselves saying “well that is great but it will never work in MY library”. This conference will only offer ideas that would work in an urban library. Practice will be paired with the practical, the ideas and concepts discussed will be tied to practical courses of action that working information professionals can use for the benefit of their patrons and institutions.
Urban Librarians Unite is a small not for profit organization based out of New York City. Its mandate is to promote urban libraries and librarianship, to support advances in Library Science in urban areas, and to defend any library at risk. ULU was founded with this kind of scholarship and conversations in mind. The organization plans on making the Urban Librarian’s Conference an annual event with luminaries in urban librarianship coming together to swap ideas and develop new resources for our colleagues and patrons.
Get speaker and schedule information and register here: urbanlibrariansconference.org
School Library Journal’s write up of the conference: “Urban Librarians’ First Conference Is A Love-In”