“’She was a nerd,’ Graham said lovingly. ‘She was a librarian.’”

Flowers propped up against the door of the St Andrews Library where Cynthia Hurd worked. Photo: https://twitter.com/BlakeWSOC9

Flowers propped up against the door of the St Andrews Library where Cynthia Hurd worked. Photo: https://twitter.com/BlakeWSOC9

Rest in Power, Cynthia G. Hurd, Librarian, among those killed in the hate crime shooting at Mother Emanuel AME Church in downtown Charleston. To honor their coworker and the 8 other victims, St. Andrews Regional Library and John L. Dart Library of Charleston County Public Library are closed today, Friday June 19. All 16 of CCPL’s locations were closed Thursday in mourning.

Hurd worked with CCPL for 31 years. At the time of her death she served as manager of the St. Andrews Regional Library branch. From 1990–2011 she was manager of the John L. Dart branch, named after the founder of the Charleston Normal and Industrial School for local black children in 1894. Charleston’s first free public library for African Americans was established in 1927 by Dart’s daughter, Susan Dart Butler, and when the 75th anniversary of its founding was commemorated in 2012, Hurd worked on the planning committee. She was active in the community as well, serving on the Charleston City Housing Authority board of commissioners. [Library Journal. June 18, 2015]

Hurd was the sister of former North Carolina Sen. Malcolm Graham. In a statement released Thursday, Graham said, “My sister, Ms. Cynthia Marie Graham-Hurd, was a victim of the senseless hate crime at Emanuel AME Church. It is unimaginable that she would walk into church and not return. Graham spoke through tears, the Charlotte Observer reported, remembering his sister. “’She was a nerd,’ Graham said lovingly. ‘She was a librarian.’”


“This Is What a Librarian Looks Like”


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!)


Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

[Re-post from the website of the Brooklyn Museum!]
Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 12–3 p.m.
Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Forum, 4th Floor

Bring your laptops and power cords and help us correct Wikipedia’s pervasive gender bias and inaccuracies. Eyebeam Art+Technology Center has initiated an Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon across the U.S. and Canada, and the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art and Project Continua will host its Brooklyn meet-up. Join us as we add authoritative biographical information about the women represented in The Dinner Party, Judy Chicago’s monument to women’s contributions to history, and in Project Continua, an online multimedia resource on women’s intellectual history.

If you’re a beginner Wikipedian who wants to learn more about these largely overlooked feminist figures, reference materials, technical assistance, and a variety of experts will be available.