This sort of institutionalized recognition of the importance of Black Queer scholarship is quite exciting. Thank you Professor Matt Richardson, UT subject specialist Lindsey Schell, and School of Information student Kristen Hogan have banded together to create and launch this fabulous new library resource for UT students and Austin community members!
“Current information organization practice frequently obscures access to materials by and/or about historically marginalized communities, particularly lesbian, gay, and transgender communities of color. This erasure results in a lack not only of appropriate materials in users’ search results, but also of sufficient context for the incomplete list materials generated by a search,” writes Kristen Hogan in the BQSC guide, which can be found here.
The Black Queer Studies Collection is a cataloged creation that makes searching for works by queer people of color much less time consuming. With the addition of this new tool to the University’s library system, a localized note (MARC field 590) will now appear in the online catalog listings of works by, for and about Black Diasporic LGBTQ people. The note is being added to and improves access to records in the UT Libraries Catalog for materials by and about Black Diasporic LGBTQ people; the collection includes works in the circulating and archival collections, multiple formats, and multiple languages. The Black Queer Studies Collection is a groundbreaking project in librarianship in that it addresses standard obstacles posed by the Library of Congress Subject Headings and information retrieval systems to locating materials by and about Black Diasporic LGBTQ people.
In 2007 Quinn Dombrowski started photographing the graffiti she encountered on her visits to the Regenstein Library at the University of Chicago. As she found more and more of them, she began posting the images on Flickr and over a two year period had amassed a collection of over 700 pieces of graffiti!
I love the idea that these anonymous, ephemeral thoughts, doodles, procrastinations, and abbreviated conversations hidden away on library carrels were given their literal moment in the sun.
For more highlights of the collected (shall we say) “works,” check out the book, published last year, Crescat Graffiti, Vita Excolatur: Confessions of the University of Chicago.
The Consumerist reports the survey’s numbers: Every day, public libraries loan out 2.1 million DVDs, slightly more than Netflix’s 2 million daily rentals. As the article duly notes, “Why rent the cow when you can borrow the milk for free?”
A collection of all the best bookshelf photos for people that *heart* bookshelves.
…Well, only if you live in Hubbard, OH. In case you had any doubt, seeing the words “cake” and “library” appear together in the same sentance makes me infinitely happy.