Libraries, Archives, Technology, Impending Doom
I don’t have the day off, which makes me a grumpy librarian, but there’s nothing to be done about it, so.
It’s Columbus Day! Which is a horrible thing that we should not really celebrate. A couple other options are Indigenous People’s Day, or Italian American Heritage Day.
In case you’ve been hiding under a rock since grade school history, I’ll let some other folks tall you why Columbus Day is a garbage nightmare. If you want the long version, read the first chapter of Zinn’s People’s history. (Sidenote — I love History is a Weapon, and you should, too. They’re a fantastic resource that I’ve written about before.) If you can only take the short version today, here’s a run down by The Oatmeal.
[Note: I don’t endorse reading the Oatmeal generally speaking, as sometimes it’s full of icky bullshit. Also, the conclusion at the bottom, that we should make this thing about the history of the indigenous peoples of what we now call the Americas about some other European dude who was less terrible, not great. The focus of this history should stay on the indigenous peoples. But the history lesson is accessible, which means that there’s value in this thing from the Oatmeal.]