Libraries, Archives, Technology, Impending Doom

Happy Birthday! We’ve been sinking for one year (and counting)!

One year ago today we cast off from port and headed out to sea whereupon we quickly crashed and have been sinking ever since.

Though this Librarianshipwreck has been taking on water for a full year now we know that the only reason we are still even moderately afloat is thanks to the support of all of our readers (as in you). So from our waterlogged hearts: thank you. Really. At risk of being saccharine, we did not know if anybody would read this, and though we fear that many of our followers may in fact be “bots” we know that there are some actual human beings in the mix there. Huzzah for humans!

It has been quite the year for your captains here at the Shipwreck (to say nothing of the year it’s been for the world) but we remain steadfast in our commitment to sending out lengthy messages in semaphore from the crow’s nest (which through an ingenious method are transformed into text which is posted online). Over the course of our first year we have written about the state of libraries, archives, academia, and activism, as well as what technological change and surveillance are doing to our world. Alas, since it is highly unlikely that 2014 will swiftly take a utopian turn it is almost certainly the case that year two of the Shipwreck will be filled with ever more outrageous occurrences to spark the ire of rabble rousing radical librarians.

Forward! The ship may be taking on water but it can still sail by goodness!

We’re honored to have you on board.

Some highlights from the last year:

Luddism for These Ludicrous Times

Academia’s Dirty Secret: Fake it Till You Make It


“More than Machinery, We Need Humanity”

Where There’s Smoke There’s Copyright Trouble…

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (and the NSA was watching)

And for those considering Library school:

Advice from Shekel

Advice from OneoftheLibrarians

Advice from TheLuddbrarian


About TheLuddbrarian

"I won't explain myself because I hate common sense." @libshipwreck

2 comments on “Happy Birthday! We’ve been sinking for one year (and counting)!

  1. A Mad Enthusiast
    February 2, 2014

    I am not a bot.

    Thank you for posting relevant and thought provoking essays. I really enjoy them and look forward to more in the coming year.

    Keep fighting the good fight.

  2. eddarossetti
    February 2, 2014

    L’ha ribloggato su Non Solo Film.

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