"More than machinery, we need humanity."


At its founding, LibrarianShipwreck was intended “as a resource, soapbox, forum, and gutter for those interested in the future of librarianship. Amongst our interests are libraries, archives, activism, radical librarianship, history, technology, cats, sweater vests, and other fascinating things. We hope to rile you up.”

Since then (as the site’s actual content makes obvious) the main topics of the site have become focused primarily on technology, critical theory, and impending doom. This may or may not be a result of the fact that the main author on the site may or may not be pursuing a PhD that sits at the intersection of the history of technology and disaster studies (with a dissertation project focusing on Y2K).

You may or may not like what you find written here.

Questions may be directed to librarianshipwreck[@]

We can be found on the Twitter: @libshipwreck and @rowmyboat

We do our best to put up new content regularly.

[Your librarians have not been visited by the authorities. Watch closely for the removal of this notice.]

10 comments on “About

  1. David
    October 9, 2013

    Radical librarianship and sweater vests? Goodness! That’s a mixture I have to see!

  2. dancingcatdancingcat
    January 23, 2014

    Radical librarianship and CATS???!! Goodness! That’s a mixture i have to see!

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  4. Rory Litwin
    July 24, 2014

    I’m happy to see this blog but seriously annoyed that it is anonymous. You should take responsibility for what you write!!

  5. Nomzi Kumalo
    May 23, 2015

    Pleased to meet you. You are most welcome to visit my blog whenever you get the chance. 🙂

  6. DanicaPiche
    June 17, 2015

    I’ve nominated you for the Premio Dardos Award! Here’s the link:
    Congratulations! 🙂

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  8. David
    August 31, 2015

    So, it happened. This summer our “librarian” at the private college prep school I work at decided to convert the library into a “learning commons”. Everything worth knowing is on the internet, students aren’t checking out books, so why not get rid of them in favor of “collaborative spaces”….coffee shop to be added soon…

    My God, when did we decide to follow the students? When did we decide that since they don’t know how to use books, that we don’t need the printed word anymore? “Collaboration” is a stupid skill promoted from Silicon Valley–it’s meaningless and worthless in the development of a thinking human. Hell, I’ll go Godwin here–we’re on the road to producing more Eichmanns whose evil will be banal because they never learned how to think.

    Hannah Arendt, in her lectures on moral philosophy (collected in Responsibility and Judgment) says: “Thinking and remembering is the human way of striking roots, of taking one’s place in the world into which we all arrive as strangers. What we usually call a person or a personality, as distinguished from a mere human being or a nobody, actually grows out of this root-striking process of thinking.”

    We’re developing a generation of rootless nobodies…

  9. Lauren Letellier
    January 30, 2017

    I love you, Librarian Shipwreck! ❤. Without you I’d never get through the next 4 years. Sincerely, Lauren Letellier, Library Volunteer, Roeliff Jansen Community Library, Copake NY

  10. Ole Juul
    May 13, 2018

    There’s very good writing here. May I suggest that a pdf version be made available as a link at the bottom of articles?

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