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We are the 91% (who think libraries are important)

Librarians have become accustomed to the tragic chorus declaring that libraries must adjust to changing times or woe shall befall them. Well, some have become accustomed; others have become frustrated, … Continue reading

April 21, 2013 · 2 Comments

Librarians and Lawsuits – From Persecution to Prosecution, the tale of Edwin Mellen Press

If you were wondering whether Edwin Mellen Press’s lawsuit against librarian Dale Askey (which is still going forward) and its threats of legal action against the Scholarly Kitchen were bizarre … Continue reading

April 19, 2013 · 4 Comments

Communities Matter – It’s National Library Week in Boston, and in your town too.

In the aftermath of a national tragedy—such as the bombing of the Boston Marathon—it is common for people to seek out community. Even as the news media frantically looks for … Continue reading

April 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

What Becomes of Our Books? A Eulogy of Sorts in Four Glances

1. What becomes of our books when we are no longer present to care for them? Do family and friends incorporate our carefully constructed collection into their own? Shall the … Continue reading

April 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

#ulcon13 Was Pretty Awesome!

Hi, librarians!  I went to the  Urban Librarians Conference on Friday!  It was awesome!  And not just because I took a day off work to attend!  I hope there are … Continue reading

April 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

Librarians and Lawsuits – Edwin Mellen Press Threatens to Sue Another Librarian

Imagine for a moment that you are a publisher of academic books. In such a situation it would be likely that your primary market would be libraries, particularly academic libraries. … Continue reading

April 1, 2013 · 2 Comments

So, Has Your Information Been Sold to Any Huge Companies Lately?

Part of enjoying a book comes after you finish reading it. Once that last page is read a reader is able to discuss it with their friends, recommend it to … Continue reading

March 31, 2013 · 5 Comments

The Library in the High-Rise’s Lobby

So, have you heard the one about the library in financial trouble? You have!? Of course you have. That question hasn’t changed much in the last years, but luckily the … Continue reading

March 24, 2013 · 1 Comment

Librarians Hit the Streets (and parks)

Sometimes the best way to make people recognize the value of libraries is to put a library somewhere they had not expected: in a park, on the sidewalk, in front … Continue reading

March 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

No Soda, No Tobacco, No Libraries

Mayor Bloomberg has been spending a lot of time worrying about your health (assuming you’re a New Yorker) lately. While he has been active in campaigning for stricter gun regulations, … Continue reading

March 19, 2013 · 3 Comments

The Public, and The Digital Public Library of America

In our increasingly digital age there are many who adopt an attitude of: if it is not on the Internet it must not be anywhere. As a librarian I have … Continue reading

March 12, 2013 · 4 Comments

The Used Book Store in the Cloud (probably isn’t heaven)

Do you “own” any of the albums, books, or movies that you have downloaded? You hit the “buy” button, didn’t you? Your bank statement provides you with evidence that you … Continue reading

March 10, 2013 · 1 Comment

Librarians and Lawsuits [update] – Dale Askey

Legal update time! [This is an update to my post: Libel and Libraians and Lawsuits (Oh my)!] Begin recap: librarian Dale Askey is being sued by Edwin Mellen Press for … Continue reading

March 7, 2013 · 4 Comments

The Name Chiseled Above the Door

For those who don’t know, the actual name of the NYPL main branch on 42nd street (in NYC) is the: Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. Who is this Stephen A. Schwarzman? … Continue reading

March 5, 2013 · 3 Comments


My fellow captain and I had some face time (no, not that thing that you can do with iPhones) recently, and, in between talking about what the hell we’re doing … Continue reading

March 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Reference Desk

We present to you the reference desk.   Ask questions  — anonymously, if you’d like — and we’ll try to answer them. Note (6/28/2016) – we have heard reports that this … Continue reading

February 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

Libel and Librarians and Lawsuits (Oh my)!

What is the line between voicing a professional opinion and libel? This is a matter that one unlucky librarian is currently learning quite a bit about. To summarize the story: … Continue reading

February 17, 2013 · 7 Comments

An Obituary for the E-Reader

Do you remember MiniDiscs? If so, kudos to you. But if not, know that you are far from alone. For a brief moment in the 90s MiniDiscs seemed like they … Continue reading

February 10, 2013 · 5 Comments

“Demolition by neglect”

It requires patience and fortitude just to follow the planned renovations to the New York Public Library’s 42nd Street branch.  The project was announced years ago, and in the time … Continue reading

February 4, 2013 · 3 Comments

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