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Librariana, bibliomania, and information glut from around the Internet.
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Yes, a library card:  ”More than 90% of American public libraries have amassed e-book collections you can read on your iPad, and often even on a Kindle. You don’t have to walk into a branch or risk an overdue fine. And they’re totally free. [emphasis added].”

Before deciding librarianship is right for you, make sure you understand what today’s librarians do all day. If you want quiet and lots of time to read, think again. Today’s libraries are full of collegial, and sometimes even downright noisy, collaboration, creation, and community activities, and are as much about technology as print on paper.

Meredith Schwartz’s “How To Be a 21st Century Librarian,” from Library Journal. A fantastic, digestible overview of the profession and absolute required reading for those researching MLS/MLIS programs.

It reminds me that I need to write my “Why I Didn’t Go to Library School” post.

(via cloudunbound)

this is why i DID (and DO) want to be a librarian!

(via sslibrarianship)

(via thelibraryperson)

That it’s also from my Twitter feed is just a perk.



A diagram of the movement of the Moon around the Earth (seen here) and a recipe for invisible ink await you in Mary Smith’s Commonplace Book. Help us make Mary’s journal of scientific inquiry more accessible by becoming a digital volunteer at the Smithsonian Transcription Center.


The Smithsonian taps into the power of crowdsourcing.

The first people a dictator puts in jail after a coup are the writers, the teachers, the librarians — because these people are dangerous. They have enough vocabulary to recognize injustice and to speak out loudly about it. Let us have the courage to go on being dangerous people.


These short GIFs, taken from a ca. 1927 newsreel, depict Charles Lindbergh taking off from St. Louis en route to Chicago with some 200,000 letters in tow. Lindbergh flew the very same route after completing US Army flight training in 1925; he pulled off his famous transatlantic flight on May 20-21, 1927. The USPS really needs to revive the whole celebrity delivery thing…

["Lindy" Flies the Airmail], ca. 1927. Courtesy US National Archives and Records Administration. 


Ralph Windsor, Senior Editor at DAM News, writes the second in a series of articles on managing metadata cataloging in a DAM system, focusing on strategies for automating the cataloging process:

  • Using metadata entry templates
  • Using indexed metadata where appropriate
  • Mass find/replace/append operations
  • Batch importing from external sources
  • Combination tactics

Hat tip to Dan Cohen’s Twitter feed.  How exciting.  I love this idea!  Does your library do anything like this with music, art, or any other media?


LOC Gov Doc/Resource: The Indigenous Law Portal

The Indigenous Law Portal brings together collection materials from the Law Library of Congress as well as links to tribal websites and primary source materials found on the Web. 

Indigenous law materials can be difficult to locate for a variety of reasons. Tribal laws are usually maintained by individual tribes or groups of tribal peoples who may or may not have the resources to make them available in electronic format, or they may only be passed on through oral tradition. In some cases tribal legal materials are available electronically, but they may not be available freely on the Web, or the tribe may want to restrict outside access to the materials. However, through our research, we have found many tribes compile their laws and ordinances into a code, and they often provide a digital version of their most recent code and constitution online. In the Law Library, we already have digitized copies of historic American Indian constitutions from our collection and other legal materials available on our website. It makes sense to bring all these materials together in one place.

We still have a long way to go, but we hope you will take a look at our work and send us your feedback. We will complete the United States region in the next few weeks and plan to move on to the aboriginal peoples of Canada in the near future.