Tag: Libraries


Intellectual Freedom and Holocaust Denial

Should books promoting Holocaust denial be included in a public library's collection? An article about a panel at the ALA conference in Washington DC from Jewish Insider covered the controversy...

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Readers' Advisory

Readers’ advisory sucks. Books are such a personal thing. It’s actually one of the hardest parts of my job. Luckily there are many tools available to patrons to help them discover new books...

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Library Courier

Courier is a very dangerous job in the library world. Shuttling books back and forth ain’t for the faint of heart. As you can see from the picture below, the courier needs protection from the library books. It’s not that the books are evil as such, but they are off the shelf and away from their friends which means they’re scared, confused...

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Library Neutrality

What it comes down to is that library neutrality isn’t a thing. It’s been talked about a lot…a lot a lot a lot a lot, yet it’s not mentioned at all by the American Library Association (who really don’t mind sharing their thoughts on how libraries should be run) or the Oregon Library Association (who are a group of really wonderful and intelligent people who would have mentioned something about it by now)...

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Ronald McNair

As his older brother, Carl, recalls, McNair started dreaming about space in South Carolina, where he grew up. And he wanted to study science. But first, he needed to get his hands on some advanced books. And that was a problem. “When he was 9 years old, Ron, without my parents or myself knowing his whereabouts, decided to take a mile walk from our home down to the library,” Carl tells his friend Vernon Skipper...

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