Archive for American Library Association

time to ban some books (again)

Posted in Library Science stuff with tags , , , , , on September 27, 2017 by phanteana

are you still recovering from Banned Books Week 2016? well, get ready for yet another crop of frequently challenged books. and if there’s any literary pieces you think should be included in the list, please post them in the comments!


Banned Books Week: Our right to read, September 24-30, 2017


NBD…it’s National Bookmobile Day!

Posted in Library Science stuff with tags , , , , , , on April 12, 2017 by phanteana

spring has sprung, and with it comes one of the best times of the year. no, not Tax Day (unless, of course you actually enjoy filing those)…National Library Week! today in particular, however is a special day: National Bookmobile Day. on this day, we celebrate libraries-on-wheels and the library professionals who provide these on-the-go services to their communities. these are especially crucial to areas where libraries are sparse or non-existent. so if you love your Bookmobile, let it be known!


prime directive: educate the whole human race

Posted in Library Science stuff, Popular Culture with tags , , , on June 3, 2016 by phanteana

do you love libraries and classic punk? have you ever wanted to combine the two, and display it proudly? well, now you can! an Etsy shop has two awesome parody T-Shirts available on their site, so grab one for yourself or a librarian friend/family member/co-worker…and if you’re heading to this year’s ALA conference in Orlando later in the month, the proprietor of the Etsy store will be on-hand to sell these!



Category Flag t-shirt






national library week 2016! woo hoo!

Posted in Library Science stuff with tags , , , on April 12, 2016 by phanteana

it’s that time of year again…National Library Week! be sure to show your information professional some extra appreciation!


reading party tonight! alright!

Posted in Library Science stuff, Popular Culture with tags , , , , , , on December 17, 2015 by phanteana

remember the American Library Association Read Campaign posters displayed just about everywhere? they featured a variety of celebrities promoting the fun and value of reading. i’ve had this one as a bookmark for the past 25 years (given to me by my then-local library), and it’s still in one piece. but for every celebrity that has been a part of the campaign, there are some who have yet to participate. here’s two that should be added to the list:


better listen to these guys. if not, they might throw a book at you.

the stereotype stereotype

Posted in Library Science stuff, Popular Culture with tags , , on November 10, 2015 by phanteana

in professional and personal settings, whenever i mention that i am a librarian, i’m usually met with comments such as “i can totally see you in that role” or “i thought librarians were old ladies who shush people”. other quips include “librarians are sexy” and “do you watch The Librarians“? (yes, i do). in other words, the image of the librarian runs the gamut thanks to popular culture.

what makes librarian stereotypes so fascinating? American Libraries Magazine examines the obsession with librarian stereotypes, beginning in the late 19th Century. the article delves into how librarianship initially began as a male-dominated profession, until around 1900 when women began to enter the workforce in larger numbers. from there, the role of the librarian became well-respected and a career which many found so rewarding that they stayed in their jobs well past retirement age (which could be the reason why new LIS grads, depending on their location, are having trouble landing their first post-grad positions). these days, the shushing-old-lady librarian figure is still around but it’s been joined with the sexy librarian, the superhero librarian, the tattooed librarian, the goth librarian (which is the category i tend to fall under), and countless others. but aside from their outward appearances, they hold a common bond by acting as gatekeepers to a world of information and knowledge.

the Nancy Pearl Librarian action figure, with amazing push-button shushing action!

Happy World Book & Copyright Day 2015!

Posted in Library Science stuff with tags , , , , , on April 23, 2015 by phanteana