theamalgamation said:Hi! Thanks for the advice. I have reached out to librarians in my state, through various means of communication. That was my first approach at this assignment; I figured Tumblr would be a great place to get a variety of answers…
For sure! Tumblr IS a great place to look for this, and maybe it was just an issue of phrasing—rather than asking if someone can just send you info, maybe ask who out there works with public patrons & computers or who might be running any cool initiatives. Then you can key in on folks to conduct full interviews with. I hope that makes more sense?
Q:Hi! I'm doing a project where I have to write a proposal for addressing the digital divide/inequality in public libraries. Part of my assignment is to conduct interviews, and I was wondering if you (and any one of the other amazing tumblarians) could send me some general information about the patrons at your library, who seems to be using public access computers/Wi-Fi, and any initiatives in place to address the digital divide. Anything would be helpful! Thank you!!
I’m not a public librarian, as is stated on my blog, so I don’t have experience with public patrons using the computers at my library—and we don’t have a computer lab. There are plenty of other (certainly amazing!) folks here that do have that experience, and you should definitely seek them out (or they may be kind enough to respond to this ask).
Please note this is coming from a place of professional development (aka tumblarian tough love, not a put-down): If you need specific help on an assignment, especially an interview, you should be reaching out to librarians/professionals on an individual basis. You should also prepare some specific interview questions.
You’re welcome, even encouraged, to make initial contact through social media, but that should be to introduce yourself, what you’re working on, and to ask if that professional is available or willing to answer some questions about their work.
You’re also certainly welcome to use my Ask as a sounding board or to boost more general (poll-style) questions about libraries, but I’m not comfortable with posting an Ask for folks to “send some general information” without a more professional request, if that makes sense.
That said, it’s a super topic and there are some wonderful resources here on tumblr, so you’re looking in a great place. Best of luck!
If there was ever any doubt that Robert Redford is a great man and true American hero that still, without a doubt, holds the title of Sexiest Man Alive at age 77 (77!!! Holy god, the man is SEVENTY-SEVEN), here is a picture of him snuggling with a cat.
the photos in this set are OUT OF CONTROL
This isn’t a case of people “valuing” the gym they never go to. According to Pew, the majority of Americans have either visited a public library or used a public library website in the past twelve months, although that proportion is lower this year than last[.]
Well. What next?
Source: The Atlantic
I’m fangirling all over this super clever Zazzle shop by the Loyola Marymount University Library. So many libraries and archives are filled with (profitable!) vintage treats like these. Simple and smart.
Yes, that’s Orion over there,
the three studs of the belt
clearly lined up just off the horizon.
And if you turn around you can see
Gemini, very visible tonight,
the twins looking off into space as usual.
That cluster a little higher in the sky
is Cassiopeia sitting in her astral chair
if I’m not mistaken.
And directly overhead,
isn’t that Virginia Woolf
slipping along the River Ouse
in her inflatable canoe?
See the wide-brimmed hat and there,
the outline of the paddle, raised and dripping stars?
Well that all just made me smile.
is NOT yet updated as promised. had some (exciting!) distractions come up, in addition to the usual holiday stuffs. but soon.
BOOKSTORES, YARN, BEVERAGES, NAPS, CAT
Manifestly undemocratic, in contrast, is the way Mr. Obama’s administration — in hypocritical defiance of the principles of openness and transparency he campaigned on — has systematically tried to bypass the media by releasing a sanitized visual record of his activities through official photographs and videos, at the expense of independent journalistic access.
Happy Holidays from Darien Library! This video in one year old today which means LASER FINGERS is also one year old:
Thank goodness. Can’t wait for for LASER FINGERS in Philly
- notanoriginalstory answered:Bookstore
- lecieltumultueux answered:Bookstore/bar
- icarntspell answered:Bookstore/art gallery/afterschool tutoring/hangout for k-12 !!!
- killjoyfeminist answered:A store for trans folks, where they could get the things they need to transition.
- art-is-quite-useless answered:publishing company
- laughterkey answered:Bookstore/cafe. Unoriginal, but lord do I miss it.
- yellowdecorations answered:SMALL BOOKSTORE. NO WAIT YARN STORE. I would totally love the yarn store.
HAHAHA I forgot who follows my blog for a second. (Thanks btw killjoyfeminist, you should make that happen.)