Nothing says: “Read Up, Groovy Babes!” quite like a bright pink pamphlet featuring Anton Chekhov on the cover.
We found this in an old folder entitled “Ideas from Other Libraries”. It’s from the Fiction Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia. There’s no clear date, but there are some markings inside that lead me to believe that this is from the early 70s.
Other fiction authors featured inside are categorized by nationality, though any author who isn’t American or English/Irish falls under the “Other Foreign Writer” category.
When my boss was describing it to me, she said “come look at this crazy library pamphlet from the 60s with Chekhov on the cover" and I dropped everything and ran over because I thought she was talking about Chekhov from The Original Star Trek. Part of me wonders if this was part of the original Fiction Department marketing tactic too. Tricksy FLP staff.
We were so moved by the UN Women's powerful new ad campaign that we made our own. Thanks to the UN Women team and Queerty for the inspiration!
Free & Equal is a United Nations campaign for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equality.
How did I miss this?
CARTOONISTS OF COLOR DATABASE AIMS TO GIVE ARTISTS GREATER VISIBILITY
The Cartoonists of Color Database is a new project by cartoonist MariNaomi that aims to collect information on people of color working in comics. The FAQ succinctly outlines the need for such a database with four statements: “For visibility. For academia. For inspiration. For community building.”
The database formally launched this week with over 700 creator listings, and MariNaomi has made a public call for people to add more information, refine the information that’s currently there, and correct any mistakes.
Artists who want to submit their names to the database can do so via this Google Doc form. That form can also be used to update erroneous information, or anything that’s listed as N/A. In addition to the master list of cartoonists of color, the site has separate lists specifically breaking out LGBTQ, non-male, and non-mainstream cartoonists of color.
I am honored to be included here, alongside a bunch of my faves (◡ ‿ ◡ ✿)
BiblioTechⒶ: Haiti Solidarity Trip Zine Report Back
A mentalist, two technologists and three librarians walk into the bar at the Prince Hotel in Haiti…
So we (finally) made this zine about our trip to Haiti in January. If you want a copy, send a donation (cash in the mail or Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org), and I’ll mail you one (or however many you ask for).
Crossposted from Facebook—sorry if that bothers you.
PS If you’re my friend and we always trade zines anyway, don’t worry about sending me any $.
PPS If anyone’s curious, though, any money we make from selling the zine will go to SAKALA for library materials. (Link is to a video.)
ahhh! can’t wait to read this!!
Many students in LIS programs arrive with intimate knowledge of a local community. They may have grown up in a town with a library, and they want to work in a community just like that one. We need to ask these students to step outside their own worldviews to understand and appreciate the vast differences in cultural and economic realities in the world today. We need for them to understand that American librarianship is historically a Western, middle-class profession that has always served to validate middle-class values and to acculturate immigrants to literacy and productive citizenship. We need for them to understand the interconnectedness between literacy and culture, and that when libraries provide services perfectly tailored for local communities, these services often appear alien or foreign to outsiders. Mostly, our students need to understand that being part of a community can be both comforting and limiting. They need to understand that most people are members of multiple communities, and that membership in community is fluid. Our students need to learn to create open, diverse communities and to challenge provincial ones. Literacy is a gateway to power. As institutions committed to developing literacy, libraries need to empower others and resist the temptation to hold on to power for themselves”
James K. Elmborg, “Framing a Vision for 21st-Century Librarianship: LIS Education in Changing Times” (via librarienne)
typical Wednesday, aka Jenna selects all of the zines for the Psych dept.’s Personality Lab. honorable mention: 🌈 socks.
Jenna, you’re the best!!
Also, that is a *fascinating* assignment. Kalmia and I did zine stuff with a class about personality once, too, but it wasn’t that take.
My boss: *looks through zine we made for Banned Books Week*
him: "What's this? Is this Beyonce? Is she moshing?"
me: "Yeah it's from her new album"
him: "Wow Beyonce is considered punk now?"
me: "Well people who listen to Beyonce aren't necessarily punk, but she herself is pretty punk"
him: "that's true. But what is punk has changed a lot"
me: "well punk is dead anyway"
him: "punk is a state of mind!"
How do I get a copy of this zine???
Here’s the collaborative zine that we made at this year’s ALA conference in Las Vegas!
Here’s a PDF you can view online!
Here’s a PDF that you can print!
Enjoy! : )
Oh man, I love this! Also, I had completely forgotten what I’d contributed and it was even funnier than I remembered.
P.S. The Zine Pavilion in SF is gonna be slammin’. Get yourselves ready.