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03

Sep

The Only Online Platforms you Need (right now) | PC Sweeney's Blog

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The entire thing is a good read, and not long, but this is what stuck out for me.

With that in mind, I’m going to argue that the only two online tools that you really need right now to win a library election or advocate for your library are Facebook and Email. These two platforms can be used effectively in conjunction to build the relationships that your campaign is looking for in a more focused and streamlined fashion. These are two complimentary tools with enough depth, scope, and longevity to take the time to invest resources in and they connect with each other in a way that supports both.

The most important thing I learned in political advocacy is that its all a numbers game. As of 2013, the only two online tools with a high enough usage to be advantageous are, in fact, Facebook and email. According to a Pew Study, around 85% of Americans have email and around 74% of Americans have Facebook. The next highest user percentage rates are less than 25% of the American Public with Linkedin at just 22%, Pinterest at 21%, and Twitter at 18%. What this means, is that if you capture every Twitter user in your area and win them over with your message and they are all registered voters and they all go out to vote, you’ll still lose the election because that is just 18% of the public. Yet, 58% of Americans report that one of the first things they do in the morning is check their email. So, where do you want to be?

wocinsolidarity:

Attanya: #WeNeedDiverseBooks because I love science fiction and fantasy books, but I’m tired of authors treating dragons and robots and magic as more plausible than black and brown characters

Jennifer: #WeNeedDiverseBooks because… when I was 13 a white girl told me it was selfishthat all of the protagonists in my stories were Latina because she “just can’t relate to nonwhite characters.” She made me feel guilty for writing about people like me. 

Aiesha: #WeNeedDiverseBooks because…Black Girls are more than sidekicks or “sassy, ghetto friend”

Facts and Figures About Race/Ethnicity in YA and Children’s Lit:

#WENEEDDIVERSEBOOKS

Posting this a little late, but followers please take the time out to check out this post explaining the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign and more events to come over the next few days! 

huffingtonpost:

WE TRIED 3 METHODS OF PREVENTING AVOCADOS FROM BROWNING. HERE’S THE SAD TRUTH.
Everyone’s got their special trick for keeping an avocado from turning brown. Some people keep the pit intact. Others rub it with lemon juice. Some cover the avocado halves with plastic wrap. Chefs immerse them in cold water. But do any of these methods actually work? We had to know — once and for all.

huffingtonpost:

WE TRIED 3 METHODS OF PREVENTING AVOCADOS FROM BROWNING. HERE’S THE SAD TRUTH.

Everyone’s got their special trick for keeping an avocado from turning brown. Some people keep the pit intact. Others rub it with lemon juice. Some cover the avocado halves with plastic wrap. Chefs immerse them in cold water. But do any of these methods actually work? We had to know — once and for all.

For me, the path to a relevant, 21st-century library lies beyond digitization (our collections are moving closer and closer to open access, so digitization is paramount for their preservation and dissemination) in creating “serendipitous discovery.”
If we’re able to offer a tool – a visual display, a 3D printer, a gesture-based interface, an Oculus Rift for visualization simulation, a Makey Makey for inventing new links to monitors and other devices – that tips off a researcher’s interest and causes him or her to run back to an office or study carrel or computer and say “Eureka!” then we’re making a strong argument for the library as a place.
What’s more, if we’re able to train our librarians to make research easier in an increasingly data-driven environment, we’re making a good case for our services.

27

Aug

actuallyclintbarton:

alloyallusion:

Photos by Kilian Schönberger

http://www.wired.com/rawfile/2014/02/brothers-grimm-homeland/?cid=18104544

this is some straight up fairy tale shit right here.

18

Aug

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.

transformativetidbits:

sleepinginyourflowerbed:

If your comment on a conference call has me googling ‘eyeroll .gif’, you have conference called incorrectly.

Here are my favorites if you’re still gif hoarding rolls-eyes:

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nnekbone:

Black law students at Harvard take a stand for justice for Mike Brown
#Dontshoot

nnekbone:

Black law students at Harvard take a stand for justice for Mike Brown

#Dontshoot

19

Jun

earthlynation:

(via 500px / Mother’s love by Jan Pelcman)

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