Why I Am Afraid to Go Back To Work

I wanted to share a recent story from a library in West Virginia about incident where a patron refused to abide by the library’s rules:

The Heart of the Matter

I am not good at talking about politics or current events. Just because I have been silent on social media about what is going on, does not mean that I am not aware that I do not care about what is going on. My heart broke when I saw that video. My soul was inContinue reading “The Heart of the Matter”

Sorry, Black Panther Will Not Win an Oscar

Oscar season comes to an end tonight. Some anticipate watching to see which movie will win the best picture or which favorite actor or actress will win an award. Some look forward to watching the red carpet, all the fashion trends that will emerge. Whatever the reason, the night of the Oscars is a bigContinue reading “Sorry, Black Panther Will Not Win an Oscar”

Weekly Tea Discussion: Libraries and Publishers

Libraries and publishers, a very tenuous relationship. Both institutions are vital in this book market, especially with the number of booksellers decreasing and Amazon becoming a larger book retailer, but lacking a physical space. You would think with these downfall, both libraries and publishers would be working together. Unfortunately, that is not the case. LibrariesContinue reading “Weekly Tea Discussion: Libraries and Publishers”

Defense of Libraries & Defense of File Sharing: Not the Same Thing

I read this article on TorrentFreak.com and this author argued that if you are defending public libraries, you can’t oppose file-sharing over the internet because basically both file-sharing and public libraries perform the same functions. Here is what he says: Libraries and file-sharing do not differ in principle. The purpose of libraries was – isContinue reading “Defense of Libraries & Defense of File Sharing: Not the Same Thing”

#ReadingMyLibrary Challenge: Wrap Up

Well, that’s it! That is an end of very eventful and productive challenge. I didn’t get to read as many library books I planned. But I did save a lot of money for borrowing these library books (especially since three of the books I read were hardcovers): Reconstructing Amelia – List Price: $25.99 The GirlContinue reading “#ReadingMyLibrary Challenge: Wrap Up”

Day 25: Job Prospects

Like I previously mentioned before, I work in a special collections library and had the same library assistant position for the past three years. I earned my MLS in January 2014. Lately, I have been worried about my job. My job is covered by a union. I can’t get promoted and I can’t get a raise.Continue reading “Day 25: Job Prospects”

Can special libraries be too “out of touch”?

As National Library Week is coming to a close, we reflect on all the things that are libraries have done for us. At the same time, libraries across the country have also been showing their appreciation for what they do for their communities. For example this great parody: But as I saw libraries celebrating their existence,Continue reading “Can special libraries be too “out of touch”?”