FTRF, GSLIS at Illinois to collaborate on intellectual freedom course | News & Press Center
The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Illinois) are pleased to announce a partnership to offer an online graduate-level course on intellectual freedom for library and information science (LIS) students around the country. The course, to be taught by GSLIS professor Emily Knox, is the first education-related project of FTRF’s Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund.
Even though I’m graduating, I’m really proud that GSLIS is pioneering this class and think it’s long overdue. Emily Knox has guest lectured a few times for my classes so I have no doubt that her class will be awesome.
Kate Gavino of @lastnightsreading is live-drawing at @housingworksbks and it is just the greatest!
I stopped by the Bowery Poetry Club to hear Teju Cole speak this morning (along with Hari Kunzru and Katie Kitamura who I haven’t read) and fangirl-ed a lot to Lamya, my partner in crime for all things downtown literary fest, when I realized lastnightsreading was actively drawing the speakers. Also Teju Cole is just as great of a speaker as I imagined, somehow infusing even casual chatter with sharp literary references and wry humor, and that was all I needed on a sunny Sunday.
"If you have a Twitter account or a blog, I’d like to challenge you to join me in blogging or tweeting about your local library system every day of National Library Week April 13-19. Highlight some aspect of your local library that you enjoy or think other people ought to know about. If you maintain both a general blog and a library blog, I’d like to suggest that your #nlw14 posts go on your general blog so we’re not all talking to each other during NLW. But any blog or social media feed will do. Let’s demonstrate the advocacy and promotion we’d like to see people do."
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Afua Richardson illustrates the Negro Speaks of Rivers by Langston Hughes for NPR
(Source: doctafoo, via racialicious)
"I wouldn’t call my books gay-themed—just like I wouldn’t call my life gay-themed. I happen to be gay, and Nate is discovering the same is probably true about himself, especially toward the end of the second book. But, I would sooner call these books—and my life—laugh-themed, Broadway-themed, and Chipotle-themed. Nate definitely knows he’s different, but I wanted to write a middle grade character who didn’t feel awful about that. Being possibly gay is about the tenth thing on his mind—below musical theater and macaroni and cheese."
Why I love tumblr, no. 679.
Sometimes, I’m so surrounded by people who share my interests I forget about the naysayers. Like with graphic novels, my life is full of people who read them passionately so I don’t dwell on the fact that some people think they are lesser literature. Or even libraries, I am so confident in their value that I have to remind myself when advocating for them that not everyone shares that perspective. Tumblr is another one because when using the platform I’m immersed in a world where everyone is as obsessed as I am and totally unashamed about it.
But, beyond the pretty pictures and puppies (which have a ton of value), tumblr humanizes the librarian community for me. I’m in an online program that forces face-time and I love that; I deeply appreciate my colleagues and professors across the country and the diversity of opinions and experiences we bring to our virtual classrooms. And when working in a library I feel tapped into a network that practically pulses with creativity, but as a grad student seeking the next stage of my career, I feel somewhat disconnected. Who are the people like me? How do I match up? Tumblr gives me a good sense of what my peers are doing and I’m so grateful that I can share their ideas, their professional anecdotes and their personal stories. I only know a few of the tumblarians I follow in real life but I still feel connected, albeit in a very different way, to a larger network of librarians who understand the value of things like graphic novels, diversity in books, libraries and yes tumblr itself.
This weekend was a muddy, muddy mess but still super fun.
Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment, the same people who made amazing movies like Divergent and Hunger Games and Twilight are starting to work on DORK DIARIES.
We hope to see Nikki, Chloe, Zoey and Brandon o the big screen soon!
Read the full story here: http://bit.ly/1gu2U9O via The Hollywood Reporter
Fun! I try SO hard to challenge my students ideas about certain books being “for” girls or boys - and I get where they are coming from because we all operate in a highly gendered world of binaries - so it feels like a small victory when the guys try the Dork Diaries books and enjoy them.
(Source: yasimon, via teenlibrariantoolbox)
Harry Potter Chapter Art: Harry Through the Years
Credit goes to the rightful artist(s)!
(Source: grangerwarrior, via dawwg97)