“The man who has just found out he is going to become a father begins to simultaneously think in two different directions: how he can create more security for him and his family; and whether or not his passport is in order. Hey, we all have our moments.”—Roly Poly | libraries, life, and fatherhood in Olympia, WA
“So, I suggest some of the problem here lies in librarianship itself, and its aversion to aversion. “What your patrons want” (often imagined) isn’t good enough, if it kills the very institution that meets the need. I’d like to see a little less fawning over the wonderful ebook future and a little more fighting for our right–my right too–to truly own what we buy.”—Tim Spalding (@librarythingtim) on Free Range Librarian › Scilken’s Law and the Future of Libraries (via hadro)
Given the current revenue situation for the state, we have speeded production of our informational factsheets for the Washington State Library. These factsheets are available for your use and provide information on how the State Library has directly benefited your libraries and the residents who use your libraries. These factsheets are arranged by legislative district.
On Monday, November 8, 2010, the Chicago-based Urban Libraries Council (ULC) released the report Partners for the Future: Public Libraries and Local Governments Creating Sustainable Communities. The 33-page report explicates how public libraries can work with municipal and county governments to make their communities more economically prosperous, environmentally sustainable, and socially equitable.
When reeds are dead and a straw to thatch the marshes, And feathered pampas-grass rides into the wind Like aged warriors westward, tragic, thinned Of half their tribe, and over the flattened rushes, Stripped of its secret, open, stark and bleak, Blackens afar the half-forgotten creek,— Then leans on me the weight of the year, and crushes My heart. I know that Beauty must ail and die, And will be born again,—but ah, to see Beauty stiffened, staring up at the sky! Oh, Autumn! Autumn!—What is the Spring to me?
“So if you think your local library shouldn’t be funded because you haven’t used it in a while, think of it this way: would you want the government to close your local hospital if you’ve been healthy for a while?”