“The opening text of the resolution states, “Whereas the Nation’s school, academic, public, and special libraries make a difference in the lives of millions of people in the United States, today, more than ever; Whereas librarians are trained professionals, helping people of all ages and backgrounds find and interpret the information they need to live, learn, and work in a challenging economy; Whereas libraries are part of the American Dream, places for opportunity, education, self-help, and lifelong learning.”—House passes resolution honoring National Library Week | District Dispatch
“Libraries, once considered a necessity, are now seen as a luxury. They are low-hanging fruit for budget pluckers, particularly at the state and local levels of government in communities across the country. It’s been a slow death by attrition over the past couple of years. First, it was the budget for books and materials because, after all, books and materials aren’t people. No matter that books and materials are what makes a library, well, a library. Then came the hours of operation, then the staff, then the closure of branches. No two communities are approaching the situation identically, but in cities from Boston to Indianapolis, the stories are increasingly dire.”—Art Brodsky: Our Public Library Lifeline Is Fraying. We’ll Be Sorry When it Snaps
Shine Step Studios started in January 2010 as just some informal classes amongst friends and has quickly grown into one of the best places to take dance lessons in New Orleans.
Based out of a beautiful Prohibition Era hall in the
Marigny district, we take pride in keeping that welcoming atmosphere that we started out with.
Students are welcome to stay through the break between classes and dine on red beans and rice with us, get to know their peers, and the teachers. We find that by sharing food we encourage new friendships and reinforce the tradition that binds music and food in New Orleans.
These guys are rad. If you’re in NOLA, go get your dance on, and learn to lindy.
Why do we in libraries tolerate this kind of arrogant behavior from a vendor? We’re the ones with the money. They should be doing what we want. We need to vote with our wallets and choose to work with vendors who provide the best possible products for the money, are fast to respond to technology trends, do not engage in shady business practices, and treat their customers with respect.
I encourage everyone to make your vendors aware that you are not happy with their behavior (it’s not like they’re going to smack you in the face for saying so). I also encourage everyone to vote with your wallets the next time you get to make a vendor choice — pick the one that does what you want, how you want it, and who has a good reputation with your peers. Don’t automatically go for the lowest price. You’ll pay for it in different ways later, believe you me.
“The people whine when we cut programs and then complain if we try to raise taxes,” said Porkchopp through gritted teeth. “My members are so worried about losing the election that I can’t get them to do squat. The lobbyists kill everything, and the senators are such prima donnas they think their gas smells of lavender.”—
It’s the same sad story all over. State’s lose funding for the libraries, and virtual reference services suffer.
Not in Washington State, though, where statewide virtual reference coordinator, Ahniwa Ferrari, is determined to keep virtual reference services up and running for all the state’s 6.7 million residents.
How will he do it with an almost non-existent budget? By providing all of the reference services himself.
Ask-WA, soon to be re-christened Ask-AhniWA, used to be a thriving reference collaborative with hundreds of librarians throughout Washington State offering their expertise. Experts cost money, though, and with shrinking budgets throughout Washington libraries, changes needed to be made.
When asked how he plans to replicate the service, which answers thousands of questions every month and is available 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week, Ahniwa replied, “Well, lots of caffeine, for starters, and I’m hoping people ask questions about things I already know a lot about.” And what things are those? “Magic: The Gathering, French and Russian literature, darts, swing dancing … I guess that’s pretty much it.”
Washington residents who used to access the service through ask.wa.gov will soon find themselves redirected to ask.ahniwa.gov, which will have much of the same functionality, though with some cosmetic differences. Previews of the new site are up now and available for comment.
For more information, or to ask him a question anytime, day or night, contact Ahniwa Ferrari at (360) 570-5587 or email@example.com. In the meantime, Ahniwa would like to wish you a happy April Fool’s Day.