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I have been rereading a few of Madeleine L’Engle’s books, as mentioned in my previous post, as a way of honoring the memory of a much-loved children’s writer who died recently. (Although she wrote adult books as well, I really know her best as a children’s author. In fact she famously said: “You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children. “) Read the rest of this entry »

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Today I announced that on my coffee break I would be heading to the library across the street to return a couple of books, and possibly even browse a bit… (Hey, I had to remain true to my moniker, despite pressing homework for grad school!)

My co-worker, who is  a 1.5 generation Russian immigrant, and hasn’t visited a library in at least a decade, but loves books, perked up and asked if she could tag along. Read the rest of this entry »

More and more, I have heard through librarian friends and library school professors, librarians are being cast in the role of not just information specialists and educators, but also social workers. Libraries are often one of the few refuges for the homeless population. Some librarians see serving the homeless as part of their overall mission to serve the public. Others assert that libraries are not social service institutions meant to serve the homeless in any way further than in the way that they innately serve the general population and that local and state governments ought to pour more funding into shelters that are equipped precisely for this purpose, as they feel libraries are stretched to the max. Still others state that whether  Read the rest of this entry »

(Or, conversely, how private is private?)

Recently, I ‘ve been encountering qualms, fears and downright panic on the web, especially in the blogosphere, about the intrusion of privacy by social networking sites. Facebook is one that has drawn much fire of late, due to, I believe, that site’s astronomical growth in popularity (vs. the more “passe” MySpace or downright dowdy Friendster). But another cause for concern is Read the rest of this entry »

I’m bookish, I’m Desi, and, as of this past August, I am newly enrolled in Library School for my MLIS degree. (Very appropriate for a bookish person like me, I’m sure you agree, once you learn of my voracious reading habit!) But, as I have learned over the past couple of years from my on-line librarian friend and mentor Joy Weese Moll, these days librarianship is about much MUCH more than books. Read the rest of this entry »