“While we’re at it, can we stop insulting the people who still come in? I mean, we’re hopelessly obsessed with counting them, so the least we can do is not look down our high brow noses at them, right? If someone comes in and checks out DVDs and NEVER TAKES OUT A BOOK, so what? If someone comes in repeatedly for programs but NEVER TAKES OUT A BOOK, who cares? If someone TAKES OUT ALL THE BOOKS and never signs up for anything else, who cares? We seem to believe in this hierarchy of services and the patrons who use them. Book users are, of course, at the top. But, of course, we also parse out book users. RESEARCHERS are at the top. Fiction readers are at the bottom. Genre fiction readers are clinging to the bottom rung. Urban fiction readers are under the ladder. Under the urban fiction “readers” sit the CD/DVD/Video game users. Under them (because at least they’re checking things out) are the computer users. You get extra points if you’re coming in with your own computer, but still…not enough to boost you up a rung. Sorry, love. Under them…I’m sorry, I can’t see down that far. I check out books.”
Great stuff from my blogging partner!
A few days ago in a parking lot in Lisbon wheelchair users and volunteers occupied all the available Non-Handicap spaces to make a point to able-bodied motorists what it is like to have “their” parking places unavailable to them.
On every wheelchair various notes were left like: "be right back", "it only takes a moment", "I’m get something here", etc.
Reblogged this yesterday from a different source, but I think this photograph is more powerful.
I love this so much I’ll reblog it a million times!
So I know it’s not Tuesday, but my SLAIS colleagues and I are discovering more and more librarian birthdays in December all the time, and we’re wondering if it’s some kind of trend - are winter babies more likely to go into the information professions? Reblog with your birth month!
April! (Not a winter baby, sorry!)
January!! Just one month after Christmas :)
I was talking to my brother about women’s attitudes towards their bodies, especially regarding weight/fat, and when he said “most guys don’t notice/care about that kind of thing,” I tried to explain why it was a lot more complicated than that. I ended up telling this story.
Body image is something that’s so hard to talk about, and it’s hard to express body positivity without sounding cheesy, false, or overly simplistic. But I’m gonna try. This is only my own experience, and it didn’t magically cure me of all my body image issues - but it was a major turning point for me nonetheless.