Dig Deep: Librarians At SXSW

What: Dig Deep: Libraries, Archives and Filmmaking

When: Tuesday, March 13, 11:00am-12:00pm

Where: Austin Convention Center, Room 15

For those of you down in Austin this week for SXSW, check out Dig Deep: Libraries, Archives and Filmmaking. The session features librarians and archivists who use their research skills to help bring film alive! Read an interview with the panel organizer Jo Angela Oehrli and here is a brief summary of the session from the SXSW website:

Librarians and archivists can help you find historical data when preparing the first draft of a screenplay; track down drawings and photographs to make sure your costumes are accurate; tap into new funding and grant possibilities; and traverse the difficult terrain of public records and documents. Learn new search strategies and tips that can benefit all aspects and stages of filmmaking.


Pinterest Challenge for New Librarianship

pinterest-logo (1)The authors here at We Are Librarians already love Pinterest for curating our personal tastes, wishes and inspiration (check us out). The resulting boards look fresh and attractive, and it’s just as fun to browse our feeds of pinners we follow.

Pinterest Challenges have sprouted up across the web, mainly for the site’s ease of use in quickly adding and organizing content. Finally, a library-related challenge has been created by Syracuse University’s iSchool, as described by School Library Journal:

The Pinterest Contest for the New Librarian is a search for a a few good boards that define and illustrate the future of our profession. But, well beyond the contest itself, the resulting boards should demonstrate the value of this tool for creating communities of practice and visual professional sharing.

We look forward to participating, and hope you do, too. The boards created for this contest are sure to be exciting takes on what the future holds for librarianship.

A Pinterest Contest for the ‘New Librarian’ via School Library Journal

Physical…Digital…It’s All Important

The Internet Archive is well known for its achievement in digitizing large amounts of content and providing free access online. This past weekend, David Streitfeld wrote an article for the New York Times about the Internet Archive entitled, “In a Flood Tide of Digital Data, an Ark Full of Books.” The article, however, did not focus on the Archive’s 15 plus years of contributions to digital collections. Instead, it highlighted digital librarian and founder Brewster Kahle‘s physical collection of books — which he hopes one day reaches 10 million.

Check out The Librarian (1947), which can be found via the Internet Archive.

Internet Archive is also hiring! Check out their job postings.

We Are Librarians Nominated for 2012 Fascination Awards

We’re proud to announce that we’re nominated in the Librarian Blog category for the 2012 Fascination Awards! According to the editorial team:

The Most Fascinating Blog Awards are an annual collection of the web’s most inspirational and thought-provoking blogs. To be nominated for the award, your blog must:

  • Inspire your audience
  • Encourage discussion through comment posting
  • Contain genuinely fascinating content

Blogs are nominated by our editorial team and are voted on by our readers.

We’re so honored to be considered! If you have enjoyed reading We Are Librarians since our launch in August 2011, would you be so kind as to vote for us? The voting will continue to March 6 at 11:59 P.M (EST).

2012 Fascination Awards – Librarian Blogs

Librarians Speak Out: World IA Day

New York might not have been one of the 14 international cities hosting a World IA Day event in 2012, but Lou Rosenfeld presented his keynote speech from Brooklyn, NY. He reflects on his past experiences in librarianship, information architecture, and usability with insight to the future.

(via WorldIA Day)

You might be familiar with Rosenfeld and Peter Morville’s book Information Architecture for the World Wide Web. Morville also presented a keynote speech, which similarly keeps in tune with the perspective of a librarian practicing information architecture.

(via WorldIA Day)


Libraries and COPPA

Social media researcher Danah Boyd has a question for librarians regarding the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)Why are some libraries choosing to restrict children’s access to public information?

We understand that abiding by CIPA (Children’s Internet Protection Act) is required to retain federal funding & discounts, but why COPPA? Boyd says:

I don’t know how popular online library access is with under-13s, but it depresses me to no end that libraries aren’t going out of their way to welcome children to their communities. I think it’s super important that children are free to be accessing library information, with or without their parent’s permission. What they can get through their public library is so much richer, so much better curated, so much better contextualized than generic online information. Why aren’t libraries actively inviting and encouraging children to join them? Why aren’t they targeting young people directly?

Seems like a broad overstatement, but is it true? I’m sure there are librarians out there who have a better grasp on this topic than us, so please go comment on her post. The discussion is lively and librarians need to join in!

Are Librarians Encouraging Public Libraries to Abide by COPPA? | Danah Boyd