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Librarians in the 21st Century: It Is Becoming Impossible to Remain Neutral

“I love working the reference desk. Like most people, it was my first introduction to librarians as a little kid: the smiling person behind a desk, asking me if I needed help finding anything. In my last semester of graduate school, I took a job working the access services desk at a medical library, where I could meet new people and help them the way that I had been helped in libraries throughout my life. Even as I gained more experience in archives, I continued to look for opportunities to assist at a reference or access point of service. Working in such a visible position, over the years, I have been constantly reminded that my interactions with patrons are a reflection of my body: my black, female-presenting body. In ways small and large, I have been reminded that nothing about libraries is neutral.” (via Literary Hub)

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As Evanston moves to fire ‘Cranky Librarian,’ e-mails reveal longtime board plan to get rid of her

“Evanston library’s “Cranky Librarian” problem blew up in a major way during the last week. As the library’s board initiated abrupt termination proceedings for Lesley Williams (aka “Cranky”), e-mails surfaced revealing that board members and the library’s director had been conspiring to get rid of her for several years. (via Bleader)

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Embattled Evanston librarian returns from leave; could be fired over Facebook post

A popular Evanston librarian who returned from a 15-day disciplinary suspension last week now stands to lose her job after a termination hearing before library officials Friday morning.Lesley Williams, the Evanston Public Library’s Adult Services librarian, said she could be fired after being placed on disciplinary leave again for posting, “Some organizations are true leaders in practicing equity and inclusion. And some prefer to post signs on their bulletin boards. Evanston Public Library” on her Facebook page.” (via Chicago Tribune)

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Michael Bierut: How to design a library that makes kids want to read

“When Michael Bierut was tapped to design a logo for public school libraries, he had no idea that he was embarking on a years-long passion project. In this often hilarious talk, he recalls his obsessive quest to bring energy, learning, art and graphics into these magical spaces where school librarians can inspire new generations of readers and thinkers.” (via TED)

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Librarian behind list of ‘predatory’ publishers still faces harassment online

“Months after an academic librarian deleted lists of “predatory” journals and publishers from his blog, a website with derogatory comments about his academic qualifications and mental health remains online. Jeffrey Beall, scholarly communications librarian at the University of Colorado at Denver, for years maintained lists of scholarly journals and publishers he deemed “predatory” — meaning they abused open-access publishing practices for their own monetary gain. The lists, while controversial — one publisone publisher threatened to sue Beall for $1 billion — were a resource for many scholars wondering if the invitation to publish a paper or present at a conference sitting in their inbox was legitimate.” (via Inside Higher Education)

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