Not Your Space. MY Space.
I can’t read everything. Stuff is bound to slip through the cracks sometimes. Still, while looking at a MySpace page for a fictional character today I couldn’t help but notice that there are whole library systems out there with pages of their own. Hennepin County Library has one. Central Falls Free Public Library another. Even the Enoch Pratt Free Library comes up. I stand amazed. I also couldn’t help but wonder how a library system decided on whether they were male or female. Hennepin and Central Falls both decided that female was the way to go. Enoch Pratt, helped by the masculine name, decided to fall on the XY side of the equation. New York Public Library, suffice it to say, does not have a MySpace page, nor will they for some time, I suspect. Still, it’s interesting to watch. I wonder how widespread this phenomenon is at this point in time.
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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