The Catch-Up Round-Up
In which we find our hero spending her waking hours trolling about the web hither thither in search of all the news she previously missed.
We begin today with a stunner of a piece of news. One of the shocks I encountered upon starting a children’s librarian blog was the sheer lack of companionship. You want to know how many New York public librarians who specialize in kidlit have blogs that they are willing to share and promote? Two. Myself and my co-worker Warren. So it is with great pride and pleasure that I tell you that Warren and I finally have some company. Laura Lutz, the materials specialist of the Queens Library system, has finally begun her first blog, Pinot and Prose. I’m well and truly pleased.
Those of you who attended the Washington D.C. ALA Conference may recognize THIS balloon.
I remember looking at it and thinking, "Is there a branch of the DC library system called the Queens Branch? That isn’t actually from the Queens Library System, is it?" It was. They’re good at promotion, those Queensites.
I’d never seen the site Hogwarts Professor before. It’s a scholarly HP place with discussion points including, but by no means limited to, Arthuriana, The Rubedo, and "Smuggling the Gospel" Fallout. Thanks to Educating Alice for the link.
If you’re anything like me then you know that some publishers are free and easy with their tote bags. So free and easy that I’ve twenty of the doggone things floating around my cluttered little tiny apartment. What to do? Alison Morris to the rescue. The piece From Totebag to Skirt in (Not Quite) No Time is of primary interest to those of the female persuasion, but I’m sure there are some Scottish gents amongst you who wouldn’t mind donning a kilt via the clan Cat in the Hat if you were outfitted with a proper sense of humor. Alison is also asking for comments on what you feel is the loveliest and ugliest tote bags you’ve ere seen.
It seems appropriate that Jarrett Krososzka, the man who pointed me towards Bottom Shelf Books in the first place, should be interviewed there this week. Or rather, the members of Punk Farm are interviewed. Jarrett and Minh appear to be a match made in heaven. There will be a continuation of the interview on Wednesday.
Coming home, I’ve missed BB-Blog so terribly. And why not? Without BB-Blog would I have known about this reference tool that allows you to Choose the Best Search for Your Information Need? Would I have seen this little guy? Or this? Nope nope nope.
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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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