Bobbi L. Newman
Speaker. Writer. Headed to CU Boulder for Communication PhD. MA PoliSci, MA LibSci. Dog owner, runner, gamer, knitter, lover of whiskey, & beer.

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Librarianship is a form of heroism. It’s just not as flashy as swords and dragons.
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Seanan McGuire, Chimes at Midnight (via cathylibrary)

I mean, I usually ride my dragon to work, doesn’t every librarian?

(via gtpubliclibrary)

We prefer griffons in Pickerington, but dragons are good, too.

(via pickeringtonlibrary)
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ebookfriendly:

What happens when you finish reading a book (video) http://ift.tt/1nufAlf

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nprbooks:

The so-called Big Five publishers — Penguin Random House, Macmillan, HarperCollins, Hachette and Simon & Schuster — don’t appear to be participating in Kindle Unlimited, Amazon’s new e-book subscription service.

Following the model of services such as Oyster and Scribd, Kindle Unlimited offers unlimited e-books for a fixed monthly fee. Searches through Kindle Unlimited’s library of 600,000-plus titles turn up bestsellers from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, W.W. Norton, Scholastic and other publishers, but no titles from the five major houses. Amazon’s recent dispute with Hachette has highlighted tensions between online retailer and traditional publishers. HarperCollins declined to comment, while Amazon and the other four publishers did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

More book news here.

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"Reading requires — especially today — intense discipline and the capacity to sit still and engage. It’s a skill you can develop, this quieting of the mind. Some books make it easier than others, sure, but the fact remains: A strong reader is a champ at refusing the sweet mutter of distractions. That damn laundry can wait and you know it.

My favorite place to read is in a dark bar mid-day. “

 (via A Shot And A Book: How To Read In Bars : NPR)

"Reading requires — especially today — intense discipline and the capacity to sit still and engage. It’s a skill you can develop, this quieting of the mind. Some books make it easier than others, sure, but the fact remains: A strong reader is a champ at refusing the sweet mutter of distractions. That damn laundry can wait and you know it.

My favorite place to read is in a dark bar mid-day. “

(via A Shot And A Book: How To Read In Bars : NPR)

Tagged: #reading #books
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Amazon officially unveiled an all-you-can-read subscription service on Friday that gives you access to more e-books than you could ever finish. That’s right, never have more books been available to you — unless you have a public library card.
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How Creative Hobbies Make Us Better At Basically Everything

When Google began its famous 20% rule (employees could spend 20% of their time exploring fun, passionate side projects), the result was a more productive, more creative 80%. Side projects boosted work performance.

There’s been research to back up this phenomenon.

San Francisco State psychology professor Dr. Kevin Eschleman and his colleaguesmeasured the effect of creative hobbies on over 400 employees. In two separate groups—one rated by coworkers and one self-rated—those with a creative hobby were more likely to be helpful, collaborative, and creative with their job performance.

As an added bonus, outside of work those with hobbies felt more relaxed and in control.

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Doing more with less is a bad joke on people who have made a living making something from nothing.

Libraries and librarians need to stop saying we can do more with less. We can’t. We can do less with less. Our communities are continually demanding more from us – more formats for content, more space for things like games, meetings, and creating both digital and physical things.

At the same time libraries are also getting less – less financial support, less public opinion support, less consideration, less support and partnership from big publishers and producers, and chosen less often to partner with other organizations and businesses.

There are many ways to address these issues but one of the most important ones is stop saying we can do more with less. Because we can’t. We can do less with less. And until we are honest with ourselves and others we are going to keep getting less. Despite our “smile and make the best of it” attitude the hard truth is that less for us means less for our communities and they deserve more.

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Cable’s trying to end #netneutrality & break the Internet for profit. Hours left to stop them battleforthenet.com pic.twitter.com/GoDrMZb4Co

Cable’s trying to end #netneutrality & break the Internet for profit. Hours left to stop them battleforthenet.com pic.twitter.com/GoDrMZb4Co

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Even if a female student gets perfect grades, she’ll remain unequal to her underachieving male peers. Overall GPA is higher for women, but men have significantly higher incomes.
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Another Depressing Element Of The Gender Wage Gap

Grades can be strong, but the patriarchy is still stronger.

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(via fastcompany)

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Living Stories, Living Libraries

New Tumblr to Follow! 

Tell Your Story

We are Looking for honest stories about genuine experiences. No need to share your name, but PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR ZIPCODE either with, or in place of, your name. Here are some questions to spark inspiration, but you can share anything about your experience with libraries or librarians.

Share a time when the library:

-Helped you through a difficult situation
-Made you laugh, made you think, made you reconsider
-Provided a needed space
-Taught you something important
-Contributed to your education, empowerment, employment, entrepreneurship or engagement

Or, talk about how your life would be different if your library didn’t exist. Or about how you met someone in the library, or found a job, or learned how to build a robot that folds your laundry. Maybe something as simple as having a place to sit by a sunny window and read in some gosh-darned peace and quiet. It’s your story, and only you can tell it.

At the end of your post, please encourage others to tell their story too. COPY AND PASTE:

Please visit http://living-stories-living-libraries.tumblr.com/submit and share your own story.

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futurejournalismproject:

News You Like to Use?
The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism surveyed 18,000 online news consumers across ten countries on their news habits. The results are available in their 2014 Digital News Report.
Related, via Al Jazeera, American’s faith in the news is at an all time low:

The latest edition of a Gallup poll that tracks confidence in media follows a decades-long trend that shows a declining faith in television and print news. The percentage of Americans that have “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in the three media formats now hover around one-fifth.
Twenty-two percent of respondents trust newspapers, 19 percent trust web-based news sites, and 18 percent say they trust TV. All three of those numbers are within the polls 4-point margin of error. 

Somewhat Related, via The New Republic: Does Fox News Cause Ignorance, or Do Ignorant Viewers Prefer Fox News?
TL;DR: Yes, but give it a read. It’s a great analysis of bandwagon effects and confirmation bias no matter your political inclinations.
Image: Most Important Types of News Among US News Consumers, via Marketing Charts and based on data from the Reuters Institute. Select to embiggen.

futurejournalismproject:

News You Like to Use?

The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism surveyed 18,000 online news consumers across ten countries on their news habits. The results are available in their 2014 Digital News Report.

Related, via Al Jazeera, American’s faith in the news is at an all time low:

The latest edition of a Gallup poll that tracks confidence in media follows a decades-long trend that shows a declining faith in television and print news. The percentage of Americans that have “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in the three media formats now hover around one-fifth.

Twenty-two percent of respondents trust newspapers, 19 percent trust web-based news sites, and 18 percent say they trust TV. All three of those numbers are within the polls 4-point margin of error. 

Somewhat Related, via The New Republic: Does Fox News Cause Ignorance, or Do Ignorant Viewers Prefer Fox News?

TL;DR: Yes, but give it a read. It’s a great analysis of bandwagon effects and confirmation bias no matter your political inclinations.

Image: Most Important Types of News Among US News Consumers, via Marketing Charts and based on data from the Reuters Institute. Select to embiggen.

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I’ve been planning this quote as my next tattoo for over a year
(via 18 Ephemeral Tattoos For Booklovers)

I’ve been planning this quote as my next tattoo for over a year

(via 18 Ephemeral Tattoos For Booklovers)

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the-fault-in-our-youtubers:

the internet summed up in one gif set

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Amazon testing “Kindle Unlimited,” an ebook subscription service for $9.99/month

Amazon is testing an ebook and audiobook subscription service called “Kindle Unlimited” that offers “unlimited access to over 600,000 titles and thousands of audiobooks on any device for just $9.99 a month.” 

No big-5 publisher appears to be participating yet, based on my preliminary glance through the test pages. 

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