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How Book Banning Works

The first thing you have to realize is that there's a difference between book banning and collection development. There is no library that owns every single book. The Library of Congress, with its 838 miles of bookshelves, does not own every single book. So, each library has to develop a process for choosing the books it will offer.

The way libraries typically do this is by looking to the needs and interests of their unique communities. Every type of library - public, school, law, college, etc. - has a different kind of community; likewise, every individual library will have its own special flavor of community. My public library's community, for instance, is not the same as your public library's community, although the two will be more similar, generally speaking, than Tulane's libraries' communities, or the local elementary school's library's community. So, the goal of every library is to cater to its own community's needs and interests. Every library …

Banned Websites Awareness Day!

Today is Banned Websites Awareness Day!

To raise awareness of the overly restrictive blocking of legitimate, educational websites and academically useful social networking tools in schools and school libraries, AASL has designated one day during Banned Books Week as Banned Websites Awareness Day. On Wednesday, September 24, AASL is asking school librarians and other educators to promote an awareness of how overly restrictive filtering affects student learning.   - Source The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has a few excellent resources for those interested in learning more about banned websites - particularly those of you who work with (or have) kids in school!

How to be a Ninja Warrior Filter Fighter!Banned Websites Awareness Day Resources & Activities In addition, here are some more great Banned Books Week links! Affirm the freedom to read during Banned Books WeekCelebrate Banned Books Week with Graphic Novels.Banned Books Week Celebrates ComicsMidweek Round Up: B…

More Banned Books Week links!

More Banned Books Week links!

[Infographic] Banned Books Week33 Must-Read Books To Celebrate Banned Books Week Of course, there are many, many more that are just as wonderful...6 Books You Never Knew Were BannedWhich Banned Book Are You? I got The Hunger Games, which is amusing because...well, I wasn't a huge fan of the series, although I liked the first book well enough. How Censorship Shapes LiteratureTeaching Banned Books During Banned Books Week6 Historical High Points For Book Banning14 Things That Should Be Banned Instead Of Books

Libraries, Books, & AuthorsSpeaking of book banning...Highland Park ISD suspends seven books after parents protest their contentAnd to add to the "let's limit intellectual freedom" camp: School Claims Teen's Writing About Marijuana Use Is 'Drug Possession'Fun With Copyright Traps: 10 Hoax Definitions, Paper Towns, and Other Things That Don’t Exist I put this here because I know my librarian friends (and others, to…

It's Banned Books Week!

I love Banned Books Week! You probably already knew that, since I started celebrating early.

Given how much I love BBW, you might be surprised to find out I (mostly) agree with Kelly Jensen's article today: Please Stop “Celebrating” Banned Books Week. Here's a snippet of why:

 "Celebrating" banned books fuels the idea that it’s books we need to be protecting. It also fuels the idea that becoming part of an elite club of banned books is a badge of honor — a merit earned because of something done on author's part or a means of marketing that book.  Banned books week is about none of these ideas.  The ability to read any book you wish to off any shelf anywhere is about the freedom to thought. It's about the freedom not to have to jump through hoops to pick up the book everyone is talking about. It's about being able to decide for yourself whether or not you agree with the central premise of the book or the ideas expressed by the author of that book. It'…

Very Short List o' Links Today...

Lots o' Links

Libraries, Books, & AuthorsToday’s Woman of Library History is Dr. Alma Dawson, one of my favorite professors from LSU's School of Library and Information Science! She is amazing, and deserves all the recognition she could possible get. Related: Project Recovery: LSU Prof. Alma Dawson Tells the StoryWhy do people who love libraries love libraries?Ebooks or Paper Books: Your Best ArgumentsHow an East Harlem Bookstore is Getting 1,500 Books to Migrant KidsThe New Teachers' Aides: Superman and Iron ManBook Challenges Suppress Diversity "Diversity is slim throughout all genres of books and across all age groups — except when it comes to book challenges.  The message this sends is loud and clear: diversity is actually under attack. Minority perspectives are being silenced every year....Though some might protest a book’s explicit language, the real result is closing off dialogue and preventing readers from experiencing stories and lives outside the mainstream."La…

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year...

Banned Books Week is coming! Of course, the big question of the year is: Which banned book will you be reading? I'll be reading Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere (for the billiondieth time - I adore this book). I'll also be reading some of the Captain Underpants and Super Diaper Baby books, and passing them on to Swicky and Coconut to read.

Since the focus this year is on graphic novels and comic books, I intended to read Persepolis and Watchmen, but I got ahead of myself and read them last week.

Of course, I've put up the Banned Books display, and I'll be filming a segment for JPLNow on banned books (I'll let you know when that's out, and you can all hear how terrible my Southern accent has gotten). I'm also looking forward to my library's banned books read-out on September 24 - I think I'll read from Where the Sidewalk Ends. (I would read The Giving Tree, but that book makes me cry every single time. I don't want to cry in public - I don't cry …

What's All The Hullabaloo?

Are you all familiar with Hullabaloo? I'm excited - I can't wait to see it!

"In addition to helping save 2D animation, Hullabaloo aims to encourage girls to explore science and adventure. The film's two protagonists are both young women and both scientists who use their intellect, wits, and courage to fight greed and corruption. We hope that Veronica Daring and her friend Jules will serve as positive role models for girls of all ages and encourage them to get excited about science, engineering, and sci-fi." Hooray!

Libraries, Books, & AuthorsA Grumble: United States Courts Website Misinforms About Free SpeechPatrick Rothfuss: Thirty years of D&DHere are the longlists for the 2014 National Book AwardsCBLDF’s Banned Books Week Tour!Net & TechNet Neutrality‘Fast lane’ comments more than doubled FCC recordMomentum is building for a net neutrality compromise I still don't like it.Public Knowledge to FCC: A Million Comments Later, the Need for R…

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Just Links!

It's been a loooong day. I'm going to sleep.

Libraries, Books, & AuthorsAffirm the Freedom to Read During Banned Books Week, Sept. 21-27, 2014Net & TechNet Neutrality Advocates Make Last FCC Push as Comment Window ClosesApple shows iTunes users how to delete U2 album "The album, titled 'Songs of Innocence,' was automatically downloaded to 500 million iCloud accounts in 119 countries across the world six days ago....[T]he giveaway...backfired in the face of user complaints about having the 11 songs synced to their devices without their permission."Protest mounts on social media for Roger Goodell’s resignationScienceBurlington, Vermont Just Did What No Other City Has Done "On Monday, the largest city in Vermont announced that it now has 100% renewable energy — from biomass, wind, hydro — to meet the needs of its 42,000 residents." Bobby Jindal Calls Obama Admin 'Science Deniers' Sounds like something from The Onion, but, no - it&…


No one who knows me will be surprised that I like to play Dungeons and Dragons. DH and I recently started playing with a group once a week, and this past weekend we set up a game for Swicky and Coconut, as well. (Ranga doesn't get to play; he keeps trying to eat the dice.)

Last week, most of our group died. It was pretty terrible. One character - the Minotaur - lived. The rest of us have been rebuilding characters.

I'm excited! I get to make a new story...

Libraries, Books, & AuthorsRadical Librarianship: how ninja librarians are ensuring patrons' electronic privacyHistoric Darby Free Library struggling to keep it togetherBanned novel can return to district classrooms Hurrah! Publishers Gave Away 122,951,031 Books During World War IIDigital Literacy Is the Key to the Future, But We Still Don’t Know What It MeansNet & Tech Civil Liberties Advocates, Organizations and Whistleblowers Tell Congress to Oppose the USA FREEDOM ActMicrosoft Buys 'Minecraft' f…

Just Links Today...


Of course I remember where I was when I learned the news that an airplane had crashed into the World Trade Center.

I was on my way to class when someone I didn't know stopped me briefly to ask if I knew what was going on. I didn't. All he knew was that something terrible had happened in New York. I was sympathetic to his concern, but I was also running late, so I kept going. I made it all the way to the classroom, had arranged my things, and then sat in shock as my instructor told us what had happened.

I went to my friend's dorm room, where a bunch of us sat and watched the news - that's when I learned first that a second plane had hit the World Trade Center, and then that a third plane had hit the Pentagon. That's when I personally began to panic and started calling family - I had a cousin who worked in the Pentagon. By the time the fourth plane went down, I was a nervous wreck, and I wasn't the only one.

I was lucky - my cousin was not at work and was fine. I…

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Resistance is Futile

Ranga has taken up a new habit.
Right around 6:30 every morning, he wakes me up for twenty minutes or so of petting. He's quite insistent about this "us" time. 
Of course, my alarm clock is set for 7:00, so I am not thrilled about it. Still, it's hard to be upset with a fluffy ball of purr. I suppose I'll get used to 6:30 in the morning. 

Libraries, Books, & AuthorsHappy birthday, Leo Tolstoy! Everyone remembers his great novels, of course, but you ought not overlook his short stories! I'm particularly fond of Where Love Is, God Is. His non-fiction works are well worth looking at, too! Related: Leo Tolstoy: an epic Google doodle for novelist of 'astonishing scope and vigour' and Leo Tolstoy's 186th birthday: Google doodles the great Russian author's epic novelsGo Forth and Re-Read Your Favorite Books From Childhood: A DareCan textbook costs be controlled? "Drawn by their promise, universities across the country have begun exper…