Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Why People Should Read This Book is Overdue!


As some of you may know, I an currently working on a Master's Degree in Library Science. So when I heard about This Book is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All, I wanted to see what it was about. Through this post, I am going to tell people who I interact with and you why you should read this book.

Why my coworker Candace should read this book: There is a chapter about tattooed librarians. And you are a tattooed librarian! The tattooed librarians in this books participate hang out with each other and participate in book cart performances. This sounds cool!

Why my professor Dr. Tu should read this book: There's this huge chapter about Second Life! You have been telling me how you can do virtual reference with Second Life, but I didn't know that a lot of the virtual librarians hang out with each other and provide help to hundreds of avatars per day! I think it should be mandatory for you to read this!

Why the archivists at my job should read this book: There is a big section about archivists! Do you know an archivist found a collection of boxing items and got them donated to a library? It gives me more of a idea of what you guys do with all of that stuff!

Why the county library board should read this book: At the end of the book, a new library is featured and they talk about all of the cool items that they have. They also talk about the struggles on how to go to one catalog system to another. Maybe that will give us some ideas about the system's future.

Why everyone else should read this book: Because librarians are breaking the stereotype that they shush everyone and look very conservative. Librarians are helping people find information (and this economy, help find jobs), reach out to their communities and protect the privacy of patrons. Librarians are very diverse and are ever adapting to the new technologies. Even though I am a "librarian in training," it made me appreciate the profession even more. I hope I am able to be as productive as some of the librarians who are featured in this book.

A Diva's Thoughts: Where have the writers' gone?

Yesterday, I got an email that Blair Underwood is coming to one of the Books A Million in Columbia on next Tuesday (May 25). He is promoting his new book From Cape Town With Love from the Tennyson Hardwick series, which I love. But that has me wondering: Why aren't the African American authors coming to Charleston anymore?

At one time, they did. A lot of them came to the Books A Million at Northwoods Mall. Several years ago, I remember standing in line to meet E. Lynn Harris when I Said A Little Prayer came out. I also remember meeting Essie Mae Washington-Williams and Omar Tyree (who was happy to sign my first edition copy of Flyy Girl). But sometime last year, it all stopped. In recent months, I have received emails about book events, but they all have been out of town.

I do admit that I have met a lot of authors, but also a lot of the time I've had to travel to meet them. I have met some during the South Carolina Book Festival in Columbia. I have also met authors when I went to my sorority's convention two years ago. But not everyone is willing to to drive. And not everyone is in a sorority.

I hope the Capital Bookfest will change this. The first major book festival in Charleston will be coming in November and is bringing more than 50 authors and 80 vendors to the Lowcountry. I got some details about it two months ago and it sounds like it will be a huge event.

There are also book festivals that are coming to Charlotte and Columbia later this year. But I hope that the people of Charleston come out and support this event. I feel that if we don't, we will be loosing out of more literary events and buying gas to see them somewhere else.