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Carla Hayden: The new librarian of Congress

Librarians are more freedom fighters than shushers” – Carla Hayden, Ms. Magazine

The new librarian of Congress on the value of ‘free information’

According to Hayden, the profession was “feminized” when Melvil Dewey, who created the Dewey decimal system, said “it was time to let women in because there was a lot of monotonous work to do.

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Women's Voices

Lecture: Villa of the Papyri

I attended a lecture hosted by the Friends of ANU Classics Museum in September. That lecture promoted further researcher into Herculaneum, Naples and its artefacts (including connections to my own research). 958 more words

Museum Collections

AN OPEN LETTER SENT TODAY FROM MIDLANDS TUC CREATIVE AND LEISURE INDUSTRIES COMMITTEE (CLIC) TO MARTIN REEVES CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL.

“I received the fundamentals of my education in school, but that was not enough. My real education, the superstructure, the details, the true architecture, I got out of the public library. 915 more words

Campaigns

When the Paladin Wins Out: A Library Tale

As I mentioned in my previous post, I have a paladin and a rogue vying for influence over my actions.  Sometimes paladin wins out, sometimes the rogue does. 798 more words

Movies

BIFF!! KERPOW!! SPLAT!! SHUSH!!!

Regular followers may be able to cast their minds back to the section where we discussed famous people who had also been librarians and will recall that the posts were overwhelmingly, in fact completely, dominated by men. 2,066 more words

Moving forwards by embracing what's uncomfortable

Earlier this year I went along to the annual conference of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) Wales because I’d been asked to run a one hour seminar session on my research. 999 more words

Academic Work

Books I Own but Have Not Read: A Challenge

Over the years, I’ve amassed an obscene amount of books, many of which I’ve read … and quite a few I have not. My goal this year is to not purchase any new books, and to read only the books that I already own and haven’t read yet. 188 more words