TILT #67 — quick, while everyone is in a good mood…!
Happy New Year! New logo, nothing like a fresh new logo. Watching a whole bunch of women get sworn into the US House of Representatives is cheering me, a lot.
- Trans flag hanging in the House’s hallway
- Only seven years after there was finally a BATHROOM for women put off of the House floor
- Ilhan Omar!
- All these swearing-in books!
I was checking my New Year’s newsletter last year and remembered that I was talking about (racist hate site) MartinLutherKing.org and how we needed to stop linking to it in our web literacy classes. Went back to check and oh hey….
I am partial to the Make Racists Afraid Again slogan. Maybe you are too?
If you’ve been a longtime Flickr user like I have, you’ve had to make some choices recently about your account. I’m staying. Institutions which are part of The Commons can keep on keeping on. Nonprofits can get free accounts; you’ve got a few more days to contact support if you’ve been running your library account from a personal account and just never got around to changing it. I just found this cool ten year old picture on Flickr today. RIP Yale card catalogs.
If you’ve got photos on Facebook and are trying to extract them, Tara Calishain has a good explainer on how to do that (with bonus cat photos).
I finished my year-end posts summing up the libraries I’ve visited (45) and the books that I’ve read (114). I did a lot less public speaking this year. 2019 should see me sticking closer to home (I have carbon concerns about flying and I just like it here) but let me know if you’re in the local area and could use a privacy talk.
Speaking of privacy here is a plug for The Library Freedom Institute which is an IMLS-funded program to get more librarians privacy-educated (at no cost to them). Consider applying to this program, it’s terrific. Also 1Lib1Ref is coming up on the 15th. Add a citation to Wikipedia and help it be better!
It’s winter so I’ve been reading more.
- An essay on things to think about Before You Make a Thing.
- Some one-hour tutorials if you’re interested in learning to code (not that everyone has to)
- How do we connect the under-connected… what does the road map look like?
Speaking of the under-connected, the National Digital Inclusion Alliance, of whom I am very fond, released a census tract level map of internet connectivity (actual, not potential) for the entire United States. Such good information. There I am, right on the edge of 20–40% of households with no home internet of any kind.
I mentioned in a previous newsletter I’ve been working with the Internet Archive to try to help them serve print-disabled users. It’s going okay. This accessibility page at Hathi Trust is clear and sensible about what options they have. I hope the Archive can one day emulate it.
Drew Kerr is a photographer in New York City who was supposed to have a photography exhibit at a branch of the Queens Library which was cancelled, via a letter from the library’s lawyer, a week before the exhibit was set to open. The photographs were of people riding the 7 train and were taken without their permission. The artist is understandably unhappy. I learned about this via ALA OIF’s Intellectual Freedom News which I get in my email. If anyone knows more about this story, I’d love to hear it.
December 22nd is now Library Grabass Day on twitter, thanks to this ridiculous thread which I may have accidentally started and which caused my “top mention” on twitter in December to be from Steak-umm. A useful thing I learned was this great big list of librarian hashtags which I had missed when it went around in May. Maybe you did too? Another thing I learned about: Tiny Library Bot.
The last few books I read in 2018 were mostly good ones, except the one which didn’t have any female speaking roles until 75% of the way through it. Hint: it’s not the one with the word MAN in the title.
I plan to tweet my reading list this year, but I have to finish a book first. The days are getting longer folks, thanks for reading.