Category libraries

scary books from YRL

Over the past week, the UCLA’s Charles E. Young Research Library (YRL) has been featuring “scary” books from its special collections on its Facebook page. I think that is a fantastic idea, a great way of showcasing some of our fabulous materials. Oliver Mattheusens, a library assistant in my department, has certainly been enjoying himself […]

Mobile phones, toilets and libraries – beyond access

Originally posted on Wait… What?:
Everybody loves memes and those who work in or care about international development are no exception. One meme that popped up early 2010, is the oft-quoted “there are more mobile phones than toilets.” Apparently, the origin of the phrase was the India census. Subsequently, the statistic was used to raise…

cool libraries

I love architecture, and I love libraries. CNN Go’s post on 7 of the coolest libraries in the world combines both. I’ve seen a few of these lists or albums going around. I’ve probably already seen this one before. Of the 7 on this list, I’ve only been to one: Trinity College Library in Dublin. […]

university city public library

I travel a lot. I keep telling myself that I really should visit libraries more when I travel so I can blog about and show pictures of them. I almost always forget. Last week I was in St. Louis, Missouri, prior to attending the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color. I was traveling with a […]

social justice bibliography

In 2008-2010, I was a member of the 2010 Program Committee of the Anthropology and Sociology Section (ANSS) of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). We were charged with putting on the ANSS program for the 2010 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference. In honor of the conference location–Washington, DC), we put on: […]

what’s in a name?

I wrote this post way back in September, but I guess I never finished it. Since I’m going to write some more on this topic, I’m going to go ahead and publish this now. Here is what I wrote then: When I started to write my post on our new reference reading room, I immediately […]

renovations & revelations

For almost two years now, the main floor of my library has been under renovation. During this time, this is what happened to the services and departments on that floor: Information desk: GONE. (Most people probably asked questions at the circulation desk.) Circulation desk (including holds and graduate reserves): STAYED in place, though had to […]

library day in the life 7.5

Or, TGIF! I’m writing this post really late, and I’ve forgotten most of what I did on Friday, really. But it was an exhausting week, not only work-wise, but also with the writing of these posts. (It was taking me 3 hours to write these posts, so I was going to bed after midnight, and […]

library day in the life 7.4

Or, A Day for Details Today was supposed to be a day to buckle down and focus on my Southeast Asian serials review. And I did do that. But I also didn’t. I had a hard time getting started this morning. In my usual check of various email accounts and social networking sites, I was […]

library deja vu

While at UVA, we took a campus tour, which included a stop at the Brown Science & Engineering Library in Clark Hall. I’m not sure why they chose that library to show us, but I think it may be because of the murals. As soon as I saw those murals, I thought, hey, I’ve seen […]