Part of librarianship is understanding of the purpose of your particular library. Libraries range from those with extremely specialized collections like museum, medical, and research to those with broader appeal like academic, primary school, and public. There are also archives, which can be described as a cross between a museum and a library. Knowing who … More Why Do Libraries Throw Away Books?
The electronic sound of a slowly retracting zoom lens buzzed like a chainsaw in a quiet forest. As I flinched at the sound, the bride and groom said, “I do.” The friend sitting next to me in the second pew of the church walks to the pulpit to do a reading. A loud swooshing crack … More The Scourge of Baby Boomers at Unplugged Weddings
It’s a different kind of tragedy when a great part of the collective human heritage is destroyed, but it’s a tragedy nonetheless. While watching Notre Dame de Paris be engulfed by skyscraper-high flames and billowing plumes of black smoke yesterday, my art historian friend Jenna remarked, “When the essence of personhood and how we measure … More The Power of Place
Mr. DeWine, Your vote to enact the Heartbeat bill into law negatively effects me, all women, all families, and all Ohioans. Your complete disregard for the rights of women to have autonomy over our own bodies and your blatant use of fear mongering for political gain is disgraceful and dangerous. You have endangered the lives … More The Heartbeat Bill
Objectively, pilots are cool. They fly enormous machines through the air at incalculable* speeds, get to travel all over the world, and have an entire plane full of people’s lives in their hands. Also, Top Gun. As the wife of a pilot, people frequently ask me about the profession, what it’s like for my husband … More FAQ: My Husband is a Pilot
“But! Obama shut down the government for seventeen days!” “YAS bitch! For HEALTHCARE!” This quote from record breaking rapper Cardi B really resonated with me this morning: what happened to the moral integrity of American Republicans, for Christ’s sake? (Literally, in most cases, for Christ’s sake.) Republicans have – in my lifetime – branded themselves … More The Morality of a Wall
The Patriarchy as a living albatross around my neck that requires constant feeding, but the only thing to feed him is me. … More What does The Patriarchy Want from Me?
There are two topics about which I often wish I knew more: feminism and capitalism. I read a lot and I want to start a book club with myself. I’m a feminist and have a grasp of feminist history, lite. I’m familiar with the names de Beauvoir, Lorde, and I know ‘bell hooks’ isn’t capitalized, … More A Book Club of One
Fresh from completing my Master’s (or is it Masters?) degree in Art History I had some pretty Hot Takes on the whole process, as you can read in my August 2015 essay, Grad School: One of Life’s Terrible Jokes. In the winter of that same year, I polished off my follow-up Masters in Library and Information … More What I Learned in Graduate School
Today, I want to help elucidate what it is we Librarians actually do. Public libraries are different from academic university libraries, school libraries, private libraries, museum libraries, and none of these are archives. I work at a standalone – we have no branches – Public Library in Ohio. Our community is landlocked by the larger … More What Even Is A Librarian?