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Muslim Journeys in the Tar Heel State

What’s up with anti-book sentiment in the Carolinas these days? Last week I wrote about a library director who got rid of a book she found yucky and then pretended to explain why while not explaining why. Now there’s a North Carolina congressman who doesn’t want a community college library to get the books from a federal grant it applied for. The grant is called Bridging Cultures Bookshelf: Muslim Journeys. It’s an NEH grant in collaboration with the ALA to get 25 books and a few videos about a wide range of Islamic topics into 1,000 libraries. It’s an interesting array of books, from histories and biographies to novels and books about art. Seemed like a well rounded collection, being given to a small library that probably couldn’t afford them otherwise. So why oppose the grant? Why he opposes it is hard to say for sure. It’s hard to pin down politicians on anything. Because he’s a politician, I assumed he was lying because I saw his lips moving in the video, but ...

Just Give Us a Reason

There’s some “censorship” afoot in the Palmetto State, and I’m not talking about the recurring attempts to remove the Confederate flag from the state capitol grounds. Besides, if they removed the flag, the rest of us might have to stop laughing at South Carolina, and where would the fun be in that. The director of the Greenville County Library removed a graphic novel from the adult collection of the library after a parent complained about the book. I briefly mentioned this a few weeks ago after reading this article, calling it a stupid decision, but the latest article on the topic makes it a puzzling decision as well. The basic facts are pretty clear. A teenage girl checked out the book Neonomicon from the adult section of the library using someone’s adult library card. Adult book. Adult section of the library. No porn. No children watching it as they pass through the library. Later her meddlesome mother discovered there were some unsavory parts of the book and ...

Librarians and Their Stressful Jobs

Apparently, being a librarian is one of the least stressful jobs for 2013, which is kind of odd considering 2013 is only a week old. How can we really know that yet? Specifically, it’s the 9th least stressful job for 2013, right there between Drill Press Operator and Hair Stylist. With that kind of specificity, we know we’re dealing with science! The other way we can tell we’re dealing with scientific analysts and serious journalism is that they present the information in slideshows instead of just giving us the list. Impressive! A kind reader sent me this link to an “article” about the least stressful jobs in which we find out that Librarian is #9. Here’s what we find out about librarians: 9. Librarian Median Salary: $54,500 "You're working in a comfortable environment. Your job is to help people use services as best as possible. Given that environment, stress levels are low," Lee said. "What's the most stressful thing a librarian faces? Teenagers with a ...

Do Public Librarians Have any Standards?

Over the years writing this blog, I’ve come to learn about certain sensitive and insecure groups. Southerners, for example. Merely point out that the the poorest and least educated states are in the south, and some insecure southerners will complain that it’s really great and that I don’t know anything about the south. Point out that a lot of homeschooling parents are doing so because they don’t want their children exposed to science education, and they’ll come out of the woodwork to tell you that’s not true, and that the earth is only 6,000 years old and you should just believe it and shut up already. Apparently romance writers are one of those sensitive and insecure groups as well, as the comments from last week’s post on Amazon reviewers shows. I merely opined that romance novels are all bad books and no one reads them for their literary qualities. There’s nothing wrong with reading escapist trash, but don’t try to dress it up as literature. One commenter ...

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