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Jennifer Parsons

Jennifer Parsons

Systems librarian and nerd-of-all-trades (geek of some).
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We have chosen access over privacy, and privacy is not an option left for us to choose. Because: don’t underestimate this. This is not merely a question of a technical slip-up in one version of an Adobe product. This is about the fact that we do not have the technical skills to verify whether our products are in line with the values we espouse,... - http://text-block.tumblr.com/post...
Requirements to be a Technology Librarian - http://text-block.tumblr.com/post...
mapsontheweb: A WWII silk ‘escape map’ of the Milan area Reblogged with Wikipedia link added. - http://text-block.tumblr.com/post...
mapsontheweb:
  
A WWII silk ‘escape map’ of the Milan area
  
Reblogged with Wikipedia link added.
Requirements to be a Technology Librarian - http://text-block.tumblr.com/post...
Digitization 101: The stratosphere in the library profession & a call for a change - http://hurstassociates.blogspot.com/2014...
They are churning out degrees to people who will never get a job - there are no jobs - http://hiringlibrarians.tumblr.com/post...
uwmspeccoll: It’s Fine Press Friday!! Today we are highlighting an item from our collection of over 70 Janus Press publications, nearly all of which was donated to UWM’s Special Collections by New York collector Jerry Buff. Claire Van Vliet founded the Janus Press in San Diego, California in 1955. She moved the press to Vermont in 1966, where she... - http://text-block.tumblr.com/post...
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It’s Fine Press Friday!!
 
Today we are highlighting an item from our collection of over 70 Janus Press publications, nearly all of which was donated to UWM’s Special Collections by New York collector Jerry Buff. Claire Van Vliet founded the Janus Press in San Diego, California in 1955. She moved the press to Vermont in 1966, where she continues to produce hand-made editions with letterpress, original prints, handmade papers, paper-pulp paintings, and inventive binding techniques to this day. She even did a one-year teaching stint at our sister institution UW-Madison in the 1960s to fill in for Walter Hamady while he was on sabbatical. In that year, she acquired UW’s first Vandercook flat-bed proofing press. After his return, Hamady continued to work on and teach with the press for the next forty years, subsequently popularizing the Vandercook as the preferred production press for several generations of contemporary letterpress printers.
 
Shown here is a copy of Van Vliet’s 1984 printing of Charles G. Finney’s The Circus of Dr. Lao. Printed in an edition of 150 copies, the text is Monotype Plantin composed at The Stinehour Press and revised by Barbara Luck. The text was printed by Claire Van Vliet with Susan Johanknecht and the plates with Tamara Schumann on Barcham Green’s de Wint paper. Van Vliet’s images are a combination of relief etchings and pochoir. The boxes and covers were constructed by Jim Bicknell with cloth that was colored on the etching press. This copy is signed by the author and printer, and bears Van Vliet’s signed presentation inscription to Jerry Buff.
 
See it in the catalog here.
Librarianship is a form of heroism. It’s just not as flashy as swords and dragons. - http://text-block.tumblr.com/post...
kelseyuum: Had a patron come in today who has absolutely no understanding of how to use the computer. He needed to access the e-mail his daughter set up so he could print a boarding pass to go see her on the train. The guy was probably about my father’s age, work boots and a beat up old jacket. Had me talk to his daughter on the phone (completely... - http://text-block.tumblr.com/post...
The Internet is the Wild West, and librarians are the gatekeepers. - http://text-block.tumblr.com/post...
shaebylynn: Hahaha I see what they did there The only thing that could make this cooler is if this were taking place in the mystery section of the library. - http://text-block.tumblr.com/post...
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Hahaha I see what they did there
  
The only thing that could make this cooler is if this were taking place in the mystery section of the library.
In case anybody was wondering how to catalog a live animal - http://hollis.harvard.edu/...
pickeringtonlibrary: lego-stories: Book monster When a monster calls…it brings reading material.  - http://text-block.tumblr.com/post...
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Book monster
  
When a monster calls…it brings reading material. 
diebrarian: silencewhippersnapper: For banned books week some of my coworkers an I will be doing “read-ins” (for lack of a better term) at various places around town - we’ll be reading with tape over our mouths, which I’m not terribly excited about, but it should be an interesting experience. This afternoon I’ll be reading SideScrollers at a comic... - http://text-block.tumblr.com/post...
thehappysorceress: Banned Books Week 2014 poster by Paul Sizer Prints available at October Kalamazoo Art Hop - http://text-block.tumblr.com/post...
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Banned Books Week 2014 poster by Paul Sizer
 
Prints available at October Kalamazoo Art Hop
Because I am 12 years old, apparently. - http://text-block.tumblr.com/post...
openbookstore: quirkbooks: hmhbooks: communitybookstore: Important update from your friendly Community Bookstore Pumpkin spice errr’thing. Where is this magical place? Fine fine. But I still like my books without anything in them… except… you know… words and stuff. ;) See?  SEE?  I told you it was just a matter of time! - http://text-block.tumblr.com/post...
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Important update from your friendly Community Bookstore
  
Pumpkin spice errr’thing.
  
Where is this magical place?
  
Fine fine. But I still like my books without anything in them… except… you know… words and stuff. ;)
  
See?  SEE?  I told you it was just a matter of time!
Libraries may digitize books without permission, EU top court rules | PCWorld - http://www.pcworld.com/article...
uwmspeccoll: This week’s staff pick is by Lee. Wisconsin loves libraries, and we always have. Wisconsin had a library even before it became a state; the Wisconsin territorial legislature allotted $5,000 for a library in 1833, which is the equivalent of $140,000 today! (A bigger budget than some public libraries now.) With many of Wisconsin’s... - http://text-block.tumblr.com/post...
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This week’s staff pick is by Lee. Wisconsin loves libraries, and we always have.  Wisconsin had a library even before it became a state; the Wisconsin territorial legislature allotted $5,000 for a library in 1833, which is the equivalent of $140,000 today! (A bigger budget than some public libraries now.) With many of Wisconsin’s residents living in rural areas, it was, and still can be, a challenge to keep materials up-to-date and relevant.  
 
Enter the Free Traveling Libraries in Wisconsin.  This week’s pick is an informational pamphlet on the benefits of these libraries in 1897.  The idea was to move books from library to library so that people can keep coming back for new books. Some of these libraries had their own buildings, but many were just a cabinet in a public building or in people’s homes. If this description or some of the pictures remind you of the current Little Free Library movement, it is not a coincidence.  The Little Free Library website, which began in Wisconsin, cites Lutie Stearns, the first Secretary of the Wisconsin Free Library Commission, and her “traveling little libraries” as an inspiration. 
 
See it in the catalog here. 
As a group, Millennials are as likely as older adults to have used a library in the past 12 months, and more likely to have used a library website. Among those ages 16-29, 50% reported having used a library or bookmobile in the course of the past year in a September 2013 survey. Some 47% of those 30 and older had done so. Some 36% of younger... - http://text-block.tumblr.com/post...
FOR THOSE WHO DON'T LIKE TO TALK ON THE PHONE BUT WANT TO HELP KEEP THE INTERNET AWESOME - http://text-block.tumblr.com/post...
When we say “this place belongs equally to every member of this community,” we’re taking a stand. That said, American libraries reflect a particular perspective on history and society that is situated, not universal. What we probably mean when we say “neutral” is that we value providing access to multiple interpretations and believe that people... - http://text-block.tumblr.com/post...
It's only a matter of time, at this point. - http://text-block.tumblr.com/post...
» Please Don’t Kill the Web: A Screed on [Web] Performance & Austerity ACRL TechConnect Blog - http://acrl.ala.org/techcon...
Why Your Library May Soon Have Laser Cutters and 3-D Printers | Design | WIRED - http://www.wired.com/2014...
"Must be nice to read books all day." UGH. - http://text-block.tumblr.com/post...
An open letter to the children of Troy, Michigan from Isaac Asimov, upon the opening of the Troy Public Library in 1971.  The letters can be found at the library’s website— included are offerings from E.B. White, Dr. Seuss, and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. Found via Letters to Children from Cultural Icons on the Love of Libraries | Brain Pickings) - http://text-block.tumblr.com/post...
An open letter to the children of Troy, Michigan from Isaac Asimov, upon the opening of the Troy Public Library in 1971.  The letters can be found at the library’s website— included are offerings from E.B. White, Dr. Seuss, and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
 
Found via Letters to Children from Cultural Icons on the Love of Libraries | Brain Pickings)
Why Archives are Awesome: A Top 5 List | INALJ - http://inalj.com/?p=29508
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