Between the Cold Brew and Me

To curb any depression that has been sneaking in occasionally during the pandemic, I have taken to walking in the morning. I joined my public library book club but found it difficult to find the time to sit down and read while I was already struggling to do the same for my own books. One of the librarians mentioned that she walks and listens to the audiobook. So, I tried audiobooks in the car but apparently I cannot pay enough attention to both the road and the book. 

So, instead, books accompany me on walks. It’s a nice way to drown out the traffic noises on Long Island. The Libby algorithm was in my favor when I searched for audiobooks available. Ta-Nehisi Coates’ book Between the World and Me was the first title to pop on the list. Now, this book has been out for five years, during my “grad school” period of not reading. However, this book has gained popularity or at least came back to everyone’s radar recently with the Black Live Matter movements marching across the streets. 

I cannot recommend this book enough especially the audiobook narrated by Coates. I don’t read much nonfiction, however, this is unlike any nonfiction. Toni Morrison praised the book. Well, if Morrison loved it, I don’t see why the rest of us won’t!

Coates’s book is a letter to his teenage son with an underlining theme of the black body throughout history. Coates writes about national history and events through the stories of his life and memory. And as any person recalling memories to make sense of the world, Coates expresses his confusion and continuing process to makes sense of his attitude and actions. He does not sugar coat his stories or opinions for his son nor the readers.  

For drink pairings, I would pair this with a cold brew coffee. A refreshing and caffeinated drink to keep you cool these last few weeks of summer while awake during the long days of remote work.

Other Duties as Assigned

You may have noticed by now that your local library has opened its doors. After months of not seeing your favorite librarians, browsing the shelves, going to storytime, or using the computers, the library has finally reopened to the public. However, these libraries are not reopening as if nothing had happened. You may have noticed stickers on the floor indicating where to wait in line to check out your books, an excessive amount of hand sanitizer, and everyone wearing a mask. 

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Why We Stop Reading and Why it’s Okay

We have all been in that funk, when we stop reading. There is no shame in it. Go ahead, raise your hands how many of us are in a reading funk. I’m currently there now as I read Beloved by Toni Morrison (which is amazing btw). One reason for my pause on reading is because it’s too hot. It’s too hot to read in the living room, too hot to read outside, and too hot to read in the bath. I’ve gone back and forth in my mind, is the heat a good enough reason to stop reading. Well, yes.

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Librarian for Black Lives Matter

The Black Lives Matter was founded in 2013 after the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. While America was focused on the current COVID-19 pandemic, systemic racism and police brutality continued to murder Black men and women. The morning after the march in Seattle in response to George Floyd’s murder, I was reading Jane Eyre with an incredible sense of guilt. It wasn’t just my white privilege guilt it was also the guilt of reading an even more white privileged author and fictional character. 

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Impostor Syndrome Home Edition

The impostor syndrome hit me hard last week. Being a new professional is one thing, working from home is another, and the two combines is difficult. Like many lone arrangers archivists, I have inherited incomplete projects, unprocessed collections up to my eyeballs, and shoes to fill. And while I expected it to be an uphill battle, I did not expect to do it in the comfort of my own home. 

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It’s a Process

The Resume and Cover Letter Workshop series is open to all Information Science job seekers willing to share their resume and cover letter to serve as examples to others. Everyone has their own opinions on how a resume should look and sound and while there is no right answer, there are many elements to include in a resume. 

On the other hand, cover letters are unique as the writer. Again, as there are elements to include and the purpose of a cover letter is the same, it should always reflect the applicants personality.

If you are interested in sharing your resume and cover letter in this series, please fill out the form.

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Getting Cozy with COVID for Now

A piece by the newest Guest Writer, Biblio Brie.

Read more about Biblio Brie on the And Friends page.

Hello my fellow librarians, archivists, library pen pals, storytellers, library lovers, book enthusiasts and bibliophiles, alike! I hope you and your partners, your colleagues and your families are all doing exceptionally well while we’re all in quarantine during this unexpected pandemic with the COVID virus. It would be a HUGE understatement to say that life has change since the lockdown.

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First week….at Home

I am a place association person. What I mean by that is, I associate my home with comfort. The desk in my house is for creative writing or crafts. The reading nook is for fun and relaxing reading. AndI associate the location of my job with work. The location is a place of focus and productivity. My desk is for writing finding aids, attending webinars, and answering emails. The archive is for research and processing collections. 

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