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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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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Twenty Thousand Applicants Under Review

Recently the Society of American Archivist (SAA) Student and New Archives Professionals (SNAP) hosted Q&A on Twitter concerning job hunting. While I missed the conversation (it was probably a good thing because I would have been the biggest Debbie Downer), I read over the responses. In a small and competitive field it is easy to feel like you are the only one dealing with a problem. There is a Facebook page for archivists (and another for librarians) to discuss issues and ask job related questions. Usually, those pages will feature a new student or professional asking for tips on resume or cover letter writing. However, new students and job seekers rarely (if ever) are honest about the difficulties of job hunting. It was really nice to see fellow job seekers have a safe place to talk.

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