second day with the new weblog

Hi. Okay so welcome to librarian.net at ibiblio! the reason this is not already at the new servers may be partly my fault. In any case, I said “come hell or high water” so I figured I’d add some content here. It’s a funny thing about that New York Times article. They included the text of my signs, not the signs themselves, and they cited my weblog, and not my name. Weirder still is they changed where I had written “National Security” and hyphenated it? I mean I agree that any publicity is good publicity, but it was just so weird.

Speaking of New York, and libraries, this understated library club looks like it might have some fun parties.

PATRIOT Watch: Karen Schneider has told me that this is a week for rejoicing. According to her, all state library associations have now passed resolutions against the PATRIOT Act. You wouldn’t know it by looking at ALAs website, color me surprised. Oh wait, here’s the link. How could I have missed that?

The “stack of random literature” that comes with the Librarian Action Figure includes a book on Bulgarian Flan, and the Devil’s Dictionary. [thanks jen]

Oh Lord help us. Tori Amos considers herself a librarian.

You have no idea how unglamorous it can be sometimes but if you think of me as a librarian from a different dimension, these are books that come to me in sonic form and I have to stay focused or I am manipulated. [thanks josh]

Georgia’s only accredited library school may be closing. The Black Caucus of the ALA is starting a letter writing campaign [thanks bill]slightly unclear on how prescription medicine works in this country. A nice idea, stupidly put.

meet the new site, same as the old site

Hi. So I guess this site was mentioned in the New York Times magazine [in a sidebar that is not online and so I haven’t even seen it yet] during the two-day window when I am switching to a new web host. The only time this site has ever switched to a new web host. Hello, I am Jessamyn West and this is my supreme being’s idea of irony. Updates resume tomorrow, come hell or high water.

first day with the new blog

Hi. If you can read this, then my DNS has propogated and I am now on the ibiblio servers instead of the eskimo.com servers. And I am running Movable Type instead of coding and uploading by hand. I am aware that some things are not yet working. This week I aim to get archiving and all the templates straight so that Oct 1 begins an “all MT all the time” world here for me. Send major complaints to the usual place. Let me know if stuff is broken. Tips and advice are also welcome, I’m pretty new to this CMS stuff.

past entry 25sep

Hi. OCLC responded to my email to them. They copied and pasted their press release into an email. Classy.

As It Happens, a CBC radio show, has a small radio spot on the Library Hotel vs OCLC dispute. [ thanks iboy ]

PATRIOT Watch: Send a fax to urge your senator to fix the PATRIOT Act.

PATRIOT Watch: The Maine Civil Liberties Union is sponsoring an all-day seminar on the USAPA. If you are in the area, please stop by. [ thanks aaron ]

Librarian Dolls Defend The Nation! An interesting article I am cited in, over at chicklit.

past entry 24sep

OCLC’s press release on the whole matter.

Banned Books Week over at Overdue Media.

PATRIOT Watch: Conservatives are really pulling out the stops on this Ashcroft vs Librarians dispute lately.

The unwillingness to keep vagrants out of libraries goes to the fundamental inability of leftist librarians to distinguish between maintaining minimal public standards and creeping fascism. [ thanks robert ]

The Sacramento Bee is doing a special report called Liberty in the Balance about the confusing overlap between civil liberties and national security. There have been two good articles about libraries, one about what present-day CA libraries are doing in the wake of the PATRIOT Act, and one about the Library Awareness Program. [ thanks pete ]

Just in case you want to check out the report I referred to the other day in which many librarians claimed to have been visited by law enforcement, it’s here. [ thanks george ]

Hey, it’s a moblog that seems to be all about pictures of books. [ thanks john ]