This article spoke to me on many levels: as a human, an internet person, but most especially as a librarian. There have been times in my life where my non-librarian friends have questioned why I teach our adults about things like Facebook.
"Facebook? Uggh. Why can’t you teach them something useful.”
It’s fine. I get it. This type of person doesn’t realize that just having the ability to think Facebook is stupid is a privilege in itself. In order to have an opinion on Facebook, you first need to have knowledge about it.
But what struck me most about this article is our responsibility as librarians to combat the digital divide that is forming between “internety people” and “non-internety people” and make sure it doesn’t become a menace to society (any chance I get to use that phrase, taking it).
I’d like to propose an idea. It’s something I’ll probably try in my library (having just decided this three minutes ago). I welcome thoughts from other librarians and also would love to see someone try something similar in their communities:
As You May Know, I am a Full Time Internet: Internet 101 Series
What is a Meme?
Students will learn the definition of a meme, the origin of the term, and then look at different examples. We’ll take a look at I Can Haz Cheeseburger? Fail blog, Forever Alone, the Ridiculously Photogenic Guy, Insanity Wolf, and more. We’ll discuss our thoughts on how we think memes go viral and then we’ll try creating our own memes!
Haters Gonna Hate: Internet Trolls and How to Spot Them
In this class, we’ll take a look at different blog posts and explore the comment threads below. We’ll compare and contrast commenting guidelines from different online communities. Students will learn how to spot internet trolls by digging deeper into their commenting history.
Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction?
Students will learn how to look up the edit history for Wikipedia articles. The instructor will demonstrate how easy it is to modify a Wikipedia article and the consequences of doing so. Making use of the footnotes and References section, we’ll fact check a statement from a Wikipedia article to determine whether it can reasonably be considered factual.
And then I’d supplement these classes with a class on finding long-form journalism articles on the web, online security, and a live “appy hour” because I think they would fit in nicely. There. Steal my ideas. I’m here to help!
The above article is fantastic. The paragraph that stood out to me was:
"I’m wondering if the new digital divide–along the lines of the book–is not about access but about people who have the time, energy and skills to develop new media literacy and those who don’t. If average is over, then the wealthy aren’t bothered by the plummeting reliability and outright corruption in online media, because they have the means to mitigate it, if it even affects them in the first place (wealth is a great insulator). Meanwhile, the rest of society is left out in the cold at the mercy of pageview magnets–and worse yet, don’t even know this is the case.”
Also, great ideas for digital literacy ‘Internet 101’ ideas, youtastelikenachos!
It happens to all of us: the flight delay, or the unexpected layover, and you suddenly find yourself without adequate reading material. We’ve combed the bestseller lists — which usually dictate what’s on the shelves at the airport — to give you our suggestions for what might fit that lose-yourself-in-some-world-that’s-not-the-Columbus-airport needs this holiday.
Cool idea, Flavorwire. Also, The Goldfinch is next on my to-read list (if I can get my hands on it).
Increasingly, a [library’s value] is less about the resources that they offer their communities, but rather how they combine their resources, services, space, outreach, and expertise, to resolve and meet community challenges in the areas of education, government engagement, employment, and other articulated community needs.
MY NOVEL GETS PUBLISHED IN ELEVEN DAYS AND I WOULD LIKE TO GIVE YOU A COPY OF IT
How are you guys holding up in anticipation of September 5, 2013, the day that my debut YA novel Vivian Versus the Apocalypse is published by Hot Key Books and literature as we know it changes forever*? Are you vomiting every day OUT OF SHEER EXCITEMENT? I feel that.
Tumblr, you have been so very good to me over the last five years. Together we’ve laughed, we’ve cried, we’ve stared transfixed at Harry Potter gifs. Without you, I probably would have produced 100% more writing than I’ve produced with you, but that’s neither here nor there. I love you, People of Tumblr. And because I love you, I would like to give one of you a free (FREE!) copy of Vivian. I don’t do this in exchange of a glowing five-star review, or even a promise of your reading it from cover to cover—I do it just as a token of my love and appreciation. (However, if you could post multiple selfies of yourself with Vivian over the course of the next few months, along with the captions “WOW BEST BOOK EVER” or “ERNEST HEMINGWAY WAS A FRAUD,” I wouldn’t object.)
Here is how to get your hands on this 288-page thrill ride: either 1) reblog this post, or 2) send me a message over the next seven days. Include in this message either a question (about the book, about writing, about myself, about cheeseburgers) OR a detailed description of how and when you think the apocalypse will hit, and your plans for surviving it. YES WE’RE GETTING DARK HERE, PEOPLE. Next Sunday, I will randomly select a winner. Then I’ll send you my book! Inside I’ll write you a personalized note based on the contents of your Tumblr. So like if you post a lot of pictures of Benedict Cumberbatch, I’ll be like, “Have you ever seen Atonement? Shit’s cray, right?” And then you’ll have something to treasure for the rest of your life.
It is a very scary, exhilarating thing, to write a book and then send it out into the world. Having this sweet, intense, hilarious Tumblr community to visit makes the process a little easier. I LOVE YOU GUYS.
Oh, and also you can:
- BUY VIVIAN VERSUS THE APOCALYPSE
- READ THE FIRST TWO CHAPTERS ONLINE
- ADD IT ON GOODREADS
- FOLLOW ME ON THIS WEBSITE AND OTHERS.
*Deliberately overstated for comedic effect.
I will obviously buy this if I don’t win it but everyone you should reblog this because it will be great.
Buy the book! Buy the book!
I don’t even care about getting a free copy because I know I’m going to buy like 17 and shove them into the hands of our patrons. But I want everyone to know about this book and about Katie Coyle.
I’ve been thinking a lot about this, actually. Full Disclosure: I’m on episode 20 (Poetry Week). I’m listening to WTNV with my husband so I have to be patient and slow and uuuugggghhhh. So I hear there is more library stuff coming? But what little I’ve gotten has given me SO MANY THOUGHTS.
For one thing they have a biography section. Considering it has the biography of Helen Hunt, I’m assuming it’s the adult section that Cecil was complaining about! Down here in my collection we have pulled all the biographies into the 921s which is normal for a children’s collection but adult collections tend to go the traditional route of putting a biography in with the material it’s about. Being Santa Claus by Sal Lizard is about a guy who dresses up as Santa Claus and it’s in the 394.2663s - aka the Christmas section. A Beautiful Mind (which you might know from the movie of the same name) is in 510.92 - the Mathematics section. A biography of Helen Hunt would be in the 791.45028 section - with all the other actresses biographies. So the fact that they have all the biographies together? That leads to QUESTIONS! Do they have all the biographies together under 921? (If they use the LOC classification they’d have pretty much the same problem. The biographies would be in different places based on the subject matter. I’m a Dewey girl, though, so that’s what I’m going with.) Did they (and this is the theory I’m going with) go completely BISAC? BISAC is the bookstore style method of classification. I feel like it would work really well in Night Vale?A big sign that says “biographies” over there and another that says “blood stone care and keeping” over thataway. I’m especially excited to think about what they did to their picture books section! I’m thinking that they would have subjected them out (is there a word for organizing your picture books by subject instead of by author? I’m sure there is.) Darien Library has a great slide show of how they reclassified their picture books by subject and the librarians in Night Vale seem like that’s how they’d want them. No nonsense - you want books on a specific subject? Here are books on a specific subject. Boom.
One thing I feel like the Night Vale Library needs to change is their public perception. Information Literacy is very much needed in Night Vale. Libraries spend a lot of time teaching patrons how to know which information to trust, which information to take with a grain of salt, and what’s straight up fiction. I’m assuming that this is why the librarians have gotten such a bad rap in Night Vale, and that the librarians are legitimately trying to do their jobs! (Y’all who have listened to episode 28 are all probably laughing at me for this.) The city Council tells us, “Do not listen to the Angels. They only tell lies, and do not exist.” Someone who has taken an informational literacy class from the Night Vale librarians would know why that statement would be suspect.
You know, if the terror of the librarians is really just misinformation from the City Council and the secret police, I feel like the city government would have been better to get the librarians on their side. They want people to stop asking about the dog park? Get the librarians to remove all books about Dogs from the library. There never was a section about dogs in the library. The pet section has always been cats, tarantulas, and snake monkeys. The library could have a program about the dangers of Wheat and Wheat by-products. And how great would it be if Carlos spent time working in the Night Vale library’s Maker Space? Using their 3d printer to construct a device that helps him figure out what is going on in Night Vale. Having people stop by where he’s working to give testimonials about what they do with their whole extra day in the week! All that! But first? They need to fix their public perception problem.
When I’ve listened to a few more episodes my thoughts might drastically change. We’ll see.
LP is just the best.