Pop Goes the Library

Using Pop Culture to Make Libraries Better.

by Sophie Brookover, Liz Burns, Melissa Rabey, Susan Quinn, John Klima, Carlie Webber, Karen Corday, and Eli Neiburger. We're librarians. We're pop culture mavens. We're Pop Culture Librarians.

2009-09-27

It Isn't All Fun And Games

This past week, Mackenzie Phillip's memoir, High On Arrival, came out with the bombshell allegations of a ten-year sexual relationship with her father, the musician John Phillips.

Today, director Roman Polanski was arrested in Switzerland on an outstanding international warrant dating back to 1978, when he pled guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, a 13 year old.

Pop culture isn't all fun and games.

How up to date are your resources for victims of sexual abuse, assault, and incest?

How easy are they to find on your online catalog?

Do you have resources for victims on your website? If someone searched "incest" on your website, would they find information about organizations or get a "no results" reply?

These books often go missing; do you periodically look at your shelves to see what needs replacement copies?

2009-09-14

Welcome, American Libraries Readers!

You know what happens when your friends and colleagues get their issue of American Libraries before you do?

You get a lot of "you're in American Libraries!"...and you have no idea what is said.

What a relief when it's something great!

It's the August/September 2009 issue (as of this writing, not yet up at their website.)

On page 59 is Learning with Blogs by Mary Ellen Quinn. Many rock-star blogs are listed; and there is Pop Goes the Library!! Quinn's succinct analysis: "it's fun." AND THEN, it gets even better, because it mentions the contributors to Pop and their blogs: Carlie and her blog, Librarilly Blonde; Melissa and her blog, Librarian by Day; and me and Tea Cozy.

I'm not sure what is more thrilling; Pop being listed in the article, or our cluster of blogs being called fun.

So, thank you, Mary Ellen Quinn and American Libraries; and readers who have found their way to Pop, I hope you enjoy the blog!

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2009-09-11

Free Library of Philadelphia

I lived in Philadelphia for three years, after law school. One year clerking for a judge, two years at a law firm.

I used the library, back in the day.

And now; now I have friends who work there. Dedicated, caring, talented librarians who work in Philly because they care.

The City of Philadelphia is having budget woes, like pretty much everyone. Among other actions they are taking -- a total shut down of the Free Library of Pennsylvania.

The wording from the library website: We deeply regret to inform you that without the necessary budgetary legislation by the State Legislature in Harrisburg, the City of Philadelphia will not have the funds to operate our neighborhood branch libraries, regional libraries, or the Parkway Central Library after October 2, 2009.

More details about the closing are at the library website. Including the action that you can take.

Library Journal's coverage of the planned closings.

This is about more than libraries; as reported in the Philadelphia Inquirer, layoffs of police and firefighters are anticipated. Recreation centers are also closing. Senior centers are affected. Trash is going to a twice a month pickup. More from NBC Philadelphia.

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