Friday, May 7, 2010

Around the interwebs

So, there was this article in the Huffington Post: Faking Nice in the Blogosphere: Women and Book Reviews. And Liz at A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy has a response and a good collection of response posts from around the blogosphere. I don't really have anything to say about it except that it's my frakkin' blog, no one pays me to do it, and I'll write what I want. And, in fact, one of the reasons that I do not review books professionally is that I prefer to concentrate on buzz for good books rather than critical reviews of bad books. (Who wants to finish a bad book anyway? I mostly put them down...) And I don't give a hoot what Sarah McCarry thinks about that.

Who else is in the midst of Summer Reading Club visits to schools? Empathize or share ideas at the YALSA Blog (Summer Reading School Visits) and the ALSC Blog (Count Down to Summer Reading: School Visits). All I'm gonna say is that as of the time of this posting, we've got 3 down, 12 to go.

Travis of 100 Scope Notes pointed me to a post about dangerous statements for librarians to make. It's aimed at school media folk, but ALL librarians should take a look. Check it out. If you find yourself making any of the statements on the list, it might be time for a priority shift. We librarians (and probably most people reading this blog) know exactly why everyone should use the library and budgets should not be cut. The rest of the world has to be convinced.

Speaking of Travis, he's challenging us to post nontraditional book reviews for the Nonfiction Monday he's hosting on May 24. My thinking cap is officially on!

And that's all I've got for you this week - happy weekend!