Hello! Here is a little Valentine’s present for you: we will be closed this Friday, Saturday, and Monday. Go have fun!
While we are closed, enjoy this love poem…
Hello again! I hope that you had a great winter break. Did you get a chance to relax at least a little? Did you do any reading?
One of the things that your faithful correspondent did was do some reading of her own. I checked out three books from the library here, checked out a couple of e-books from the public library, and bought some books from Amazon. If you’re interested, here’s a little summary of what I read, if you are looking for something to read yourself…
Right now I am reading Cat Girl’s Day Off, about a girl who can talk to cats, who is trying to solve a mystery surrounding a movie that is a take of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” Ask me, and I’ll tell you how it is once I finish.
Today is the last day of finals! Isn’t that awesome? I’m sure your brains are quite relieved to have a little break from all the schoolwork. Here are a few things to keep in mind (so to speak) while you are catching your breath:
That’s it for 2014. Have a great, relaxing, and safe break. See you next year!
Are you confused by all of the pamphlets, phone calls, and emails that you’re getting about the election tomorrow? Here are a few resources that can help you out:
Don’t forget to do your civic duty tomorrow! As they say in Chicago, vote early and vote often!
A book has been chosen for 2015’s One Book One Campus read. The title is Always Running: La Vida Loca, by Luis J. Rodriguez. It’s about the author’s experiences in the gang scene in Los Angeles. This is a riveting read, and it has earned the 1993 Carl Sandburg Literary Award for Non-Fiction, and many other accolades.
Mr. Rodriguez was just selected as the Poet Laureate of Los Angeles. He will be writing poems talking about the amazingly vibrant city. In his acceptance speech, he spoke about his experiences with the public library.
We are excited to be able to incorporate this powerful book into our college. There will be more information about activities in the coming months.
If you are interested in checking out a copy, it is available in the Main Stacks at HV6439.U7 L77 2005.
Every so often, something happens in Library Land that is important enough to bring attention to it. This is one of those times.
Two librarians, nina de jesus and Lisa Rabey, have had a civil suit brought against them by Joseph Murphy. Ms. de jesus and Ms. Rabey have called themselves #teamharpy. You can read their official statement here.
The issue is that Ms. de jesus and Ms. Rabey brought to light the behavior of Mr. Murphy at librarian conventions. Several women have reported his being a sexual predator, and reported being harassed and worse. He claims that such information was “false, libelous, and highly damaging.”
The issue of sexual harassment at library conferences is not new. Enough persons in the American Library Association (ALA) have reported disrespectful behavior towards them that the ALA enacted a Code of Conduct in Fall of 2013. This Statement of Appropriate Conduct is modeled after those in the information technology industry and in sci-fi, where women are often harassed.
Librarians are harassed in other situations. They are often the victims of unwanted sexual attraction while sitting at the Reference Desk. While librarians are big believers in intellectual freedom, this does not extend to harassment and come-ons while they work.
What makes this law suit so disturbing is that it seeks to punish those who want to speak out for the rights of victims of harassment and sexual abuse. Victims deserve to be heard. Those who speak for victims deserve to be heard. You’d think that Mr. Murphy, as a librarian, would understand that, as he is supposed to champion the ability for us to hear the voices of others. Yet this law suit demonstrates otherwise.
Hello! The One Book One Campus committee is asking faculty and staff of Ventura College to vote for one of eight books to be chosen as the 2015 One Book. 2015 is closer than we think! You can find the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VCOneBook2015
Please make your voice heard!