Comics Connector: Connecting Classrooms and Libraries with Comics Professionals

cbldf_web_kelly_2As part of Children’s Book Week, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has launched Comics Connector, a directory of comics creators and industry professionals who are willing to make library and classroom visits. The directory includes information about whether and how far the individual is willing to travel and whether they require travel expenses or honorariums. So far it’s just the U.S. and Canada, and not all states and provinces are represented yet, but if this takes off, it could be a great resource for teachers and programming librarians (via BoingBoing).

Pardon the Dust

I’ve known for a while that this blog was nearly unreadable on mobile devices, which yeah, I totally know better, but I barely have time for semi-monthly posts, much less a major overhaul. But I did find a responsive theme, Swell Lite from Organic Themes, that was relatively painless to implement. I’m not completely sold yet on how it looks on the desktop, but the mobile version is much improved, and the former ought to improve with a little tweaking. But anyway, now about some actual regular content…

The 2015 Hugo Controversy FAQ for Librarians

Image Credit: Cory Doctorow, CC BY 2.0

So the Hugo Awards are awarded annually at WorldCon, which this year is being hosted in my very own adopted hometown of Spokane. Except this year, long before the luminaries of sci-fi and fantasy are due to arrive, the awards process has already turned into an absolute clusterf*ck. On the other hand, this year’s awards may well prove to be the most talked-about Hugo Awards yet. Yay, us?

In any case, apart from a very brief news item in Library Journal, the mess hasn’t yet made much of an appearance in the usual library-related blogs and publications. I do think it has some important implications for librarians though, so here, in as neutral of terms as I can muster, is my 2015 Hugo Controversy FAQ for Librarians (and related book nerds). Read More

Bloggin’ 2015

Eye surgery in just 5 days: these *are* my glasses, so give them back to me

So, I intend this year to start adding more content here on the old Nerdbrarian blog. Lately, though, a lot of my writing energy has been going toward writing for work, rather than the personal blog, but here are a few highlights:

Finding Free Music Without Getting Sued | The Educational Merits of Minecraft | Life Lessons from Little Free Libraries | Graphic Novels for the Skeptical | The Freedom of Open Source

Photo credit: Monsieur Gordon, CC BY 2.0

What’s right with kids these days?

Patriotic Teenagers
“Patriotic Teenagers” by Rebecca Schley, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

I must be getting to that very special age when all my peers on Facebook begin to moan about how kids these days are swirling the bowl toward moral oblivion. And it makes me wonder if, of all the generalizations that one could possibly apply to Generation X, our having a short memory might turn out to be the most universally applicable.

So, why bring this up on a blog ostensibly about library-related matters? Because frankly, most of the handwringing assumptions about kids these days fall apart in the face of old-fashioned facts. And finding facts, that’s kind of a librarian’s jam.

Turns out, by a number of metrics, kids these days are actually much better off than they were a generation prior. No, seriously, kids today are less violent, less depressed, and less stupid about basic life decisions than they were twenty years ago. Read More