Posted tagged ‘New Hampshire’

Cheers and Jeers

June 22, 2009

Cheers to the Hampstead, New Hampshire Library for starting an adult graphic novel collection.  But jeers to them for clearly not understanding the nature of the collection they’re putting together.  

As reported by Rich Johnston, the Eagle-Tribune interviewed the library’s director regarding their latest collection.  It’s sadly painful to read, both as a fellow librarian and as a comics fanboy.  What comes across is that the library has no grasp of this collection, and no sense of who its readers are.  Sorry to be so hars, but it’s true.  Choice bits include:

Calling graphic novels a separate genre from comics

Pointing out that some graphic novels contain both text and drawings

Claiming that graphic novels are primarily marketed at people who have trouble reading

And of course, the examples of books for the reading impaired are Black Hole and Jimmy Corrigan (with Maus and Y the Last Man being alluded to).

::shudders::

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Link Day

March 30, 2009

Just a couple links today that I feel the need to share, one good two bad.

Let’s start with the bad.  First up, the Mayor of Concord, New Hampshire (the capital of my home state) has announced that he is considering closing the library completely to help close the city’s budget gap.  Nothing final yet, but there’s something really sad about the prospect of a library-less capital.

Second, in news that isn’t much better the NYPL is looking at a potential 17% budget cut, which would necessitate a loss of 465 jobs and a reduction of hours to an average of 41/week in each location.  To put that in a little perspective, my library is open 63 hours a week, the minium mandated by the state for a library serving a community the size of Pittsfield.  NYC is just a little bit larger than us.

Now to cheer everyone up a little after that, Sarah Houghton-Jan (aka the Librarian In Black) has just put together one of the best presentations I’ve seen in quite a while.  Thus I am now happy to present the 10 Lol Cat Laws of Web Services for Smaller and Underfunded Libraries.