Colors magazine issue on Freedom of Speech

Issue 65 of Colors, “a magazine about the rest of the world”, is about Freedom of Speech. The issues are thematic. Other themes have included slums, food, home, shopping, race, sports, and 2 issues on HIV/AIDS (Issue 7 in 1994, and Issue 67 in 2006).  They are smart, quirky and have lots of interesting images. …

Fear and collection development

Linda Braun wrote a fantastic post on the YALSA blog about being afraid of what the community might think when choosing items for a teen collection. She writes: As I kept hearing this comment I thought about how some librarians use “I know my community” as an excuse for not purchasing controversial materials for the…

Ain’t on the Globe and Mail Bestseller List @ BCLA

Thanks Heather De Forest and Janis McKenzie for convening this session. Thanks also to Heather for this writeup of this session that has become a BCLA conference favourite! The Ain’t on the Globe and Mail Bestseller List session runs as a non-stop series of lightning-fast book (and other format) reviews, presented by a panel of…

purple dot collection

In the fall I went to the Metrotown branch of the Burnaby Public Library. I had heard rumors of a “purple dot” collection so I decided to find out more. The reference staff were lovely and explained that many of their instructional sex books and photography books were behind the circulation desk. Dummy video cases…

new zine library

Thank you Boing boing for being an interesting, informative time sucker. If it wasn’t for you I wouldn’t have learned about the new zine library at the Ontario College of Art and Design. Thanks Alicia Nauta for taking photos and letting us know how the launch went: I began collecting the zines in the beginning…

Patrick Califia on libraries…

Patrick Califia is one of my all time favourite writers. Thanks Jen for clipping this from Xtra West for me. He writes: When I came out, the first place I headed to to find out about my sexuality was the library and thank god there were librarians who were opposed to censorship and kept whatever…

Little Sisters legal papers have a new home

Some great news today — SFU Library’s Special Collections has acquired the papers (quite a few boxes) relating to the Little Sisters Bookstore legal cases.  While it will likely be some time before they are organized and accessible, it’s really fantastic that these documents are going to be housed and made available to researchers. 

media concentration sucks

This past summer, according to the BCLA site: BCLA has written to the Secretary General of the CRTC (the regulator of Canada’s broadcasting and telecommunications), in response to a call for submissions on the diversity of voices in the Canadian media. BCLA’s contribution asks the CRTC to establish a market domination cap and break up…