wrapped up in books

Hello!   I'm a baby librarian! English Lit. graduate, currently working in a school library.
I like knitting, art, history, and wearing jumpers that don't fit.

twitter.com/codenamejane:

    deadstaplers:

After collecting morbidity and mortality data for three semesters, I am now ending my study of staplers. The final finding: On average, my library’s reference desk staplers succumbed after 46.5 days of service.
Thanks for all your support!

    deadstaplers:

    After collecting morbidity and mortality data for three semesters, I am now ending my study of staplers. The final finding: On average, my library’s reference desk staplers succumbed after 46.5 days of service.

    Thanks for all your support!

    — 1 month ago with 64 notes
    #staplers  #very important research projects 
    "

    Q: Girls are discouraged? That sounds so 1970s.

    A: There was a 2001 study that showed in fourth grade, 68% of boys and 66% of girls like science. Starting in sixth, seventh and eighth grade, we lose girls and boys, but we lose more girls and for different reasons: lingering stereotypes, societal pressures. It’s well known that many girls have a tendency to dumb down when they’re in middle school. Just last week, I was talking to senior executives, and a woman told me that she was the best biology student in high school and had the highest exam scores. At the end of the semester, a teacher told her: “I’m sorry, but I’m going to have to give the award in biology to a boy, because it’s more important to him.” Almost every time that I give a speech or meet with a group of women, I’ll hear such stories.

    Q: Boys earn 70% of the D’s and F’s in school and account for 80% of dropouts. Shouldn’t we fear more for their future?

    A: It’s a big problem. Women earn the majority of undergraduate degrees in the U.S. and last year earned more Ph.D.s than men. But keeping girls in the science and math pipeline is a separate problem with different causes. It’s important we address both. You don’t stop research on breast cancer just because heart disease is also deadly. You work on both.

    Q: Suppose you were an executive of a corporation that needs engineers. You meet a girl in high school. She scored in the 99th percentile in math on her SATs, yet says she wants to major in psychology or go to law school, because those careers sound more interesting. What do you tell her?

    A: I’d introduce her to the coolest female engineer in the company. Girls tend to have a stereotype of engineers being 65-year-old guys who wear lab coats and pocket protectors and look like Einstein. Try to make it personal to them and show them some of the cool things that they can do in engineering.

    Q: Let’s talk Lawrence Summers. The Harvard president recently resigned after giving a controversial speech a year ago suggesting that men might simply be predisposed to be better at math and science. Is there at least a grain of truth in what he said?

    A: (Laughs). Suppose you came across a woman lying on the street with an elephant sitting on her chest. You notice she is short of breath. Shortness of breath can be a symptom of heart problems. In her case, the much more likely cause is the elephant on her chest.

    For a long time, society put obstacles in the way of women who wanted to enter the sciences. That is the elephant. Until the playing field has been leveled and lingering stereotypes are gone, you can’t even ask the question.

    Q: I will anyway. There are many obvious biological differences between men and women. This can’t be one?

    A: There are obvious differences, but until you eliminate the more obvious cause, it’s difficult to get at the question scientifically. Look at law, medicine and business. In 1970 — that’s not ancient history — law school was 5% female, med school was 8% and business school was 4%. You could have taken a look at those numbers and concluded that women don’t make good lawyers or doctors. The statistics might have supported you. But today, all of those fields are about 50-50.

    "
    Sally Ride (the first American woman in space) giving awesome answers to insipid questions in this interview.  (via itsawomansworld2)

    (via unapologeticexistence)

    — 1 month ago with 31752 notes
    #sally ride  #feminism 
    myjetpack:

This image is now available as a print here.
My book of cartoons ‘You’re All Just Jealous of my Jetpack’ is available now:US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1770461043UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1770461043Other stockists and info at www.tomgauld.com

    myjetpack:

    This image is now available as a print here.

    My book of cartoons ‘You’re All Just Jealous of my Jetpack’ is available now:
    US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1770461043
    UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1770461043
    Other stockists and info at www.tomgauld.com

    — 1 month ago with 102065 notes
    #tom gauld  #cartoons 

    amethystargentum:

    izabella:

    southeastlibrary:

    Check out the new Teen MakerSpace bin in the Teen Lounge.  We will update it regularly with new crafts and *stuff* to create.  It’s out 24/7, so feel free to sit down and explore what’s inside!

    THIS IS SO COOL. I want to make one…

    I am reblogging this, not only because it’s awesome, but also because this is a great model for a makerspace.  You don’t need a 3D printer or a Kinect to create one, you just need some basic supplies and a teen’s imagination.

    (via amethystargentum-deactivated201)

    — 3 months ago with 65 notes
    #I'd love to do this at work  #don't think there's time for it before summer though  #ideas to keep  #libraries 
    "One day I’m going to be….. a pirate. Or a librarian. They both run around, like, doing strange things that nobody else can see, until suddenly [screams and flails arms wildly] AHA!!!!….. and then you know. Either a pirate or a librarian has been here, and it’s good. So good. Better. I like that. That’s what I want to be."

    When a librarian overhears a rather innocent question from a parent to a child, which evolves into a complete validation of his career choice (via whenalibrarian)

    GPOYW

    (via librarianpirate)

    (via librarianpirate)

    — 3 months ago with 1117 notes
    #words to live by  #a pirate or a librarian 
    "When I was eight years old, I learned that you can fly by holding onto a balloon and that, in the right circumstances, you can have tea and cakes at a table floating in mid-air above the parlour carpet. These were good things to know: other books, more earthbound, were telling me instead that you can win approval by giving away your breakfast to the poor and that you can become popular if you brush your hair a lot. Realistic books (whose settings resemble worlds that did or might actually exist) engage the reader on a more literal level than fantasy: I didn’t really think that I could fly with a balloon, but I did really think that brushing my hair would make me popular."
    Deborah O’Keefe, Readers in Wonderland: The Liberating Worlds of Fantasy Fiction. (via bottleonthebookcase)
    — 3 months ago with 23 notes
    #quotations  #children's books 
    findlight:

Angie Lewin, Alphabet and Feathers.

    findlight:

    Angie Lewin, Alphabet and Feathers.

    (Source: angielewin.co.uk)

    — 3 months ago with 5 notes
    #angie lewin  #art 

    elizabethbaddeley:

    It’s a book tornado! Been wrapped up in so many projects lately my mind has been spinning a bit. So I took a much needed “personal” day today to whip up this little pattern that had been running around in my head.

    (Source: ebaddeley.com, via spinningdust)

    — 3 months ago with 20236 notes
    #art with books