The Light of the World

Evelyn N. Alfred:

I’m on the hold list for this one. If you can attend a reading of hers, you won’t regret it.

Originally posted on Feminist Texican Reads:

Book cover: The Light of the World by Elizabeth AlexanderWhen does this story begin? Elizabeth Alexander muses in the opening of her memoir. She and Ficre Ghebreyesus were the great loves of each other’s lives but all of that was one in an instant when Ficre suddenly died of massive heart failure. And so, she wonders, does this story begin when they met? When they married? When he died?

Alexander —  perhaps most famous for writing “Praise Song for the Day” for President Obama’s first inauguration — contemplates all of these different beginnings. More a celebration of Ficre’s life than an elegy, each chapter feels like a vignette focused on important scenes from their lives. The two met in New York City and had a passionate romance that quickly led to marriage and the birth of their first son; they eventually grew into a family of four. Alexander is originally from Harlem, while Ghebreyesus fled his native home of Eritrea amidst violent upheaval…

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I Still Don’t Believe It

I finished the final for my last library school class on Monday. Graduation is next week. Then I’m done.

Does that mean the librarian dream is over once I have my degree? Does the degree make you the librarian, or does the the job title make you the librarian? If you think it’s the title, then the librarian dream isn’t over and I still have a few more steps to before I cross that finish line.

And then what?

On another note, I got a thank you letter from an elementary school I visited recently for career day. I had some feels.

Link Round Up: May 4 – 10

Evelyn N. Alfred:

With graduation only a few days away, perhaps joining booktube is something I can finally do.

Originally posted on The Lesbrary:

There’s so much to like about this book. It’s just phenomenal fantasy from a queer and Indigenous (Cherokee) perspective. If you like fantasy, you really cannot go wrong with Kynship. Although it’s published by a small Native press in Ontario, I found the whole series at the public library in Vancouver, so it’s not even hard to get a hold of! It’s the imaginative world-building, action, and suspense you can usually expect from fantasy, except with queer people, women, and (implicitly) Native folks at the forefront. There are also two-spirit / non-binary trans characters that straddle the gender worlds. What is not to love, I ask you?

– Review of Daniel Heath Justice’s Kynship: The Queer, Indigenous, Feminist Fantasy Novel You Never Knew You Wanted So Bad by Casey the Canadian Lesbrarian

Casey has been reading all queer authors of colour this year, and I’ve been discovering such great books…

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Re-Envisioning the MLS

For my final LBSC 622 class, we all attended the Re-Envisioning the MLS: The Information Professional of the Future event at the MLK branch of DCPL. re-envisioning the mls 1

So this initiative was launched back in 2014 and it’s going to be a three year process that deals with questions like, what is the value of an MLS degree and what does the future MLS degree look like?

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Two of the comments that stuck with me from the panel discussion both came from Richard Reyes-Galivan who is the Executive Director at DCPL. In response to the question of the validity of an MLS degree, he compared it to an MFA in Poetry, sharing a conversation he had with Thomas Lux. He asked Lux was it necessary to get an MFA in order to write good poetry and Lux told him that you could write poetry without an MFA, however the MFA shows a commitment to poetry (i.e. craft, theory, community).

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The other interesting comment from Reyes-Galivan came after Sari Feldman asked the panel to share the characteristics of the future library professional they look for during the interview process. He said that communication skills are eroding and that people may have “lots of bullets underneath some titles in their resume, but they can’t put a resume together. They can’t speak, they can’t write…’ so that the ability to communicate is a key factor in a library professional.

If you want to hear the discussion in it’s entirety, it’s available below.