Links of Note: April 20, 2013

Becky Canovan, librarian at University of Dubuque, put out magnetic poetry as a passive program for her college students in the library. This awesome zombie poem is one of the resulting creations. 

This is a very short roundup this week — I think partially because it’s been quieter in the book world and partially because I’ve been working on a number of things that have limited some of my own time in blog/news reading. If you’ve seen something worthwhile in the last two weeks, I’d love to see it.

  • Over at the Quirk Books blog, there’s a nice piece about the way that YA fiction depicts tragedy. It hits on a lot of things I think about and believe in that YA fiction is a safe space for exploring these  topics and they are almost always authentic to the range of experiences teens have. 
  • I think it’s important not to stop talking about Steubenville or sexual assault, rape or awareness thereof. There’s a nice piece on Bookriot about how YA books — can help. Which leads me to wanting to post this picture, sent to me by librarian Danielle Fortin about a display she made in her library on the topic. I LOVE this: 
  • Brian Herzog does a post every week he calls the reference question of the week. The question from last week is one of my favorites I think because I would have never figured it out. Can you? Obviously, now I want to try this on everyone I know.
  • Malinda Lo has done another excellent, well-researched post on representation of LGBTQ teens, and this time, she’s looking at covers and their relationship depictions in light of David Levithan’s Two Boys Kissing. This is GREAT stuff.
  • Jen Hubert channeled a lot of thoughts I had about knowledge and experience earlier this week into a post she wrote for Library Lost & Found titled “Give it All Away.” I agree completely. 
  • It’s been a really rough week, and even though I don’t want to necessarily end on that note, I think it’s necessary because I have read a few outstanding pieces that I want to share. First and most important — this particular post resonated with me deeply because I’ve come to discover my approach to tragedy is this: it’s okay to look away. I think because we can access so much information so quickly, we feel like we MUST see it all or that we MUST share it all. But for me? I personally need to just walk away. I can’t process when bombarded with information. I prefer to go inward rather than outward. That said, two first-hand accounts of the Marathon bombing are worth reading because they convey a lot of what needs to be said and they say it well: Carrie Jones’s Boston Marathon and Tiffany Schmidt’s Boston Love
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  1. says

    Thanks for the comment about looking away. I am much more inclined to cut myself off from the overload of information about tragic events, mainly because I feel powerless to help change the situation.

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