Wednesday, April 29, 2015

LSTA Advisory Councils and more...

I hope your Spring is springing.

I wanted to ask you all to consider volunteering to be on your state's LSTA Grant advisory boards.

I am currently the chair of the Oregon LSTA Advisory council.

My place on the council give me a voice that I can use to represent others who are not at the table.

There have been many times already where I was able to make an argument that would have not been made (concerning Latino issues) if I had not been there.

If we take our places on these and other committees that have a say in where money goes, then more Latino programming may get funded.

At the very least, we can represent where we are not represented already.

We can create change, we can lead from anywhere we are and we can help one another be strong.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Cannabis Information Resources for Librarians Conference Session at OLA, 2015

This slideshow and talk was the first part of the first library conference session on cannabis resources for Librarians ever. The second part of the session was a panel. Max Macias: librarian, Jake Boone: dispensary owner and Bethany Sherman: cannabis testing facility owner. This presentation was meant to show general types of cannabis resources available in Oregon and other places. 

This was not a primer on Cannabis. But you can find that here:

Link to handouts: 

This was not a primer on Cannabis. But you can find that here:

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Citizen by Claudia Rankine (Book Review)

This book is amazing on so many levels.

Poetically, it stands almost alone as an example of relationships, alienation, microaggressions, and racism in the 21st century US.

Quote from Citizen

A friend recommended this book to me over the break--as we were all freshly cut wide open from the Ferguson coverage, revealing local discussions and ongoing murder of POC from any age and area in the US.

I finally got a hold of it via the library and read it in earnest.

The descriptions of racial microaggressions in 2nd person narrative poetry are so powerful I was shaking as I read them.

Quote from Citizen

Each page is condensed emotion, reaction and analysis of a lifetime of experiencing relationships that bite while smiling.  Her poetry describes how inescapable it is to be a POC in the US at this time and place.  The relentless assault upon our senses of 21st century lynchings and their impact the mental health, awareness and identity of POC is explicated in detail.  This explication is via emotions, images and the powerful poetic voice of Ms. Rankine.

I don't read many books of poetry, nor do I often recommend them.  However, this work should be standard reading for any HS senior, or 1st year college students.  Anyone interested in Race in the US should read this book.  It gets at the heart of what it feels like to live in the US at this time as a POC.

Read this book.

Order this book for your library.

Tell others about this book.

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