Celebrating Jewish American Heritage Month

May is Jewish American Heritage Month, a time to celebrate the contributions Jewish Americans have made to the United States since they first arrived in New Amsterdam in 1654. Jewish American Heritage Month had its origins in 1980 when Congress passed Pub. L. 96-237, which authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation designating…

LGBTQ+ materials and Homosaurus

They/them. She/her. He/him. We use these terms (and plenty of others) to tell others how we should be recognized. Doing so allows us to express ourselves and signal to others both how we think about ourselves and how we would like them to think about us. In the library, terms used to describe materials are…

Magic. Electrical. Duck. Conservation remediation of DIY “repaired” books

“The dog ate my homework.” It really happens! Dogs and cats also occasionally eat books . . . or at least gnaw on them. Well-intentioned library patrons and book collectors sometimes attempt repair of pet and other damage to books with the most immediate solution at home: pressure-sensitive tapes such as magic, electrical, and duck…

April is Records and Information Management (RIM) Awareness Month

I am Tishangi Bennett, Emory’s records and information manager, and I am thrilled to be serving in this role. I am relatively new to Emory, and I truly enjoy consulting, learning, and sharing my RIM expertise with the Emory family. I know many of you may wonder: Why records management? What is records management? Why…

Librarians, banned books, and social justice

  I want to start off with a personal anecdote. I grew up in an area that was predominantly white, Christian, and politically conservative in a Buddhist family and as a gay, mixed-race individual. When you grow up with people who in many ways not only are not like you, but who dislike or even…

Celebrating National Student Employment Week

National Student Employment Week (April 10-16, 2022), established by the National Student Employment Association, recognizes both students who work while attending college and the supervisors who guide the student experience by providing training and mentoring to prepare young people for their careers. In this blog, MacMillan Law Library outreach and programming librarian Sarah Rodgers recalls…

2022 Women of Wikipedia Edit-a-thon (in person and virtual), Tuesday, April 12, 4-6 pm

Join us and help edit Wikipedia to make sure women are represented. Only 19.16% of English Wikipedia biographies profile women, according to the Women in Red WikiProject. The Women of Wikipedia Edit-a-thon strives to write more articles about notable women of all races, nationalities, and ethnicities (including transgender and nonbinary individuals). This is the seventh…

Emory Libraries’ DEI committee publishes chapter in DEI excellence book

Members of the Emory Libraries’ DEI committee wrote a chapter for “Implementing Excellence in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: A Handbook for Academic Libraries,” which was published this month. The chapter, titled “The Making of Emory Libraries’ Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee: A Case Study,” was written by current and past members of the professional development subcommittee….

Emory Libraries launches “library voice” survey

Emory Libraries has launched a campus-wide engagement survey to learn how members of our community perceive and use the libraries’ services, programs, and spaces. Our last survey, distributed in 2017, provided valuable feedback from our most frequent users that helped us to shape our policies, collections, and offerings over the last five years. However, we…

Emory Libraries promotes sustainability with new tote bags

This February, in cooperation with the Emory Office of Sustainability Initiatives, the Woodruff Library Service Desk, a unit of Access Services, launched new sustainable tote bags in a library-wide effort to increase the use of renewable and recyclable resources. The new all-cotton bags replace the polypropylene bags, which were reusable but not made from a…

For Women’s History Month 2022: Books about women who provide healing and hope

The theme of Women’s History Month 2022 is “Women Providing Healing, Promoting Hope.” This theme was chosen by the National Women’s History Alliance to acknowledge “the ceaseless work of caregivers and frontline workers during this ongoing pandemic and also a recognition of the thousands of ways that women of all cultures have provided both healing…