It all started when Naomi Gonzales reached out to a Philadelphia based photographer she had long admired to see if he’d be interested in photographing librarians for a project during ALA Midwinter which was in Philly that year. Naomi is a former INALJ volunteer and a super-librarian! She got this ball rolling and her work along with that of Ingrid Conley-Abrams with Kyle led to a SLATE feature called This is What a Librarian Looks Like, featuring many now iconic images of everyday librarians who get up and do the work daily, as well as a Kickstarter for a book and documentary to be narrated by Neil Gaiman, called Alexandria Still Burns: Librarians & the Fight for Knowledge!!! And now we have the book version in hand available to buy or check out of many libraries! I use exclamation points a lot you may notice because THIS IS EXCITING!
So many librarians go to work daily changing lives of their patrons and making society better. Few get the recognition they deserve. This book both educates the public on who we are and what we do, but also celebrates in their own words the love we have for this profession! Ameen <3
My copy will be arriving late next week and I will DEFINITELY be updating this blog post with my own thoughts and plenty of celebrating the many WONDERFUL librarians I call friends, former INALJ volunteers, and library heroes! Be on the lookout for my updates!!! And check out some great quotes here.