I haven't blogged lately, but I have been busy revising and adding to the website. I've added two new sections: one discussing the importance of equality regarding access to computers and the world wide web ("Tech Talk") and another section which discusses the role libraries have to play in supporting customers in creating and disseminating their own content instead of focusing solely on being a repository of art and information for consumption ("Writing and Libraries"). I have also revised the content on both the home page and the introduction to the Booklists section. I hope the new sections give my readers "food for thought." Comment and let me know what you think!
The content on this website mostly comes from my perspective as a youth services librarian with disabilities. The further I travel along life's road, the more entwined these two parts of my identity become. Librarian: I have an MLS from Rutgers University and have working in public libraries for nearly 20 years. The focus on my career has always been youth services. Disabled: I've been disabled more than twice as long as I've been a librarian. My experience started at birth when I was immediately diagnosed with cleft palate. Also present was a non-verbal learning disability (NLD) for short. This was not formally diagnosed until I was 19, leading to years of frustration. My Tourette Syndrome was not present at birth, but surely started young as I don't ever remember living without it. The Tourette was also not diagnosed until adulthood, further compounding my frustration. Coincidentally, I was also diagnosed with IBD (more commonly known as Chron's\Ulcerative Colitis) at the age of 19. That was another easy diagnosis--as with cleft palate, they look and they see it.