JP is MakeItHappenDay

Laying down explaining how to defeat a #sharknado…only caught this much.

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A teen at South Orange Public Library showing me his paper pixelcraft transformer

READ THE DESCRIPTION JACKASS, IM ONLY HERE FOR sketchlibrarian SELFIES

continuants:

yugichrist:
now THAT’S a meme……simply exquisite!

continuants:

yugichrist:

now THAT’S a meme……simply exquisite!

aprilsaler:

2014 “NOPE”

aprilsaler:

2014 “NOPE”

I'm annoyed/concerned that this forum is now being used for individual(s) to solicit financial support. Every time I log in and expect to read the wonderful and varied posts and see the same request posted again-to go to a website to commit money to help "a fellow librarian move out," I'm slightly offended and also feel like I've been called by a telemarketer. Is this really what ALA Thinktank is for? I know plenty of "fellow librarians" struggling to make ends meet who aren't asking for money
Anonymous

Time for me to directly address an ALATT issue, which I rarely do.

You’re annoyed or concerned with a post? Hide it. Ignore it. Leave ALATT. We’ve gone on without you before, and it’ll go on even after I’M so annoyed that I leave.

1) I deal with the basicness on ALATT daily, and it’s fine, because lots of people are enjoying it, making friends, having fun, and sharing ideas with each other. Even if I personally find something ridiculous or basic, that doesn’t mean other people are.
1a) I’ve had lots of friends leave the group. I’m fine with that too. Lots of people I respect or admire have left. It’s only facebook, it’s ok!!
2) Soliciting financial support has been at the base of ALATT since the beginning. The reason there’s an “ALA” in ALATT was because it was originally ORIGINALLY a forum for us to share housing (aka a way to financially support each other) at ALA conferences. The infamous “ALATT Houses” were because we are all broke but we’re still trying to make it TOGETHER. Read the group description! This past ALA was the first in a row of 8 mw/annuals that we didn’t have a “house”, but that was because the ever awesome Jenny Levine from the ALA talked to conference services and had them set up a really inexpensive deal in one of the conference hotels. Everyone’s bill said “ALA Think Tank” deal on it or something!!!!!!!!!
2a) Once it started getting bigger, we helped financially support many things; the 2011 #sxswLAM group got a big financial boost from ALATT, ALATT helped launch and raise huge awareness (and raised some dollars too) for EveryLibrary. ANY time Urban Librarians Unite had a fundraiser, we’d boost that stuff. And going back to the ALA thing, Jessamyn West put it best in 2012 “They have managed to do the impossible: making the idea of joining ALA so that you could hang out with these folks seem like a really good idea”. Don’t say it’s NOW being used as a forum because that was ALWAYS one of the things it was used for.
2b) SO, when I originally saw this ridiculously passive-aggressive ask in our ALATT Ask box, I thought it was referring to the number of times per month we pin a post from someone asking for a donation. I was like “well, people are finally tired of me shilling for EveryLibrary" but then once I read it and realized people were referring to this, y’all set me off. Not to mention that I got multiple negative messages about it in my gchat and fb message box, as well as people reporting it as abuse(?). It got me thinking: none of yall were required to donate, so why would this spark ANY outrage? Why wouldn’t you just ignore it? Maybe it’s time to reflect on the systematic reasons why someone would actually BE ANGRY that someone else would be asking for help when, like I said before, this is a pretty standard request in ALATT. Do you think MAYBE what the person looks like or who the person is is possibly be informing your choice to be so ‘slightly offended’? If the answer is “no, that has nothing to do with it”, then what IS the answer to why you’re so slightly offended? Maybe start shifting your thinking.

3) The Tumblarians are schooling you on compassion, ALATT. You know how many reblogs her request got on Tumblr? It’s PAST 500 NOTES. That’s a huge outpouring of support from that community. Let me just tell you what the someone close to the situation said to me that prompted me to comment on this when I have almost always not commented on other, bigger, issues in ALATT:

After all the Think Tank is supposed to be about community and having fun. So [even ignoring for the second the real reason people are mad about this], this shows the lack of support among librarians and should be addressed.

For over a year I’ve felt in my mind, and even said to other people “ALATT lost its purpose and its focus” or “its become irrelevant” or “it doesn’t stand for anything like it used to”, etc. This was the reminder I needed that our group description still exists:

we #makeithappen and #partyhard TOGETHER! We>Me

3a) The super passive-aggressive line “I know plenty of “fellow librarians” struggling to make ends meet who aren’t asking for money” isn’t false, I too live paycheck-to-paycheck. BUT, did you ever think for a second that some people have it worse than you?! Again, no one is forcing anyone to donate. In the words of Daniel Ransom

alathinktank:

JP here - I’m actually going to answer this one on MY Tumblr and cross-post to ALATT. Your passive Aggressiveness is TRIPPING.

Fobazi’s contribution to our online community has been tremendous — I’ve learned so much from her — and by donating, we can help her not only gain independence from a dangerous home situation, but in effect help launch her career as a librarian. I know not everyone has the financial wherewithal to make a donation, but if you do, please consider it.”

TL;DR: THIS IS WHY SO MANY PEOPLE DON’T LIKE YOU, ALATT. Get over yourselves or get out. 

catswithbenefits:

if no one comes from the future to stop you from doing it than how bad of a decision can it really be

folkmessiah:

gonna watch some HISTORICAL FICTION gonna become EMOTIONALLY INVESTED gonna learn TRUE FACTS gonna get PUMPED gonna go to the LIBRARY

willowwish:

So I never posted my finished Garnet cosplay. Sowwy~ I get so excited during cons, I never really take formal pictures.

OMFG GARNET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! stevencrewniverse WHY HAVEN’T YOU REBLOGGED THIS YET?!

"did you guys hear about that spiderman thing that happened to me?"

makeithappenday:

makeithappenday:

makeithappenday:

makeithappenday:

help

so i put a “tumblr” type of post on fb. i know, that was stupid. it’s about to get reallly basic. can someone chime in if you are friends with me, if not can you be fb friends with me?

Too late it done got basic

nope actually we’re back it’s geting more tumblry ok good.

back 2 basic if you are following along

ok, it’s over, thanks for everyone who helped out. and to everyone else^^^^^

makeithappenday:

makeithappenday:

makeithappenday:

help

so i put a “tumblr” type of post on fb. i know, that was stupid. it’s about to get reallly basic. can someone chime in if you are friends with me, if not can you be fb friends with me?

Too late it done got basic

nope actually we’re back it’s geting more tumblry ok good.

back 2 basic if you are following along

makeithappenday:

makeithappenday:

help

so i put a “tumblr” type of post on fb. i know, that was stupid. it’s about to get reallly basic. can someone chime in if you are friends with me, if not can you be fb friends with me?

Too late it done got basic

nope actually we’re back it’s geting more tumblry ok good.