[Libs&Communities] get backbone you people of "ilk"

Kathleen McCook klmccook at gmail.com
Mon Jul 7 10:04:00 EDT 2014

I am not sure why the University of Florida librarian, Mr. Saltzburg,
had been  subbed to ALAET- our community and libraries list--, but I
have removed him from the ALAET subscriber list  so he need not engage
with those of our "ilk."

There are over 700 members of A LIBRARIAN AT EVERY TABLE and it is my
belief that we all want to support and sustain library service. It is
not lack of backbone that causes us to care,; it is our desire to
share life's possibilities.


Kathleen de la Peña McCook
Distinguished University Professor of Librarianship
USF/SI: http://si.usf.edu/faculty/kmccook/
Academia.edu: https://usf.academia.edu/KathleendelaPe%C3%B1aMcCook
Library Thing:: http://www.librarything.com/catalog/klmccook/allcollections

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Saltzburg,Richard P <ricsalt at uflib.ufl.edu>
Date: Mon, Jul 7, 2014 at 9:49 AM
Subject: RE: [Libs&Communities] The Library That Target Built
To: Kathleen McCook <klmccook at gmail.com>

My mother is from the South of France and I was born in Paris. Growing
up I went to French school, then came to the US. Long story short-I
never received special treatment nor did I seek it. Back in the day
immigrants were delighted to be here in the USA.

Please stop complaining and get some backbone! You and your ilk have
weakened this country!
From: a-librarian-at-every-table-bounces at mailman.acomp.usf.edu
[a-librarian-at-every-table-bounces at mailman.acomp.usf.edu] on behalf
of Kathleen McCook [klmccook at gmail.com]
Sent: Saturday, July 05, 2014 7:54 PM
To: plg; alaet; hrlibs
Subject: [Libs&Communities] The Library That Target Built

The Library That Target Built--BY RACHEL CLOUES

...Eighty percent of the students at our bilingual school are
Latina/o, yet only a handful of the books from the Target makeover
came in Spanish. Most of the picture books are not high-quality
literature, and very few of them depict people of color as major
characters. A set of library books for parents also came with the
makeover. A nice idea, perhaps, but almost every book portrays a
smiling white man or white woman on the cover; titles include Mommy
Millionaire, The Six-Day Financial Makeover, The Smart Cookies’ Guide
to Making More Dough, and Simple Solutions for Families in the Fast
Lane. I suppose it shouldn’t be surprising that many of the books
Target gave our school community support a consumerist vision of the
world. Most of these 200 parent books (with only a few in Spanish) are
not only inappropriate, but also offensive in a school where more than
80 percent of students qualify for free or reduced lunch, and parents
juggle multiple jobs to keep their families afloat in a city with the
highest rents in the nation....

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