Archive for May, 2022

Friday, May 13th, 2022

TinyCat’s May Library of the Month: The Michael C. Weidemann LGBTQ+ Library

Our library featured this month is a Seattle-based LGBTQ+ library doing valuable work in their community while paying special attention to their most marginalized BIPOC voices. Library and Resource Coordinator Alayna S. Jasso at the Michael C. Weidemann LGBTQ+ Library formerly known as Gay City was kind enough to field my questions:

Who are you, and what is your mission—your “raison d’être”?

We are the Michael C. Weidemann LGBTQ+ Library located in Seattle’s LGBTQ+ Center. Our library’s mission is to promote the self-determination, liberation, and joy of LGBTQ+ communities through storytelling, information, and idea sharing while centering the stories and voices of Queer and Trans BIPOC individuals in an inclusive and welcoming space.

Tell us some interesting things about how your library supports the community.

Our library is one of the largest collections of LGBTQ+ books and media in the Pacific Northwest. We support our community by giving them the opportunity to see themselves in stories and media. We also provide a full resource center that allows community members to access the support they need to thrive. This could be through discounted transportation cards, Health Care Navigation, resource referrals, and more.

What are some of your favorite items in your collection?

I think the Rainbow Boys Series by Alex Sanchez. They are young adult books following the lives of three teens struggling with coming out and being accepted in high school. I think it’s super important that youth be able to see themselves in stories. I also love the Janet Mock Memoir Redefining Realness. It’s such a powerful book and shows what people go through on their journey to live in their truth.

What’s a particular challenge your library experiences?

The pandemic was of course a huge challenge for our library. In March 2020 we made the difficult decision to temporarily close our library for the health of our communities. While we were closed, we took the opportunity to curate and re-catalog our collection. Our goal was to make sure that our catalog is truly representative of all the communities we serve. By auditing our catalog, we were able to curate a streamlined collection of our most in-demand books and genres, as well as make sure we have space to expand our collection to include more voices and experiences. In particular, we are committed to expanding our collection of BIPOC LGBTQ+ authors. Our challenge is sourcing these books given the historical marginalization of these authors and the relative scarcity of some of these books along with the budgetary constraints that many libraries face.

What is your favorite thing about TinyCat, and what’s something you’d love to see implemented/developed?

My favorite feature of TinyCat is the aggregated reports. Being able to see which items are getting the most circulation really helps when considering adding or weeding titles. What I would really like to see with TinyCat is the removal of case sensitivity when it comes to tags.

Want to learn more about the LGBTQ+ Library? Explore their full TinyCat collection here.

To read up on TinyCat’s previous Libraries of the Month, visit the TinyCat Post archive here.

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Labels: libraries, Library of the Month, TinyCat

Monday, May 2nd, 2022

May 2022 Early Reviewers Batch Is Live!

Win free books from the May 2022 batch of Early Reviewer titles! We’ve got 139 books this month, and a grand total of 2,764 copies to give out. Which books are you hoping to snag this month? Come tell us on Talk.

If you haven’t already, sign up for Early Reviewers. If you’ve already signed up, please check your mailing/email address and make sure they’re correct.

» Request books here!

The deadline to request a copy is Monday, May 30th at 6PM EDT.

Eligibility: Publishers do things country-by-country. This month we have publishers who can send books to Canada, the US, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Australia, the UK, Ireland and more. Make sure to check the message on each book to see if it can be sent to your country.

AuēA Trillion Trees: Restoring Our Forests by Trusting in NaturePapa Loves You, Tiny BlueLove You S'moreThe Last Way HomeSpace StoryAll the Places We Call HomeThe Story of JuneteenthUniquely YouA Visit to MoscowRiver of AshesThree Pockets Full: A Story of Love, Family, and Tradition31 ParadisoWhat Goes Unsaid: A Memoir of Fathers Who Never WereStill Water: PoemsBuddha Was a CowboyCrossfireA Suitable Companion for the End of Your LifeThe Healthy Baby Gut Guide: Prevent Allergies, Build Immunity and Strengthen Microbiome Health from Day OneThe Dark Prince of LazeraThe Race Across Anaconda SwampEarly Funny Cars: A History of the Tech Evolution from Gas Altereds to Match Race Flip Tops 1963-1975Quarter-Mile Mustangs: The History of Ford's Pony Car at the Dragstrip 1964-1978Corvette Concept Cars: Developing America's Favorite Sports CarThe Voinico's DaughterThe Flaws of GravityMutated Files: Case OneElly Uncomposed: An Operatic NovelThe Village Maid: A Fairy Tale with BenefitsBeware of Railway-JourneysBetween Love & BetrayalReading Black Books: How African American Literature Can Make Our Faith More Whole and JustThe Carbon Footprint of EverythingThe Mystic Hand: How Central Banks Shaped the 21st Century Global EconomyMercyRansoming the CaptiveReckoningsA Brush with MurderChickens Don't Live in Tree Houses!WinterbourneSurprise WitnessMr. UglyShiprock BabyA Season in Hell with RimbaudAre We Ever Our OwnGermans of Waterloo RegionDeltaFore PlayHow to Draw 100+ Animals: The Birds and the Bees and the Monkeys and the SeasLearn to Write My First Writing Workbook: Pencil Control, Tracing Lines, Curves, Shapes, Letters, Numbers, Words and MoreForex Trading QuickStart Guide: The Simplified Beginner's Guide to Successfully Swing and Day Trading the Global Foreign Exchange Market Using Proven Currency Trading TechniquesInterview with the Sphinx (Audio Play)Digital Marketing QuickStart Guide: The Simplified Beginner’s Guide to Developing a Scalable Online Strategy, Finding Your Customers, and Profitably Growing Your BusinessThe Secrets of the Lorca-Jimenez FamilyDeep Into the WeedsRaging WatersSadistic Pleasures: Silent Crimes of AzerbaijanA Guide to the Climate Apocalypse: Our Journey from the Age of Prosperity to the Era of Environmental GriefBlue HavenThe InsurgentThe Perfect NeighborhoodDeceptionCambion's BloodSmoke and Other StormsHellfire and HoneySpears & ShadowsReal Sugar Is Hard to Find: StoriesTruth Is Indestructible: A Husband Reacts to Hidden CrimesThe Unrighteous SonTurn to MeMoments to SeizeThe Haunting of Crimshaw ManorHe's No AngelRevelationTo Tame a CowboyWritten on the WindIn Honor's DefenseWhen the Day ComesOne Unexpected AdventureUnfailing LoveThe Approval Game: The Journey to Becoming YouFree FallThe Apostle's SisterA Time to BloomFinancial Accounting Essentials You Always Wanted to Know: 5th EditionCost Accounting and Management Essentials You Always Wanted to Know: 5th EditionDiversity in the Workplace Essentials You Always Wanted to KnowThe Battle For Goatly HallWeird True Stories From World War 1 & 2The Deadly Soap-Maker of Correggio: The True Story of Leonarda Cianciulli a Superstitious Mother Who Turned Victims Into Soaps and CakesChaos HuntWisdom: A Very Valuable Virtue That Cannot Be BoughtThe Sultana OdysseyThe Voinico's DaughterReady, Set, OhTender ThingsIf You Were My LoverLittle Wolf, Little WarriorThe Unicorn HeistBrandy, You're a Fine GirlThe Heretic's DaughterLaela and the MoonlineManual de iniciación a la carpintería y al torneado de madera: Guía para principiantes 3 en 1 con procesos, consejos, técnicas y proyectos de iniciaciónEscape from Narc IslandThe End of Me in a DiaryThe Mark of Amulii: Path of SegoliaEveryone Is an Entrepreneur: Selling Economic Self-Determination in a Post-Soviet WorldMoonsleep and Other StoriesThreadsThe King's Son: Volume 1Bullets and Bandages: Bond of BrothersFrances Finkel and the Passenger PigeonBeneath GehennaThe Land of the YoungAct Before You OverThink: Make Decisions Easier and Liberate Your MindTommy and the Order of Cosmic ChampionsYou're Just Angie!Soulbooks: A Chinese FairytaleThe HotchkissChild of EtherclawA Friend Like FilbyJessA Treachery of RavensThe Doctrine DiscoveryLaughing Can Kill YouThe Fallen StonesHarriet: A Jane Austen VariationThe Magical Land of HeartsThe InterchangeYou Make Me Sick... LiterallyFortunate SonThe MuseThe Poetic Pacific: A Powerful, Secretive, and Mysterious World Is Unfolding in the Hands of a Poet!Complete Short StoriesSmart Woman's Guide the Money Belief Formula: Mindset + Behavior = Financial Success: Transform Your Habits and Win with WealthHeart of BlackThe Village Maid: A Fairy Tale with BenefitsIntroduction to the Whole Food Plant Based Lifestyle to Restore Your Health: How 5 Healthy Habits can Transform Your Life, Regain Your Mind & Body, and Reward You with Youthful LongevityIntroduction to the Whole Food Plant Based Lifestyle to Restore Your Health: How 5 Healthy Habits can Transform Your Life, Regain Your Mind & Body, and Reward You with Youthful Longevity

Thanks to all the publishers participating this month!

Agate Publishing Anaphora Literary Press Android Press
Bethany House BHC Press Black Rose Writing
BLF Press BOA Editions, Ltd. Brazos Press
Cardinal Rule Press CarTech Books City Owl Press
ClydeBank Media Coach House Books Crooked Lane Books
Delphinium Books Gibson House Press Greystone Books
Identity Publications Kabaty Press Kakkle Publications
Lakeview Publications Personville Press Petra Books
Poolbeg Press PublishNation Revell
Scribe Publications Sea Vision Publishing Solai Productions
The Story Plant True Crime Seven Vesuvian Books
Vibrant Publishers West Margin Press WorthyKids

Labels: early reviewers, LTER