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Fusenews: De-kinkifying the Kinks

I’m still wrestling with this new blog format.  I worry that a lot of you are checking the old links or the old RSS feeds and are simply under the impression that I’m not updating anymore.  Aside from Facebook, Twitter, and various Group updates (social networking has never been so useful) I’m not sure how to let folks know about my new location.  I sort of feel like I’m whistling into the wind.  But we’ll figure it all out.  No migration goes perfectly the first few weeks, right?  The kinks with out kinkify themselves.  In the meantime, have a bit o’ Fusenews.

  • I was rather taken with this recent profile of children’s author and adult satirical cartoonist (amongst other things) Jules Feiffer at CNN.  It has never really occurred to me, but it makes sense that he would have influenced Doonesbury in some way.  Never really thought it through, though.  The comments about his thoughts on Charles Schulz are also fascinating.  Good reading!
  • Some days, you just feel like screaming.  Other days, you scream and it ends up in blog posts called Why Is Fuse #8 Screaming? I’ll explain more about the reason for the less than impressive shriek (there are reasons I never became an actress) in an upcoming Lerner Librarian Preview, but for now I thought the blog post’s title funny enough to link to.
  • Oh man.  I almost made this a Daily Image before I figured it wouldn’t be fair to Leila.  Have you seen some of the awesome library posters from the late ’60s/early ’70s she’s been putting up?  Honest-to-Murgatroyd, they are amazing.  You can see most of them here, and an additional bit of magnificence here.
  • The  new trend of 2010: Cancelling your social networking sites.  Authors are quitting Goodreads because the reviewers are so cruel.  Day laborers (which is to say, you and me) are quitting Facebook because of the privacy setting debacle.  And nobody’s quitting Twitter because, honestly, it’s not that big a time commitment.  I’m not quitting anything in particular, but the Facebook problem did throw me for a bit of a loop.  That’s why I was so grateful when AL Direct linked to this infinitely useful Facebook Privacy Scanner.  You just put it in your little browser bookmarks bar and it scans your Facebook accounts (yes, some of us have more than one) to see what info you are providing for the world at large.  Try it.  You’ll like it.

I hear that the Rainforest Action Network tested a random sampling of 30 books from the top 10 U.S. children’s publishers, and found that 18 of them contained fibers linked either to tropical hardwoods or acacia pulp wood plantations in Indonesia and you know what?  I get a little upset.  Naturally I would.  RAN released its findings just before Book Expo last week in the hopes of getting some attention directed to the problem.  Apparently nine out of the ten top children’s publishers in the U.S. use rainforest wood in their books regularly.  Interested, I downloaded the PDF of the report to commend top U.S. children’s publisher #10 for not following the lead of the previous nine.  The problem?  The report doesn’t name names!  No name naming to be found.  How the heck can I encourage the good publishers and makes raspberries at the bad if I don’t know who they are?  Ah well.  Shocking findings just the same.  Many thanks to Craig’s New York Business for the info.

  • Dudes, I don’t mean to harsh your mellow but you are aware that now that BEA has ended we need to get cracking on the next big event: ALA in Washington D.C.?  And, most important of all, the Newbery/Caldecott Banquet at said event.  I’m pleased to announce that this year Jim Averbeck and I will once more roll out the dusty red carpet (slash bathmat) and invite folks to explain who they are wearing, just as we did two years ago (shown here).  I’ve my dress good to go and my tattoo paper ordered.  Newbery Honor winner Grace Lin is thinking about it as well, and she asks the masses to weigh in on her clothing options.  Color me Team Green.  I recently discovered that I don’t own a single green item of clothing, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like seeing it on other folks.
  • Daily Image:

It’s small.  It’s simple.  It’s direct.  And as bookmarks go, it’s terribly literal.

You can download your own through the link at Swiss-Miss, if you like.  Might be perfect for those ironic hipster teens in your branch.  I can see them getting a kick out it.

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. Found your new address, Betsy. But is there any way to make your font a little bigger? It could just be my 43-year-old eyes, but your blog now seems rather small and hard to read. By the way, thanks for that Facebook privacy scanner link. Cool!

    • Elizabeth Bird says:

      I know! My ability to change font sizes has vanished into the mist. I’m 32 and my eyes can hardly take the tiny type. Ugh. To be worked on, you bet.

  2. Thanks to your heads-up about June 1st, I was prepared to track down Fuse #8 in its new incarnation: I googled School Library Journal and found you linked on their main page, then reset my link to your site from my blog roll. Hopefully others will do the same! (But that’s what it looked like from my end…) Thanks for the Facebook Privacy Scanner!

  3. Betsy, not to worry about the location change, people will find you. I just updated the link on my blog, and I’m sure many are doing the same. Fuse #8 lives!

    Funny, I just quit Facebook yesterday, but only partly for the privacy issues (though I didn’t like the way things were trending). It was more or less my approximation of buying a shack in the woods of Oregon. Off the grid, a little less connected, less diffused, not trying to be everywhere all the time.


  4. Lisa Schroeder says:

    Betsy – FYI, the Livejournal feed has changed so the whole post is there. Before it was just the title and then we could click over to read the whole thing. Not sure if you really want the whole thing posted over there, so in case you don’t, thought I’d let you know so you can check your settings.

    • Elizabeth Bird says:

      Woah! That is a huge change. Thanks so much for letting me know, Lisa.

  5. What, you don’t scream at all librarian previews? (As Andrew promised, I’ll tell more on our blog, but it may be a little while, so you’ll probably beat me to it.)

    To Brenda and anyone else struggling with the font, if you have a PC, you can hit CTRL and + at the same time, and you’ll enlarge the font of whatever website you’re looking at. To go back to the regular size, just hit CTRL and -.

  6. I WAS afraid for a couple days that I had lost you, although since I knew you were moving I was more afraid that the RSS feed address thingy had changed and I’d have to find some other way to read blogs because it would never show up on livejournal again like several other blogs I used to read that moved and then disappeared but YOU, YOU on the other hand I could never allow just to disappear on me and it would force me to find some other blog-reading routine, BUT ANYWAY, today about twelve tons of back posts showed up on my Friends Page anyway and I knew I was saved. As Lisa said, they’re showing up in their entireties now, and I couldn’t decide if I liked that or not– on one hand, I thought, Ooo, easier, but on the other, I’d still have to click through to read comments, so what was really better? …….soooooo, I will stop rambling now. This is what happens when I miss you.

  7. Genevieve says:

    Betsy, will any of the ALA DC events be open to the public? I know a lot of young fans of When You Reach Me and other books that will be celebrated here.

    If not, I look forward to reading anything and everything you want to post about the events.

    • Elizabeth Bird says:

      Actually you’re the second person to ask me about events for kids. One person wanted to bring some young ‘uns to the Kidlit Drink Night, but that really couldn’t happen. There are events open to folks, but most of them aren’t very kid-centric. Maybe we should organize a younger event in tandem?

  8. Hi Elizabeth!

    I was looking for your list of 100 books for kids that used to be here:

    could you re-direct me?


  9. Children can go on the exhibit floor and get books signed by famous authors, etc. — as long as they’re over 6 years old and can stand patiently in line for an hour. (okay, not too many kids are able to do this.) Children under six must be confined/ controlled in some way. In backpacks or strollers. and some venues don’t allow strollers, so check ahead.

    The exhibits are open to anyone who will pay the $35 or so dollars for an Exhibits badge.
    This year they are going to be very strict as to who enters any other meeting, so you have to be registered for the event (over $100) if you want to do that. Some years you can drop in on other events with just your exhibits badge.

    See for more information and the peliminary (sp) schedule.

  10. Found you! You left a trail so no worries.

    Heard a fabulous interview with Jules Feiffer on Charlie Rose on May 19. His recent memoir looks terrific if only for the wisdom included in the dedication to his children.

    As per your font – here’s a cool trick for poor eyes – type CTR + and any internet page grows in size. Repeat as often as necessary. CTR – reduces it. CTR 0 returns to normal size.

    I can see clearly now…

  11. My feed found you just fine! Glad you’re back in business. 🙂

  12. Carter Hasegawa says:

    one wish for the new website: I used to be able to type in to get here, but now it doesn’t work. any chance this will work again? it’s nice to only have to remember that bit when i’m not at my home computer.

    also, a few of your links on the side bar are out of date. I.e. Read Roger.

    See you at ALA!

    • Elizabeth Bird says:

      My hope is that eventually we get to the point where the old site at that address automatically redirects you to this nice new one. As it stands, it’s difficult to find my old posts right now. Not impossible. But definitely difficult.

      Yeah, Read Roger’s out of date. I can’t change my sidebar myself. And something tells me my IT folks might not appreciate it if I bring up the idea of a new sidebar right now. Put it in the old To Do pile…

  13. I found you fine, but didn’t realize until someone pointed it out just now that the move meant our blogroll link to you had stopped working. Oops.

  14. Karen Gray Ruelle says:

    There you are, Betsy! I missed you for those few days there.

  15. Dunno if this is related to the switch to the new platform, but all the images from this post seem to be gone now:

    • Elizabeth Bird says:

      My hope is that the images from past posts will reappear in the near future. In the event that they do not . . . oog. Problematic.

  16. Tricia Springstubb says:

    Found you found you, that’s enough for tonight…

  17. aw, man. I thought this post was really gonna be about the Kinks. I was ready to geek out about Waterloo Sunset and Sunny Afternoon and You Really Got Me.

    Cool links and all, but you really can’t tease me like that! 😉

    • Elizabeth Bird says:

      Yeah, I know. If it’s any comfort, the resident husband and I are huge Kinks fans. Just figured I’d throw them in there for the heckuvit.