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Blog post: Pride 2016

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Jun 15, 2016, 11:54am Top

I wanted to make sure everyone sees today's blog post, honoring Pride and, especially, Orlando. I'd love to hear folks' ideas on other things we can do to support victims and their families, as well as the LGBT+ community as a whole.

Jun 15, 2016, 12:02pm Top

I will message you privately.

Jun 15, 2016, 12:16pm Top

Sorry we couldn't get it out faster. I wanted the logo change to go at the same time, but Conceptdawg has been out sick.

Jun 15, 2016, 2:31pm Top

Thank you for this.

Jun 15, 2016, 3:39pm Top

This has been just bizarre, thanks for posting support. :)

Before this happened, I already wanted to ask if you know of any LGBT Legacy Libraries in the pipes? I had a look at the group and no names jumped out at me... Should I post a thread specifically in that group? The wonderful post you made for Black History month had me already thinking of this...

Jun 15, 2016, 3:51pm Top

My sincere sympathy to the victims and their families
Brussels, Belgium

Jun 15, 2016, 3:53pm Top

>5 knotbox:

Jumping out at me are Aaron Copland, Gertrude Stein & Alice B. Toklas, Susan Sontag, Andy Warhol, Oscar Wilde, W.H. Auden. "Probables" include Willa Cather and Henry James.

Jun 15, 2016, 4:02pm Top

Thank you, I just started a thread for E.M. Forster since he is a favorite author of mine. I will see what I can contribute to those mentioned.

Jun 15, 2016, 4:19pm Top

>5 knotbox: An excellent suggestion. Last year for Pride, we highlighted Gertrude Stein & Alice B. Toklas's library, so I think that one's done. Feel free to suggest others that come to mind!

Jun 15, 2016, 4:40pm Top

More LGBT+ Legacy Libraries...

David Bowie
H. D. (Hilda Doolittle)
Bud Flounders
T. E. Lawrence
Leonardo da Vinci

Jun 15, 2016, 4:46pm Top

>7 lilithcat: & >10 Crypto-Willobie: Are these suggestions or in progress?

Jun 15, 2016, 4:51pm Top

>11 knotbox: The ones I listed are either In Progress or Complete.

Here's the complete list: http://www.librarything.com/legacylibraries/list/2

Jun 15, 2016, 4:53pm Top

>11 knotbox:

Most of the ones I listed are complete. Cather is "in progress" and Henry James is "proposed".

Jun 15, 2016, 4:54pm Top

Virginia Woolf, although she's lumped in with Leonard

Jun 15, 2016, 9:07pm Top

Thank you.

Jun 16, 2016, 12:57am Top

While I am technically an employee of LibraryThing, being on the LTFL side means that 99% of my engagement on LT is as a member. As a member, I want to thank the LT staff for their heartfelt support on an individual level, for the company support of my personal needs, and for the knowledge that I am valued as a member of the LGBTQ++ community who is also an LT employee and member.
I'm on my local Pride steering committee: this is my third year volunteering for the (3 year old) organization. This week has been really f**king hard for all of us. The support of my company and colleagues is a large part of what has kept me going when my heart and brain have been wrung dry. I am so grateful.

Edited: Jun 16, 2016, 1:20am Top

Since I haven't really said it elsewhere: my sincere condolences to all the victims and their loved ones. This has hit so many people so hard.

>12 Crypto-Willobie: So that's where all that stuff hides! I expect I'll be poking my head in shortly to help.

ETA: And great work by the LT team here. :-)

Jun 16, 2016, 10:10am Top

Grazie, LT staff.

Jun 16, 2016, 3:36pm Top

Nice touch, I like the changed logo.

I haven't seen it displayed anyway here, so I hope it's ok to put it here.

Jun 16, 2016, 3:41pm Top

Yeah. Twitter and Facebook. Ends Sunday night.

Jun 16, 2016, 3:46pm Top

>19 bnielsen: Absolutely! I quite like it.

Jun 16, 2016, 3:56pm Top

Great. >3 timspalding: made me look hard at the LibraryThing (upper left corner of the page) logo :-)
When that didn't turn up anything I went to the blog post and I guess that was probably what you wanted.

Jun 16, 2016, 3:57pm Top

>22 bnielsen:

Right. Sometimes that too becomes an "L" but it's browser-screen-size dependent. The complexity of that situation—with matting going on too—made it unattractive for us to fiddle with it.

Jun 16, 2016, 4:30pm Top

This is why LT is my forever-home.

Jun 16, 2016, 4:37pm Top

Thanks, Tim.

I know that I'm butting heads with you elsewhere now, so let me say that I do think you personally are on the right side, and I try not to lose sight of that when I think site policy is on the completely wrong side.

Jun 16, 2016, 5:19pm Top

>23 timspalding:. Ah, the immovable object of LibraryThing.

>25 lorax: Thanks for that comment. I did notice the "butting heads" thing :-)

Jun 18, 2016, 4:42pm Top

An interesting Legacy Library from an LGBT perspective would be that of Samuel Delany, a gay black man, an important pioneer in the new speculative fiction that came out in the 1970s and thereabouts, when "the other" and society were looked at in different and often experimental ways. Delany also spearheaded serious critical evaluation of SF, which at the time was seen only as escapist literature. (And that's a bad thing? we ask.)

Jun 18, 2016, 8:57pm Top

Sure. Do you have any info on this library--if it still exists, or was auctioned off, etc.?

Jun 18, 2016, 10:10pm Top

>27 thesmellofbooks:, >28 timspalding: Doesn't a Legacy Library imply that the author has passed on? Delany is still around, recently retired from his teaching position at Temple University. Remarkable guy. It does seem like it would be cool to start building a Legacy Library now, while he's still around, though (and no, I'm not volunteering).

Jun 18, 2016, 10:14pm Top

Ha. Yeah. I figured he was dead.

If he wants us to catalog his library, though, we'll help…

Jun 21, 2016, 2:55pm Top

Thanks for this, guys. Much appreciated.

Worth mentioning: http://www.weareorlando.org/, with lists of vigils, resources, etc. as well as a link to the fundraiser on GoFundMe. There's also https://www.oneorlando.org/, a fund started by the city.

Jul 2, 2016, 12:05am Top

a belated thanks for this, folks. as a 72-year-old lesbian woman, i'm grateful for just the logo change and the recognition of the tragedy itself.

i think the greatest thing for me is already available: i have found places here that are "home," places where what matters are books, civility, humor, shared respect and inclusion. and of course, books. places where neither my age nor my sexual orientation are obstacles. we all love books and the people who love books and that is what is important.

Jul 28, 2016, 8:15am Top

Sorry, I f this is the wrong forum to ask my question, but I could not find a more suitable place.

I bought several years ago a life time subscription, but to be honest I was using LibraryThing very sporadically. Starting several weeks ago I learned about calibre and catalogued enthusiastically all my books (not only my ebooks). After I while I wondered why there is no integration between calibre and LibraryThing as it is done (via a plugin) with Goodreads.com. As I asked people in the forum of mobileread.com they told me that there was – years ago – a plugin for LibraryThing, but then LT stopped to allow to grab metadata automatically.

Is this true? An if so: what is the reason for this policy?

Jul 28, 2016, 9:03am Top

>33 baumgartner:

This thread has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with your concerns.

You would be better off starting a new thread in this group.

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