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Mary Regula, Founder of Library Saluting First Ladies, Dies at 91

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:53:52 +0000

Mary Regula, who led a successful campaign to establish a national library to research and commemorate the disparate and often unsung roles played by presidential spouses, died on April 5 at her family’s farm in Navarre, Ohio. She was 91.

The Bookmobile Interview From StoryCorps

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 13:54:35 +0000

Growing up in the 1960s, Storm Reyes lived and worked in migrant labor camps across Washington state. When she was 8 years old, she began working full-time picking fruit for under a dollar an hour. At StoryCorps, Storm shared stories of her difficult childhood with her son, Jeremy Hagquist, and remembers the day a bookmobile unexpectedly arrived, opening up new worlds and bringing hope.
From The Bookmobile – StoryCorps

What Do You Think of Reading Books as a Punishment?

Fri, 06 Apr 2018 16:29:01 +0000

From an article in The New York Times, a judge imposes juveniles to read from a list of books and report on their reactions.

  • A Virginia judge handed down an unusual sentence last year after five teenagers defaced a historic black schoolhouse with swastikas and the words “white power” and “black power.”

    Instead of spending time in community service, Judge Avelina Jacob decided, the youths should read a book. But not just any book. They had to choose from a list of ones covering some of history’s most divisive and tragic periods. The horrors of the Holocaust awaited them in “Night,” by Elie Wiesel. The racism of the Jim Crow South was there in Maya Angelou’s “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” The brutal hysteria of persecution could be explored in “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller.

  • End of the Annoyed Librarian

    Tue, 03 Apr 2018 21:31:00 +0000

    AL is calling it quits. Full post here.

    6 Books to Read in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s Death

    Tue, 03 Apr 2018 03:49:48 +0000

    Historians and biographers have spent much ink celebrating and interrogating the life and influence of Martin Luther King, Jr. in the 50 years since his assassination on April 4, 1968. Readers interested to know more about the iconic civil rights hero can choose from a wide range of literary options — from shorter books that give an easily digestible overview of his life, to multi-volume tomes exploring his every action in great detail. While some books take a holistic approach toward the life of the man, others focus in on sub-topics of his legacy.

    In honor of the 50th anniversary of his death, here are 6 books to read about Martin Luther King, Jr: Full article here

    Code4Lib 2018 Keynote: Chris Bourg, Director of Libraries at MIT

    Tue, 13 Mar 2018 22:39:42 +0000

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    Article with critical commentary on the Keynote - MIT librarian: Tech workplaces plastered with Star Trek posters, other geeky stuff is non-inclusive to women

    'Dancing Bears' Offers A Look Into How Countries Adapted To Life After Communism

    Wed, 07 Mar 2018 07:28:30 +0000

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    Polish journalist Witold Szablowski's nonfiction book, Dancing Bears, introduces readers to people in formerly communist countries who have a hard time adapting to life after the being freed from oppressive regimes.

    Story on NPR

    For Bookmark Aficionados

    Sat, 03 Mar 2018 14:36:29 +0000

    Like bookmarks? Check out the International Friends of Bookmarks site run by Laine Farley.

    Link should work now.

    Jeremy Keith on forced SSL, AMP, and abuse of power

    Thu, 01 Mar 2018 17:39:54 +0000

    I strongly disagree. If you also disagree, I encourage you to make your voice heard. Remember, this isn’t about whether you think that we should all switch to HTTPS—we’re all in agreement on that. This is about whether it’s okay to create collateral damage by deliberately denying people access to web features in order to further a completely separate agenda. This isn’t about you or me. This is about all those people who could potentially become makers of the web. We should be welcoming them, not creating barriers for them to overcome.
    From Adactio: Journal—Ends and means

    From Overdue Books to Overdosed Patrons

    Thu, 01 Mar 2018 14:43:57 +0000

    Story from the NYT .

    The opioid epidemic is reshaping life in America, including at the local public library, where librarians are considering whether to carry naloxone to battle overdoses. At a time when the public is debating arming teachers, it is another example of an unlikely group being enlisted to fight a national crisis.

    Google's “right to be forgotten” Transparency Report

    Tue, 27 Feb 2018 12:41:41 +0000

    In May 2014, in a landmark ruling, the European Court of Justice established the “right to be forgotten,” or more accurately, the “right to delist,” allowing Europeans to ask search engines to delist information about themselves from search results. In deciding what to delist, search engines like Google must consider if the information in question is “inaccurate, inadequate, irrelevant or excessive”—and whether there is a public interest in the information remaining available in search results. Understanding how we make these types of decisions—and how people are using new rights like those granted by the European Court—is important. Since 2014, we’ve provided information about “right to be forgotten” delisting requests in our Transparency Report, including the number of URLs submitted to us, the number of URLs delisted and not delisted, and anonymized examples of some of the requests we have received.
    From Updating our “right to be forgotten” Transparency Report

    ‘Frankenstein’ Manuscript Shows the Evolution of Mary Shelley’s Monster

    Tue, 27 Feb 2018 12:06:03 +0000

    In honor of the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein’s publication, the British publisher SP Books is releasing a facsimile of Shelley’s original manuscript. According to Roslyn Sulcas of the New York Times, the limited run will produce 1,000 copies of the facsimile, which will be available for purchase starting March 15.
    From ‘Frankenstein’ Manuscript Shows the Evolution of Mary Shelley’s Monster | Smart News | Smithsonian

    Fahrenheit 451 teaser trailer -- HBO

    Tue, 27 Feb 2018 04:28:37 +0000

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    Book clinic: why do publishers still issue hardbacks?

    Tue, 27 Feb 2018 00:19:59 +0000

    However, there are no signs that the practice is coming to an end: last year sales of hardback fiction grew 11%. When the ebook arrived 10 years ago, some pundits suggested format did not matter. But they were wrong. A beautiful hardback is a joy, something to cherish, shelve and pass on, and readers are prepared to pay for that just as some people still prefer the cinema over television.
    From Book clinic: why do publishers still issue hardbacks? | Books | The Guardian

    Inside the OED: can the world’s biggest dictionary survive the internet?

    Tue, 27 Feb 2018 00:19:32 +0000

    For centuries, lexicographers have attempted to capture the entire English language. Technology might soon turn this dream into reality – but will it spell the end for dictionaries?
    From Inside the OED: can the world’s biggest dictionary survive the internet? | News | The Guardian

    The written word is losing its power and will continue to

    Sun, 25 Feb 2018 05:13:57 +0000

    If there were a futures market in literacy, it would be dropping. It is a sad fact that the value of written words, in relation to spoken words and still and moving pictures, is sinking like a stone. Changes like this happen for structural reasons.

    Full article

    Exit Interview: I Curated Rare Books for a 200-Year-Old Library

    Fri, 23 Feb 2018 21:09:25 +0000

    In his 47 years at the Boston Athenaeum, Stanley Cushing has handled everything from a magnetic “Squid Book” to an autobiography bound in its author’s skin.
    From Exit Interview: I Curated Rare Books for a 200-Year-Old Library - Atlas Obscura

    Entire Journal Editorial Board Resigns Over Editor Removal

    Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:30:53 +0000

    The publisher of Building Research & Information, Taylor & Francis, has recently decided to terminate Richard Lorch’s contract as Editor-in-Chief at the end of 2018. This action has sparked grave concern amongst the members of BRI’s editorial board. What follows is an open letter written by the board to the publisher. It details the concerns of the editorial board, the action that they took to try to dissuade Taylor & Francis, and the subsequent response from the publisher. All of the signatories of this letter have tendered their resignation from post.
    From An open letter from Building Research & Information EDITORIAL TEAM & BOARD MEMBERS to Taylor & Francis – BRI Community

    The Problem of Fake News Is Not Recent, But Our Current Internet Ecosystem Is

    Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:29:40 +0000

    There were Internet communities at the time, though they did not much resemble the social media of today – Slashdot, for example. MetaFilter was in its infancy, I believe, and I’m pretty sure Reddit wasn’t born yet. I didn’t spent a lot of time in those communities but as I recall it was fairly open – that is, you did not have a social media group of people with whom you could communicate exclusively. Therefore if you went to a community and tried to get people on board with your Venusian unicorn theory, you might get some interest – but you might also get stomped by astronomers and mythology experts.
    From The Problem of Fake News Is Not Recent, But Our Current Internet Ecosystem Is – ResearchBuzz

    The Internet Isn’t Forever

    Fri, 23 Feb 2018 12:51:38 +0000

    Because history is a fight we’re having every day. We’re battling to make the truth first by living it, and then by recording and sharing it, and finally, crucially, by preserving it. Without an archive, there is no history.
    From The Internet Isn’t Forever

    Drive to ban library books with LGBTQ content erupts in Orange City

    Thu, 22 Feb 2018 22:52:39 +0000

    More than 300 people have signed a petition to either ban or label and group materials related to homosexual and transgender content in the Orange City Public Library.

    Rev. Sacha Walicord of Grace Reformed Presbyterian Church rose before an overflow crowd of more than 100 at the Orange City Public Library Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday and said that LBGTQ books and other library content are “pushing an agenda” that is counter to those in the faith community.

    “We won’t roll over,” he said. “We will stand up and we will fight.”

    Others defended the selections, saying that a library is a place of diverse ideas and that library patrons are free to choose what to view or ignore.

    Full article (Des Moines Register)

    There’s a Human Camera Obscura in the New York Public Library

    Thu, 22 Feb 2018 22:44:42 +0000

    The good folks beavering away at their long tables in the magisterial north Rose Main Reading Room on the third floor of the New York Public Library’s main building might be excused for feeling spied upon. “What is that thing?” they’ve been asking the guards over the past several months, pointing up at the eerie, tripod-mounted, radarlike dish mounted on the narrow balcony at the far end of the airy, vaultlike space.

    Much of the time, the object is unmanned. But every once in a while, a lanky, long-haired young man will amble along the mezzanine balcony and squeeze himself into the narrow cockpit behind the dish, wedging his skull into a white helmet, and start taking measurements, or inventories, or calculations, or something. All very still, his arm jammed into the concave shell, scratching away infinitesimally, for hours on end (and indeed long after the place has otherwise closed down for the night). “What the hell is that guy doing?”
    Full article here.

    Interlibrary loan system failure tying up librarians’ time

    Sat, 17 Feb 2018 16:26:47 +0000

    But starting late last year, processing requests to borrow material from other libraries has been significantly more time-consuming, and as of last week, about 150 requests were unfulfilled, Fabian said. That’s because a component of the state’s interlibrary loan system – a vast information highway that allows the state’s 234 public libraries, as well as several university and public school libraries, to loan resources to one another – has been down.
    From Interlibrary loan system failure tying up librarians’ time

    Libraries are not for everyone until librarianship can be for everyone

    Fri, 16 Feb 2018 04:25:24 +0000

    Let’s count all the ways the MLS degree has suppressed talent in libraries — and what we can do about it

    Full article(

    The Best Things Found Between the Pages of Old Books

    Fri, 16 Feb 2018 00:42:46 +0000

    WHAT SECRETS HIDE AMONG THE pages of old books? There might be a lock of George Washington’s hair, the story of an forgotten luminary of American literature, or a centuries-old manuscript full of mystery. We asked Atlas Obscura readers to send us their stories about the most amazing items they found in books, and you sent us hundreds of responses—from the gross and macabre to the utterly charming and deeply surprising.
    From The Best Things Found Between the Pages of Old Books - Atlas Obscura

    Donations boost collection of books by minority authors at east Austin library

    Mon, 12 Feb 2018 15:51:44 +0000

    A local social justice advocacy group wants to expand access to books written by authors of color for people who use an east Austin library.

    The Austin Justice Coalition is asking community members to donate copies from a specific list of fiction and nonfiction titles to the Carver Branch of the library system. The city came up with the list of 126 works at the group’s request, and the donations will expand Carver’s collection.

    Full story

    Lonely library dog goes viral, booked through April for reading sessions

    Mon, 12 Feb 2018 15:49:57 +0000

    After having nobody sign up to read to him, one friendly greyhound is now busier than ever thanks to a Facebook Post that went viral.

    Full story

    The Libraries Bringing Small-Town News Back to Life

    Mon, 29 Jan 2018 06:31:04 +0000

    As local-news outlets disappear in America, some libraries are gaining new relevance.

    Ursula K. Le Guin

    Mon, 29 Jan 2018 05:56:27 +0000


    Oct 21, 1929 - Jan 22, 2018

    Ursula K. Le Guin accepts the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the 65th National Book Awards on November 19, 2014.

    Garbage collectors open library with abandoned books

    Mon, 29 Jan 2018 05:51:33 +0000

    Birdie posted this story first. I cannot make the link work so I am posting a link here. My apologies if the link problem was only with my computer. Full story here.