12 Authors Write About the Libraries They Love - The New York Times

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 10/16/2018 - 10:31
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For most readers and writers — and book lovers in general — the library holds a special place of honor and respect. We asked several authors to tell us about their local public library or to share a memory of a library from their past.
From 12 Authors Write About the Libraries They Love - The New York Times

Mystery Of A Massive Library Fire Remains Unsolved After More Than 30 Years : NPR

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 10/15/2018 - 11:27
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Susan Orlean's new book is like exploring the stacks of a library, where something unexpected and interesting can be discovered on every page. The Library Book tells the story of the 1986 fire that damaged or destroyed more than one million books in Los Angeles' Central Library.
From Mystery Of A Massive Library Fire Remains Unsolved After More Than 30 Years : NPR

The Internet’s keepers? “Some call us hoarders—I like to say we’re archivists”

Submitted by Blake on Sun, 10/07/2018 - 16:33
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The longtime non-profit’s physical space remains easy to comprehend, at least, so Graham starts there. The main operation now runs out of an old church (pews still intact) in San Francisco, with the Internet Archive today employing nearly 200 staffers. The archive also maintains a nearby warehouse for storing physical media—not just books, but things like vinyl records, too.

In 1979, a chain email about science fiction spawned the modern internet.

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 10/05/2018 - 07:17
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But the message sent to Cerf’s email wasn’t a technical request. And it hadn’t been sent just to him. Instead, an email with the subject line “SF-LOVERS” had been sent to Cerf and his colleagues scattered across the United States. The message asked all of them to respond with a list of their favorite science fiction authors. Because the message had gone out to the entire network, everybody’s answers could then be seen and responded to by everybody else.

Archivist who skipped work for a decade without anyone noticing spent his free time running a male brothel and drawing erotic comics.

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 09/27/2018 - 15:49
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He was paid a 50,000 euro ($80,000) salary as an archives director in Valencia’s provincial government, would show up to the office every morning at 7:30am to clock in using the fingerprint scanner before heading home, only returning to the office at 3:30pm to clock out. He kept up the routine for 10 years before colleagues began to raise suspicions.

Hopkins librarian forced to leave country quickly over H-1B visa woes

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 09/27/2018 - 10:41
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A British academic said she had to depart the U.S. quickly after her institution declined to submit paperwork to renew her temporary H-1B work visa on the grounds it likely wouldn’t be approved under standards used by the Trump administration.
From Hopkins librarian forced to leave country quickly over H-1B visa woes

The board of a West Virginia library reverses decision to refuse ‘Fear’

Submitted by Blake on Sat, 09/15/2018 - 11:45
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Connie Perry, the president of the trustees of the Morgan County Public Library in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., said Friday afternoon by phone that her town library will carry Bob Woodward’s “Fear.” Perry said the library board did not know that the library director had refused to accept a donated copy of “Fear” until the issue was raised in media reports. “The board didn’t know anything about this,” Perry said. “We have corrected that.