Stacking books to contact tracing: LA librarians embrace new role during COVID-19

Submitted by Blake on Sat, 06/20/2020 - 20:01
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“We thought we were going to get a lot of hang-ups. … We all know those telemarketers that call in the middle of the day. You don’t answer the phone.,” he says. “They [people he’s called] have been so inviting and trying to help. ... Some of them are just saying, ‘I'm not doing anything, I'm home. I got all the time in the world.’”  From: https://www.kcrw.com/news/shows/greater-la/librarians-covid-19-blm-masks/lapl-coronavirus-contact-tracer Stacking books to contact tracing: LA librarians embrace new role during COVID-19

Black Lives Matter: Librarians share books, films that shine light on race, injustice | UC Berkeley Library News

Submitted by Blake on Sat, 06/20/2020 - 19:58
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At UC Berkeley, members of the Library staff have shared lists of books and films to provide a deeper understanding of race and racism, and to lift and center Black voices. They’re also working to provide greater access to many of the volumes you see here — and more — in digital form, so they can be read by more people within the UC Berkeley community, from anywhere. From: https://news.lib.berkeley.edu/juneteenth-2020 Black Lives Matter: Librarians share books, films that shine light on race, injustice | UC Berkeley Library News

Libraries Are Dealing With New Demand For Books And Services During The Pandemic

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 06/19/2020 - 13:54
NPR On Openings If you find yourself scrambling for a good novel to escape the novel coronavirus, you're not alone. Across the country, libraries have seen demand skyrocket for their electronic offerings, but librarians say they continue to worry about the digital divide and equality in access — not to mention the complicated questions that must be answered before they can reopen for physical lending.

Happy 20 Years LISNews!

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 11/07/2019 - 09:52
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As usual, I forgot! 20 years ago on Nov 2nd I brought LISNews online. I can't possibly thank everyone who has helped LISNews over the past 20 years. Steve Glabraith, Steven M Cohen & Nabeal Ahmed, were all instrumental in helping me during the early years (when I needed it most!). We also had a few authors that posted like bloggers possessed and are still with us, BIRDIE especially, and Ieleene, Aaron, Rochelle, and a few other authors who helped out for awhile and moved on. Behind the scenes Joe Frazee helped me get the original LISNews server up and running.

VIDEO: Multiple raccoons take over the library at Arkansas State

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 11/07/2019 - 09:43
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An Arkansas State University alumnus says he was surprised to spot a few curious critters running around the campus library.

Codie Clark, a math tutor, says he spotted at least two raccoons Sunday on the third floor of the university's Dean B. Ellis Library while waiting for a student to arrive for a tutoring session. Clark says other students then cornered one raccoon.

https://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2019/oct/29/multiple-raccoons-take-…

Late author Philip Roth left $2M to an N.J. library, report says

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 11/07/2019 - 09:42
In addition to his entire personal book collection, late author Phillip Roth also donated at least $2 million to the library in his New Jersey hometown. The Pulitzer Prize winner, before his death last year, arranged to donate the money to the Newark Public Library, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. The money, the report said, a large chunk of his $10 million estate, would be used to bolster the library’s general collection.