The Obama Presidential Library That Isn’t

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 02/22/2019 - 09:37
But the center, which will cost an estimated $500 million, will also differ from the complexes built by Barack Obama’s predecessors in another way: It won’t actually be a presidential library. In a break with precedent, there will be no research library on site, and none of Mr. Obama’s official presidential records.

How Do You Preserve History On The Moon? : NPR

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 02/21/2019 - 09:03
Historic preservationists are hoping that the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing this summer will persuade the United Nations to do something to protect Neil Armstrong's footprints in the lunar dust. Some of his boot marks are still up there, after all, along with other precious artifacts from humanity's first steps on another world. Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin left behind tools and science equipment, a plaque that read, "We came in peace for all mankind," and the U.S.

Wayne State to roll out fast-track librarian certificate amid shortage, student demand

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 02/20/2019 - 16:40
Wayne State University is set to offer a new experimental school library certificate to address student demand and a general shortage of certified school librarians in the state. The Detroit-based university plans to offer a 15-credit program through its School of Information Sciences, said Matt Fredericks, academic services officer for the school.

Around 2,000 Artifacts Have Been Saved From the Ruins of Brazil’s National Museum Fire

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 02/20/2019 - 12:51
As an array of recovery efforts launched over the past five months attest, the beloved Rio de Janeiro institution’s story is far from finished: Just two weeks after the fire, museum staffers gathered in the front of the burned building to host a temporary exhibition of surviving artifacts, and at the end of the year, Google Arts & Culture immortalized the pre-fire building in a comprehensive virtual tour.

How American Cities Got Their Libraries - CityLab

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 02/20/2019 - 10:08
A visual exploration of how a critical piece of social infrastructure came to be. This month, CityLab’s visual storyteller Ariel Aberg-Riger shares the story of how America’s public libraries came to be, and their uneven history of serving all who need them.
From How American Cities Got Their Libraries - CityLab

The Lab Discovering DNA in Old Books - The Atlantic

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 02/19/2019 - 15:36
In recent years, archaeologists and historians have awakened to the potential of ancient DNA extracted from human bones and teeth. DNA evidence has enriched—and complicated—stories of prehistoric human migrations. It has provided tantalizing clues to epidemics such as the black death. It has identified the remains of King Richard III, found under a parking lot. But Collins isn’t just interested in human remains.

Librarians and Their Memorable Patron Interactions

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 02/19/2019 - 09:31
some reference and book questions stick out more than others. They stand out either because they were truly great questions or because they were absolutely ridiculous. Either way, patrons never fail to keep me on my toes. Just when I think a decade of public libraries has allowed me to see and hear it all, another question or situation leaves me stunned.

Female Librarians on Horseback Delivering Books, ca. 1930s

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 02/19/2019 - 08:00
President Franklin Roosevelt was trying to figure out a way to resolve the Great Depression of the 1930s. His Works Progress Administration created the Pack Horse Library Initiative to help Americans become more literate so that they’d have a better chance of finding employment.
From Female Librarians on Horseback Delivering Books, ca. 1930s | History Daily

Some of the Rarest Books in the World Can Be Found in This Downtown Library In Texas

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 02/18/2019 - 15:48
BEHIND A LARGE CAUTION SIGN on a locked door inside the Houston Metropolitan Research Center at Houston Public Library’s Julia Ideson Building downtown, you’ll find the vault. It’s not filled with money or an arsenal, but it does contain the world’s most valuable currency and deadliest weapon—the written word. Researchers must apply to peruse the rare, often centuries-old books and other artifacts inside the room, which is kept at a crisp 60 degrees and cared for by preservation librarian Elizabeth Mayer.