A new collection of Henry James's letters reveals the early development of the writer.

Next year will mark the centenary of James’s death. Given that armies of academics, during these hundred years, have eagerly picked over his literary remains, it’s rather surprising how many very arresting items here have never been published or even cited before. One reason for this, we’re told at the outset, is that “the James family . . . held an interest in preserving a certain public image of their ancestor.”

From A sufferable snob by Bruce Bawer - The New Criterion

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America needs to give libraries the money they need

Here at home, we can’t pay for Babar. Or the Count of Monte Cristo. We can’t pay for those palaces of human art, history, science and intelligence that we call libraries. We can’t pay for those books and services (including librarians) that gave so many of us our American lives.

It’s time we stop the drift toward stupidity. It’s time to give libraries the money they need. To show our new Americans that Shakespeare belongs to them, too. And Montaigne. And Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Faulkner. Here is Garcia Marquez, baby.

From America needs to give libraries the money they need - NY Daily News

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At-home libraries still popular for homeowners

Library rooms are still a popular addition to homes, interior designers say. Though they are mostly considered a high-end project, middle-class homeowners want them too, when they have the space and the funds.

From At-home libraries still popular for homeowners - Towns - NorthJersey.com

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Author, whose book was rejected 44 times, has won a £25,000 Scottish literary prize with a 'mesmerising' work

AUTHOR John Spurling has won a £25,000 literary prize with a "mesmerising" book that was rejected 44 times before being published.

He was awarded the sixth Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction for his novel set in imperial China, The Ten Thousand Things.

The book is set in 14th-century China, during the final years of the Mongol-ruled Yuan Dynasty, and is the story of Wang Meng, one of the era's four great masters of painting.

From Author, whose book was rejected 44 times, has won a £25,000 Scottish literary prize with a 'mesmerising' work - Daily Record

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A Library Primer

A book about libraries from 1903 that is in the Project Gutenberg collection.

Here are the first twelve chapters shown in the table of contents. There are 55 chapters in the book.

I, The beginnings—Library law 9
II, Preliminary work 10
III, What does a public library do for a community? 12
IV, General policy of the library 15
V, Trustees 17
VI, The librarian 20
VII, The trained librarian 23
VIII, Rooms, building, fixtures, furniture 25
IX, Things needed in beginning work 30
X, The Library Bureau 35
XI, Selecting books 39
XII, Reference books for a small library 46

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Libraries And Cities Are Terrible At Keeping Track of Art

Across the country, in city art collections and special collections of public libraries, one-of-a-kind items are routinely misfiled, misplaced, lost or stolen. And sometimes, routine mistakes and slipshod documentation grow into a much more intractable problem, with large portions of public collections being managed by institutions who have no idea what's in them and no full inventory of their holdings.

From Libraries And Cities Are Terrible At Keeping Track of Art | Atlas Obscura

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EU Launches Antitrust Probe Of Amazon's E-Book Business

European regulators have launched a formal investigation into Amazon's practices in the e-book market.

In a statement released Thursday, the European Commission announced that its antitrust investigation will focus on Amazon's contracts with publishers — and whether the Internet retailer is abusing its dominant position as the largest e-book distributor in Europe.

The commission, the 28-member executive arm of the European Union, is especially concerned with a few key parts of those contracts.

In particular, NPR's Lynn Neary reports, "The commission is concerned about specific clauses that require publishers to inform Amazon about more favorable or alternative terms offered by its competitors."

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/06/11/413676630/eu-launches-antitrust-probe-of-a...

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Who Will Be Appointed as Next Librarian of Congress

The President, in this case, Barack Obama, appoints the Librarian of Congress. Here's the statute about that particular appointment.

Should it be a presidential appointment? Should the next office holder have a degree in Library Science (Mr. Billington did not).

Infodocket has more information on the period of transition, including this:

LC tells us that while no timeline is in place at the moment, President Obama has “roughly” six months to consider nominees for the vacancy. If a new Librarian of Congress is not confirmed by the time of Dr. Billington’s retirement, David Mao, Deputy Librarian, would serve as Acting Librarian of Congress until the time a new leader is confirmed by the Senate. Mao holds both legal and library degrees.

Librarian of Congress to step down after nearly 3 decades

James Billington, the librarian of Congress who has led the world’s largest library for nearly three decades and brought it into the digital age, announced Wednesday that he will step down at year’s end.

The Library of Congress said Billington, 86, will retire on Jan. 1. He notified President Barack Obama of his plans, and the post will be filled by a presidential nomination with Senate confirmation.

From Librarian of Congress to step down after nearly 3 decades - The Washington Post

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Get It Loud In Libraries with Frank Turner - YouTube

Published on Jun 9, 2015
Hi, Im Austin and I am a media student at Blackburn College. This is the short documentary I have made for my final project with Frank Turner and Get It Loud In Libraries.

From Get It Loud In Libraries with Frank Turner - YouTube

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A Copy of the Original Star Wars Script Unearthed in a Canadian Library

The all things Science Fiction site, i09, tells of an interesting find at the University of New Brunswick library,

"File this under “Why we need libraries and librarians”: A copy of the original shooting script for Star Wars Episode IV was found sitting on a shelf in the University of New Brunswick’s library in Saint John. And it may settle whether or not Han shot first."

How to Slim Down Your Overstuffed Wallet

One and a half minute video on how to slim your wallet. A library card is part of this plan. In your library system, if a library card was used this way, would the library still allow the card to be used?

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Robert Darnton closes the book | Harvard Gazette

As of June 30, the celebrated historian, digital library pioneer, and champion of books will leave the University he first saw as an undergraduate in 1957. A scholar of Enlightenment France and of the history of the book, he returned to Harvard in 1965 to join the Society of Fellows, decamped to Princeton University in 1968 for 39 years, and came back to Harvard in 2007.

From Robert Darnton closes the book | Harvard Gazette

New Title: Biblio Tech by John Palfrey

Review of a new book entitled Biblio TECH on how to keep libraries relevant in the digital age. John Palfrey’s lucid, passionate account of the state of American libraries reminds us both how important public libraries are to a healthy democracy and how close they are to going the way of the dodo bird. The author is the Head of School at Phillips Academy, Andover.

We are in the midst of a tectonic societal shift from print to digital and without a concerted effort to transform the library into its 21st century equivalent we just might lose these hubs of democracy for good.

The disconnect is huge; survey after survey remind us how important libraries are to their communities while in budget after budget funding for libraries continues to get slashed.

And In Further News, Boston Art Has Been Found

...right in the library. Misfiled.

The items were found during an eight-week search of the stacks. Fourteen library workers searched through 180,000 of the print stacks’ 320,000 items — about 60 percent of the inventory, the statement said.

Amy Ryan is still resigning as President of the Library.

Boston Library President Quits Over Missing Art

From the New York Times.

The president of the Boston Public Library resigned Wednesday amid a federal investigation into the disappearance of two artworks from the library’s collection, a Rembrandt and a Durer. Amy Ryan, who became the president of the library system in 2008, stepped down hours after announcing new security measures for the system’s holdings.

There's a New Chick at the Library

...a peregrine falcon chick that is.

MassLive reports that a baby chick has hatched on the rooftop of the W. E. B. DuBois Library at the U of Mass. There appear to be a few more still incubating.

The hatching was announced on Twitter, with photos taken from the library's falcon webcam . Enjoy!

Bing no longer a search-engine blip

By one measure, the search engine now executes a record one out of every five searches made on desktop computers in the US, a milestone Microsoft Chief Executive Satya Nadella touted last month in a meeting with Wall Street analysts. But Bing’s standing internationally, and in fast-growing mobile search, is a fraction of that.

Still, executives and outside observers say Bing has gone from the butt of jokes and awkward product placement in movies to a tool comparable to Google’s in terms of its technology. The calls to shelve the business or sell it to a competitor have quieted. Microsoft has integrated Bing’s underlying data-crunching technology into its other software, and plans to tie it closely to its upcoming Windows 10 operating system.

http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/bing-no-longer-a-search-engine-blip/

Information Please Librarian

From The Guardian, a selection of queries addressed to NYPL librarians including "Is this the place where I ask questions I can’t get answers to?" - Phone question, September 13, 1947

Setting the Right Environment: Remote Staff, Service Provider Participants, and Big-Tent Open Source Communities

I also believe that by using new technologies and strategies, distributed professionals can build a hosting service that is attractive to clients. We may not be able to stand around a water cooler or conference table, but we can replicate the essence of those environments with tools, policies, and a collaborative attitude. In doing so we have more freedom to hire the staff the make the right fit for our organization, no matter where they are located.

From Setting the Right Environment: Remote Staff, Service Provider Participants, and Big-Tent Open Source Communities | Disruptive Library Technology Jester

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