Two Newbies at LOC

It's not the big job (Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden nominee) but two new positions have been announced at the Library of Congress. The are John Y. Cole as Historian of the LOC and Pam Jackson as Director for the Center for the Book.

An Open Letter to the Person Who Wiped Boogers on My Library Book

How do you live your life, Booger-Wiper? My first instinct is to imagine your home as a mucus-smeared nightmare hovel, mold at the corners and suspicious stains everywhere. But upon further reflection, I think your home might actually be fairly tidy — seeing as how you so freely deposit your filth on things that don’t belong to you. If I lent you a pair of socks, what would lurk inside of them when I got them back? If I left a piece of Tupperware in your kitchen after a dinner party, would you return it to me, empty and clean? Or would it ruin my day?
From The Millions : An Open Letter to the Person Who Wiped Boogers on My Library Book - The Millions

Morocco: one of the world’s oldest libraries is renovated

The settling dust from renovations and the banging of tools aren’t ideal sights and sounds for a library — but this is no ordinary library. Founded 12 centuries ago by a pioneering woman and nestled in the old medina of Fez, Morocco’s University of al-Qarawiyyin library is one of the world’s oldest libraries, home to unique Islamic manuscripts treasured by historians. Yet it’s been largely hidden from the public. The architect leading its restoration, Fez native Aziza Chaouni, didn’t even know it existed until she was asked to work on it.
From Morocco: one of the world’s oldest libraries is renovated | The Seattle Times

Supreme Court rejects challenge to Google book-scanning project

he U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a challenge by a group of authors who contend that Google's massive effort to scan millions of books for an online library violates copyright law. The Authors Guild and several individual writers have argued that the project, known as Google Books, illegally deprives them of revenue. The high court left in place an October 2015 ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York in favor of Google. A unanimous three-judge appeals court panel said the case "tests the boundaries of fair use," but found Google's practices were ultimately allowed under the law.
From Supreme Court rejects challenge to Google book-scanning project | Reuters

Cat-Owning, Knit-Loving, 'Hopelessly Stereotypical' Librarian Is A 'Jeopardy' Badass

A lot of contestants have come and gone on “Jeopardy,” but Margaret Miles officially walked away with our hearts.  Miles is a librarian working at the New Hanover County Public Library in Wilmington, North Carolina who appeared on Thursday’s episode of “Jeopardy.” Alex Trebek couldn’t help but ask Miles more about her life when she was leading mid-show with $7,600. 
From Cat-Owning, Knit-Loving, 'Hopelessly Stereotypical' Librarian Is A 'Jeopardy' Badass

Dangerous Librarians!

The worst place in the world.

The Power of Mobile Libraries, a StoryCorps Animation: 'The Bookmobile'

In "The Bookmobile," a StoryCorps project, a young Native American girl shares a tale of discovery.
From The Power of Mobile Libraries, a StoryCorps Animation: 'The Bookmobile' - CityLab

Chill. It’s Not Books vs. Amazon. You Can Have Both!

According to Wired, books, and bookstores, can coexist with the dominant e-tailer Amazon just fine thank you.

"Print books have persisted, but ebooks are not going away. Amazon is powerful, but physical bookstores are still here. The book is not immune to the powerful digital forces that have re-shaped so much of the rest of the world. At the same time, books have been able to resist the forces of change because books really are different."

Fewer Americans Using Libraries

From the Atlantic, reports of a Pew study that show that library use is slowing. It seems that as investment in libraries is declining due to budget cuts, that also diminishes their use.
  • "We found that as investments, such as revenue, staffing, and programs, increased, so did critical use measures, such as visitation and circulation. In the same way, as investments were reduced, mostly in reaction to post-recessionary budgetary reductions, we saw decreases in library use. Another important finding is that even though investments might have declined, any decreases in use did not drop by the same magnitude. People continue to use their local public libraries—for access to books and information and for gathering as a community."
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    KU Libraries adds nearly 1,000 zines to radical lit collection

    By their very nature, zines were almost meant to be enjoyed briefly, then fade away. The University of Kansas Libraries is now home to a substantial collection of fan-made, self-published magazines — better known simply as zines — that provide a window into politics, fandom, music, community, history and the idea of “do it yourself” communications both before and after the Internet became a dominant vehicle for communication and expression.
    From KU Libraries adds nearly 1,000 zines to radical lit collection | The University of Kansas

    ALA, Google launch “Libraries Ready to Code"

    Today, the American Library Association (ALA) and Google, Inc. are launching the “Libraries Ready to Code” project to investigate the current nature of coding activities in public and school libraries for youth and broaden the reach and scope of this work.   "Libraries today are less about what we have on our shelves and more about what we do for and with people in our schools, campuses and communities,” said ALA President Sari Feldman. “Learning for children and youth today is more flexible, more self-directed, and with greater opportunities to not just use content, but to create and collaborate digitally. Library professionals are committed to facilitating both individual opportunity for all and advancing community progress. This new project with Google sits squarely in our modern public mission."
    From ALA, Google launch “Libraries Ready to Code” | News and Press Center

    Why Do Cats Love Bookstores?

    So how did they end up in bookstores? Look to Russia and a special decree issued by Empress Elizabeth in 1745 looking for “the best and biggest cats, capable of catching mice” to be sent to the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg to protect the treasures contained within from rats (this tradition lives on to the present day, with dozens of strays living in the basement of the museum). Not long after, sometime in the early 1800s, with Europeans still sure rats caused the Black Death (this idea has been mostly debunked, although now scholars believe gerbils might be to blame), and rat catchers unable to stop the rodents from overrunning filthy urban centers, governments started to pay libraries to keep cats in order to help bring down populations of book-loving vermin.
    From Why Do Cats Love Bookstores? | Literary Hub

    Buffalo BookBike promotes reading, gives free books to kids

    One woman has started her own effort to make sure more kids get their hands on books this summer. With help from local business Nickel City Cycles, she plans to hit the streets of Buffalo by bike and hand out free books along the way. Amy Ozay, who started the movement in the Queen City, moved to Buffalo from Cambridge, Massachusetts, where people gave out free books on bikes.
    From Buffalo BookBike promotes reading, gives free books to kids |

    OMG IT'S National Bookmobile Day!!!

    National Bookmobile Day (Wednesday, April 13, 2016) celebrates our nation’s bookmobiles and the dedicated library professionals who provide this valuable and essential service to their communities every day. National Bookmobile Day is an opportunity for bookmobiles fans to make their support known—through thanking bookmobile staff, writing a letter or e-mail to their libraries, or voicing their support to community leaders. National Bookmobile Day is coordinated by the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services, the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services (ABOS), and the Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL).
    From National Bookmobile Day 2016 | Offices of the American Library Association

    Alice Crawford: The Meaning of The Library

    I’ve asked elsewhere previously, if everything is downloadable and deliverable then what use is a library? The Meaning of The Library suggests that is the wrong question. To see libraries purely as a vehicle for content is to mistake the purpose of the library, which is to be whatever its society needs it to be. Freedom of thought, freedom of expression and intellectual curiosity, these are not downloadable or deliverable. Alice Crawford’s book reminds us of this and for that alone it is quite a beautiful piece of work.
    From Alice Crawford: The Meaning of The Library | Quadrapheme

    Cornerstone laying ceremony of new Israel National Library

    A copy of the National Library of Israel Charter, a declaration signed by leaders and public officials which marked the launch of the National Library renewal project in 2011, was buried under the cement stone at the ceremony. The library is located between the Israel Museum to the South and the Knesset to the East, and will serve as a link between the cultural and civic buildings around it. “The concept of the renewal of the library will allow us to place the National Library in the proper perspective in the country’s cultural fabric,” said David Blumberg, chairman of the National Library. “The National Library will be the most important cultural institution in Israel and the Jewish world.”
    From Cornerstone laying ceremony of new Israel National Library | ISRAEL21c

    Library Times Are A-Changin’

    Our second annual assessment of library hours in New York shows that 40 percent more branch libraries in NYC are open at least six days a week than this time last year. But while city libraries are open an average of 4 hours more per week than a year ago, they still lag behind many of the largest library systems in the state and nation in hours of operation.
    From Library Times Are A-Changin’ | Center for an Urban Future

    New Bill Will Require Library of Congress to Continue Use of ‘Illegal Alien’ in Subject Headings

    “The Library of Congress’s decision is blatant capitulation to political correctness — replacing the correct term ‘illegal alien’ with terms that are both factually and legally incorrect,” the letter, obtained by TheBlaze, read. “Simply, it is inappropriate for the Library of Congress to unilaterally replace accurate, legal terms with inaccurate, generalized terms in the name of political correctness,” the letter continued.
    From Exclusive: New Bill Will Require Library of Congress to Continue Use of ‘Illegal Alien’ in Subject Headings |

    Seven Recipients Selected for the 2016 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards

    Washington, D.C. – April 12, 2016 – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Library Association (ALA) selected seven recipients to receive the 2016 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards. The AIA and the ALA developed this award program to encourage and recognize excellence in the architectural design of libraries. As the traditional role of libraries evolves, the designs of these community spaces have changed to reflect the needs of the surrounding residence, as represented by the recipients of the AIA/ALA Library Building Awards:
    From Seven Recipients Selected for the 2016 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards - The American Institute of Architects

    SLA Rebukes North Carolina LGBT Law

    SLA President Tom Rink stated, “SLA stands strongly in support of diversity and inclusion practices in both privately-held libraries and companies as well as in the various municipalities and states in which special libraries operate. We are deeply opposed to any laws that permit or even give the appearance of tolerating discrimination.” Rink added, “These types of laws create an unwelcome environment for meeting and convention attendees, and SLA is reviewing its options.”
    From SLA Rebukes North Carolina LGBT Law


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