Baltimore Libraries Staying Open To Provide Community Support

Baltimore schools are closed in light of the riots over Freddie Gray’s death, but not all public buildings are following suit. The city’s public libraries, even those in the middle of the protests, will remain open to provide a place of “comfort and community” to Baltimore residents.

“It’s at times like this that the community needs us,” Roswell Encina , Director of Communications of Enoch Pratt Free Library, told MTV News. “That’s what the library has always been there for, from crises like this to a recession to the aftermath of severe weather. The library has been there. It happened in Ferguson; it’s happening here.”

The city is in a state of emergency since violent protests broke out Monday night, hours after Gray’s funeral. In the epicenter of the riots is the Baltimore’s Pennsylvania Avenue library — a branch that, according to MTV News reports, has already received praise for staying open.

Story from PBS Newshour http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/amidst-protests-baltimore-libraries-stay-open-provide-co...

Librarians Without Borders Heads to Guatemala for Fifth Consecutive Year

Since 2009 Librarians Without Borders (LWB) has partnered with the Miguel Angel Asturias Academy to support the Academy’s vision of building a sustainable library for the school and its community. This year marks not only the 10th anniversary of LWB, but it is also the fifth anniversary of their annual service trip to Guatemala.

When Google is Your Librarian & Starbucks Your Wifi, Do We Need Libraries?

Book Review of the title Biblio Tech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google (nice title!!) http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/book-party/wp/2015/04/23/when-google-is-your-librarian-an...

In his new book, author John Palfrey, former head of Harvard Law School Libraries writes about the necessity of maintaining public libraries as one of the essentials of society.

Libraries are repositories of books, music and documents, but above all of nostalgia: the musty stacks, the unexpected finds, the safety and pleasure of a place that welcomes and shelters unconditionally.

John Palfrey shares these memories, but he is also wary of them. After all, fond recollections of pleasant reading rooms can cloud our judgment of what libraries offer us — and need from us — today. In an era when search engines, online retailers and social media are overtaking some of libraries’ essential tasks, “nostalgia can actually be dangerous,” Palfrey warns. “Thinking of libraries as they were ages ago and wanting them to remain the same is the last thing we should want for them.”

NYC Libraries in Trouble, Carnegie Buildings Need Renovation

Who's the Most Famous Librarian?

Besides author Jessamyn West, it might be any a number of folk.

Story via Medium. https://medium.com/message/king-of-the-dipshits-139658a95e0e

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Bookmobile Memories

From The LA Times www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-0419-straight-bookmobile-20150419-story.html:

Bookmobiles have been a fixture of rural American life since the 19th century, when horse-drawn book wagons stenciled with gold lettering read Free Library. There were low-slung black panel trucks in the 1930s, side doors open to shelves, with children sitting on the wide fenders turning pages.

In the Riverside (CA) Public Library recently, I read the catalog from the Gerstenslager Co. in Wooster, Ohio, which built bookmobiles for the nation. Children and adults stood in line to ascend a few stairs and be inside a real library, albeit one with shelves set on a slight incline, so books wouldn't fall out when the coach was moving.

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Vitamin-C Based Paper @Multnomah Cty Library

Multnomah County's Library has made huge environmental strides in an often overlooked area.

The system has become the first major library operation in the country to sustainably source the paper it uses to print patron receipts and hold slips.

Whereas most receipts are printed on paper that contains bisphenol A or bisphenol S, Multnomah has switched to an alternative paper made by Wisconsin-based Appvion Inc. That paper uses a vitamin C formulation in place of phenols like BPA or BPS.

And, as library spokesman Shawn Cunningham points out, The paper’s yellow tone belies its origins in oranges. Indeed, a year's worth of paper contains the equivalent of about 500,000 oranges. Story from bizjournals.

h/t @kalendaries

Encouraging Teenagers to Read, by Choosing Books From the Non-Y.A. Shelves

My sons have always been voracious readers. One started early, the other started late, but once they got going, both were hooked. Then, one day this winter, I looked around my teenager’s room and noticed something was missing. Where books once littered his room, I now find guitar picks, running spikes and dirty socks.

I’ve learned from experience that encouraging my children to engage in anything I want them to do requires a lot of finesse. When I’ve come right out and recommended books I think they will like, those titles are immediately blacklisted from their mental card catalog, because my very endorsement taints them with a mom-approved stink.

My solution is to “seed” my older son’s room with a wide range of books for him to find on his own time and on his own terms. I consulted with my local bookseller, Brenda Leahy, who curates a list of teenage recommendations selected from outside the Young Adult section of the bookstore. Once armed, I scattered the literary bait all over my son’s room.

Full piece:

http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/04/16/encouraging-teenagers-to-read-by-choosing-book...

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New Book: Our Bodies Our Shelves by Roz Warren

Today, April 16th is National Librarian Day and what better way to celebrate than with the release of her book OUR BODIES,OUR SHELVES: A COLLECTION OF LIBRARY HUMOR (HOPress, 2015). In addition to her library duties at the Bala Cynwyd Library right outside Philadelphia, Roz Warren writes forThe New York Times, The Funny Times, The Christian Science Monitor, The Jewish Forward and The Huffington Post. And she‘s been featured on the Today Show. (Twice!) And she frequents publisher Humor Outcasts as well. Our Bodies, Our Shelves is her thirteenth humor book. Years ago, Roz left the practice of law to take a job at her local public library “because I was tired of making so damn much money.” She has no regrets. CLICK here to hear the interview!

Library Parody of Bruno Mars’ Uptown Funk by Orange Public Library

Orange Public Library in association with Chapman University created a parody of the unstoppable single from Bruno Mars, Uptown Funk. The parody is called Unread Book and is presented by Pogona Creative. What do you think?

From Library Parody of Bruno Mars’ Uptown Funk by Orange Public Library - makingithappen.us

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CheckItOut - Taylor Swift Parody Video for National Library Week

CheckItOut - Taylor Swift Parody Video for National Library Week
From CheckItOut - Taylor Swift Parody Video for National Library Week - YouTube Published on Apr 13, 2015 The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library's parody of Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off." In homage to Taylor Swift and her outspoken support of public libraries and literacy and in celebration of National Library Week. See the answer key to reveal all the Taylor Swift references in the video: http://tscpl.org/checkitout
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Congress must end mass NSA surveillance with next Patriot Act vote |Trevor Timm | Comment is free | The Guardian

In less than 60 days, Congress - whether they like it or not - will be forced to decide if the NSA’s most notorious mass surveillance program lives or dies. And today, over 30 civil liberties organizations launched a nationwide call-in campaign urging them to kill it.

From Congress must end mass NSA surveillance with next Patriot Act vote |Trevor Timm | Comment is free | The Guardian

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BDSM and beheading videos: The evolving role of the librarian

It was awkward, but part of my job as a librarian is to help patrons research a topic, whatever that topic might be. Google has many people convinced that librarians are no longer necessary — probably the same people who predicted our demise when the personal computer was first introduced. Yet we librarians are still here, providing free resources, information and computer access to our communities. The profession is evolving, of course: adapting to new technology and, more significantly, being reshaped by culture.

From BDSM and beheading videos: The evolving role of the librarian - The Washington Post

The 'Netflix Of Books' Hopes To Open Up The E-Book Market

Oyster, the subscription e-book service, announced Wednesday that it will be doing something that's a little bit retro: selling e-books the old-fashioned way, just one at a time.

Since its launch in 2013, Oyster has founded its brand — and earned the auspicious nickname "Netflix of books" — on a monthly payment model not unlike an all-you-can-eat buffet. Now, if readers would like to order just one of those dishes, so to speak, they can. Oyster has expanded its service to include an e-bookstore, which can also be accessed by those without a subscription.

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Oyster CEO Eric Stromberg said the move into retail is a response to the shifting habits of readers. As more people have begun to read their e-books on tablets and phones — not just dedicated e-readers — they are less tied to specific platforms to buy those digital books, Stromberg tells the Journal. In turn, he says, this opens doors for retailers.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2015/04/08/398307886/the-netflix-of-books-hopes-to-open-...

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GAO report finds America’s ‘national library’ is lacking in leadership

The federal government’s watchdog agency released a critical report Tuesday on the Library of Congress’s long-standing failures to manage the complex computer systems that are vital to its mission.

Read the rest here:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/americas-national-library-is-behind-the-...

Improbable Libraries

Via the LA Times a review of a book on the current state of affairs in libraries and a few observations from the British son of two librarians, author Alex Johnson.

In our technology-obsessed world, libraries provide tranquil sanctuaries for zoning out with physical books. Regardless of the ultimate fate of the printed book, reports of the imminent death of the library as a physical entity seem to have been greatly exaggerated.

Libraries have a long history of overcoming geographic, economic and political challenges to bring the written word to an audience," writes Alex Johnson, a journalist at the U.K. newspaper the Independent, in the introduction to his fascinating new book, Improbable Libraries.

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State cuts could cause libraries to lose federal funding

The Department of Libraries is part of the Agency of Administration and is poised to receive a $2,275,682 appropriation from the state’s general fund for fiscal year 2016. In fiscal year 2015, the libraries were promised a $2,746,649 appropriation, but the actual figure fell because of budget rescissions.

From State cuts could cause libraries to lose federal funding - VTDigger

Art Garfunkel: books read since 1968

An apparently comprehensive list of books that Mr. Art Garfunkel has read since the 1968 is available at his official website.

"Since the 1960's, Art Garfunkel has been a voracious reader. We are pleased to present a listing of every book Art has read over the last 44 years. This book list has been divided into several pages to allow easy downloading. Each page indicates the author, title, date of publication and number of pages (when available)."

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Anti-Porn Activist Campaigns Against Niles Library Trustee

From the Chicago Tribune: Anti-pornography activist Megan Fox created a 2:30 video urging Niles IL residents to vote against incumbent trustee Linda Ryan.

In the video, which was posted on Fox's YouTube channel on March 11, she accuses Ryan of voting to allow child pornography on library computers. On Nov. 19, the library board voted to add content filters on adult computers that would block all nudity and pornography. At the time, viewing pornography was already against library policy.

During the meeting, Ryan was one of the trustees who voted against the filtering policy, arguing that it went too far, getting in the way of patrons' ability to access information. Fox used the clips from the meeting to suggest that Ryan would be fine with child pornography. In the video, she also insisted that American Library Association's policy were putting children in danger.

Darrington honors longtime librarian taken by the Oso mudslide

It's the anniversary of the death of Darrington librarian Linda McPherson and her library honored her memory. She was one of 43 people lost a year ago in the Washington state mudslide.

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