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5,000 Books Pour Out of a Building in Spain

5,000 Books Pour Out of a Building in Spain
Martin's giant book structures give life to the inanimate objects filled with knowledge. By constructing the curving towers with a rather free and disheveled exterior, while maintaining a sturdy core, the books' loose pages are free to blow and rustle in the wind, allowing the piece to be further animated.


The Online Newsstand Project

The Online Newsstand Project
The goal of the Online Newsstand Project is to increase usage of libraries' electronic resources by library patrons, and to do so by making access to them easier and more enjoyable. The founder of the project is Steve Butzel, a website and database developer whose real job is serving as the assistant director at the Portsmouth Public Library in Portsmouth, NH. If you would like to learn more about the project, including how your library could get its own Online Newsstand, please contact Steve by email, [email protected].


Hiring Librarians: The Blog About Hiring Librarians

Hiring Librarians is a new blog which presents short, mostly anonymous, survey-based interviews with people who hire librarians. Uncover the wide range of library hiring practices and take a look at opinions about interview mistakes, how many pages a cover letter should be, and those pesky objective statements.

If you are a hiring manager and want to help librarians improve the quality of their applications, you can take the survey by following the link on this page:


Starring the Computer film database

The next time you're working at the reference desk and someone wants to know what kind of computer was used in the classic 1973 movie "Invasion of the Bee Girls," well, now you have a place to turn. " The Verge directs your attention to the Starring the Computer which describes itself as, "...a website dedicated to the use of computers in film and television. Each appearance is catalogued and rated on its importance (ie. how important it is to the plot), realism (how close its appearance and capabilities are to the real thing) and visibility (how good a look does one get of it). Fictional computers don't count (unless they are built out of bits of real computer), so no HAL9000 - sorry."

Library Renewal: Pioneering Electronic Content Delivery For Libraries

Ever wonder why libraries aren’t able to offer electronic content like e-books, music files and streaming multimedia as well as they offer print materials, CDs and DVDs? Library Renewal is trying to find a solution. They say it turns out, this is a surprisingly complex situation to understand, let alone improve. They do research, form strategic relationships, and create ways for you to get involved and let your voice be heard. If you believe the future of your library is tied to easy electronic content access, you have found your home base for those efforts.

Check them out at

World Book Night...One Week Left to Sign Up!

Most of us learned about the significance of April 23rd back in high school (the Bard's birthday), but now there's another reason to celebrate. April 23, 2012 is the first US World Book Night, when publishers will donate and volunteers will distribute free books to anyone who wants them. Want to be a part of it? Sign up as a volunteer on their site before February 1.

World Book Night premiers this year in the US. Bookstores & libraries will be distribution points. Did you sign up? What book do you want to distribute? I did (for Poisonwood Bible). Here are the book options, thirty in all.

Future Ready 365 A Neato Community Blog From SLA #FR365
FutureReady365 is a community blog focused on sharing knowledge, ideas and insights on how we are prepared for the future. The intention of the blog was to have a different information professional post every day in 2011.

It’s a focus on preparing ourselves for emerging opportunities in the information industry through:

1.Collaboration to accelerate the availability of useful information
2.An adaptable skill set that anticipates and responds to the evolving marketplace
3.Alignment with the language and values of the community you serve
4.Building a community that connects stakeholders in mutually beneficial relationships


Operation Reading Road Trip

Operation Reading Road Trip This is a record of our family's goal to visit each of the 37 branches of the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library System (B&ECPL) in one year. At each location we will get a log book signed and dated, take our photo and check out a book(s). Through this endeavor we hope to remind citizens of Erie County and beyond of the important uses of our public library system. Please comment on our adventures. Our quest began on the last day of school in 2010; June 25th. Here we go...


GPII Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure

Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure
The purpose of the Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII) is to ensure that everyone who faces accessibility barriers due to disability, literacy, or aging, regardless of economic resources, can access and use the Internet and all its information, communities, and services for education, employment, daily living, civic participation, health, and safety.


Anonymous cover letters from hired librarians and archivists

Anonymous cover letters from hired librarians & archivists
Open Cover Letters

Are you currently applying for jobs in libraries or archives? This website hopes to open up the mysterious world of hiring by making real cover letters open to the public, with personal information redacted.

A big special Thank You to all the early cover letter contributors! You are responsible for helping to get this website off the ground.

If you currently have a job and would like to submit a cover letter that got an interview to this website, please email [email protected]. I and many other people will be very thankful.

Don’t forget to follow @opencoverletter on Twitter for updates.



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