A council which spent £188million on a state-of-the-art new library has been criticised by readers and authors after it ran out of money and asked the public to donate books.
Libraries in Birmingham have posted notices requesting members donate their new and recently-released books, saying they would be “gratefully received”
Librarians understand the context in which books make sense, how they go together, what are the canonical readings, and what are the dissenting works worth reading. Library information systems may not know as much about users’ behavior as Amazon does, but even highly anonymized usage records can say a lot about what a community values: which works people are reading, which ones they like or think are important, and even the relations they see among the works.
Indisputable fact--Americans love their public libraries. Evidence to support this statement abounds. A 2013 report by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project noted that in the previous decade “every other major institution (government, churches, banks, corporations) has fallen in public esteem except libraries, the military, and first responders.”
“This is the 21st century and things have changed,” said Harry Tuchmayer, Executive Director of New Hanover County Public Library, North Carolina.
Despite the changes, Tuchmayer said the ease of the internet isn’t taking the place of flipping through the pages of a bound book.
“Surprisingly, people still need libraries,” said Tuchmayer.
Hood County (TX) Commissioners said today that two LGBT-themed library books for kids will stay on the shelves.
Dozens of residents concerned about the books spoke before the commissioners earlier today in Granbury. Some want to remove the books from the shelves of the public library. Others want LGBT books for kids moved to another part of the library.
More than seven decades ago, Pearl Thompson wanted to check out a book from a North Carolina library. But she was told no, because she is black.
A county library official changed that Thursday, years after the 1942 incident during the days of racial segregation.
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) Now this was a cool job, being part of a brand new program from Virginia Beach Public Library, initiated by librarian Kellye Carter, called Books at the Beach.
On this day another librarian with 33 years experience was helping us out, Denise Barnhart. The WVEC reporter, Joe Flanagan (pictured, center) was worried that offering free books to Oceanfront visitors may be a challenge because he didn't have any librarian skills.
"Our public library is a safe place but what people need to remember is that it is a public place," said Celeste Choate, Urbana Free Library Executive Director. "So for example we encourage people to keep their possessions with them. You don't want to leave your phone on the table and walk away because it's a public place. You wouldn't do that at Target. That's the kind of thing I think some patrons forget. They feel so comfortable at the public library. They feel it's homey and they forget that it's not their home and that it's a public place."
I propose that thinking about the library as a network of integrated, mutually reinforcing, evolving infrastructures — in particular, architectural, technological, social, epistemological and ethical infrastructures — can help us better identify what roles we want our libraries to serve, and what we can reasonably expect of them. What ideas, values and social responsibilities can we scaffold within the library’s material systems — its walls and wires, shelves and servers?
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.