Norway is digitizing its whole library

The National Library of Norway is planning to digitize all the books by the mid 2020s.

Yes. All. The. Books. In Norwegian, at least. Hundreds of thousands of them. Every book in the library's holdings.

By law, "all published content, in all media, [must] be deposited with the National Library of Norway," so when the library is finished scanning, the entire record of a people's language and literature will be machine-readable and sitting in whatever we call the cloud in 15 years.

The whole story is at The Atlantic.

Scientists salvage remains of Freshwater Institute Library, University of Manitoba

The Freshwater Institute Library was one of seven closed by the Canada's federal department of fisheries and oceans.


Because What Libraries Need Is One More Venn Diagram

See full post here.


Libraries are Places Where Hippies and Junkies "Look at Drugs and Food Stamps" (on the Internet)

Libraries are Places Where Hippies and Junkies "Look at Drugs and Food Stamps" (on the Internet)

"The citizens of Lafourche Parish will vote Saturday in a ballot measure to decide whether to keep the money in the library system or pump it into the new jail. EveryLibrary, a pro-library non-profit organization, called the vote “the worst library election in the country” in a blog post. Supporters of the ballot measure say diverting $800,000 away from libraries’ budgets will help pay for the $25 million jail without raising taxes."


Passive-Agressive Library unMarketing

Libraries in the Time of MOOCs

MOOCs give librarians new opportunities to help shape the conversation about changes in higher education and to guide administrators, faculty, and students through these changes. To assume this role, librarians must understand the MOOCs landscape. Numerous stakeholders will have an interest in the massive intellectual property that ultimately resides in libraries' owned and licensed digital repositories. Studying and adopting technologies to manage and monitor MOOC usage of library resources will be essential to controlling access and tightening Internet safeguards.

Found link to article here:


Studying at the LOC

Saw this tweet about studying at the LOC. I think there is a somewhat involved process to gain access to the main reading room. Anyone have any details on this?

Books! Check Them Out: An ART 1200 Project in the Library

College art class interacts with the library for a class project.


Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming

And I am biased, obviously and enormously: I'm an author, often an author of fiction. I write for children and for adults. For about 30 years I have been earning my living though my words, mostly by making things up and writing them down. It is obviously in my interest for people to read, for them to read fiction, for libraries and librarians to exist and help foster a love of reading and places in which reading can occur.
Neil Gaimen!!


Libraries in Unlikely Places

...on horseback, in supermarkets, in vending machines, on burros, in Walmart stores, etc.

BookRiot has put together a list of unlikely locations for libraries.

For example, here's the pack horse library in Hindman Kentucky.

During the Great Depression, as part of an effort to boost employment for women, the Works Progress Administration funded the Pack Horse Library Project of Eastern Kentucky, which sent women out on horseback to deliver books to parts of the Cumberland Mountains inaccessible to cars and trucks. You can learn more about the Pack Horse Library and the women who made it possible in Kathi Appelt and Jeanne Cannella Schmitzer’s recently-released Down Cut Shin Creek: The Pack Horse Librarians of Kentucky (HarperCollins).



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