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A U. of California Librarian asks: What happened to the American flags on the moon?

"As a symbol of the Fourth of July holiday, it is easy for the conversation this time of year to turn to iconic American flags, like the flag the Marines raised at Iwo Jima; the one firefighters put up at ground zero; and the one that flew over Fort McHenry and was the inspiration for what would become our national anthem." "As the space shuttle program comes to an end this week, CBS News decided to look into the flags the astronauts left behind on six trips to the moon.

Adults Enjoy Young Adult Lit Too

Maybe they thought they were searching for their guilty pleasures in private, those adults at Monona (WI) Public Library combing the shelves for young adult novels. But they didn’t go unnoticed by librarian Toni Streckert.

She welcomed them in, recommended titles and now has created a book club just for them: Grown-ups who know there is not a more sparkling, compelling short read than a well-written teen novel.

“I’m a book pusher. So I’m always recommending” teen lit, said Streckert, outreach and teen services coordinator for the library and an out-of-the-closet fan of young adult books.

“They have some of the most exciting, concise writing,” she said. “Teens don’t have a long attention span, so your writing has to be so crisp, so polished.”

A dozen people showed up for the first meeting of the library’s new teen-book club, most in their 30s to 60s. Only a couple were parents of a teenager, Streckert said. More from Madison.com.

Suggested courses for addition to the library school curriculum

LIS707 – Organization of Information Materials by Cover– 3 credits
Dewey Decimal and Library of Congress classification systems are disregarded in this study that focuses on the concerns and techniques of organizing items by cover and the modern library users’ information-seeking behavior. Concentrates on the understanding and application of this in demand trend, including how to separate colors and the differences between scary and sexy vampires.

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Smelling the Books @MOMA

Rachael Morrison: Having a job as Senior Library Assistant at The Museum of Modern Art Library has been a big influence on my artistic practice. I use the library for research and inspiration, and as a site of investigation. In early 2010, I began the performance “Smelling the Books“, which consists of me smelling every book in the MoMA Library collection. This performance was recently highlighted in New York Magazine as one of the many reasons to love New York.

My performance started with the first call number in the Library of Congress classification system AC5.S4 1934, Sermons by Artists, and I will smell until I reach ZN3.R45, Bibliography of the History of Art. I document the performance in a ledger, recording the call number, title, and a description of the smell of each book. The goal of this personal olfactory exploration is to foster a discussion of the future of print media, the ways we read, methods of classification, and the way in which smell is entwined with memory.

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Growing Knowledge: The British Library launches its strategy for 2011-2015

Always interesting reading....

The British Library has launched its new strategy, setting out how it plans to develop its collections and services over the next four years.

Growing Knowledge: The British Library’s Strategy 2011-2015 outlines the UK national library’s key objectives and strategic priorities to the middle of the decade, and emphasizes the need to deliver more for less in a challenging economic climate.

The art of giving instructions: 7 practices for facilitators

Librarians frequently find themselves in the role of facilitator. This blog post by Chris Corrigan has some tips about giving instructions, an often overlooked art.

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Speed-dating at the Library

Yet another reason to go to the library: speed-dating! The San Francisco Public Library sponsored an event in which participants were encouraged to start their conversations with a book in their hand. It was a mixed success. Read the story <a href="http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/02/04/BAI21HIHQ5.DTL">here</a> from the San Francisco Chronicle.

Why I didn't buy a Kindle (hint: no library support)

Story from CNET (a technology news website) editor on why he didn't buy a Kindle: "Although Kindle has massive market share in the nascent e-book category, and it's a slick piece of hardware, there's no way I'd buy one myself. Borrowing virtual books from the local library, without having to go there, is just too cool of a feature in my book." Read more: http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-20028767-1.html#ixzz1BVUHjYgm http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-20028767-1.html

Your L.A. Library...After Dark

It's cool! It's hot! It's happening!! From The Beat of Young Los Angeles:

Sure, everyone's always preaching about how we should save our public libraries, and obviously there's really no reason not to want to save your local library -- free books, entertainment, childhood memories, those poor librarians. But admittedly, it can be difficult to think of something that you could do that would actually help out the public spaces.

But now there's this: the Library Foundation of Los Angeles is taking steps to make the library cool again by hosting "This is Your Library." It's supposed to be the beginning of a new series of "late-night talk show-like events," featuring discussions with prominent people from and about the wonderful city of Los Angeles. There'll also be live music, DJs, food trucks and a bar, and overall just a good time hanging out at the library at night, appreciating L.A. Supporting the library can be pretty easy, right?

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