Donations Pour Into Northwest Iowa Library After Man Burns LGBTQ Books | Iowa Public Radio

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 11/01/2018 - 13:29
A northwest Iowa library has been inundated with donations from in and outside of the state after a man burned several LGBTQ children’s books during a gay pride festival. In a Facebook Live video from almost two weeks ago, Paul Dorr with the religious group Rescue The Perishing stood outside of the Prairie Winds Events Center about a mile away from the Orange City Public Library and read aloud from four LGBTQ children’s books before tossing them into a barrel of fire.

How Do You Move A Bookstore? With A Human Chain, Book By Book : NPR

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 10/30/2018 - 18:05
When October Books, a small radical bookshop in Southampton, England, was moving to a new location down the street, it faced a problem. How could it move its entire stock to the new spot, without spending a lot of money or closing down for long? The shop came up with a clever solution: They put out a call for volunteers to act as a human conveyor belt.
From How Do You Move A Bookstore? With A Human Chain, Book By Book : NPR

Let’s go! Explore, transcribe, and tag at | The Signal

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 10/30/2018 - 13:57
What yet-unwritten stories lie within the pages of Clara Barton’s diaries, writings of Civil Rights pioneer Mary Church Terrell, or letters written to Abraham Lincoln? With today’s launch of, the Library of Congress is harnessing the power of the public to make these collection items more accessible to everyone. You are invited to join the Library of Congress via to volunteer to transcribe (type) and tag digitized images of text materials from the Library’s collections.

The Digital Gap Between Rich and Poor Kids Is Not What We Expected

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 10/26/2018 - 10:21
“The digital divide was about access to technology, and now that everyone has access, the new digital divide is limiting access to technology,” said Chris Anderson, the former editor of Wired magazine.
From The Digital Gap Between Rich and Poor Kids Is Not What We Expected - The New York Times

Antiquarian bookseller Ken Sanders on hunting down book thieves

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 10/25/2018 - 09:03
Book thief detective Ken Sanders tells us how he spent three years of his life hunting down a local book thief and organising the sting that led to his arrest. Sanders has been interested in books since his early years and runs a rare books store in Salt Lake City, Utah. Is In Cahoots With Public Records Agencies, A Group Suspects

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 10/23/2018 - 07:57
“State agencies generally have a preference for large corporations rather than individuals because there’s always a revolving door between state agencies and corporations that are in the same area,” Oliver speculated, though he said it’s unclear why any preferential treatment to Ancestry might have been given. This is not the first time Reclaim the Records has sued a state or local government over rejecting a FOIL request, although its legal strategy for compelling states to give over records for genealogy research is new.

Cantor, Stanford Libraries make Warhol photography archives publicly available

Submitted by Blake on Sat, 10/20/2018 - 20:22
Now available through the Stanford Libraries’ SearchWorks catalog, Spotlight gallery, and the Cantor’s website, this archive – of 3,600 contact sheets and 130,000 images – provides a unique ability to view the world through the lens of Warhol’s 35mm camera, which he took with him everywhere he went during the last decade of his life. The collection, which is the most complete collection of the artist’s black-and-white photography ever made available to the public was acquired by the Cantor from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Inc.

Why Doesn’t Ancient Fiction Talk About Feelings?

Submitted by Blake on Sat, 10/20/2018 - 08:00
Perhaps people living in medieval societies were less preoccupied with the intricacies of other minds, simply because they didn’t have to be. When people’s choices were constrained and their actions could be predicted based on their social roles, there was less reason to be attuned to the mental states of others (or one’s own, for that matter).

The Library of Congress Launches the National Screening Room, Putting Online Hundreds of Historic Films

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 10/18/2018 - 11:50
The Library of Congress just cut the ribbon on the National Screening Room, an online trove of cinematic goodies, free for the streaming. Given that the collection spans more than 100 years of cinema history, from 1890-1999, not all of the featured films are in the public domain, but most are, and those are free to download as well as watch. Archivist Mike Mashon, who heads the Library’s Moving Image Section, identifies the project’s goal as providing the public with a “broad range of historical and cultural audio-visual materials that will enrich education, scholarship and lifel