Is Literature Dead?

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 08/30/2018 - 15:43
This, in an elliptical way, is what Noah was getting at. How do things stick to us in a culture where information and ideas are up so quickly that we have no time to assess one before another takes its place? How does reading maintain its hold on our imagination, or is that question even worth asking anymore? Noah may not be a reader, but he is hardly immune to the charms of a lovely sentence; a few weeks after our conversation at the dinner table, he told me he had finished The Great Gatsby and that the last few chapters had featured the most beautiful writing he’d ever read.

Man discovers mother’s ‘classified’ murder case in Montreal library

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 08/30/2018 - 12:43
Roxanne Luce, 36, was found on her bed the next morning and died in a hospital days later. Thirty-seven years later, the case remains unsolved. Last year, Luce founded a non-profit called Meurtres et Disparitions Irrésolus du Québec, bringing together families affected by cold cases.
From Man discovers mother’s ‘classified’ murder case in Montreal library | Montreal Gazette

How Frankenstein and Its Writer Mary Shelley Created the Horror Genre

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 08/30/2018 - 10:53
The fact that these big questions still inform the social implications of science in the 21st century is a key reason that the popularity of Mary Shelley’s story has only grown over time. Since its first publication, the book has never been out of print. Stage productions of the story followed as early as 1822. In the 20th century dozens of films told and retold the Frankenstein story.

People of Color, Especially Children, Most Likely to be Asked to Leave Seattle Libraries

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 08/23/2018 - 18:37
African Americans, especially children, are far more likely to be kicked out of Seattle libraries than patrons of other races, according to data the South Seattle Emerald obtained from the Seattle Public Library (SPL) through a public disclosure request. Between January and July 2018, more than a third of patrons who received “exclusions” (notices, which can be verbal, that a patron cannot return to the library for a period ranging from a partial day to two years) were African American.

Technology hasn't killed public libraries – it's inspired them to transform and stay relevant

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 08/23/2018 - 18:36
Critically and most revealingly, libraries are evaluated based on traditional metrics, such as loan and membership numbers, capturing only a fraction of the full value they contribute to our individual and collective life.

The Story For The New Logo from The Library of Congress

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 08/23/2018 - 07:44
The logo combines the condensed name (“Library”) set in Druk Condensed Super and the full name in Sharp Grotesk 20, all in one lockup that can appear in various configurations. The versatile arrangement is the basis for a cohesive system for the Library’s many sub-brands and affiliate programs.

A Running Tally of Items People Have Asked For At The Circ Desk

Submitted by Blake on Sun, 08/19/2018 - 10:40
Today someone handed me a Costco card. For what purpose? To check out books, of course! This is the fourth time in my illustrious library career that this has happened. In honor of this brave soul (who owes me 600 Costco-sized boxes of Kraft macaroni and cheese and a legit flight of boxed wines if they try this again), I present to you a collection of interesting items people have asked for at the circulation desk:
From Buddy, the Library Isn't a 7-Eleven | Literary Hub

The Complexity of Simply Searching For Medical Advice

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 08/15/2018 - 10:40
There’s an asymmetry of passion at work. Which is to say, there’s very little counter-content to surface because it simply doesn’t occur to regular people (or, in this case, actual medical experts) that there’s a need to produce counter-content. Instead, engaging blogs by real moms with adorable children living authentic natural lives rise to the top, stating that doctors are bought by pharma, or simply misinformed, and that the shot is risky and unnecessary. The persuasive writing sounds reasonable, worthy of a second look.