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

Growing Up Surrounded by Books Could Have Powerful, Lasting Effect on the Mind

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 10/18/2018 - 11:50
The effects were most marked when it came to literacy. Growing up with few books in the home resulted in below average literacy levels. Being surrounded by 80 books boosted the levels to average, and literacy continued to improve until libraries reached about 350 books, at which point the literacy rates leveled off.

12 Authors Write About the Libraries They Love - The New York Times

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 10/16/2018 - 10:31
For most readers and writers — and book lovers in general — the library holds a special place of honor and respect. We asked several authors to tell us about their local public library or to share a memory of a library from their past.
From 12 Authors Write About the Libraries They Love - The New York Times

Mystery Of A Massive Library Fire Remains Unsolved After More Than 30 Years : NPR

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 10/15/2018 - 11:27
Susan Orlean's new book is like exploring the stacks of a library, where something unexpected and interesting can be discovered on every page. The Library Book tells the story of the 1986 fire that damaged or destroyed more than one million books in Los Angeles' Central Library.
From Mystery Of A Massive Library Fire Remains Unsolved After More Than 30 Years : NPR

The Internet’s keepers? “Some call us hoarders—I like to say we’re archivists”

Submitted by Blake on Sun, 10/07/2018 - 16:33
The longtime non-profit’s physical space remains easy to comprehend, at least, so Graham starts there. The main operation now runs out of an old church (pews still intact) in San Francisco, with the Internet Archive today employing nearly 200 staffers. The archive also maintains a nearby warehouse for storing physical media—not just books, but things like vinyl records, too.

In 1979, a chain email about science fiction spawned the modern internet.

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 10/05/2018 - 07:17
But the message sent to Cerf’s email wasn’t a technical request. And it hadn’t been sent just to him. Instead, an email with the subject line “SF-LOVERS” had been sent to Cerf and his colleagues scattered across the United States. The message asked all of them to respond with a list of their favorite science fiction authors. Because the message had gone out to the entire network, everybody’s answers could then be seen and responded to by everybody else.