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.

Family claims win in high court challenge to library cuts

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 08/15/2018 - 09:14
A young girl and her family who took on Northamptonshire county council over its plans to close 21 libraries have claimed a win in the high court, after a judge ruled that the cash-strapped council would have to revisit its plans while “paying attention to its legal obligations”.
From Family claims win in high court challenge to Northants library cuts | Books | The Guardian

The Relevance of Bookmobiles and Mobile Libraries in 2018

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 08/14/2018 - 20:50
Fast forward thirty years. The magic of the bookmobile remains. But the magic has evolved. Whereas the bookmobile of my youth was a place for my imagination to run amok (and today’s bookmobiles still provide this outlet for all), bookmobiles today have changed the way a library connects to the people it serves. Bookmobiles today serve a more effectual purpose than before—but that is not to say bookmobiles of my youth were ineffectual.

Book enthusiasts get literary-themed tattoos at the Denver Public Library

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 08/13/2018 - 11:51
Certified Tattoo Studios partnered with the Denver Public Library Friends Foundation to offer library- and literary-themed tattoos at the Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Branch Library on Sunday to raise money for the non-profit.
From PHOTOS: Book enthusiasts get literary-themed tattoos at the Denver Public Library — The Know