Submitted by birdie on October 13, 2017 - 6:05pm
Via NPR’s Story Corps a reminiscence of a youth spent in the library when his father was employed there as a custodian. The boy’s name was Ronald Clark, and he became the first in his family to attend college, and later became a college professor.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on October 13, 2017 - 9:27am
Lisa Cipolla has a saying: “Better living through story time.”
Which makes sense, since Cipolla is a youth-services librarian at the South Hill Library. A big part of her job is wrangling and entertaining young ones during the Pierce County library’s regularly scheduled drop-in story times for toddlers and preschoolers.
For Jackie Blackshaw, and her 6-year-old son, Tony, Cipolla’s saying has certainly proven true.
Submitted by Blake on October 12, 2017 - 2:14pm
That’s where most people left Robert Morin. A second, smaller wave of coverage focused on UNH’s troubling decision to funnel only $100,000 of his money to the library, even as it committed $1 million of it to a video scoreboard for its football stadium. But the full story is more troubling still. Through a series of interviews and public records requests, Deadspin has uncovered the 17-month backstory to Morin’s bequest. Like so many schools, big and small, UNH spent wildly on its athletic department. The university went a step further in trying to engineer a public relations victory, deceptively connecting a fragment of Morin’s life to its football splurge. The media eagerly repackaged the story as an inspirational fable.
From How UNH Turned A Quiet Benefactor Into A Football-Marketing Prop
Submitted by Blake on October 12, 2017 - 12:07pm
"Many of Napoleon’s biographers have incidentally mentioned that he […] used to carry about a certain number of favorite books wherever he went, whether traveling or camping," says an 1885 Sacramento Daily Union article posted by Austin Kleon, "but it is not generally known that he made several plans for the construction of portable libraries which were to form part of his baggage." The piece's main source, a Louvre librarian who grew up as the son of one of Napoleon's librarians, recalls from his father's stories that "for a long time Napoleon used to carry about the books he required in several boxes holding about sixty volumes each," each box first made of mahogany and later of more solid leather-covered oak. "The inside was lined with green leather or velvet, and the books were bound in morocco," an even softer leather most often used for bookbinding.
From Napoleon's Kindle: See the Miniaturized Traveling Library He Took on Military Campaigns | Open Culture
Submitted by Bibliofuture on October 10, 2017 - 10:37am
Submitted by Bibliofuture on October 7, 2017 - 5:48pm
People forget how useful books are.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on October 7, 2017 - 12:34am
In Dear Fahrenheit 451, librarian Annie Spence has crafted love letters and breakup notes to the iconic and eclectic books she has encountered over the years. From breaking up with The Giving Tree (a dysfunctional relationship book if ever there was one), to her love letter to The Time Traveler’s Wife (a novel less about time travel and more about the life of a marriage, with all of its ups and downs), Spence will make you think of old favorites in a new way. Filled with suggested reading lists, Spence’s take on classic and contemporary books is very much like the best of literature―sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, sometimes surprisingly poignant, and filled with universal truths.
Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks
Submitted by birdie on October 6, 2017 - 3:48pm
A program has sprung up at UCLA
to build maps for hurricane relief.
The mapathon activities were scheduled for today, October 5 at the Young Research Library. Volunteers will help add building locations to maps of the island. These maps will be used by the Red Cross and other relief agencies.
No experience, knowledge of Puerto Rico’s geography or software installation was required. Participants were asked to just bring a laptop and library staff and UCLA’s Institute for Digital Research and Education geographic information systems experts will teach them how to help with these efforts through some easy-to-learn mapping tasks in a web-based application.
Submitted by birdie on September 28, 2017 - 5:47pm
Via CBS News
The Dr. Suess books were rejected by a librarian at the Cambridgeport Elementray School Library in response to President Trump's selection of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education among other factors.
What's your opinion on the rejection of the gift?
UPDATE: FLOTUS office fires back a reply to the rejection of the Dr. Suess books:
via FoxNews (what else?)
'To turn the gesture of sending young students some books into something divisive is unfortunate.' - FLOTUS
Submitted by Bibliofuture on September 21, 2017 - 12:28pm
Submitted by Bibliofuture on September 21, 2017 - 12:18pm
About 300 residents packed a South Side auditorium Wednesday night to demand that the promise of jobs, economic development and other benefits of the Obama presidential library center be put in writing.
The activists and residents want a community benefits agreement, something many say will protect the neighborhoods and people the center may displace.
Submitted by birdie on September 19, 2017 - 5:42pm
Now playing at NYC's Film Forum: Ex Libris NYPL
Frederick Wiseman cracks open institutions: the military, the insane asylum, the high school, the police, the welfare system, the Paris Opera Ballet, the National Gallery of London, and now – in his 43rd film in 50 years - the New York Public Library, an institution eminently worthy of his immersive style. If you thought libraries are just repositories for books, you’re in for a big, wonderful surprise. The NYPL owns (and makes accessible) millions of images; sponsors lectures by people like Patti Smith, Elvis Costello, and Ta-Nehisi Coates; circulates a growing collection of e-books; maintains a vast archive of materials not available online; and gives classes in digital technology. The magnificent Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (and 5th Avenue at 42nd Street) is the spine of the film, but equally vital is the role of branch libraries that act as community centers for civic life.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on September 17, 2017 - 11:01pm
Submitted by birdie on September 14, 2017 - 1:42pm
Submitted by Blake on September 13, 2017 - 11:53am
The Federal Trade Commission wants to hear from you – we’ve worked with libraries for many years to distribute free materials and tips for consumers to help them avoid scams, recover from identity theft, and make wise buys. We’re creating new materials especially for public librarians to use for patron advice and programming.
Please share this invitation with your staff and colleagues. You or they can get on the phone and tell us what you think during our 15-minute listening session.
What consumer topics are the most needed for patrons? (for instance, budgeting/money management, credit and debt; avoiding scams; recovering from identity theft; others?)
What formats work best for your patrons (for instance, bookmarks, brochures, short videos, webinars, podcasts, FB Live, Twitter chats, other social media content, other?)
What formats work best for the librarian as they research the topic for a patron or put together programming (perhaps an online list of links for a deeper dive on certain topics, a brochure, slide presentations, podcasts, other?)
Sept 19 11:00 am PT|2:00 pm ET
To RSVP and get the call-in number, email Carol at [email protected].
Can’t make a session? We would greatly appreciate any thoughts, however brief, you have on this – you can email me at [email protected].
Submitted by birdie on September 12, 2017 - 9:39am
Will Schwalbe, author of Books for Living, considers why books and reading are more crucial than ever - and offers up a few ideas for what to read next.
Here from Signature Reads
are Schwalbe's thoughts on the subject.
He begins thus: "When I can’t stand to look at one more hateful tweet from the president, I read a book."
Submitted by Anonymous Patron (not verified) on September 8, 2017 - 7:43am
WILMINGTON, NC -- A Wilmington, North Carolina, police officer shot a man downtown Thursday afternoon after police received a report of a “subject with a gun.”...
According to New Hanover County Sheriff’s Lt. Jerry Brewer, the man being pursued apparently fled through the parking deck. When he attempted to run into the New Hanover County Public Library across Chestnut Street, he was stopped by a sheriff’s deputy who works there.
More at <a href="http://www.starnewsonline.com/news/20170907/breaking-wilmington-officer-shoots-armed-man-downtown">Star News</a>
Submitted by Blake on September 6, 2017 - 10:15am
Languages not seen since the Dark Ages have come to light after scientists used a new method to inspect a trove of ancient manuscripts found in a monastery in Egypt.
They turned up extremely rare tongues, including Caucasian Albanian, on documents they found in Saint Catherine’s monastery on the Sinai peninsula that date back 1,500 years.
Monks originally wrote their texts down on parchments which were later scrubbed off and used to write the Bible by future generations who spoke in more modern languages.
From Scientists find languages not used since Dark Ages among ancient manuscripts recovered from monastery | The Independent
Submitted by Bibliofuture on September 5, 2017 - 7:02pm
It almost never fails when I run into someone I used to work with. The conversation starts with "Hey... how's the law library world? It's gotta be tough with all those books being online now." (The implication being "aren't you worried about becoming irrelevant?") I reply with "Yeah, that makes it a whole lot more difficult to manage with all that information in a dozen different places than it did when it was a book in the library." I'm not sure who they think is managing the information which is usually behind a very expensive paywall. I would guess they either think that it is managed directly by the vendor, or worse, that the Information Technology department is now the de facto library managers.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on September 2, 2017 - 2:56am
NPR story - Tolkien's Plant Passion Moves Botanist To Create Guide To Middle Earth
When most people read J.R.R. Tolkien, they get swept up in mythical worlds of hobbits and elves, harrowing journeys in fantastical lands and epic battles of good and evil.
But Walter Judd says he got lost in the scenery.
"I started underlining every name of a plant as I was reading The Lord of the Rings," he tells NPR's Morning Edition.
All of the figures in the book — like this nasturtium — are hand-drawn by Graham Judd, who says he used a minimalist woodblock-style to let readers' imaginations bring the illustrations to life.
Moved by Tolkien's passion for plants, the retired botany professor spent years cataloging every plant that appeared in his writing, eventually compiling a list of 141 different species. He teamed up with his son, Graham, a professional illustrator. And together, they embarked on quest to transform that list into a botanical guide to Middle Earth.