Behold, the Tiniest of Books - The New York Times

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 03/08/2019 - 08:24
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Most of the books in the exhibit are about one to three inches high and would nestle easily in the palm of your hand. Some are the size of a thumbnail. (There are also a few ultra-micro-miniatures, with no dimension greater than a quarter of an inch; one, shockingly, looks to be about as big as the period in this sentence.) The oldest is a cuneiform tablet from about 2300 B.C.; the newest was published last year.

It's Time We Talk About Librarians and Money

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 03/07/2019 - 12:19
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What’s that thing they always say about if you do something you love you’ll never work a day in your life? I mean that’s true and all—when you love something, it can feel less like work and more like passion—but I’m also here to tell you that tenderness gets a little strained when you try to use it to pay your overdue power bill. That’s right, I’m talking about a library paycheck! That tiny little figure that gets added to your bank account after you work a 40-hour plus work week. It’s not fun to talk about money (it’s truly a nightmare), but it’s something we all understand.

The greatest of all novels: War and Peace

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 03/06/2019 - 16:18
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Just 150 years ago, in 1869, Tolstoy published the final installment of War and Peace, often regarded as the greatest of all novels. In his time, Tolstoy was known as a nyetovshchik—someone who says nyet, or no, to all prevailing opinion—and War and Peace discredits the prevailing views of the radical intelligentsia, then just beginning to dominate Russian thought.

My Library Card Made Me Less of a Picky Reader

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 03/06/2019 - 14:30
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Joining the library saved me money and space, yes. It also permanently changed the way I read. Where I used to heavily research books before committing to them, I now borrow indiscriminately. There’s no fear! If I hate the book, it doesn’t matter; it’s going back into circulation when I’m done. This means I can pick up volumes that previously intimidated me. I tear through books I may have overlooked in the past for lack of desire to spend money on them.

Rural Nebraska libraries reinventing themselves in 'makerspace' movement

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 03/06/2019 - 13:29
The results after the first two 20-week cycles indicates the "Library Innovation Studios: Transforming Rural Communities" project, a partnership between the library commission, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska Innovation Studio, Nebraska Extension and the Regional Library Systems, has found an appetite for makerspaces in public libraries from Plattsmouth to Ainsworth, Loup City to North Platte.
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Growing up in a house full of books is major boost to literacy and numeracy, study finds

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 03/05/2019 - 20:08
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Research data from 160,000 adults in 31 countries concludes that a sizeable home library gave teen school leavers skills equivalent to university graduates who didn’t read
From Growing up in a house full of books is major boost to literacy and numeracy, study finds | Books | The Guardian

Overdue library magazine with Beatles on cover back 50 years later

Submitted by Blake on Sun, 03/03/2019 - 12:29
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An Ohio library says a 1968 copy of Life magazine with the Beatles on the cover has been returned by a borrower who apologized for stealing it as a "kid" and sent $100 to cover late fees.
From Overdue library magazine with Beatles on cover back 50 years later - WISC

How the N.Y. Public Library Fills Its Shelves (and Why Some Books Don’t Make the Cut) - The New York Times

Submitted by Blake on Sat, 03/02/2019 - 08:03
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The New York Public Library has one of the largest public collections in the world. But, unlike Amazon, it does not have seemingly infinite storage. Every book must earn its place on crowded shelves. Nothing gets there by accident. With millions of books to choose from, the library often gets asked how a book gets on the shelves.
From How the N.Y. Public Library Fills Its Shelves (and Why Some Books Don’t Make the Cut) - The New York Times

Cleveland Public Library going fine-free after 150 years

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 03/01/2019 - 09:40
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The Cleveland Public Library is ending fines for overdue materials. That announcement was made during a "State of the Library" address by executive director Felton Thomas Jr. at the City Club of Cleveland on Wednesday, Feb. 27. Thomas also laid out plans for a year-long sesquicentennial celebration that, he said, "focuses on places, programs and people."
From Cleveland Public Library going fine-free after 150 years