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Equality Utah met with Washington County Library officials for the roundtable discussion.
There, the library director confirmed that LGBTQ displays have been banned at every one of Washington County's libraries.
"If you put up a display that says LGBTQ, you're pushing away a segment of our society," said Joel Tucker, Washington County Library Director.
"Have there every been displays on like, Black History Month, or something like that?" asked Stephen Lambert, with Equality Utah.
From LGBTQ displays not allowed at any Washington County libraries
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And, in fact, a number of female librarians did experience breakdowns, requesting long leaves of absence to recover. In 1900, the Brooklyn Public Library Association proposed “to build a seaside rest home for those who had broken down in library service,” McReynolds writes. One speaker at the American Library Association’s 1910 conference claimed he knew fifty librarians who had become incapacitated by the work, including some who died before their time.
From Being a Victorian Librarian Was Oh-So-Dangerous | JSTOR Daily
Submitted by Blake on August 1, 2018 - 10:19am
When appraisers discovered $8 million in rare books missing from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, investigators knew where to turn. As archivist and manager of the William R. Oliver Special Collections Room for 25 years, Gregory Priore let visitors in—and, allegedly, let some 320 items out. According to police, Priore, 61, agreed to sell stolen titles, maps, and plates, along with pages from 16 books, to John Schulman, owner of rare book store Caliban.
From Library's Rare Books Manager Charged in $8M Heist
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After years of relatively little change in the library e-book market, there has finally been some movement—unfortunately, librarians say, it is movement in the wrong direction. Leading Sci-Fi publisher Tor Books, a division of Macmillan, has announced that, beginning with July 2018 titles, newly released e-books, will be no longer be available to libraries for lending until four months after their retail on sale date.
From Tor Scales Back Library E-book Lending as Part of Test
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It seems the book world doesn’t think readers want to see women of a certain age on their novels – even if that is precisely what the books are about. Take a look at some literary novels about older women – Elizabeth Strout’s Olive Kitteridge, Elena Ferrante’s The Story of the Lost Child, Anne Tyler’s A Spool of Blue Thread, Carol Shields’ Unless – and you’ll see a lighthouse, two children wearing fairy wings, a young couple in a car and a child standing on her head.
From Why are middle-aged women invisible on book covers? | Alison Flood | Books | The Guardian
Submitted by Blake on May 23, 2018 - 4:13pm
According to a recent study from the Pew Research Center, almost one in four Americans has not read a book in the past year. So to find out if that is true, we sent a team to the street to ask pedestrians to name a book, and here are the very sad results.
From Can You Name a Book? ANY Book??? - YouTube
Submitted by Blake on May 20, 2018 - 7:16pm
Bold efforts to push academic publishing towards an open-access model are gaining steam. Negotiators from libraries and university consortia across Europe are sharing tactics on how to broker new kinds of contracts that could see more articles appear outside paywalls. And inspired by the results of a stand-off in Germany, they increasingly declare that if they don’t like what publishers offer, they will refuse to pay for journal access at all. On 16 May, a Swedish consortium became the latest to say that it wouldn’t renew its contract, with publishing giant Elsevier.
From Europe’s open-access drive escalates as university stand-offs spread
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At 157ft tall and 17 floors, Cambridge University Library’s tower can be seen for miles around but has largely kept its secrets to itself and its contents (approaching one million books) have given rise to much speculation.
But now in a new free exhibition, Tall Tales: Secrets of the tower, we reveal some of the truth about what the great skyscraper really holds.
From The mysterious Cambridge library tower, supposedly full of banned books, is opening to the public | The Independent
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Submitted by Bibliofuture on April 29, 2018 - 1:13pm
Malcolm Gladwell asked about not liking Google
and then discussing the competitive advantage of the library. The entire interview is 50 minutes but the link drops directly to the comments on Google and libraries and that discussion is around 1-2 minutes.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on April 23, 2018 - 10:05am
See a picture
of the Renton Library (Washington) that is built over a river.
Submitted by birdie on April 6, 2018 - 12:29pm
From an article in The New York Times
, a judge imposes juveniles to read from a list of books and report on their reactions.
A Virginia judge handed down an unusual sentence last year after five teenagers defaced a historic black schoolhouse with swastikas and the words “white power” and “black power.”
Instead of spending time in community service, Judge Avelina Jacob decided, the youths should read a book.
But not just any book. They had to choose from a list of ones covering some of history’s most divisive and tragic periods.
The horrors of the Holocaust awaited them in “Night,” by Elie Wiesel. The racism of the Jim Crow South was there in Maya Angelou’s “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” The brutal hysteria of persecution could be explored in “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller.
Submitted by birdie on March 3, 2018 - 9:36am
Like bookmarks? Check out the International Friends of Bookmarks site run by Laine Farley
Link should work now.
Submitted by Blake on March 1, 2018 - 12:39pm
I strongly disagree. If you also disagree, I encourage you to make your voice heard. Remember, this isn’t about whether you think that we should all switch to HTTPS—we’re all in agreement on that. This is about whether it’s okay to create collateral damage by deliberately denying people access to web features in order to further a completely separate agenda.
This isn’t about you or me. This is about all those people who could potentially become makers of the web. We should be welcoming them, not creating barriers for them to overcome.
From Adactio: Journal—Ends and means
Submitted by birdie on March 1, 2018 - 9:43am
Story from the NYT
.The opioid epidemic is reshaping life in America, including at the local public library, where librarians are considering whether to carry naloxone to battle overdoses. At a time when the public is debating arming teachers, it is another example of an unlikely group being enlisted to fight a national crisis.