Librarians abroad: ‘None of us thought we’d grow up to be one’

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 02/01/2019 - 16:21
“The most important asset of any library goes home at night – the library staff.” – Timothy Healy “Librarians are among the most misunderstood professionals anywhere,” says Philip Croom, associate dean of the Rare Books and Special Collections Library of the American University in Cairo.

UW Librarian’s Book Reveals Business Icon’s Impact on Rural America

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Mon, 08/14/2017 - 22:04
A University of Wyoming faculty member’s new book about James Cash Penney explores how the department store icon and his company shaped rural America throughout the 20th century.

“I wanted to wrap my mind around the scope of Penney’s extensive involvement in agriculture and rural America and, ultimately, understand why a successful department store icon would choose to pursue such activities while living and working in New York City,” says David Kruger, UW’s agricultural research librarian.

What Books Are on the Librarian of Congress' Nightstand?

Submitted by birdie on Fri, 08/04/2017 - 10:13
From the New YorkTimes Books , LOC's Dr. Carla Hayden finds she needs more space than just a nightstand to keep up with her reading.

"I do have books on my night stand, but I have recently had to add three bookcases in my room because it was getting too crowded.

Absense of Sound --a Librarian's Story

Submitted by birdie on Fri, 07/14/2017 - 17:17
From the July/August issue of the Saturday Evening Post a selection fron author N. West Moss's new story collection, focusing on a day in the life of a librarian at the Bryant Park NYPL .

N. West Moss was the winner of the Post’s 2015 Great American Fiction Contest for “Omeer’s Mangoes,” which, with “Absence of Sound,” appears in her first short-story collection, The Subway Stops at Bryant Park (Leapfrog Press, 2017). This story first appeared in Neworld Review.

What To Do With Memorial Tributes To Victims of Gun Violence

Submitted by birdie on Fri, 07/07/2017 - 09:31
Dallas is among the cities where archivists are curating shrines that surfaced after tragedies. The question: How to preserve a part of history? Story from The New York Times.

The archive is not about what happened that night, but about “the outpouring of love from the citizens — from the world — that happened afterward,” said Jo Giudice, the director of Dallas’s public library system. Tributes surged into Dallas soon after a gunman opened fire during a protest last summer.

The Librarian Who Guarded the Manhattan Project's Secrets

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 06/29/2017 - 17:04
Her appointment was a victory for the women on the Hill. Though women were integral to the success of the Manhattan Project—scientists like Leona Woods and Mary Lucy Miller played central roles in the creation of the bomb—none occupied leadership positions. In this respect, Serber stood alone.

Bear is a novel about a lonely librarian in who enters into a sexual relationship with a bear

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 06/27/2017 - 09:57
Bear is a novel by Canadian author Marian Engel, published in 1976. It won the Governor General's Literary Award the same year. It is Engel's fifth novel, and her most famous. The story tells of a lonely librarian in northern Ontario who enters into a sexual relationship with a bear. The book has been called "the most controversial novel ever written in Canada".[1]
From Bear (novel) - Wikipedia