For decades before Google existed New Yorkers called their local libraries to ask about everything from etiquette to bedbugs. Yet even with smartphones and the Internet now at our fingertips, not much has changed.
The New York Public Library still receives up to 300 questions each day to its "Ask NYPL" reference number, according to a library spokeswoman. And while many of those questions may be typical research inquiries, some tend to be a little more ... unique.
A version of this post first appeared on the SELF-e blog. As reported by The Bookseller in London recently a new partnership, “Pressbooks Public,” will enable SELF-e — the 18-month-old service devised to offer indie e-books to U.S.
A cataloging librarian’s job description is different from institution to institution, depending on specific needs. These descriptions range from managing a department to supervising copy catalogers or student workers to even working in reference. In this article, a cataloging librarian is defined as a librarian who has an MLIS or MLS degree and catalogs without managerial or supervising duties. His or her primary responsibilities are to prepare bibliographic records to represent items acquired by the library and to provide efficient access and retrieval for catalog users.
During my career as a librarian and, in particular, as a supervisor, I interviewed many candidates for the position of cataloging librarian. Few were prepared to answer the question, “What are the essential qualities of a successful cataloging librarian?” The most popular response given was “detail oriented.” While the very nature of working as a cataloging librarian requires comfort in managing detailed tasks, there exist many more qualities essential to an effective and efficient cataloging librarian. The following ten qualities will help you achieve success in cataloging.
A Maryland company that runs public libraries has more than doubled in size in the past decade as governments seek savings. Bibliophile residents complain that an investment in knowledge and culture is being milked for profit. Library Systems & Services LLC is running into opposition as it seeks to add the 24 libraries in Kern County, California, to its portfolio of 82 in six states, allowing the county to shed a unionized workforce of 118. The county north of Los Angeles would be the largest addition for LSSI since the firm, which is owned by Wayne, Pennsylvania-based Argosy Capital Group Inc., got into the book business in 1997.
Allison Dobbie, Manager, Libraries and Information, Auckland Council, presenting at 'Linked up, Loud and Literate: Libraries enabling digital citizenship' at the National Library of New Zealand, 12 November 2015.
A proud and patriotic tour through the Library’s reading rooms, book stacks, card catalogs and auditorium, the Academy Award-winning short documentary “Library of Congress” (1945), preserved by the Academy Film Archive, highlights the federal institution’s global and local impact. The journey of books from Washington D.C. to rural America bookends the film, reinforcing its theme of the Library as an ambassador of knowledge and free speech. The film emphasizes the diversity of the Library’s impressive collections, from American history collections that range from founding documents to Native American and immigrant histories, to the Oriental Division (now the Asian Reading Room), and the Library’s efforts to bring reading to non-sighted patrons with books in Braille and “talking books” on records. The film showcases the Library’s cutting-edge technology for the time, such as the vast pneumatic tube and conveyor belt system used to send and receive requested books; climate control; and special storage and display for maps and artwork. Also featured are newsreels highlighting the then-recent addition of the Motion Picture Section (also known as the motion picture collection), as well as the collection and preservation of field recordings of American folk vocal traditions. The film concludes with an extended musical performance demonstrating the Library’s public arts programs.
“Library of Congress” was restored from a 35mm nitrate print by the Academy Film Archive in 2006. The film is just one of over 230 unique titles in the Academy Film Archive’s War Film Collection (http://oscars.org/film-archive/collec...), which includes rare 35mm nitrate prints of war shorts, many produced by Hollywood studios on behalf of the U.S. government. The Academy’s collection includes the Academy War Film Library files, held at the Margaret Herrick Library
Pew: Fewer Americans Are Reading Books http://the-digital-reader.com/2015/10/19/pew-fewer-americans-are-reading-books/ "Whether bought or borrowed, print or digital, the fact remains that fewer Americans are picking up books than in recent years. The Pew Research Center has a new report out today on American's reading habits. Based on a survey conducted in March and April, Pew announced today that 72% of Americans…
I was surprised when the news came that the School of Information and Library Science at New York’s Pratt Institute had changed its name to the School of Information. I’ve been an adjunct professor there for more than three decades, and I was saddened at first that this old, venerable school, the second such school in the nation, was dropping “library science” from its name. After reading letters from Dean Tula Giannini and Pratt’s provost Kirk E. Pillow, I was somewhat reassured.
For 215 years, the Library of Congress has been collecting and organizing the world’s knowledge for the benefit of Americans. Now its longtime leader is exiting amid acrimony, its mission is increasingly muddled and — no small matter — Americans have Google. Is the world's largest library still necessary?
Jason LaMotte was very fond of his neighborhood library in Houston, Texas. As LaMotte tells the Guardian:
I have strong recollections of my neighborhood library in Houston, Texas in the US. I can recall the layout, where certain sections of books were, the smells, and the sounds. And it still carries a magical feeling for me, this special kind of sanctuary full of knowledge, full of stories, all covered in a sense of quiet respect and revery.
After a successful Kickstarter campaign, LaMotte went to work and the result is beautiful homage to the power of the library.
This is an opportunity for all library boards in Canada to pass motions to support the CLA statement as well as reaffirm their policies in intellectual freedom. While most adopted this over the years, it's time to update. The Canadian Library Association Releases New Statement on Intellectual Freedom and Libraries (Ottawa. November 17, 2015) - Today,…
Allison Moonitz, 34, joined the library’s staff last week after serving as the assistant director of the public library in Mahwah. She said her primary goal would be to make e-books, language software and other digital resources even more accessible to library users while also continuing to expand upon a strong lineup of programs that includes those for early childhood literacy, video gaming and ESL.
Spirits of the Library co-created by Katelyn Maylie and James Wrona tells the story of Marti Haines who has many daily encounters with entities from beyond the grave. This was shot on location in The Library Company of Burlington.
Alberto Manguel Nov 3, 2015, International New York Times
If we change the role of libraries and librarians, we must be careful to preserve the centrality of the book
Plato, in the “Timaeus,” says that when one of the wisest men of Greece, the statesman Solon, visited Egypt, he was told by an old priest that the Greeks were like mere children because they possessed no truly ancient traditions or notions “gray with time.” In Egypt, the priest continued proudly, “there is nothing great or beautiful or remarkable that is done here, or in your country, or in any other land that has not been long since put into writing and preserved in our temples.”
Such colossal ambition coalesced under the Ptolemaic dynasty. In the third century BC, more than half a century after Plato wrote his dialogues, the kings ordered that every book in the known world be collected and placed in the great library they had founded in Alexandria.
Hardly anything is known of it except its fame: neither its site (it was perhaps a section of the House of the Muses) nor how it was used, nor even how it came to its end. Yet, as one of history’s most distinguished ghosts, the Library of Alexandria became the archetype of all libraries.
Libraries come in countless shapes and sizes. They can be like the Library of Congress or as modest as that of the children’s concentration camp in Auschwitz-Birkenau, where the older girls were in charge of eight volumes that had to be hidden every night so that the Nazi guards wouldn’t confiscate them.
Artist, urban planner, and Chicago resident Theaster Gates can easily add "progressive thinker" to his list of credits—after all, only someone with a clear, forward-thinking vision could look beyond the dilapidated appearance of an early 20th century building and see so much more. After purchasing the rundown bank building, dating back to the 1920’s, for just $1.00 from the city of Chicago, Gates performed a radical restoration, turning it into an arts center now known as the Stony Island Arts B
Trudy Raymakers's insight:
So beautiful. Please let books remain present everywhere.
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