It’s sort of amazing that we’ve been around for (gah) 3+ years and haven’t written much about our friends over atLittle Free Library. Surely you’ve seen one – mailbox-sized book boxes with room for a selection of books that are free to take and swap and share. Many of these Little Libraries are beautiful as artworks in and of themselves. But I’m intrigued about the possibilities that these little book boxes hold, especially when it comes to artistic inspiration. After all, there’s no telling what you’ll find in a Little Library, is there?
With that in mind, we bring you a new monthly series that’s all about making art, making stories, even making performances based on Little Libraries. Some of our exercises and ideas are related to the stuff that’s in the Little Libraries. Others are tied to the libraries themselves. But either way, we hope you’ll find a Little Library close to you (or far!) and try some of these out. And we hope that you’ll share them with us, by posting them to our Facebook page or sending in photos of your Little Library-inspired art to our email: email@example.com.
Although it only has 632 square feet of space, the Myrtle, Missouri, library leaves a big imprint on its patrons. Librarian Rachel Reynolds Luster shows how libraries create access and opportunity in rural communities.
Let’s see how many people we can get on board to promote reading habits among children. With this aim, the Children Literature Festival’s (CLF) session on ‘Role of youth and innovation to promote reading and libraries in urban areas’ kicked off on a lively Saturday afternoon at the Arts Council of Pakistan, Karachi. The session on promoting reading and libraries ended with plenty of volunteers.
A cursory glance at the statistics for the US ebook market will tell you most people are sticking with paper, and there’s a good reason for that. As the following infographic will show you, paper books fill many uses which ebooks cannot. The infographic is based on a poll conducted recently by Fatbrain, a UK-based …
I count myself incredibly lucky for the library school I attended: what was then the SUNY Albany School of Library and Information Science and is now the SUNY Albany College of Computing & Information. This is mainly because of the faculty with whom I was able to study, including my advisor and mentor, Bill Katz, who, among other things, taught real-world librarianship as he had experienced it. He taught us reference work pretty much as if we were reporters working on a red-hot story as well as detectives digging up the salient facts for that story. But the most crucial thing Bill taught me was that, as a reference librarian, my most important working resource would be people.
The Stanford University Libraries (SUL) have a rich and diverse collection of digital content. Users can discover collections and content from the Stanford Digital Repository through the library website, library catalog (SearchWorks), and persistent citation (PURL) pages. SUL also develops robust, custom-built websites for selected collections (see Parker on the Web and the French Revolution Digital Archive) that provide a rich discovery environment and a range of features that enable users to more effectively work with the collection items. But these sites require significant investment in time and development resources to produce and maintain, limiting the number and variety SUL can support.
by R.C. Miessler, Head Editor, INALJ Indiana 7 Great Sites for Academic Librarians Whether you are currently employed by an academic library or are looking for a career in one, keeping up to date on the fun, exciting, and soul-crushing world of higher education is of vital import. It’s pretty easy to get cynical about academia (and if you aren’t, then you probably haven’t been paying attention), but there are a lot of great resources out there for academic librarians to help us keep our sanity. Here are just a few sites that I check regularly to stay informed and connect with others in the academy.
New York state library advocates from Niagara Falls to Montauk Point are not happy with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 4.7 percent cut to library aid for the 2014-15 fiscal year. This proposal is particularly troublesome, highlighted by the fact that he is also proposing significant new tax cuts for wealthy New Yorkers and at the same time, boasting about New York state operating at a surplus.
No explanation was provided by the governor’s office for this undeserved reduction in library aid.
February 23rd to March 1st is Freedom to Read week in Canada, an opportunity to remind us that not only are we fortunate to have at our fingertips (literally, in the age of e-books) 47.63 gagillion books, but we are free to read any of them. Well, almost any.
Despite the battle for free range reading, there are still, even in Canada, dust-cover-ups at the border, the results of which are decided behind closed doors in government offices. Schools and libraries continue to receive requests to remove books from reading lists and shelves.
Most Ugandans (87%, according to the World Bank) live in rural areas and are involved in farming. Without access to information about modern farming methods, they struggle to make a living. Public libraries in developing countries serve as critical information and ICT access points for people in their communities. There are over 100 public and community libraries spread across Uganda.
Do you remember Jonathan Swift’s account of “the terrible Fight that happened on Friday last between the Antient and Modern Books” in St. James’s Library? That was last Friday some month in 1697, but it could easily have been an account of the biblio-fisticuffs between Antients and Moderns any day on the Web in the last twenty years or so.