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Keepers of the Secrets | Village Voice

Keepers of the Secrets | Village Voice | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

“I don’t know how one could be interested in libraries and not archives,” Lannon told me. They tell you “the stories behind things,” he said, “the unpublished, the hard to find, the true story.”

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In the ‘Fake News’ Era, Americans Increasingly Value Libraries

In the ‘Fake News’ Era, Americans Increasingly Value Libraries | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Millennials, more than any other generation, are likely to visit and trust their local lending institutions.
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Librarians of the 21st: The Ultimate Superheroes of Research

Librarians of the 21st: The Ultimate Superheroes of Research | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
I invite you to visit your libraries, and not just your public library. While so much is now available online, there is still something unique about visiting the library to see the materials offered.
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Frying pans, forks and fever: Medieval book curses - Medieval manuscripts blog

Frying pans, forks and fever: Medieval book curses - Medieval manuscripts blog | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Have you ever lost, forgotten to return or accidentally damaged a library book? If so, you may have been asked to pay a fee to replace or repair the book — but you still got away easy! During the Middle Ages, the fate of both your body and soul could have been at serious risk. Medieval librarians often added curses to their books upon those who did not return or damaged borrowed books, or stole them from their libraries.
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Messages of Inclusion | American Libraries Magazine

Messages of Inclusion | American Libraries Magazine | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Libraries share programs, initiatives, and messages of inclusion using the #LibrariesRespond hashtag, a grassroots campaign for turbulent times.
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These Librarians Really Hate Little Free Libraries

These Librarians Really Hate Little Free Libraries | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Does that birdhouse filled with paperbacks on your block represent an adorable neighborhood amenity or the “corporatization of literary philanthropy”?
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Obama Presidential Library Concept Design Unveiled in Chicago

Obama Presidential Library Concept Design Unveiled in Chicago | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
From Dezeen: The first images and models of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects' plans for the Obama Presidential Library in Chicago have been revealed. The proposal includes a tall stone-clad museum with faceted sides and cutaway corners, sat beside a lower forum and opposite a library.
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State of America's Libraries 2017 | American Libraries Magazine

State of America's Libraries 2017 | American Libraries Magazine | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Today ALA released The State of America’s Libraries, an annual report released during National Library Week, April 9–15, that captures usage trends within all types of libraries.
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A book that was 100 years overdue was returned to San Francisco Public Library

A book that was 100 years overdue was returned to San Francisco Public Library | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
San Francisco Public Library's recent amnesty saw a bumper return of items, including one book that was 100 years overdue
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Why these librarians are protesting Trump's executive orders

Why these librarians are protesting Trump's executive orders | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
On Feb. 17, librarians, museums and other institutions have planned a “Day of Facts” to combat misinformation in its communities. The website for the campaign reminds visitors that facts are not “an overt political stand.”
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Alternative Facts and Fake News – Verifiability in the Information Society « Library Policy and Advocacy Blog

Alternative Facts and Fake News – Verifiability in the Information Society « Library Policy and Advocacy Blog | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The relationship between information and opinion has always been fluid and uncertain. This has been as much the case in politics as in science or any other area of life. There have also always been charlatans, liars and forgers, aiming to gain money, power or simply attention.
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Turning the Page | News | The Harvard Crimson

Turning the Page  | News | The Harvard Crimson | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
​While Harvard's library digitization efforts have presented new opportunities for scholars to access and preserve sources for posterity, they have also brought their own set of challenges.
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Maya Angelou on How a Library Saved Her Life

Maya Angelou on How a Library Saved Her Life | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
"A library is a rainbow in the clouds."
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Review: We the (Library-Card Carrying) People of ‘Ex Libris’

Review: We the (Library-Card Carrying) People of ‘Ex Libris’ | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
In his magnificent documentary, “Ex Libris: The New York Public Library,” Frederick Wiseman takes his camera into the halls where people read, learn and seek a perfect union.
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What Happened to Google's Effort to Scan Millions of University Library Books? - EdSurge News

What Happened to Google's Effort to Scan Millions of University Library Books? - EdSurge News | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

It was a crazy idea: Take the bulk of the world’s books, scan them, and create a monumental digital library for all to access. That’s what Google dreamed of doing when it embarked on its ambitious book-digitizing project in 2002. It got part of the way there, digitizing at least 25 million books from major university libraries.

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Lines of Spines: What is a library?

Lines of Spines: What is a library? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
We have undervalued the library all this time, I think, in part because we have overvalued the written word. Since our Judeo-Christian roots, we have ascribed mythic power to books. God Himself, it is said, is the Torah. And though popular culture has lost some of this mystical veneer since the Enlightenment, the fetishization of books has not abated: In the modern scientific tradition, we have come to consider knowledge to be only that which is communicable via text. But that is a terribly impoverished view of what human knowing can be.
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Ancient libraries

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How were books stored and accessed in the ancient world? Matthew Nicholls explores what the surviving evidence of ancient books can tell us about libraries in antiquity.
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Top 20 Library Scandals in Recent History – John Hubbard – Medium

Top 20 Library Scandals in Recent History – John Hubbard – Medium | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"Hopefully these examples show how at times it’s worth turning our gaze inward to discover how we can do things better. That’s why, although there’s certainly plenty of cases of library patrons behaving badly — from hackers to politicians to exhibitionists (to say nothing about irresponsible authors) — the focus of this list is primarily on librarians, along with the government and vendors that we do business with. So then, in the spirit of those words from Alice Roosevelt Longworth, “If you can’t say something good about someone, sit here by me."

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Transforming Our Libraries from Analog to Digital: A 2020 Vision

Transforming Our Libraries from Analog to Digital: A 2020 Vision | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
By 2020, we can build a collaborative digital library collection and circulation system in which thousands of libraries unlock their analog collections for a new generation of learners, enabling free, long-term, public access to knowledge.
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More university libraries trade books for student spaces

More university libraries trade books for student spaces | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The Associated Press reports that the University of California at Berkeley has recently remodeled its undergraduate Moffitt Library to replace 135,000 books on its top two floors with more collaborative and meeting spaces for students to rest, study, and collaborate. The University of California at Santa Cruz has also reduced its book collection in the name…
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The Scout Report -- Volume 23, Number 14 

The Scout Report -- Volume 23, Number 14  | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
In honor of National Library Week in the United States (April 9-15, 2017), we've decided to dedicate our biannual special edition of The Scout Report to the topic of libraries, past, present, and future. The earliest libraries around the world date back centuries and even millennia. In the United States, libraries have developed greatly since public libraries were first built in the early eighteenth century, playing a wide variety of roles in both civic and academic communities alike. Today, libraries strive to find innovative ways to serve communities and preserve historical memory in an increasingly digitized world.
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An Elegy for the Library

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"Wherever I’ve lived, I’ve used the library. When I was growing up in Nairobi, Kenya, I would sometimes go to a tiny community library run by a church organization. It was a stronghold of stalwarts; there were hardly ever any new faces. The dust was thick. Branches of a jacaranda tree pressed against the single large window. The place had a vaguely medicinal smell, as though along with tonic for the mind, it administered tinctures and liniments."

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Go Ahead and Return That Book Late—Libraries Are Doing Away With the Overdue Fine

Go Ahead and Return That Book Late—Libraries Are Doing Away With the Overdue Fine | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
“We’re disproportionately affecting the people we’re most interested in getting to the library,” said Meg DePriest, the author of a 2016 white paper recommending that Colorado libraries eliminate fines on children’s materials, “the people who can’t afford to buy books themselves.”
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He Fixes the Cracked Spines of Books, Without an Understudy

He Fixes the Cracked Spines of Books, Without an Understudy | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Donald Vass has been mending books in the Seattle area for 26 years, but his craft is a fading one.
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The secret life of a librarian

The secret life of a librarian | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
I set out determined to change the world of public libraries. Nearly 40 years on, I’ve only made the smallest dent. But I’ve met some amazing borrowers along the way
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