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Waiting for the board game version

If you’re worrying about the state of your mortal soul, this handy graphic by François Georgin could help you. [more inside]
posted by cynical pinnacle on Nov 21, 2016 - 10 comments

Librarians on the planning commission!

Public In/Formation
for decades. They have raucously debated how to accommodate all kinds of online behavior, and have developed tools for promoting free speech and open access while discouraging illegal activity and shielding patrons and staff from offensive images. They have tested policies and procedures — time limits, download caps, and content filters — for ensuring that resources are shared fairly. The information commons is messy, and negotiating such issues is part of living in a robust democracy. What works in the public library can work on the street.
[more inside] posted by the man of twists and turns on Nov 16, 2016 - 9 comments

The ultimate reading list, created by librarians

We asked our librarian delegates to help us build the perfect library by answering one simple question: which one book couldn’t you live without?
posted by infini on Oct 24, 2016 - 38 comments

A first date at the fancy-pants Brandy Library

"A mixologist is just a bartender with fresh ginger on hand who will wait five minutes longer to punch you the fuck out." A nice story well told.
posted by Hot Pastrami! on Oct 18, 2016 - 35 comments

Images from old books about medicine and biology

Wunderkammer is a collection of high resolution images from old books in the Hagströmer Medical Library. Some of my favorites are sea anemones, nerve cells, rooster chasing off a monster, 16th Century eye surgery, muscles and bones of the hand and arm, elephant-headed humanoid and cupping. It can also be browsed by tag, broken up into subject (e.g. beast), emotion (e.g. strange), technique (e.g. chromolithography) and era (e.g. 18th Century). Once you've exhausted the pleasures of the Wunderkammer, venture into the Bibliotheca Systema Naturae, with scans from more books in the Hagströmer Medical Library, such as portraits of patients and Goethe's theory of optics.
posted by Kattullus on Oct 11, 2016 - 11 comments

A tiny vestibule of literary happiness

Build your very own house for books to plant in your front yard, and become your neighbourhood’s Street Librarian.
posted by adept256 on Sep 18, 2016 - 31 comments

Who knew that being a librarian would lead to all this?

Today at 12:00 PM EDT, Dr. Carla Hayden (previously) will be sworn in as the first woman and the first African-American to serve as the Librarian of Congress. She'll be tasked with pulling the Library of Congress out of internal turmoil following a scathing report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office last year. (previously) You can watch a live stream of the swearing in at the Library's YouTube channel.
posted by numaner on Sep 14, 2016 - 15 comments

Throwing the book at them

The director of the Athens-Limestone Public Library in Athens, Alabama has announced that the library intends to enforce a 1993 ordinance that allows patrons to be sentenced to up to a month in jail for failing to return overdue library books. [more inside]
posted by ArbitraryAndCapricious on Sep 4, 2016 - 78 comments

Ink4ink -- Portland librarians matching tattoos and books

"Steve Roskoski, a library assistant, said he and his fellow librarians (some with their own tattoos) came up with the idea to match readers with books based on their tats. It’s Portland after all. “Book recommending and finding people good reads is something we do every day here at the Multnomah County Library,” Roskoski said. “Social media is a great way to interact with those people - and we’ve seen a great response. We had over 150 awesome tattoos sent in.” That number will continue to grow, Roskoski suspects, as the word gets out." [more inside]
posted by gingerbeer on Aug 1, 2016 - 28 comments

"Should I eat this?" - librarian edition

In the Mansfield Library of the University of Montana, librarians discover some cold war rations, produced in 1962. Their reaction was to eat them. “I took a taste of one [of the survival biscuits]; It’s like a stale graham cracker with a hint of vanilla in it. It could be far worse.” Making your own food time capsule? A few suggestions.
posted by Wordshore on Jul 22, 2016 - 17 comments

Life Behind the Stacks

The Secret Apartments of New York Libraries
posted by boo_radley on Jul 11, 2016 - 16 comments

Now You Can Visit the Oldest Library in the World

al-Qarawiyyin Library in Fez, Morocco, is the oldest library in the world, but until last month, only researchers had access to it. Built in 859, the library was a beacon for scholars, poets, and theologians for hundreds of years, but in recent years it had fallen into terrible disrepair. Now a massive, three-year restoration effort hasn’t just revitalized the building – it’s opened an ancient center of scholarship up to a new generation of readers!
posted by Shmuel510 on Jun 16, 2016 - 17 comments

City Readers

The New York Society Library maintains an elegant online database of its circulation records from 1789 to 1805, a period that includes its stint as the first library of the United States Congress. To help you get a handle on the data trove (assembled from 100,000 records tracking every book that every patron checked out), the Library offers visualization tools and two curated lists of interesting readers: 57 representative women and 40 Founding Fathers.
posted by Iridic on May 23, 2016 - 10 comments

Liscarians

"That term—library anxiety—is hardly a household name among students, but say it to a college librarian, and he or she will know exactly what you’re talking about. It’s the feeling that one’s research skills are inadequate and that those shortcomings should be hidden. In some students it’s manifested as an outright fear of libraries and the librarians who work there. To many librarians it’s a phenomenon as real as it is perplexing.

"'Why would anyone think we are intimidating?' writes Michel C. Atlas. 'What is intimidating about a master’s-prepared professional earning $35,000 a year?'”
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Apr 21, 2016 - 34 comments

The seventh book of "hows" : or how to knit

The Knitting Reference Library, approximately 300 knitting books, ranging from the 1800s to the 1970s.
posted by frimble on Apr 8, 2016 - 30 comments

"Is this nonfiction? Is this just fantasy?"

Librarian Rhapsody: A parody of Bohemian Rhapsody, created by the Shoalhaven Library Staff to celebrate the end of the the school year. (Lyrics)
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Apr 5, 2016 - 17 comments

A fine day

The New York Public Library has digitized the diary of one Elizabeth De Hart Bleecker as part of their Early American Manuscripts Project. Bleecker wrote about her life in New York City for seven years, beginning in 1799 when she was eighteen years old and ending in 1806.
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Mar 29, 2016 - 22 comments

Courtesy notice: the Microkorg is due in one week

Are you looking to try out some classic synthesizers? Perhaps you're trying to find that perfect fuzz bass tone or psychedelic delay/loop pedal. Well come on down to Guitar Center the Ann Arbor District Library! [more inside]
posted by Existential Dread on Mar 21, 2016 - 33 comments

8,000 vintage Afropop songs, streaming online

An amazing treasure trove of 8,000 Afropop tracks. The British Library just released this archive as part of their first online sound project within their Endangered Archives Programme (EAP). The recordings are from the state-supported Syliphone label and were released between 1958 to 1984. [more inside]
posted by nickyskye on Mar 8, 2016 - 24 comments

New Looks for Old Books

Recovering the Classics is a crowdsourced collection of original covers for 100 great works in the public domain, designed to increase interest and access to classics in e-book format. [more inside]
posted by Miko on Mar 6, 2016 - 14 comments

Dr. Carla Hayden could be the #nextLOC

President Obama announces his intent to nominate Dr. Carla Hayden as the next Librarian of Congress. Dr. Hayden would be the first-ever professional librarian in the position. She is currently CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, served as President of the American Library Association from 2003-2004, and she was the first African-American to receive the Library Journal's Librarian of the Year Award. She began her career with the Chicago Public Library in 1973. [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee on Feb 24, 2016 - 52 comments

A peek into the traveling libraries of light house keepers

In 1885, there were 15 lighthouse districts in the US, and over each served an inspector, who visits every light-station quarterly, and his duties include maintenance of all those aids to navigation in it, the discipline of its personnel and pay to each keeper. When he visits a lighthouse that has a library he takes it away and replaces it (Google books preview). Those traveling lighthouse libraries were carried in heavy-duty, dual-purpose boxes that doubled as small book cases. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Feb 22, 2016 - 25 comments

"Obama's face has been etched out"

A short video tour of the library at Guantanamo.
posted by anothermug on Feb 19, 2016 - 4 comments

The Canadian Library Association has been dissolved.

Members voted to dissolve the Association at a Special General Meeting on January 27. Their intent is to form a new "Federation of Library Associations" to create a "strong national voice" for libraries. The full proposal for the creation of the Federation is here. This is, obviously a hot topic at the Ontario Library Association OLA Superconference happening now in Toronto.
posted by Shepherd on Jan 28, 2016 - 24 comments

New York Public Library access is just a click away

New York Public Library Makes 180,000 High-Res Images Available Online
posted by Michele in California on Jan 6, 2016 - 20 comments

"the founding of the first US libraries through the first 100 years"

The Digital Public Library of America has an online exhibit A History of US Public Libraries [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Dec 11, 2015 - 3 comments

גם זו לטובה

Judaism's core texts grew out of millennia-long conversations and arguments across generations, with interconnected dialogues, source citing and (re)interpretation. Now, it's all going digital: Sefaria is creating a massive public domain, interactive "living library of Jewish texts and their interconnections, in Hebrew and translations." Their goal is to build a reference resource and community that "gives a better learning experience than anything that comes before it," from ancient to modern texts and "all the volumes of commentary in between." Read texts, browse submitted public source sheets on dozens of topics or visualize associations between texts.
posted by zarq on Dec 7, 2015 - 22 comments

“It is not right if people cannot use a library free from anxiety.”

Librarians in Japan upset after newspaper published names of books that novelist Haruki Murakami checked out as a teenager from his high school library. [Los Angeles Times] [more inside]
posted by Fizz on Dec 5, 2015 - 21 comments

Revealing the invisible library

Ever since the the Villa dei Papiri and its cache of at least 800 papyrus scrolls was discovered in Herculaneum in 1752, this potential treasure trove of information and insight into the classical world has fascinated scholars with what it could possibly contain. The difficulty has been in how to read them without destroying them. As John Seabrook describes for The New Yorker: "One scroll was peeled apart into many fragments; the other dried up and then, like a disaster in slow motion, split apart into more than three hundred pieces." Now, thanks to new imaging techniques, the contents of the scrolls could—slowly—be revealed.
posted by Athanassiel on Nov 17, 2015 - 20 comments

Don't miss your due date

Alison Green of Ask A Manager interviews a prison librarian
posted by bq on Oct 28, 2015 - 15 comments

A short story by Ellen Klages

In the House of the Seven Librarians [more inside]
posted by Joe in Australia on Oct 19, 2015 - 7 comments

No matter where I am, the public libraries belong to me. I’m the public.

The role of the modern librarian, and other things. Interviewed by Erica Heilman, in which Jessamyn elaborates on librarians and libraries, the people they help, some of their needs, teaching tech and online skills in a rural community, and the balance of the online and the offline life. [more inside]
posted by Wordshore on Oct 18, 2015 - 24 comments

OCLC consciously uncouples from catalog cards

On September 30th, OCLC ended support for Accessions List and Catalog Cards. What does this mean? It means they will no longer be supplying such cards to libraries, special collections and information filers. Partially filling the gap are suppliers of blank cards e.g. [1] [2] [3]. Also, books about cards.
posted by Wordshore on Oct 1, 2015 - 28 comments

The Temporary Autonomous Zone, Ontological Anarchy, Poetic Terrorism

Our books lived, were killed, and reborn, and released. They were donated, organized, cataloged, seized, destroyed, saved, and became testimony, evidence, burden, and discarded. The Dregs of the Library: Trashing the Occupy Wall Street Library
posted by anastasiav on Aug 31, 2015 - 18 comments

The Danger of Being Neighborly Without a Permit

All over America, people have put small "give one, take one" book exchanges in front of their homes. Then they were told to tear them down.
posted by standardasparagus on Aug 24, 2015 - 60 comments

36 Eggs

HOW many eggs? A couple of librarians make recipes they've always wanted to eat from their favorite books. Recipes may contain bibliographies. [via mefi projects] [more inside]
posted by aniola on Aug 12, 2015 - 42 comments

More Philly than the Rocky Theme

"Move closer to your world, my friend / Take a little bit of time"

When you think of Philadelphia music, you may think of the Rocky theme, you may think of Philly Soul, or you may think of The Dead Milkmen, but no song is Philly quite like The Channel 6 Action News Theme, "Move Closer to Your World" [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Aug 12, 2015 - 48 comments

A how not to guide for special collection librarians

So you're an university or research institute with a special collections library full of interesting books and other cool stuff and you're pressured to get down with the kids in social media but don't want to? Sarah Werner has you covered: How to Destroy Special Collections with Social Media.
posted by MartinWisse on Aug 11, 2015 - 33 comments

NDXOXCHWDRGHDXORVI

Can you solve the code in the sword? (dailymail.co.uk) British Library appeals for help in cracking an enigmatic 'NDXOXCHWDRGHDXORVI' inscription on a mysterious medieval blade. Curator Julian Harrison writes a bit more on his blog.
posted by sidereal on Aug 10, 2015 - 133 comments

The 8$ Sheep Doll Would Be 200$ Today

With F. A. O. Schwarz's iconic 5th Avenue store closing for good last week (Gothamist photos), why not look back at the 1911 Spring And Summer catalog and the conversation effort to preserve the catalog at the Cooper Hewitt design museum..
posted by The Whelk on Jul 20, 2015 - 15 comments

To Live And Dine In L.A.

To Live and Dine in L.A. is a multi-platform project of The Library Foundation of Los Angeles based on the extraordinary menu collection of The Los Angeles Public Library.

The entire project, which includes a book, an exhibition, and a variety of city-wide public programs and media events, is dedicated to curating and mobilizing the Library’s collection of historic L.A. menus in order to explore both the food history of the city and the city’s contemporary struggles with food insecurity, food deserts, and youth hunger.

(You can also navigate the collection via the Archive page.)
posted by Room 641-A on Jun 3, 2015 - 4 comments

"By this art you may contemplate the variation of the 23 letters."

http://libraryofbabel.info/
The Library of Babel is a place for scholars to do research, for artists and writers to seek inspiration, for anyone with curiosity or a sense of humor to reflect on the weirdness of existence - in short, it’s just like any other library. If completed, it would contain every possible combination of 1,312,000 characters, including lower case letters, space, comma, and period. Thus, it would contain every book that ever has been written, and every book that ever could be - including every play, every song, every scientific paper, every legal decision, every constitution, every piece of scripture, and so on. At present it contains all possible pages of 3200 characters, about 104677 books. [more inside]
posted by andoatnp on May 24, 2015 - 59 comments

And Yet No Tom Clancy

What do the Dreamweaver Manual, Noam Chomsky's Hegemony or Survival, and an academic article on wage inequality in France have in common? They were - amongst many others - on Osama bin Laden's Bookshelf. (hat tip to jessamyn)
posted by Aya Hirano on the Astral Plane on May 20, 2015 - 65 comments

Poses have power

But anyone who looked into the turbulent, shifting waters of Warburg’s actual beliefs knew that there was something more, and much stranger, there. At a minimum, there was something compellingly incongruous: on the one hand, his vision was haunted by half-clothed women dancing ecstatic Dionysian dances; on the other, it was devoted to minute archival research meant to record their choreography through time. [more inside]
posted by Athanassiel on Apr 8, 2015 - 7 comments

The Infinity Library

The Infinity Library. A short story about libraries, inspired by Discworld.
posted by kmz on Mar 9, 2015 - 13 comments

Knowledge is our Superpower

"Despite scant funding and resources, London’s Feminist Library is turning their 40th year into a celebration of storytelling, history – and, hopefully, sofas." Stephanie Boland at The New Statesman, 'She blinded me with library science': why the Feminist Library is more vital than ever. [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Mar 5, 2015 - 3 comments

Google's Slow Fade with Librarians

Google's romance with librarians is over. By MeFi's own Jessamyn.
posted by Bella Donna on Feb 2, 2015 - 63 comments

An ode to libraries

A toronto artist, Daniel Rotsztain, (video) is drawing all of Toronto's libraries. Current count, 46/102.
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering on Jan 29, 2015 - 20 comments

25,000 Transcribed Texts From 1473-1700 Published Online

The University of Michigan Library, the University of Oxford's Bodleian Libraries and ProQuest have made public more than 25,000 manually transcribed texts from 1473-1700 — the first 200 years of the printed book. Full text access. Multiple format downloads, including ePUB. Or just download the entire corpus. [more inside]
posted by Bobby Rijndael on Jan 28, 2015 - 34 comments

Very Borgesian

A reflective view of the main core of The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale.
The building was designed by Gordon Bunshaft, of the firm of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, and completed in 1963. When visitors first enter the building they are faced by two large marble staircases that ascend up to the mezzanine level and a large glass tower that is the central core of the building. The mezzanine level allows for people to rotate around the glass tower which holds 180,000 volumes. [more inside]
posted by growabrain on Jan 23, 2015 - 22 comments

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