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Radical Librarianship: how ninja librarians are ensuring patrons' electronic privacy [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Sep 15, 2014 - 38 comments


On this day one hundred years ago, Imperial German soldiers who had peacefully arrived in the Belgian city of Leuven (Fr: Louvain), having taken hostages and accepted the parole of its mayor on behalf of its citizens, without warning set fire to the city and massacred its inhabitants forever altering the city, its university's library, and the course of the war.
  • Belgian Judicial Report on the Sacking of Louvain in August 1914
  • The destruction and rebuilding of the Louvain Library: claim and counterclaim
  • [more inside] posted by Blasdelb on Aug 25, 2014 - 13 comments

    Eaton Science Fiction & Fantasy Archive in trouble?

    Celebrated writer Nalo Hopkinson blogs that the Eaton Collection of Science Fiction & Fantasy, the largest publicly-accessible collection of sf/f genre books in the world, may be in danger, in the wake of changes in the library and university administration. The archive is housed by the library system of UC Riverside and currently hosts a biennial conference, a lifetime achievement award for celebrated writers in the genre and a student short story contest. The journal Science Fiction Studies (based at DePauw) sponsors a fellowship to promote research at the Eaton archive.
    posted by aught on Aug 22, 2014 - 4 comments

    “typical of Seuss’ late-period”

    Check out the New York Public Library’s hilarious archive of librarians’ harsh children’s book reviews [more inside]
    posted by the man of twists and turns on Aug 9, 2014 - 11 comments

    The Digitized Medieval Manuscripts App

    The DMMapp (Digitized Medieval Manuscripts App) is a website that links to more than 300 libraries in the world. Each one of these contains medieval manuscripts that can be browsed for free. The DMMapp is a product of Sexy Codicology, an independent project focused on medieval illuminated manuscripts and social media. It maintains a great blog about medieval manuscripts, especially those that are available online.
    posted by jedicus on Aug 5, 2014 - 6 comments

    Charles Darwin's Beagle library

    Charles Darwin's Beagle library "As a research vessel HMS Beagle may not have had the internet, but she did have an impressive state-of-the-art library of about 400 volumes. " (via)
    posted by dhruva on Aug 4, 2014 - 11 comments

    We Shall Overcome

    Today is the 50th anniversary of the signing of the civil rights act, and to commemorate, the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library hosted in April a Civil Rights Summit, featuring dozens of civil rights luminaries as well as Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and President Barack Obama. [more inside]
    posted by Ndwright on Jul 2, 2014 - 11 comments

    Celsus: A Library Architecture Resource

    Celsus is a collaborative wiki for articles related to the history, design, construction, and renovation of libraries. [more inside]
    posted by carter on Jun 17, 2014 - 1 comment

    Why Libraries Matter

    A day in the life of New York City's public libraries: Traveling from borough to borough, this short documentary by Julie Dressner and Jesse Hicks reveals just how important the modern library is for millions of people. Why Libraries Matter.
    posted by cashman on May 17, 2014 - 6 comments


    CREW stands for Continuous Review Evaluation and Weeding, and the manual uses “crew” as a transitive verb, so one can talk about a library’s “crewing” its collection. It means weeding but doesn’t sound so harsh. [more inside]
    posted by sammyo on May 17, 2014 - 65 comments

    Mali's Ancient Manuscripts

    Bonfire of the Humanities. "Nobody goes to Timbuktu, right? Patrick Symmes did, to discover what happened when jihadi rebels set out to burn one of the world’s finest collections of ancient manuscripts. Bouncing around by truck, boat, and boots, he got an intimate look at West ­Africa’s most mythic locale." [Via] [more inside]
    posted by homunculus on Apr 21, 2014 - 12 comments

    Oxford University Press Celebrates National Library Week

    In honor of National Library Week, Oxford University Press is making all of its non-journal products available online for free for the week of April 13th-19th, 2014. This includes the Oxford English Dictionary and the Oxford Handbook series. [more inside]
    posted by jedicus on Apr 14, 2014 - 20 comments

    Acronymphomaniac, Banned Book Betty and the Thing on the Library Carpet

    Professional Literature for Librarians
    from LisaGenius via Unshelved
    posted by oneswellfoop on Apr 8, 2014 - 31 comments

    The NYPL's Open Maps Project adds 20,000 High Res Maps

    The New York Public Library has released more than 20,000 high resolution cartographic works (maps!) for free, to view and download. "We believe these maps have no known US copyright restrictions." All can be viewed through the New York Public Library’s Digital Collections page and downloaded through their Map Warper. (Via) [more inside]
    posted by zarq on Mar 31, 2014 - 11 comments

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    Someone is leaving what appear to be coded messages in the stacks of Weldon Library at the University of Western Ontario. (via)
    posted by Horace Rumpole on Mar 25, 2014 - 63 comments

    The Vatican archives are being digitized.

    The Vatican is digitizing its massive trove of ancient documents to make them available to the world for free online. [more inside]
    posted by Jacob Knitig on Mar 23, 2014 - 28 comments

    Transition from Clinton Administration to Bush Administration

    The William Jefferson Clinton Library has been releasing, in batches, thousands of pages of previously classified documents.
    posted by roomthreeseventeen on Mar 14, 2014 - 17 comments

    Lord Cobham was burnt alive, but I forget what for

    15 year old Jane Austen wrote a satrical history of English monarchs and now you can read it.
    posted by The Whelk on Feb 25, 2014 - 19 comments

    The Book, the Medium and the Library.

    Medium has made available the first book-length content (perhaps) on its writing platform. Demanding Better Libraries For Today’s Complex World by R. David Lankes is cited as a 164 minute read. For works of this length, Medium offer a feature for bookmarking where you have read to. [more inside]
    posted by Wordshore on Feb 20, 2014 - 3 comments

    "The perfect spot to get lost in"

    Old photos of the Cincinnati Public Library before it was demolished in 1955 (Go ahead. Weep. I did).
    posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Jan 21, 2014 - 57 comments

    Peter Scott (1947-2013), developer of HyTelnet

    Peter Scott (February 14, 1947 - December 30, 2013) worked in the Systems Department of the University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon, Canada) Libraries from 1976 to 2005. One of the early library weblog writers, Peter is most well known for HyTelnet, an interface for Telnet services he developed from 1990. In his 1991 video, Peter demonstrates a later version of HyTelnet, while an archive lists the resources available through the service. [more inside]
    posted by Wordshore on Dec 31, 2013 - 20 comments

    Remember, if approached by a librarian, keep still. Do not run away.

    Welcome to a tumblr of wonders. Special Collections, archives, and libraries have many wonderful items, but getting to them all can be a bit like trying to walk into Mordor, unless you have unlimited time and grants. But now, thanks to Tumblr, you too can explore collections around the world, and one of the best comes to us from the University of Iowa. Want a Hamlet quote on a miniature book that unfolds into a tiny Globe Theatre? Of course you do. Actual flying squirrels? Adventure with Alice! Get close to illuminations? Catch a glimpse of hipster frames circa 1504? More awesome librar* tumblrs inside. [more inside]
    posted by jetlagaddict on Dec 26, 2013 - 13 comments

    Your tax dollars at work

    The book on Wood-Frame House Construction (with diagrams) is brought to you by the USDA Forest Service. Here is the full online index of USDA Agriculture Handbooks. They're public domain. [more inside]
    posted by aniola on Dec 14, 2013 - 15 comments

    A lot of public domain images

    The British Library has posted more than a million public domain images on Flickr.
    posted by jiawen on Dec 14, 2013 - 23 comments


    Are paper books becoming obsolete in the digital age, or poised to lead a new cultural renaissance? [more inside]
    posted by the man of twists and turns on Dec 3, 2013 - 31 comments

    Preservation or facilitation?

    A bookless library opens in San Antonio. But is it really a library? Yes it is.
    posted by Potomac Avenue on Oct 7, 2013 - 52 comments

    The Lubavitcher Rebbe’s Library

    “I was there in Moscow for a year and a half, without anything, we thought we were going there for only a few days. I didn’t even have a coat with me. But the Rebbe had a policy: You don’t come back until you come back with the books.”
    posted by NotMyselfRightNow on Oct 1, 2013 - 10 comments

    Dumpsters Full of Books

    Hearing complaints that the Fairfax County Public Library was throwing away tons of books, County Supervisor Linda Q. Smyth (D-Providence) decided to peer into a Dumpster. Twice, she found stacks and stacks of high-quality books, bought by the taxpayers, piled in the trash. The second time, she filled a box. The discarded books have opened a broader discussion about the library’s long-term plan, which would eliminate the requirement for fully trained librarians, reduce branch staff and cut the amount of time children’s librarians spend helping families inside their libraries. [more inside]
    posted by Measured Out my Life in Coffeespoons on Sep 10, 2013 - 173 comments

    A new library for an old city

    The new central library of Birmingham (England), the largest public building of its type in Europe, is officially opened tomorrow by Malala Yousafzai. Reviews, pre-opening, have been largely positive [Independent] [Telegraph] [Guardian] [Residents] [Financial Times]. [more inside]
    posted by Wordshore on Sep 2, 2013 - 19 comments

    It's open just two hours a day, and only in the summer

    For you to borrow, some libraries have to go begging: NPR story about public library funding, featuring MeFi's own jessamyn. (previously)
    posted by mark7570 on Aug 19, 2013 - 13 comments

    More Than Just Books

    MetaFilter's own Jessamyn West (jessamyn) interviewed in today's NPR feature, For Disaster Preparedness: Pack A Library Card?
    posted by jim in austin on Aug 12, 2013 - 60 comments

    'My kids were in your library before me. I was really interested.'

    Burma's Lucky Bibliophile
    When the Ministry of Information’s director general visited Ye Htet Oo’s library in 2010, it could have been disastrous. Ye Htet Oo, then a recent college graduate, was running his new library in downtown Rangoon on the sly, without approval from the former military regime, and was told he could face three months in jail for every book he lent without permission from the censorship board. Unable to get a library license from the government, which saw libraries as a way to spread subversive ideas, he fronted his operation as a bookshop but kept a collection of unapproved library books hidden in a back room. Then one day, unknown to the young bibliophile, the ministry’s director general—who has since become the deputy minister of information and President Thein Sein’s spokesman—entered the “bookshop” and walked straight into the secret room.
    [more inside] posted by the man of twists and turns on Jul 5, 2013 - 14 comments

    Search the memory of The Netherlands

    The Memory of the Netherlands is an image library making available the online collections of museums, archives and libraries. The library provides access to images from the collections of more than one hundred institutions and includes photographs, sculptures, paintings, bronzes, pottery, modern art, drawings, stamps, posters and newspaper clippings. In addition there are also video and sound recordings to see and listen to. The Memory of the Netherlands offers an historic overview of images from exceptional collections, organized by subject to provide easy access
    Search 833928 objects from 133 collections from 100 institutions.
    posted by infini on Jun 22, 2013 - 4 comments

    2,131 books fell over... and the librarians cheered

    The Seattle Public Library has set a new record for the longest domino chain... made of books (full video)
    posted by oneswellfoop on Jun 15, 2013 - 21 comments

    Hiring the Next Wave of Multicultural Librarians

    For starters, he’s preparing for a career in librarianship, an industry largely dominated by white women. As an African-American male, Alston is what some would consider a double minority. Many of his friends and relatives wonder about his future after having spent many years earning a master’s and now a Ph.D. in library science. “What will you be doing all day?” “What’s the future viability of libraries?" Someone even teased him once, “That’s no kind of profession for a man.”
    posted by the man of twists and turns on Jun 10, 2013 - 15 comments

    Here we glimpse a future in which all mysteries are solved

    Toute la mémoire du monde (1956: 21 minutes) is a remarkably lovely documentary short by Alain Resnais about the Bibliothèque nationale de France in the age of print. Via The Funambulist. [more inside]
    posted by theodolite on Jun 8, 2013 - 5 comments

    Happiness is having your own library card

    Do you like libraries? Do you like comics? Then Library Cartoons, Comics and Drawings is relevant to your interests. Need more? There's always Libraries in Pop Culture. Not satisfied yet? Unshelved is the internet's longest running librarian comic, previously featured for its pimped out bookcarts contest, but also worth visiting for the regular Friday bookclub.
    posted by MartinWisse on May 28, 2013 - 5 comments

    Where You Are Is Where This Library Goes

    The folks at Mellow Pages, a community-run library/salon in Brooklyn (recently profiled in the NYT), have put together a how-to guide for building a similar kind of space in your neighborhood: short version here, long version (and Google Doc) here.
    posted by Cash4Lead on May 27, 2013 - 12 comments

    The Last of the Great Chained Libraries

    "On a beautiful sunny day last week, the Turning Over a New Leaf project team decided to take a day off from the office to visit a spectacular chained library in the small town of Zutphen (located in the eastern part of the Netherlands). Built in 1564 as part of the church of St Walburga, it is one of only five chained libraries in the world that survive ‘intact’—that is, complete with the original books, chains, rods, and furniture."
    posted by brundlefly on May 18, 2013 - 18 comments

    RED: "Well, we ought to file that under Educational too. Oughtn't we?"

    Guantánamo prison library for detainees. [tumblr] New York Times reporter Charlie Savage set up a Tumblr dedicated to cataloging some of the books available in the Guantánamo prison library for detainees.
    posted by Fizz on Apr 28, 2013 - 37 comments

    Digital Public Library of America launches their beta today

    Today at noon eastern time, the Digital Public Library of America launched its beta website... The Digital Public Library of America, having worked since 2010 to try and find ways to organize and group an array of disparate digital resources, finally launches it's beta today. While it's come under some criticism from parts of the library community, the DPLA is moving forward by providing both access to resources and an API upon which existing libraries can build their own tools. Previously on the blue.
    posted by griffey on Apr 18, 2013 - 15 comments

    The dark side of the moon

    When it first surfaced in 2005, it was hailed as 'the most important Galileo find in more than a century'. Then, in June 2012, news broke on the Ex Libris mailing list that the unique 'proof copy' of Galileo's Sidereus Nuncius containing his original drawings of the Moon was in fact a highly sophisticated forgery. The full story is still unclear, but the finger of suspicion points at Marino Massimo de Caro, who in his brief reign as director of the Girolamini Library in Naples removed thousands of rare books in what has been described as a 'premeditated, organised and brutal' sacking of the library. Meanwhile, experts are still marvelling at the quality of the forgery: "We’ve seen missing pages replaced in facsimile, but no one dreamed that an entire book could be forged, something that is now more easily possible because of modern technology."
    posted by verstegan on Apr 4, 2013 - 12 comments

    All this energy calling me, back where it comes from....

    The Cleveland Memory Project is an archive of photos, postcards, videos, recordings, clippings, ebooks, personal papers, maps and other historical "goodies" about the city. "It's a collaborative endeavor of many local historical societies, public libraries and government agencies who have mounted their own local history." On Flickr. [more inside]
    posted by zarq on Mar 18, 2013 - 5 comments

    The Atlantic - Benj Edwards

    The Copyright Rule We Need to Repeal If We Want to Preserve Our Cultural Heritage
    posted by East Manitoba Regional Junior Kabaddi Champion '94 on Mar 15, 2013 - 34 comments

    Public Libraries: Stealing Authors' Paychecks?

    "We can't give everything away under the public purse. Books are part of the entertainment industry. Literature has been something elite, but it is not any more. This is not the Roman empire, where we give away free bread and circuses to the masses."
    UK children's author Terry Deary (Horrible Histories series) on Britain's public libraries. Neil Gaiman and others respond.
    posted by Rykey on Feb 22, 2013 - 104 comments

    "His writing is not about something; it is that something itself."

    In theory: the unread and the unreadable - "We measure our lives with unread books – and 'difficult' works can induce the most guilt. How should we view this challenge?"
    posted by the man of twists and turns on Feb 19, 2013 - 18 comments

    On questioning the quality of a publisher

    Dale Askey is a librarian. He blogs. In August 2010, Dale was a tenured associate professor at Kansas State University, where librarians are granted faculty status. There, Dale blogged about the quality, and prices, of publications from Edwin Mellen Press. Edwin Mellen Press has served McMaster University (Dale's current employer) and himself with a three million dollar lawsuit, alleging libel and claiming aggravated and exemplary damages. [more inside]
    posted by Wordshore on Feb 9, 2013 - 60 comments

    A story about a library on fire.

    Saving the ancient manuscripts of Mali from Islamic extremists.
    posted by seanmpuckett on Feb 5, 2013 - 34 comments

    LOC amassing tweets at breakneck pace, needs help to make it accessible

    The Library of Congress posted a Jan 2013 update on its mission to archive public tweets, announced back in April 2010 (previously). 170 billion tweets so far, adding more than .5 billion per day. Search for a term? Prepare to wait ~24 hours. [more inside]
    posted by sundog on Jan 29, 2013 - 20 comments


    Trove, an initiative of the National Library of Australia, is a vast online repository of digitised books, images, historic newspapers, maps and more.
    posted by misterbee on Jan 8, 2013 - 4 comments

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