"New Deal Programs: Selected Library of Congress Resources
was created to serve as a starting point for research using Library of Congress collections of New Deal program materials." Includes links to numerous collections of digitized materials
, including photos
. [more inside]
The Worlds Best Books
(1909), One Hundred Best Books
(1916), One Thousand Books for a Village Library
(1895), The Book Lover, a Guide to the Best Reading
(1889), The Choice of Books
(1905), A Thousand of the Best Novels
(1919), Comfort Found in Good Old Books
(1911), A Guide to the Best Historical Novels
(1911), A Guide to Historical Fiction
(1914), and lots more..
The Birmingham Central Library
, one of the largest and most important public libraries in Europe, has often been vilified as one of the ugliest buildings in Britain
. A prime example of Brutalism
, English Heritage has (controversially) recommended that the structure should be listed
. Others want it to go the way of Portsmouth's hated Tricorn Centre
. [more inside]
30 years ago, Richard Brautigan
's last collection of poems, June 30th, June 30th
, was published. [more inside]
Citations on the fly. WorldCat previously
, the world's online largest catalog of library holdings, got its own Facebook page
in early 2008. That was pretty cool, but now WorldCat has upped the ante again by introducing another Facebook app called CiteMe
. Using CiteMe, Facebook users can look up any item in WorldCat (there's over 1 billion of 'em) and get its properly-formatted citation (choose from APA, Chicago, Harvard, MLA, or Turabian styles) instantly. For more than a few citations, you can still build a bibliography of any size in your favorite style, directly on the WorldCat site
The continuity I have in mind has to do with the nature of information itself or, to put it differently, the inherent instability of texts. In place of the long-term view of technological transformations, which underlies the common notion that we have just entered a new era, the information age, I want to argue that every age was an age of information, each in its own way, and that information has always been unstable. Let's begin with the Internet and work backward in time.The Library in the New Age
by Robert Darnton, historian and Director of the Harvard Library. A wide-ranging overview of the status of libraries in the modern world, touching on such subjects as: journalist poker games, French people liking the smell of books, bibliography at Google, news dissemination in the 18th Century, book piracy and the different texts of Shakespeare. Some responses: Defending the Library of Google
, The Future in the Past
and Librarians Need a Better Apologetic
We're all used to animal cams at the zoo
. You can watch animals in the wild
or in captivity
. But how about a live animal cam at...the library
Los Angeles libraries offer video games to kids
- Yes, they play Guitar Hero in the library these days. Over half of the LA public libraries are offering video game nights to encourage kids to visit libraries. Also, this Friday is 'gaming @ the library day
', part of the effort to get children more comfortable at the library.
The Library of Congress has unveiled a baseball history section
on their website. You can see old baesball cards
, panoramic shots
, a section for teachers
and, coolest of all, a video of a baseball game shot by Thomas Edison in 1898
The University of South Carolina recently completed an ambitious survey
of all medieval texts in the state for an exhibit at the university library. All the works were scanned and archived electronically. However, not only can you view
the texts online, you can hear the university's chorus sing
(MP3) the musical manuscripts. [more inside]
"Hendon's library's opening hours have been cut,
a cafe has taken the place of part of the fiction section
, and a computer learning zone has replaced the periodicals room. When I complained, a local councillor wrote back to say that he did not feel that the cut in opening hours was a great hardship for anyone."
The Guardian writes on the long slow death
Brilliant bookshelves by color.
What's that? You can't find The Scarlet Letter
? Did you look under lipstick red? [more inside]
The Pritzker Military Library
, a "public institution for the study of the citizen-soldier as an essential element for the preservation of democracy." Found while doing some after-film research on Charlie Wilson's War
, the site is a trove of largely non-partisan, often refreshingly candid military perspectives. Particular highlights are video and audio interviews with Jim Lovell
and Congressional Medal of Honor
Housing, preserving, and providing access to these small-scale, homemade
rags that document some corner of [often do-it-yourself and punk rock]
culture, zine archives can be found via independently operated centers in Georgia (physical library in construction), New Orleans (myspace link, www address out-of-commission), Florida
Denver, Cambridge, Olympia, Chicago, Seattle
and... [more inside]
An obscure 1911 British law requires a copy of every published book, journal, newspaper, patent, sound recording, magazine etc.. to be permanently archived in at least one of five libraries around the country. The British Library has the most complete collection and is currently adding about 12.5km of new shelf space a year of mostly unheard of and unwanted stuff. A new state-of-the-art warehouse
is being constructed with 262 linear kilometers of high-density, fully automated storage in a low-oxygen temperature controlled environment. It is not a library, it is a warehouse for "things that no one wants." BLDG Blog ponders
on what it all means.
So, whatcha readin? The
John Ashcroft Alberto Gonzales
Michael Mukasey Book Club wants to discuss your latest reads. Amazon
thinks it's none of their business. So does your librarian
. While it may seem that your reading list is safe, fact is you're actually just one National Security Letter or subpoena away from full disclosure. Want to change that? One step in the right direction would be to contact your Senator about getting S.2088
out of Committee and on to the floor. Oh, and tell them to vote for it. And then to override the veto.
Why do we like, have to like, read so much
in school? Why can't there be like, a library with only like, books with like, not a lot of pages? Lazy Library
, for those with short attention spans, tight schedules, or a report due tomorrow.
Future Reading. Anthony Grafton
explores what we can learn about the future of the text from the history of libraries, publishers, and the sorting of books. [more inside]
A sample of the Cleveland Public Library
's collection of movie bookmarks, on Flickr. The bookmarks
were designed starting in 1926 to promote Hollywood feature films of the day as well as the Library's vast collection of print materials, which many of those films were based on. Mutiny on the Bounty
. Silver Dollar
. Last of the Mohicans
School libraries are wasting away,
unused by children
by headteachers, according to research
which found that pupils borrow on average only one library book a term.
Digitized Book of the Week.
An eclectic collection of works digitized from the Library
of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. They include books and serials from its collections that focus on Illinois history
, and natural
resources; rural life
; railroad history and engineering
; and works in translation
. A project
UCLA releases the results of an independent investigation
into an incident where a UCLAPD officer repeatedly tasered a passively resisting student (previously
on MetaFilter). The investigation found that the officer violated UCLA's use of force policies. Furthermore, it found that these policies are "unduly permissive" and that "the UCLAPD policy stands alone in its legitimization of the Taser as a pain compliance device against passive resisters." An internal investigation by UCLAPD previously determined that there was no violation.
The British Library
is posting the Diary of Dr. Saad Eskander
, the courageous director of the Iraq National Library and Archive
. His entries "detail the daily hurdles of keeping Iraq’s central library open, preserving the surviving archives and, oh yes, staying alive."
The Prelinger Library
is a small privately owned "public library" in San Francisco with the unique philosophy
that browsing library stacks can reveal new knowledge, if the books are arranged for browsing. This is counter to most public libraries who rely on computer terminal searching, databases and the Dewey Decimal system to atomize books and subjects, with stack browsing a sort of random after effect, and in some places--like the Library of Congress--normally not even allowed. Now a (real) public library in Arizona has joined the revolution
and claims to be the first public library in the nation to drop the Dewey Decimal system. Instead, books will be shelved by topic, similar to the way bookstores arrange books. The demise of the century-old Dewey Decimal system is overdue, county librarians say: "People think of books by subject. Very few people say, 'Oh, I know Dewey by heart.' "
What they didn't teach us in library school.
An article written by a former public librarian in Salt Lake City, concerning the dilemmas of dealing with the homeless. [via alternet
New York University's Tamiment Library,
one of the world's foremost centers of learning on labour history and the Left, has been given the archives of the Communist Party USA. (alternate non-NYT link)
The donation includes 20,000 books, journals and pamphlets and a million photographs from The Daily Worker’s
archives. Highlights include the original, hand-written will
of Joe Hill
IntraText Digital Library
- a few thousand texts in English
and many other languages
in a heavily hyperlinked concordance format.
Ever wondered what Art Garfunkel does when he's not walking across one continent
? No? Well he'd like to tell you anyway. He reads. A lot.
Fairfax County Public Library system ditches the classics. If titles remain untouched for two years, they may be discarded--permanently. "We're being very ruthless," boasts library director Sam Clay.... Books by Charlotte Brontë, William Faulkner, Thomas Hardy, Marcel Proust and Alexander Solzhenitsyn have recently been pulled.
"Learn me to read, book lady.... Please if you learn me, I won't be lonesome any more. I broke my back last year. It wan't mended yet.
" A look at WPA Travelling Libraries
. See also: Free traveling libraries
(Wisconsin), Lighthouse libraries
(Coastal U.S.), Blue Trunk Medical Libraries
(Africa), Bus Libraries
(China), a few miscellaneous mobile libraries
, and this one from the 16th Century
. And yes, there's some YouTube
A Nazi Christmas
Since its most ancient days, the Christmas holiday has been continually reshaped to serve commercial, social, and political ends. These Nazi-era Christmas materials, including an Advent calendar
and an essay
on how to turn Christian holidays into National Socialist ones, come from the German Propaganda Archive
of the Calvin College library. Of course, the Allies also enlisted Christmas in both pop culture and propaganda with cards
, and posters
Muslim UCLA student tasered for not having ID "It was beyond grotesque," said UCLA graduate David Remesnitsky of Los Angeles, who witnessed the incident. "By the end they took him over the stairs, lifted him up and Tasered him on his rear end. It seemed like it was inappropriately placed. The Tasering was so unnecessary and they just kept doing it."
Some additional coverage.
Patriot act craziness or simple police overreaction?
Grandma, we only need you to fill it up to this line. Levy County
, Florida, in the Good Old US of A is requiring drug tests of its library volunteers
, most of whom are between 60 and 85 years of age.
“It’s not like we are a high-risk group for coming in drunk or high or stoned or whatever.”
This has, of course, put a dent in their volunteer pool
(scroll down to "Municipalities"). Moody said that when the county signed the contract with First Lab to provide drug-testing a year ago, urine samples were the only means considered.
"We didn't know that there were other options," Moody said.
100+ authoritative research sources that are available online.
Various topics, real info. Think of it as a kind of do-it-yourself AskMe, or you know, a research library.(via Making Light)
Red-Hot and Filthy Library Smut.
Scanned photos of the insides of some of the world's hottest, youngest and dirtiest libraries. Some of the best from the book by Candida Hofer
Free archives of over 11,000 old radio shows, get your Jack Benny fix here ! Yeah, they use RealPlayer, but it's still pretty cool.
mother takes him to see a pakeha township for the first time. One of many
books available from the International Children's Digital Library.
The U.S. Naval Observatory Library
features high-res scans
from antique books dealing with astronomy
and navigation. Wallpapers
Much like synchronized swimming
or a standard drill team
, a book cart
drill team requires coordination and panache and is complicated enough to warrant its own manual
. This year at the 2006 American Library Association Annual Conference
in New Orleans, the winners of the “golden cart” in the Second Annual Book Cart Drill Team Competition were the city’s very own Tulane University “Booked on New Orleans”
, (YouTube video, no sound) who had only started rehearsing 6 weeks prior
and had practiced in the formerly flooded basement
of the library.
The Digital Library of Appalachia
presents an online collection of music files, images, literature, and scanned documents supplied by twelve regional college libraries.