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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

Is this the place where I ask questions I can't get answers to?

The New York Public Library's Instagram feed (as discussed previously for its #ReviewsOnTues feature) is now serializing the librarians' latest find:
We found an old recipe box while cleaning out a desk, and it was labeled "Interesting Reference Questions," the contents of which ranged from total stumpers to funny mispronunciations.
[more inside]
posted by Etrigan on Dec 25, 2014 - 43 comments

Library cats

Edinburgh University give library card to a cat. Library cats on Wikipedia. More and more library cats.
posted by yoHighness on Dec 13, 2014 - 41 comments

"Without books the world would be empty, like a bucket without water."

In this interview the splendid eight-year-old Madison makes it clear that she really loves books and the new Little Free Libraries that are in her Cleveland neighborhood of Fairfax. A Little Free Library [previous and ly] is a small, sturdy box full of books that local communities take are of all over the world. The non-profit organization behind it received the 2014 Innovation in Reading Award from the National Book Foundation.
posted by Kattullus on Nov 28, 2014 - 43 comments

Library Hack

Library Hack: the results of an open data competition [more inside]
posted by aniola on Oct 30, 2014 - 2 comments

Germany's 2014 Africa Prize for rescuing Timbuktu manuscripts

Abdel Kader Haidara awarded Germany's 2014 Africa Prize for rescuing Timbuktu manuscripts. Under his direction centuries' worth of texts were smuggled out when the city was taken by book-burning religious conservatives in 2012. The collection is currently in Mali's capital Bamako where it is being preserved and digitized. More text, slideshow, video, previously previously previously [more inside]
posted by XMLicious on Oct 6, 2014 - 18 comments

(watch very closely for removal of this title)

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

ICI FINIT LA CVLTVRE ALLEMANDE

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 MUSTIE TUIE

    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

    [spoon icon] [glass of milk icon] [ Ovaltine jar icon]

    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

    Papyralysis

    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

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