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.
posted by stbalbach
on Dec 4, 2007 -
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.
posted by Toekneesan
on Nov 28, 2007 -
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.
posted by Rykey
on Nov 1, 2007 -
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.
posted by grouse
on Aug 6, 2007 -
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.' "
posted by stbalbach
on Jun 10, 2007 -
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.
posted by caddis
on Jan 4, 2007 -
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
posted by Miko
on Nov 29, 2006 -
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?
posted by cgs
on Nov 16, 2006 -
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.
posted by iurodivii
on Nov 12, 2006 -
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.
posted by lobstah
on Aug 14, 2006 -
mother takes him to see a pakeha township for the first time. One of many
books available from the International Children's Digital Library.
posted by tellurian
on Aug 3, 2006 -
"...this clip of a Japanese show called Gaki No Tsukai stands out not for what it includes, but for what it lacks - talking and screaming. It takes place in a studio made up like a library, with the participants (including Kickboxing champion Ernesto Hoost) stifling their laughter, screams of pain and retching noises, just like any student did in their own junior high school library." [youtube video, text shamelessly lifted from wfmu]
posted by Armitage Shanks
on May 18, 2006 -
In the year 2525 if man is still alive, future generations will be able to consult this
book or type a request into their DIY UNIT™ and reproduce the effect of wood or marble
posted by tellurian
on Feb 2, 2006 -
30,000 photos in the online archive of the Tibetan and Himalayan Digital Library,
a non-profit initiative
from the University of Virginia, offering a large database of texts, audio, video, images, maps, bibliographies, journals, links and other resources for Himalayan studies.
posted by funambulist
on Oct 7, 2005 -
Rules For the Library
- Satirical relief for those who suffer or have suffered under an oppressive, Orwellian library atmosphere:
1) There will be absolutely no reading of any kind in the library.
2) No breathing in the library.
3) No walking or moving in the library.
posted by nervestaple
on Apr 26, 2005 -