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Articles about libraries, archives, books and publishing. Innovation, new technology, librarianship, archivists, current issues, records preservation, history of libraries. Non-technical articles from many sources.

 

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12 Reasons to Stop What You’re Doing and Read a Book

David Foster Wallace argues that a liberal arts education, the foundation of which requires reading a lot of literature, makes you a kinder, more empathetic person. When you read, you replace your own life with someone else’s. That is an act of empathy, and empathy is the cornerstone of human connection. (and 11 more reasons)

Julie Buntin, Cosmopolitan 2014

Keepers of the Secrets

I was told that the most interesting man in the world works in the archives division of the New York Public Library, and so I went there.

James Somers, Village Voice 2017

24 Most Controversial Books of All Time

Drawing on data bout book challenges and book bans collected by the American Library Association and other organizations, this site lists the 24 most feared books.

Nicholas Politan, Electric Lit 2016

How real books have trumped ebooks

The digital revolution was expected to kill traditional publishing. But print books are ever more beautifully designed and lovingly cherished

Alex Preston, Observer 2017

Everybody’s Library Questions: Copyright and advertisements

“Where can I find copyright information about illustrations from magazine ads (pre-1964)? Are illustrations in those ads in the public domain?”

John Mark Ockerbloom, Everybody’s Libraries 2019

Ordinary Syrians are risking their lives to protect their cultural heritage

The depth of Syria’s history is stunning. The country boasts some of the earliest writing and cities, including biblical Christian and Jewish sites that were still in use before the current war. Together with the NGO, Heritage for Peace, my colleagues and I wanted to tell the story of the Syrians protecting this heritage. We’ve reviewed hundreds of news articles and social media reports since the start of the conflict.

Omar Sanadiki, The Conversation 2016

Can Archivists Save the World’s Newest Nation?

Meet the archivists, folklorists, and curators fighting to preserve South Sudan’s history—and end its civil war.

Nina Strochlic, National Geographic 2016

Horse-Riding Librarians Were the Great Depression’s Bookmobiles

During the Great Depression, a New Deal program brought books to Kentuckians living in remote areas

Eliza McGraw, Smithsonian 2017

‘Badass Librarians’ Foil al Qaeda, Save Ancient Manuscripts

Scholars used donkey carts, boats, and teenage couriers to smuggle a priceless collection out of Timbuktu.

Simon Worrall, National Geographic, 2016

The Kindle Effect

Today, thanks to ebooks and Amazon (AMZN), self-publishing is a global phenomenon—an independent route intentionally chosen by more and more authors. Ebook self-publishing has become a $1 billion industry. But there’s a lot less “self ” in self-publishing these days. A burgeoning ecosystem of supporting services has sprung up to serve independent authors.

Jennifer Alsever, Fortune 2016

The Mysterious Ancient Origins of the Book

The debate about ebooks v paper books is nothing new. Keith Houston explains how a very similar debate raged as the first books came to be in ancient Rome.

Keith Houston, BBC Culture 2016

The Internet Archive, Trying to Encompass All Creation

The Internet Archive serves from two to three million visitors a day with such tools as the Wayback Machine, which provides snapshots of 435 billion Web pages saved over time. The archive has seven million texts (you could call them books), 2.1 million audio recordings, and 1.8 million videos. It is an immense library.

David Streitfeld, NY Times 2014

Rumors of the Demise of Books Greatly Exaggerated

Despite the abundance of digital diversions vying for their time and attention, most Americans are still reading books. In fact, they are consuming books at nearly the same rate that they were when Gallup last asked this question in 2002 — before smartphones, Facebook or Twitter became ubiquitous.

Art Swift and Steve Ander, Gallup 2017

The Crack Squad of Librarians Who Track Down Half-Forgotten Books

Reuniting stumped readers with the books from the edges of their memories.

Jessica Leigh Hester, Atlas Obscura 2018

What’s the oldest continuously operating library in the world? St. Catherine’s Monastery of Sinai

It’s also the second richest library on Earth (after the Vatican Library), due to the number and value of its books

Daniel Esparza, Aleteia 2016

The Secret Libraries of History

After news emerged about an underground reading room in Damascus, Fiona Macdonald discovers the places where writing has been hidden for centuries.

Fiona Macdonald, BBC Culture 2016

What Happened to America’s Most Precious Documents After Pearl Harbor?

Librarians and archivists made sure the nation’s records didn’t become casualties of World War II

Erin Blakemore, Smithsonian 2016

Why Libraries Are Everywhere in the Czech Republic

In the age of Amazon and the internet, the idea of going to a public library to borrow a book may seem ever more quaint and old-fashioned in many parts of the world, but one country, at least, is clinging to it tenaciously: the Czech Republic.

Hana de Goeij, NY Times 2016

A Parcel-Post Library System (1915)

How the State of Wisconsin furnishes books to homes where libraries are unknown

Fred L. Holmes, Review of Reviews and World’s Work 1915

Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming

A lecture explaining why using our imaginations, and providing for others to use theirs, is an obligation for all citizens

Neil Gaiman, The Guardian 2013

Microfilm Lasts Half a Millennium

Millions of publications—not to mention spy documents—can be read on microfilm machines. But people still see these devices as outmoded and unappealing. An Object Lesson.

Craig Saper, The Atlantic 2018

7 Gorgeous New Libraries Show Us The Future Of Book-Lending

These new and renovated community spaces were awarded AIA’s annual Library Building Award.

Maddie Crum, Huffpost 2016

A New Model for Preserving Presidential Records

Interview with the Archivist of the United States. First Q. Will there be an Obama Presidential Library like the other 13 presidential libraries administered by the National Archives? A. Not in the traditional sense …

David S. Ferriero, Organization of American Historians blog 2017

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American Bookmobiles: Connections and Conflict: An Interview with Derek Attig

You may think of bookmobiles as cheerful vehicles that bring information to those with little access, or more simply as buses that carry books to remote communities, or as a technology of the past. None of those ideas tell the full story of bookmobiles according to Derek Attig.

Cecily Garber, Ultimate History Project

Libraries are dying – but it’s not about the books

The internet stole the monopoly on knowledge but it can’t recreate a sense of place. Revival is possible

Simon Jenkins, The Guardian 2016

The Book Smugglers of Timbuktu by Charlie English review – how precious manuscripts were saved

In this exemplary work English not only tells a remarkable story and explores the meanings of the ‘African Eldorado’ but exposes a myth

William Dalrymple, The Guardian 2017

The Father of Modern Libraries Was a Serial Sexual Harasser

Melvil Dewey helped create a new profession for women—and harassed them at every step of the way.

Erin Blakemore, History 2019

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Torching the Modern-Day Library of Alexandria

“Somewhere at Google there is a database containing 25 million books and nobody is allowed to read them.”

James Somers, The Atlantic 2017

The Great Library Rescue of Timbuktu

Protecting one book is easy. Saving 377,000 fragile historic documents from gun-toting vandals hell-bent on erasing centuries of knowledge? That takes a different type of hero.

Joshua Hammer, Mental Floss Atavist 2016

Amid Civil War, South Sudan Fights to Save Its History With an Archive and Museum

Meet the archivists, folklorists, and curators fighting to preserve South Sudan’s history – and end its civil war.

Nina Strochlic, National Geographic 2016

As a Girl She Spent Time in the Library. Now She’s Giving It $20 Million

Merryl H. Tisch and her husband are giving $20 million to the New York Public Library to expand and strengthen its education programming, from early literacy classes to technology training. The gift will create a position for a director of education.

Kate Taylor, NY Times 2017

The Library of Last Resort

Whatever early progress the Library of Congress made on the internet has been squandered. In March 2015, an investigation by the Government Accountability Office painted a bleak picture of the LOC’s technological infrastructure, finding ‘significant weaknesses’ in strategic planning (there was no IT strategic plan); investment management and leadership (the Library did not have a Chief Information Officer from 2012 to late 2015).

Kyle Chayka, N + 1

How Libraries Became Public II

Here’s another interesting thing about the origins of American public libraries. We have women to thank for most of them

Barbara Fister, Inside Higher Ed 2017

BYU curators help digitize Scout archive

For years, anyone wanting to research the origins and history of Scouting needed to travel to the archive and work with the archivists. Thanks to a group of archiving experts from Brigham Young University, those documents are now available online on the BYU Harold B. Lee Library website.

Roger Layton, Daily Herald 2016

Centuries of New York History Prepare for a Move

Caked in dust and dating back to 1674, the written records of a growing city are headed to new homes, to be preserved and made accessible to researchers.

DIYHistory | Transcribe

Website for public participation in transcription of historical documents.

Univ of Iowa Libraries

Erasing history

When an online news outlet goes out of business, its archives can disappear as well. The new battle over journalism’s digital legacy.

Maria Bustillos, Columbia Journalism Review 2018

Syria’s Secret Library

Enthusiasts have stocked an underground library in Syria with volumes rescued from bombed buildings – and users dodge shells and bullets to reach it.

Mike Thomson, BBC News 2016

The Digi-Lab: Hands-on History

Why the DigiLab? Clients of our DigiLab benefit from a free, efficient means of generating high-quality digital images; in turn, we ask them to record basic metadata for the material they are scanning. We then create a Web copy of that material and make it available to everyone to discover and access via our website.

Melanie Brown and Karine Gelinas, Library and Archives Canada

Saving Electronic Records from Rot and Decay

Electronic files don’t last forever. An institutional archivist explains how she wrangles floppy disks and hard drives that preserve the history of the Getty

Lorain Wang, The Iris 2016

The Strange Affliction of ‘Library Anxiety’ and What Librarians Do to Help

Library anxiety is real. The phenomenon, which involves feeling intimidated, embarrassed, and overwhelmed by libraries and librarians, was first identified by Constance A. Mellon in 1986. She reported that college students in particular are prone to library anxiety because they believe their research skills are inadequate, which makes them feel ashamed and unwilling to talk to the very librarians who might be able to ease their worries.

Ella Morton, Atlas Obscura 2016

Trove: What’s New and What’s Coming

Here’s the list the latest titles they’ve released over the past couple of months, as well as those that are coming soon.

Alona Tester, Gould Genealogy & History 2017

Wisconsin goes live in DPLA!

Digital collections of Recollection Wisconsin’s partners across the state are now available in the Digital Public Library of America. Nearly 400,000 records representing photographs, books, maps, artifacts and other historical and cultural resources from 186 collections are now part of DPLA. School children, genealogists and scholars will be able to find unique materials from Wisconsin and about Wisconsin through DPLA’s website.

Recollection Wisconsin 2016

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