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The world's oldest library gets a 21st century face lift

Topic: Libraries "We were always discovering things as we were ripping out walls," she says. One standout discovery for her was a hidden room that had a 12th century cupola made with intricate lattice wood. "It was this extremely refined and unusual type of roof that was hidden away," she recalls. Show More Summary

Librarians Stand Again Against FBI Overreach

Topic: Librarians "The Connecticut Four" libarians who fought FBI "national security letters" seeking information on patrons and compelling librarians' silence on the demands are speaking out again. Fresh efforts are afoot in the U.S. Show More Summary

Don't Call Me Baby, Sweetie or Cupcake!

Topic: Libraries I’ve worked at my local public library long enough to be on a first-name basis with many of our patrons. And the rest greet me with the courtesy and respect that, as a trained professional, not to mention a woman over 50, I deserve. Except for when they don’t. Show More Summary

A Nonfiction Literary Map Of The United States

Topic: Books And what better way to do that than by reading? While Welty was referencing the importance of place in fiction, there is little doubt that its importance in nonfiction is similarly essential. The very best writing aboutShow More Summary

Australian library releases free, remixable webcomics maker

Topic: Libraries "Libraries aren't there to enforce a curriculum: they exist for the whole community to learn and create on their own terms. That's what makes this comic maker project special: it's meant to open the doorway to an understanding...Show More Summary

Report on Inefficiencies and Ineffectiveness in the Canadian Criminal Justice System

The Ottawa-based Macdonald-Laurier Institute released a comprehensive review of Canada's criminal justice system earlier this week.Entitled Justice on Trial: Inefficiencies and ineffectiveness in the Canadian criminal justice system,...Show More Summary

Academic Ebook Sales Flat, Preference for E-Reference Up

Academic libraries continue to add to their ebook collections, but while ebooks are becoming the preferred format for reference materials, many students still prefer to read and study monographs and textbooks in print, according to “Ebook Usage in U.S. Academic Libraries 2016,” a survey conducted by Library Journal and sponsored by Gale Cengage Learning.

What Can You Read if you're Incarcerated in a Texas Prison?

Topic: Prison Libraries If you're one of the more than 140,000 people doing time in a Texas state prison, you're not allowed to read books by Bob Dole, Harriet Beecher Stowe or Sojourner Truth. But you're more than welcome to dig into...Show More Summary

Windows on Boston | New Landmark Libraries 2016

The transformation is evident even before visitors enter. Moving down Boylston Street from Copley Square, past the side of the historic McKim Building, the façade of the Boston Public Library (BPL) no longer resembles a bunker. The massive granite slabs that once obscured the entrance are now embedded in the pavement. Show More Summary

Video Archivist Makes Scientific History

At her core, LJ Mover & Shaker Ludmila (Mila) Pollock is an archivist. As the executive director, library and archives at the Genentech Center for the History of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, she has been at the forefront of preserving the annals of scientific breakthroughs—through the stories of the people who made them.

The Future of Learning | Designing the Future

“We have to focus on a deeper understanding of the relational nature of learning” says Brigid Barron, associate professor at the school of education at California’s Stanford University. A faculty colead of the Learning in Informal and...Show More Summary

Predicting the Unpredictable | Designing the Future

The modern library movement began in 1876, a year that saw the birth of both the American Library Association (ALA) and Library Journal (LJ). The January 1, 1976, issue of LJ celebrated that centennial. Under the title “The Need To Know,”...Show More Summary

The Future of Connection | Designing the Future

In the next five to ten years, says Susan Shaheen, codirector of the Institute of Transportation Studies’ Transportation Sustainability Research Center, “advanced technologies and big data will enable us to better understand and manage our transportation ecosystems,” particularly automation and car- and ride-sharing tech. Show More Summary

Six words added to Oxford English Dictionary to celebrate Roald Dahl’s 100th Birthday Anniversary

Topic: Authors oald Dahl, who was a British novelist, short story writer, poet, screenwriter and fighter pilot, remembered for his witty, beautifully written children’s books, the author having created some of our most beloved fictional...Show More Summary

THE WIRED LIBRARY | How to Keep Your Library’s Facebook Page from Getting Hacked: A PLA Podcast Transcript

Editor’s note: Our regular columnist, Dilnavaz Mirza Sharma, will be back in the next issue with a new The Wired Library column. For this issue, we chose to share a partial transcript of a podcast we recorded live at the PLA 2016 conference. Visit http://publiclibrariesonline.org/category/media to listen to this podcast in its entirety. Thank you […]

FEATURE | Prescriptions for Joy: Librarians, Collections, and Bibliotherapy in Pediatric Hospital Settings

How many of the millions of children hospitalized each year in the United States have access to book collections during their hospital stays? How many are offered treatment plans that include bibliotherapy? Public libraries have a responsibility...Show More Summary

Not Everything with Books is a Library

If you closely follow library stories across the world you may have come across this heartwarming one: A small rural public school's largely abandoned library in Las Plumas County, California, was so outdated that it was unusable. AShow More Summary

Canadian Association of Law Libraries Webinar on Reducing Stress Through Play

The Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL) is organizing a webinar called Play to Reduce Stress and Increase Cognition on October 13, 2016 from 1 to 2:30PM Eastern: "Law schools and law firms are stressful environments which can lead individuals to feel overwhelmed, anxious or depressed, potentially resulting in destructive behaviour. Show More Summary

Supreme Court of Canada Hearings Calendar for October 2016

The Supreme Court of Canada has published its calendar of appeal hearings for October 2016. To find out more about any particular case, the Court's website has a section that allows users to find docket information, case summaries as well as facta from the parties. All you need to do is click on a case name.

Pop-Up Perfection: Staging a Pop-Up Library

It goes without saying that the key word in public libraries is “public.” Every day in a hundred different ways public libraries provide an endless variety of services and entertainment to every member of the community who comes through our doors. Yet the question remains how do we make nonusers aware of what we can offer them?

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