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What Met musicians do when Peter Gelb’s not looking

They give a free concert – today, at 4pm.   Members of the MET Orchestra will be joined by Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer at The New York Public Library’s Harry Belafonte Branch to perform a “Musical Read-Aloud!” Robert Miller, husband of MET Orchestra violinist Elena Barere (pictured above), has composed an original score to […]

Public library's card catalog and books linked by scent

yesterdayHumor / odd : Boing Boing

In 1974, Upper Arlington, Ohio public library launched a program to link their card catalog and shelved books by odor. The project was called: "Stick Your Nose in the Card Catalog." From Weird Universe: The idea was that the card in the catalog would have a scent, and then the book on the shelf would have a matching scent. Show More Summary

Mile High | ALA Midwinter Preview 2018

The American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting returns to Denver, February 9–12, at the Colorado Convention Center. While the later-than-usual timing pushes the conference closer to March’s Public Library Association (PLA) biennial gathering, a potential bottleneck for some, Midwinter offers plenty of compelling content to pull librarians to the Mile High City.

Trump Advocates For Public Service On MLK Day, But Spends It At Mar-A-Lago Resort

yesterdayNews : The Two-Way

Past presidents have honored the civil rights leader's birthday by helping out at libraries or homeless shelters but Preisdent Trump chose to spend the day at his Florida resort.

Branching Out, December 2017

Openings abound: new Archives and Research Center (ARC) addition Texas State University, San Marcos's STAR Park; revamped Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in NY; renovated Shippensburg Public Library, PA; and more new construction and renovation news from the December 2017 issue of Library Journal.

Hockey Time

Make the Team in Ice Hockey Gitler 1972 Hockey materials is almost a requirement for public libraries (at least in this neck of the woods).  They circ well and instruction books like this are often hot items for both the players and adult coaches. This particular book, though, is so dated that it probably should […] The post Hockey Time appeared first on Awful Library Books.

State offering job, education resources at some libraries

The Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet has launched pilot programs in three counties that will offer public services at libraries. In each of the three programs in Kenton, Laurel … Click to Continue »

CA Mudslide Info

Topic: Libraries Public Libraries The Altadena CA Library has a page of useful resources for mudslide information and assistance here.

January 2018 Issue of Governance and Recordkeeping Around the World

The Governance and Recordkeeping Around the World newsletter, published by Library and Archives Canada (LAC), highlights issues pertaining to government and recordkeeping practices in the public and private sectors around the world.The January 2018 issue has just been published. Show More Summary

Nigerian Public Libraries Helping Job Seekers

More than 100 people received employment and keyed in into business opportunities recently through the help of Nigerian public libraries who had participated in the Beyond Access/IREX project in Nigeria.

Harvard endowment's Gupta named CIO of New York Public Library

Geetanjali Gupta, a senior vice president at Harvard University’s endowment, was named chief investment officer of the New York Public Library. Gupta will manage the public library’s... To view the full story, click the title link.

When Churches Become Self-Serving

Years ago I heard someone state, “Libraries aren’t made for the public, they’re made for librarians.” While some might object to that notion, there is a grain of truth, particularly in terms of the organization of the facilities, which often leaves those of us who haven’t memorized the Library of Congress classification system or the […]

Bard and Brooklyn Public Library Partner for Microcollege

Bard College, a private liberal arts college in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, and Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) have partnered to launch a “microcollege”—an innovative undergraduate program for nontraditional students—at BPL’s Central Library in Prospect Heights. Show More Summary

What The Resistance Can Learn From The Campaign To Save The New York Public Library

"In September, with no shortage of Trumpian Goliaths rising up to threaten ever more of the institutions we rely on, we checked back in with a number of the activists whose work [Scott Sherman's book Patience and Fortitude] documents. How, we asked, does the movement to save the NYPL look with a few years' hindsight? […]

The story of how sf writer and editor Judith Merril founded Toronto's astounding sf reference library and changed the city

last weekHumor / odd : Boing Boing

My middle-school used to take us on field trips to the Spaced Out Library, the Toronto Public Library's science fiction reference collection founded by legendary author, critic, editor and activist Judith Merril, who emigrated to Canada after witnessing the police brutality at the 1968 Chicago Democratic National Convention. (more…)

A cultural oasis in the besieged Gaza Strip: Support the ‘Edward Said Public Library

Those of us denouncing the decade-long siege on the Gaza Strip can help alleviate its impact, even as we continue to organize to bring an end to it.  One way we can do this is by supporting the Edward Said Public Library, an oasis of escape, creativity, and cheerfulness in an otherwise gloomy environment.

January/February 2018 Issue of AALL Spectrum

The January/February 2018 issue of AALL Spectrum is now available online. It is the monthly publication of the American Association of Law Libraries.Among the feature articles are: Securing Professional Development: Getting to Yes The...Show More Summary

First Trailer for Public Library Drama 'The Public' with Emilio Estevez

"We're a public library, we're not a shelter for the homeless." The first trailer has debuted for the latest film written & directed by Emilio Estevez (where has he been all this time?) titled The Public, which is a reference to a public library in Cincinnati. Show More Summary

How Public Libraries Are Graduating Adults: Caps, Gowns & Bright Futures

Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, 2PM-3PM ET / 11AM-12PM PT As one of our nation’s most trusted educational institutions, public libraries already support adult literacy, GED preparation, and workforce development. But what if your library could actually produce high school graduates? It can – with Career Online High School from Gale. Register Now!

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