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Last chance to see 'Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination at the British Library'

8 hours agoArts : Artdaily

Now in its final weeks, Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination explores Gothic culture?s roots in British literature and celebrates 250 years since the publication of the first Gothic novel. Alongside the manuscripts of classic novels...Show More Summary

Difficult questions posed to the NYPL reference desks before the net

13 hours agoOdd : Boing Boing

In the New York Public Library's Instagram account, Information Architect Morgan Holzer is posting images of 3x5 cards pulled from a shoebox collecting 50 years' worth of weird questions that were posed to the system's reference desks, which were strange and notable enough to warrant addition to the collection. Read the rest

The Productivity of Working Hours

John Pencavel, "The Productivity of Working Hours" forthcoming in The Economic Journal. (Online version, before publication in an issue, is now available for those with subscription or library access)ABSTRACT: Observations on munition workers, most of them women, are organised to examine the relationship between their output and their working hours. Show More Summary

The Weirdest Questions People Asked Librarians Before Google

"Do mice throw up?" and "Any statistics on the lifespan of the abandoned woman?" are some of the less strange questions that librarians at the New York Public Library have been writing down for decades. If you're wondering if people asked about sex, the answer is "yes, absolutely." Read more...

The history of photo sharing explored in new library exhibition highlighting the social side of photography

3 days agoArts : Artdaily

That?s the theme of The New York Public Library?s new exhibition Public Eye: 175 Years of Sharing Photography, now on view at the Library?s landmark Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. The free show?displayed...Show More Summary

New York Public Library’s Newly Discovered Collection of Quirky Vintage Reference Questions

3 days agoOdd : Laughing Squid

Staff at the New York Public Library recently found a recipe box containing a collection of interesting reference questions posed to librarians from the 1940s through the ’80s. People came to the library for reference, but also for info on buying and selling, looking for inspiration, crafty project ideas, and even to find photos. In […]

The Obama Library May Be a City-Wide Piece of Public Infrastructure

3 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Presidential libraries preserve archives and promote scholarship—but beyond that, they're marble-clad information tombs, quiet and somber and only remarkable for the architectural value of their designs. Obama is the first president who may change that. Read more...

The Books We Loved in 2014

Each year, millions of books make their way through The New York Public Library system. With so many books to choose from, it would seem an impossible task for our librarians to select their favorites. But, shockingly, it wasn't nearly as difficult as we thought! Below are the favorite books NYPL staff read in 2014. Show More Summary

The Books We Loved in 2014

Each year, millions of books make their way through The New York Public Library system. With so many books to choose from, it would seem an impossible task for our librarians to select their favorites. But, shockingly, it wasn't nearly as difficult as we thought! Below are the favorite books NYPL staff read in 2014. Show More Summary

Chicago Public Library Names Its Favorite Books Of 2014

Snuggle up over the holidays with on of these nationally-acclaimed great reads officially recommended by the CPL. [ more › ]

Season of giving: LA Makerspace teams up with LA Public Libraries, raises funds to boost STEAM education

Los Angeles has more STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) jobs – nearly 800,000 – than any other city in the nation. But the region’s schools are failing badly at preparing students for these opportunities. An abysmal 10 percent of LAUSD 8th graders test proficient in science and 18 percent proficient in math. Show More Summary

Before Google, Here's What New Yorkers Asked The NYPL

Recently some folks at the New York Public Library discovered a box containing old reference questions from the 1940s to 1980s. They'll be posting the questions to their Instagram account on Mondays (starting today), but have sharedShow More Summary

Jane Austen-Inspired Recommendations: INFOGRAPHIC

4 days agoMedia / Publishing : GalleyCat

The Austin Public Library has created an infographic called “Jane Austen with a Twist.” This flowchart, which honors Austen’s 239th birthday, features 23 recommendations for books inspired by the stories of Jane Austen. We’ve embedded the entire graphic after the jump for you to explore further. (via BookRiot.com) (more…) New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media.

Librarians! What Are We Hiding?

I've worked behind the circulation desk of my local public library for 15 years and I love my job. But that job has gone through plenty of changes. When I began, library work was all about the books. These days, while our patrons still...Show More Summary

A Year in Reading: Jean Hanff Korelitz

According to the elves at Goodreads, I’ve read 70 books so far this year, a feat made possible by the fact that I finally figured out how to get New York Public Library audiobooks onto my iPhone.

Ibuprofen leads to extended lifespan, study shows

COLLEGE STATION -- Regular doses of ibuprofen extended the lifespan of multiple species, according to research published in Public Library of Science-Genetics. "We first used baker's yeast, which is an established aging model, and noticed that the yeast treated with ibuprofen lived longer," said Dr. Show More Summary

In Fight to Stay Relevant, UK Libraries Look to Coffee Shops

This year the UK’s Department for Culture, Media, and Sport commissioned a study called “The Independent Library Report for England.” The study’s findings have been made public and as the Telegraph reports, libraries may start looking to coffee shops’s examples, by offering coffee and Wifi, to continue serving the public. Libraries must shed their old-fashioned […]

Librarians Are Continuing To Defend Open Access To The Web As A Public Service

last weekIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Librarians have built up quite a reputation for activism in all the right ways. Whether taking a stand against DRM, expanding libraries' catalogs to include new digital media and art, or embracing indie authors, librarians come off as much more of a hip crowd than you might expect. Show More Summary

Neil Gaiman Reads A Christmas Carol

Last year, author Neil Gaiman celebrated the holiday season by reading A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens to an audience at The New York Public Library. Follow this link to listen to the reading. (via Open Culture) New Career Opportunities Daily: The best jobs in media.

NYPL Develops Holiday Book List Generator

Having a hard time picking a book to enjoy during your holiday down time? The New York Public Library (NYPL) has developed a holiday book list generator. According to the NYPL Facebook page, the staff has created several book lists in...Show More Summary

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