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Modern Public Libraries Can Help Bridge the Digital Divide

Topic: Libraries Yet the digital revolution has proved not to be the demise of libraries, but their rebirth — and today, they are more relevant than ever to the people and communities they serve. Many patrons come to us as generations before them did, in search of good books and helpful research materials. Show More Summary

Arthur Russell archive acquired by NY Public Library

The NYPL plans on digitizing unearthed tapes, photos and more, and making it available to the public. Continue reading…

Arthur Russell Archives Acquired by New York Public Library

The late Arthur Russell's archives have been obtained by the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, as The New York Times reports. The archives contain letters, photographs, unreleased recorded material contained on cassette tapes, VHS, reel, DATs, and Beta, and more. Show More Summary

Children’s Book Illustrations from British Library

As part of the huge trove of public domain images being posted on Flicker — which I reported in 2013 — the British Library has assemble a large collection of children’s book illustrations. As is often the case with these kinds of large scale image resources, best results come from a bit of patience and […]

The Art of the Matter | Library by Design, Spring 2016

Why does art in libraries matter? Erinn Batykefer of the Library as Incubator Project (and a 2014 LJ Mover & Shaker) cites public art’s role in promoting creativity. “Visible art in the library space, whether through gallery shows, public...Show More Summary

Dispatches from PLA 2016: Beyond Bilingual Storytime and ESL

In this Extraordinary session at the 2016 PLA conference, presenters Ady Huertas (San Diego Public Library), Simone Groene-Nieto (Denver Public Library) and Zoe Jarocki (San Diego State University Library) offered eager attendees their advice, experience, and expertise on how libraries can best serve underserved Spanish-speaking communities. Show More Summary

Barbie Girl in a Barbie World

The Barbie Doll House Spectre 1979 Submitter: This book was in the craft section of my local public library. Maybe not the worst book, but not the greatest either. There were few photos and most of the furniture designs felt dated. Overall, it was less than inspiring. Holly: This book has woodworking projects for adults […]

You Can Now Have Hundreds of Famous Artworks in Your Home

Works by van Gogh, Cèzanne, Rembrandt, Monet, Manet, and more are at your fingertips thanks to Electric Objects' new deal with The Getty, The National Gallery of Art, LACMA, The Rijksmuseum, and The New York Public Library.

How The Medical Cadaver Finally Got the Respect it Deserves

The 16th century anatomist Andreas Vesalius. (Photo: Boston Public Library/CC BY 2.0) Dead bodies are taboo. Rituals and rites regarding them differ from one religion and culture to the next, but in general, interacting with the dead outside of funerals is seen as social suicide. Show More Summary

Prankster Leaves Weird Motivational Posters in a Store

2 days agoHumor / odd : Neatorama

Obvious Plant is the ongoing pranking project by Jeff Wysaski. He creates high-quality looking products that are slightly twisted in public venues, like an IKEA store, a library, and a bookstore. For his latest prank, Wysaski made framed motivational posters, similar to those commonly used to decorate corporate offices cheaply and inoffensively. Show More Summary

28 Artists Are Painting the Walls of Koreatown Schools

Muralists from around the world, including Shepard Fairey, are honoring Robert F. Kennedy at the site of his assassination Fresh off a pretty slick redesign of the LA Public Library card, prolific street artist Shepard Fairey is now working on a 40-foot tall mural of Robert F. Show More Summary

Engaged and Inclusive – Dispatches from PLA 2016

One of the panels on my must-attend list at PLA was “Engaged and Inclusive: Institutional Approaches to Racial Equity and Social Justice” presented by Sarah Lawton, of the Madison Public Library, and Tariq Saqqaf of the City of Madison (Wisconsin), Office of the Mayor. Show More Summary

Listening to Archived Sounds Amid the Stacks at the New York Public Library

5 days agoArts : Hyperallergic

Up on the second floor of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, you might hear the rising notes of opera faintly ringing from a card catalogue, or see people wearing headphones at the ends of the sheet music aisles.

Dream. Explore. Experiment. | Office Hours

Not bound by rules. Changing daily. Filled with life, sound, art, and inspiration. A vision of the public library woven with experience, involvement, empowerment, and a healthy dose of true innovation brought gasps of joy, a few tears, and much more to a standing room only crowd at the Public Library Association conference in Denver. Show More Summary

City Hall Insists Nothing's Fishy About $52 Million Library-To-Luxury Condo Deal

Late last year Hudson Companies won approval for its controversial bid to demolish the aging and low-ceilinged Brooklyn Heights branch of the Brooklyn Public Library and replace it with a 36-story luxury condominium. Now the Post is reporting that federal prosecutors are investigating the bidding process that resulted in the $52 million project. [ more › ]

City Talk with Catie Marron

A former investment banker, the chairman of the board of directors of Friends of the High Line, a trustee of the New York Public Library, the editor of the acclaimed book City Parks: Public Places, Private Thoughts, and a contributing...Show More Summary

Noam Chomsky Reveals The Hypocrisies of Capitalism in the Financial Capital of the World

Chomsky spoke at the New York Public Library last month about why the financial financial sector is basically tax-funded. Noam Chomsky and Yanis Varoufakis spoke at the New York Public Library about the hypocrisies of the finance and tech industries - and what neoliberalism really means. Show More Summary

Library People News: Hires, Promotions, Retirements, and Obituaries

Ivan Gaetz to be Dean of University of Wyoming Libraries, Laramie; Marilynne Robinson to receive Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction; Inga Waite appointed Director, Monterey Public Library, CA; and more new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the May 1, 2016 issue of Library Journal.

“Classified Legislation: Tracking Congress’s Library of Secret Law”

Dakota Rudesill: Most citizens assume that all of the law Congress writes is public. That is not, in fact, true. Our general norm of publishing law has a significant and largely overlooked legislative exception: classified addenda associated with three annual … Continue reading ?

It’s Not Fine to Not Pay Your Fine

Use of public resources is based on the premise of sharing. Like public parks and pools, public libraries have rules to ensure equal access. When a patron checks out a book, they must return it within a specified amount of time so other members of the public can access it. Show More Summary

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