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“It’s Not Just a Job, It’s An Adventure”

Careers in the Navy Palladian 1977 Submitter: I have been going through my large local public library and finding lots of gems in their career sections. Holly: Now, I don’t know Submitter, but it sounds as if maybe they do not work at the library from whence this came. A patron, maybe? How embarrassing! Folks, […]

Darby Library Possibly Closing

The oldest public library in the United States, Darby Free Library outside Philadelphia, is in danger of closing. The library was founded in southeast Pennsylvania in 1743.

Texas Pastor Files Compliant to Remove 'Twilight' Series, 'Demonic' Books From Young Adult Section in Public Library

A pastor who oversees a Messianic Jewish congregation has filed a complaint with a Texas public library over books in the young adult section which he dubs "demonic."

Let Brooklyn Public Librarians Recommend Your Reading List

3 days agoArts : Hyperallergic

This month, the Brooklyn Public Library launched a free service for personalized recommendations from the people who know their books best — the librarians.

11 Clever Ways Cities Are Taking Advantage of Public Space

3 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

A garden skyscraper. A sidewalk library. A floating pool. A DIY bike park. These are some of the finalists in the Place By Design competition announced today by SXSW Eco, a new sustainability conference by the organizers of SXSW. Which one makes the greatest impact on a city? Read more...

Linkage: Razing NYC's Graffiti Haven; Touring London's Secret Libraries

Photo via Unique Homes · NYC's graffiti haven is days into demo. · 1920s mountain home wants $2.99M. · Philly's "ghost station" could make a comeback. · Failed public housing could be a key to St. Louis' future. · Sherman...

Linkage: Razing NYC's Graffiti Haven; Touring London's Secret Libraries

Photo via Unique Homes · This is what graffiti haven 5 Pointz looks like days into demo. · 1920s English-style stone home on Lookout Mountain wants $2.99M. · Franklin Square's "ghost station" could make a comeback. · A failed public-housing...

Linkage: Razing NYC's Graffiti Haven; Touring London's Secret Libraries

Photo via Unique Homes · This is what graffiti haven 5 Pointz looks like days into demo. · 1920s English-style stone home on Lookout Mountain wants $2.99M. · Franklin Square's "ghost station" could make a comeback. · A failed public-housing...

Other Interesting arXiv Papers (Week ending August 23, 2014)

The best of the rest from the Physics arXiv preprint server. The Digital Public Library of America Ingestion Ecosystem: Lessons Learned After One Year of Large-Scale Collaborative Metadata Aggregation

Brooklyn Public Library launches book recommendation service

The Brooklyn Public Library quietly launched a service earlier this month to provide readers with personalized recommendations.

Eat At Chipotle Tomorrow To Benefit D.C. Public Libraries

Fifty percent of the proceeds from meals purchased between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. go to DCPL. [ more › ]

The Future Library Project Plants A Special Forest For Printing Books In 2114

A thousand trees have been planted in a forest outside Oslo, Norway to provide paper for a special anthology of 100 books to be published in 2114. Future Library, the ultimate public art project, was launched by Scottish artist Katie Paterson. Each year between now and 2114, a writer will contribute a book to be held [...]

New Architecture Prize Honors Year’s Best Public Library: Australia’s Craigieburn

You need only browse a Candida Höfer monograph to realize that Denmark knows good libraries. It’s a strength that the Danish Agency for Culture—in partnership with Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects—has seized upon to create a new award recognizing the best public library of the year. Show More Summary

Rammed Earth Walls and Louvered Canopies Protect Craigieburn Library From the Intense Australian Sun

Located just north of Melbourne in a fast-growing municipality, the Craigieburn Library serves as a key learning center and public gathering space for the community. FJMT used locally sourced earth as the library's primary building material to connect the

In Conversation with Paul Holdengräber

This conversation first appeared in Full Stop. _____________ In this, our second conversation for Full Stop--you can find our first conversation here--Paul Holdengräber of the New York Public Library claims that good conversation can leave one "hopeful about the possibility of speech." As one of the world's leading conversationalists, he would know. Show More Summary

In Conversation with Paul Holdengräber

This conversation first appeared in Full Stop. _____________ In this, our second conversation for Full Stop--you can find our first conversation here--Paul Holdengräber of the New York Public Library claims that good conversation can leave one "hopeful about the possibility of speech." As one of the world's leading conversationalists, he would know. Show More Summary

12 Awesome Things You Didn't Know You Could Get at the Library

Did you know there are more public libraries in the U.S. than there are McDonald's locations? At last count, over 16,766. And what's more, the library system is getting used more and more by the general public these days. That's hardly surprising, considering the economic climate and less disposable income available for books. Show More Summary

Historical Maps into Minecraft: My Workflow

The folks at the New York Public Library have a workflow and python script for translating historical maps into Minecraft. It’s a three-step (quite big steps) process. First, they generate a DEM (digital elevation model) from the historical map, using QGIS. This is saved as ‘elevation.tiff’. Then, using Inkscape, they trace over the features from […]

Update on the Ferguson, MO Library

From the Teen Librarian Toolbox, a description of how the Ferguson, MO Public Library is serving the populace of this troubled town. If you would like to donate to Ferguson Library, their address is: 35 N Florissant Rd, Ferguson, MO 63135.

Bottom-Up Marketing

Bottom-Up Marketing Ries & Trout 1989 This was recently weeded from my very own library – a medium-sized public library. Al Ries and Jack Trout are important business men. One could even argue that their books are “core” titles for a public library business collection. I’ll argue that they were core titles until the mid- […]

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