This is hilarious.😅
"Before the internet, librarians were the gatekeeper of knowledge. For your reading pleasure, the New York Public Library released a cache of queries and conundrums called in from the 1940s to the 1980s."
Post with several pictures of such queries (sorry, no ALT-text there):
September is Library Card Sign-Up Month. It's also a good reminder of just how important our libraries are.
Libraries are one of the few places people can go where there's no expectation to buy anything.
#library #libraries #librarylife #libraryofcongress
"The right’s #censorship campaign is growing more ambitious — and threatening...This week the American #Library Association released preliminary data showing a 'record surge' in challenges to books in public libraries. The group found '695 attempts to censor library materials and services and documented challenges to 1,915 unique titles' from January through August. That’s up 20% from the same reporting period in 2022." courtesy of MSNBC https://www.msnbc.com/opinion/msnbc-opinion/book-ban-censorship-library-rcna111405?cid=eml
"1. Biblioteca Gabriel García Márquez, Barcelona, Spain
Located in the working-class district of Sant Martí de Provençals, this £10m library opened last year and has just been awarded ‘best new public library in the world’ according to the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions. "
"2. Parramatta Library, Parramatta, Australia
Opened a year ago in Parramatta’s new PHIVE building, this community, cultural and civic hub boasts 65,000 books and a bold, sustainable design courtesy of French architect Manuelle Gautrand."
"3. Shanghai Library East, Shanghai, China
Scholar’s rocks – or Taihu stones – were prized by the intelligentsia of China’s Jin dynasty, who found inspiration in their edges, curves and hollows."
I bought a replacement and gave it up as an offering when returning the original. After some back room ISBN and publishing date checking (I checked when I bought it too. Pretty sure they have to be the exact same to be considered a true replacement) the nice lady came out, scribbled over the library code and slid the stained copy over to me. “We’re good. This one’s all yours.” I promised to stay away for a while, thanked her and ran off into the night.
Kind of a round about way of buying a used book (for full price) but stuff happens. 🤷♂️
For those who may not be aware, you can digitally borrow books from your local library 📚 🎤 Your library is publicly funded and available to everyone.
Libraries purchase licenses from publishers, who in turn pay authors. Not a perfect system, but writers are compensated.
If we want investment in public services, we should both support and use those services.
Edit: Apps required for access are available at no cost to users.
I'm a supporter of local libraries, and have been using digital services for years to borrow books. I've been wondering how writers are compensated for digital borrowing and found this great post.
Thank you @janefriedman
Out at #DoorsOpenDay with chum who hasn't had a chance to do that much before, so great fun ambling round with her, exploring. Her first time seeing the amazing Playfair Library in the Old College. Love this space.
I’m very impressed by the staff at the public library in town. We get quite a few unhoused folks in the library during the day, and once in a while one has impulse-control issues. The staff confronts them immediately with compassionate questions about what they might need while stressing what is and is not acceptable behavior. And it works. Everyone needs to be seen and heard, and everyone needs to abide by the rules we set for ourselves. #library #Unhoused #compassion #expectations
To Save America's Native Bees, the Oregon Bee Project Is Mapping Every Single One
The project aims to make a complete 'bee atlas,' detailing every single local pollinator.#laboratories #longreads #oregon #libraries #library #data #endangeredspecies #climatechange #insects #collections #biology #biodiversity #scientistsatwork #science #honey #nativebees #maps #bees #section-Articles
To Save America's Native Bees, the Oregon Bee Project Is Mapping Every Single One
Register for this free Zoom event from Illinois Libraries Present! Bestselling #horror scribe Stephen Graham Jones ("The Only Good Indians" & "Don’t Fear the Reaper") in conversation with our author Becky Spratford: Oct. 4 at 7:00 PM https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_rh-AbiSpQD-FKnaCdfJ51Q#/registration
#StephenGrahamJones #libraries #library #horrorbooks #free #halloween
In new guidance the Chartered Institute of #Library and Information Professionals (Cilip) encourages #librarians to place principle above personal opinion, and reason above prejudice when selecting library materials and says that staff should never act as a #censor."
Now free for all to read... In a guest post @NarrelleMHarris writes about a side-trip she took to Oakland, USA - to discover the fascinating things left behind in library books:
Found in an Oakland library https://www.patreon.com/posts/found-in-oakland-87872358
Embattled WA library wins lawsuit, won’t shut down after book-ban fight | The Seattle Times
🏙 City: Trento, Italy
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AUSD's Susan Davis invites the community to a series of events this fall including the dedication of a preschool program, a forum on book banning, and a discussion about the fentanyl crisis.
A new report from the American Library Association (ALA) finds that between January 1 and August 31, 2023, there have been "695 attempts to censor library materials and services and documented challenges to 1,915 unique titles."
The number of books challenged "has increased by 20% from the same reporting period in 2022."
Last year was the highest number of challenges recorded in the last 20 years. In all of 2019, there were only 377 challenges.
I found this short but densely detailed book. It appears to be a history of non-Muslim resettlement of the town after the #Spanish #Expulsion of #Muslims starting in 1492. I believe I've translated the title correctly, but I'll know more once I start reading, God willing.
“Every day professional #librarians sit down with parents to thoughtfully determine what reading material is best suited for their children’s needs.
Now, many library workers face threats to their employment, their personal safety, and in some cases, threats of prosecution for providing books to youth that they and their parents want to read.
The librarians are getting threats.
The culture wars are leaking from metaphor to actuality.
A history of the defunct #Library Awareness program, the Connecticut Four, and attempts through the Patriot Act to find out who is checking out what from libraries. “#Censorship and privacy are the fruit of the same knotty vine,” article says. Be aware of the government’s ability to track what you #read. #FreedomToRead #FirstAmendment #FreePress
It's a cold civil war. It's amazing so many don't see it.
It is both pathetic and frightening that MAGA types are vilifying the American Library Association for being a conduit for pornography and that red states are therefore severing ties with this esteemed organization. Gift access to Washington Post coverage at https://wapo.st/3ZomNsQ. The right in this country knows it benefits from keeping people ignorant and uneducated. #library #censorship
The American #Library Association is facing a partisan firefight unlike anything in its 150-year history. Conservatives accuse it & other “liberal” institutions and people of being a conduit for pornography to children. A historian puts the controversy in the same category as criticism of vaccines—the end of respect or deference for professional authority.
JAX Book Fest is a week away. I'm not on the poster but.. I'll be there too! Workshops Friday and dozens of authors at tables Saturday. My plan involves a box of books and piles of free stickers. If you are anywhere near.. come on out! https://jaxpubliclibrary.org/bookfest #writing #FlashMemoir #poetry #florida #books #jacksonville #library
If you missed the Australian #Library and Information Association #Digitisation & Preservation Group webinar yesterday, below is a link to the recording. It contains engagement stories from #Trove , #WikimediaAustralia ,
and the #BiodiversityHeritageLibrary #Australia https://vimeo.com/863865035/f61ab287c4?share=copy
@JenLucPiquant A good example of why #libraries exist. A #library contains the #books we need, when we need them. There was nothing available to me as a sexually abused 11-year-old in the 1970s. I am grateful my kids have been able to find their way to the books they needed, and I will work to protect that access for my grandkids.
Missing person alert: An old Twitter mutual of mine, and someone my wife knows from #library world, Callan a.k.a Cal a.k.a. @eminencefont is missing without critical meds, and may be having a mental health crisis. More info on IG: https://www.instagram.com/p/Cw-tevNxX_J/?img_index=1 #boston
“A library is a good place to go when you feel unhappy, for there, in a book, you may find encouragement and comfort. A library is a good place to go when you feel bewildered or undecided, for there, in a book, you may have your question answered. Books are good company, in sad times and happy times, for books are people—people who have managed to stay alive by hiding between the covers of a book.”
“Letters to the Children of Troy,” by EB White
Now, Gov. Kay Ivey of Alabama is exploring the idea of banning books statewide within the Alabama public library system itself — to be clear, the libraries that adults use.
“Alabama’s state library agency is now under scrutiny by the governor, following a handful of local book challenges and conservative efforts to cut ties with the American Library Association.
In a Sept. 1 letter to Nancy Pack, director of the Alabama Public Library Service, Gov. Kay Ivey said she had grown increasingly concerned about “the environment our Alabama libraries are providing to families and children.””
A blog post I wrote on library publishing just got published by the IFLA Library Publishing Special Interest Group
Would be thrilled if you read and shared
Props to the Lord Mayor of Cork for showing you how it’s done: you don’t engage fascists in conversation.
(These are the handful of – mostly imported* – bigots trying to get LGBTQ+ books banned from Cork Library.)
* “The small group behind these demonstrations has been linked to British far-right groups who have targeted immigrants – including the Irish community – in London and other areas.”
The Woburn Public #Library was built in 1879, funded by money from the Winn family, who owned a leather goods factory in town.
When I was a kid, this building was more important to me than where I slept at night.
I shed blood to protect this library. This is that story. https://lisawilliams.github.io/lisa/culture/2023/08/30/this-is-a-story-about-a-library.html
“ …it’s time to fight the corporate approach to copyright that has increasingly come at the expense of equality, distributive justice, inclusivity, privacy, and self-determination–the urgent societal goals and values that drive many to become artists and writers in the first place. Securing the ownership of digital books for libraries is a good place to start.” #publishers #library #libraries #digitalbooks #privacy
“We are up against a bunch of rich people who don’t want to see #homeless people anywhere near their stuff.”
Volunteers with #Houston Food Not Bombs are going to court to fight an anti-food sharing ordinance which they say violates their First Amendment rights, reports Staff Writer Michelle Pitcher in our latest article: https://www.texasobserver.org/houston-food-not-bombs-trial/
#Women #Transgender #LGBTQ #LGBTQIA #Conservatives #Extremism #Fascism #DomesticTerrorism #RepublicanParty #Hate #Bigotry #Violence #Genocide #Discrimination #Homophobia #Transphobia #ThePartyOfHate #HateSpeech #Hatecrimes
"Basic Mathematics for Radio and Electronics," a beautifully bound and preserved textbook requested from the stacks of the Hennepin County Library System, doesn't broach the radio part until page 253.
It's a good book, and thorough.
#mathematics #radio #HamRadio #library
I have never been happier, more grounded, less stressed, and more intentional in my life and relationships. I’m so glad I made this move. 💜💜💜
If any libraries want to carry The Sad Bastard Cookbook, put me in touch with them and we'll send them free copies. Libraries are vital community spaces and dramatically underfunded, plus being in libraries is literally my dream. #library #librarians #Cookbook
(Same goes for my novella Query, but the cookbook has gone viral so I feel like people are more likely to request a copy of that.)
This is a story about a #library. https://lisawilliams.github.io/lisa/culture/2023/08/30/this-is-a-story-about-a-library.html
Bibliothèque et archives nationales du Québec, Montréal, Canada
Designed by the Patkau/Croft-Pelletier/Guité consortium and realized by Menkès Shooner Dagenais LeTourneux Architectes, the "Grande Bibliothèque" opened its doors in 2005.
📷: iPhone 13 Pro
If you're trying to drag a few more people over here from over there, and any of those people are #museum, #gallery, #library or #heritage people, point them towards this free* training I'm doing next week.
I'm aiming to use my experience of moving over to #Mastodon to help others overcome some of the tricky, slightly confusing bits & get them kick-started with a ready-made community of museum education & adjacent folk (made largely of those who attend on the day!)
* Free for members of GEM ) the Group for Education in Museums; £6.13 otherwise including Eventbrite fees.