This is a week to be grateful. I’m grateful for many things, including libraries. I like to visit them. I like taking my kids to them. I like writing about them. It makes me sad whenever I hear that a library has to cut staff or services or that it can’t buy the materials it… Continue reading »
On a wet Saturday a couple of weeks ago, my 7-year-old daughter reminded me that our local library was having its book sale. So she, her younger brother, and I piled in the car and headed over. After about 20 minutes, the kids settled themselves in a corner with a stack of books more than… Continue reading »
Greetings from Seattle. Yes, it’s raining. (To be fair, it was sunny yesterday.) I’m here for the Chronicle, covering the 14th biannual conference of the Association of College and Research Libraries. What’s on the minds of 3,000 academic librarians? Quite a lot. Read my first report here. (You all do realize that reporters don’t usually… Continue reading »
Is there anybody who isn’t covering the Democratic convention? Even the Library of Congress has a correspondent there. She’s photog Carol M. Highsmith, and she’s been filing images (copyright-free) from the Mile-High City. She’ll be filing from Minneapolis-St. Paul, too. Highsmith has already donated a large (also copyright-free) image archive to the LOC: The online… Continue reading »
Greetings from the Blue Hill Public Library, which luckily for me has free wifi. (The inn where we’re staying is a Net-free zone, and I had to file a book review that, in a moment of bad planning, I failed to turn in before we hit the road.) This may be the swankest public library… Continue reading »
I’m talking rodents, not computer peripherals. Does your local library have a cat? Also check this out. (Via LIS News.)
Harvard has acquired Norman Mailer’s mistress’s papers, including two unpublished manuscripts with scenes describing their intimate encounters. I kid you not. Read a tasteful overview here.
The Library of Congress defends its commitment to scholarship and research in a statement posted today on its website. This comes after scholars protested the Library’s decision to boot the European Reading Room out of its current space to make room for an Abraham Lincoln exhibition. Read the Chronicle’s news-blog coverage here.
The Library of Congress wants to turn its European Reading Room into display space for an exhibit in honor of Abraham Lincoln. (2009 is his bicentennial.) Scholars do not think this is a good idea. Not only do they like the space–and it really is a knockout–they like the multilingual research support they get there…. Continue reading »