Farewell, BookCourt: You Showed What a Bookstore Can Do

Posted in News“BookCourt—the beloved, family-owned and family-run bookshop at 163 Court Street, in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn—opened on September 12, 1981. It will close at the end of this year, on December 31st. Thirty-five years as an independent bookseller: it wasn’t a bad run. “Against many odds, BookCourt grew and flourished in a time when many independent bookstores […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 7 December 2016 | 12:07 pm

Banning ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’? Virginia school pulls books after parent’s complaint

Posted in News“School district in Virginia has pulled copies of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” and Mark Twain’s classic “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” after a parent’s complaint. The Accomack County school district is considering banning the books from the county’s schools outright, following a complaint from the mother of a biracial high school student over […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 5 December 2016 | 8:19 pm


Posted in News“Publication has been halted for a provocative satire of children’s stories, “Bad Little Children’s Books,” which had been criticized by online commenters for poor taste and reinforcing racial and cultural stereotypes.Released in September by Abrams and written by Arthur C. Gackley, a pen name, the book used old-fashioned illustrations to make jokes about alcoholism, sexual […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 5 December 2016 | 8:09 pm

Teagle Foundation Announces New Grant Supporting Education at DPLA

Posted in News“The Digital Public Library of America is delighted to announce that it has received a generous $150,000 grant from the Teagle Foundation to extend its work around curated sets of primary source materials for the classroom. For the last two years, with funding from the Whiting Foundation, DPLA has built Primary Source Sets with a […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 5 December 2016 | 12:59 pm

How Employees Shaped Strategy at the New York Public Library

Posted in News“The New York Public Library is one of the largest public libraries in the world, with 18 million visitors yearly, a budget of nearly $300m, and 93 branches. It serves vastly diverse populations: toddlers and caregivers, new immigrants, lifelong learners, famous novelists, and scholars. Although based in New York City, it serves a global audience […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 5 December 2016 | 12:57 pm

Growing Up in a Library Is Exactly As Magical As You’d Imagine

Posted in News“For a certain type of bookish kid (or, let’s be honest, adult), living in the library sounds like a dream. But when the Clark family moved into the Washington Heights branch of the New York Public Library in the late 1940s, their teenage son Ronald Clark was skeptical.“Kids are strange,” he says. “We always want […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 5 December 2016 | 12:49 pm

Banned Books and Blockbusters

Posted in News“Contrary to what, Googling around, you might assume, obscenity is not protected by the First Amendment. “There is a bone in my ***** six inches long. I will ream out every wrinkle in your ****.” Those sentences are from the opening pages of Henry Miller’s first novel, “Tropic of Cancer,” which was published in France […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 5 December 2016 | 9:57 am

Harvesting Government History, One Web Page at a Time

Posted in News“By noon on Thursday, Davis Erin Anderson had copied the addresses of a few dozen websites and online PDFs that listed signs of climate change by state and region.In a book-lined room on the third floor of the New York Academy of Medicine in Manhattan, Ms. Anderson was hunched over a laptop, working her way […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 4 December 2016 | 12:23 pm

Rose Library acquires papers of Southern civil rights journalist Gene Patterson

Posted in News“The Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library has acquired the papers of the late Eugene Patterson, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, editor of the Atlanta Constitution and the Washington Post, and a significant voice for civil rights in the 1960s.Patterson’s papers include correspondence, photographs, subject files and six large scrapbooks filled with his daily […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 4 December 2016 | 12:12 pm

Alice Drummond Dead: ‘Awakenings,’ ‘Ghostbusters’ Actress Dies at 88

Posted in News“Although it is brief, perhaps her most famous role is in “Ghostbusters” playing the librarian who is terrified when books and pages begin to fly off the shelves. Later in the film she is comically interrogated by Bill Murray’s character. Notably, she also played a patient in the 1990 Oliver Sacks biopic “Awakenings” and a […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 3 December 2016 | 1:12 pm

Libraries and archives fear Feds may press them for more user data

Posted in News“Chalk up another group concerned about privacy and data security issues: libraries and archives.This week, the San Francisco-based Internet Archive announced a drive to raise $5 million to set up a mirror repository of the entire internet and place it in Canada for safety.It turns out the nonprofit Internet Archive isn’t alone in taking action.” […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 3 December 2016 | 1:09 pm

ALA announces winners of the 2016 I Love My Librarian Award

Posted in News“Today 10 librarians from across the country were honored with this year’s I Love My Librarian Award. The winning librarians were recognized for their exceptional contributions to transforming lives and communities through education and lifelong learning. The librarians were selected from nearly 1,100 nominations submitted by the public detailing how their favorite librarians working in […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 30 November 2016 | 9:19 am

Library of Congress, Digital Public Library of America To Form New Collaboration

Posted in News“The Library of Congress today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Digital Public Library of America to become a “content hub partner” and will ultimately share a significant portion of its rich digital resources with DPLA’s database of digital content records.” (via Library of Congress)Leave a Comment

Posted on: 29 November 2016 | 2:39 pm

Libraries and Rural Broadband

Posted in News“With just a little over 2,000 people in western Kansas’ Stanton County, you might be surprised there’s a library in the area. But the Stanton County Public Library is heavily used. If you went there after hours and looked on its outdoor patio, you might see people at the Anna Mae Lewis Outdoor Library using […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 29 November 2016 | 12:39 pm

How Libraries Are Boldly Innovating to Meet the Needs of Changing Communities

Posted in News“More than a decade ago, the city of Lafayette in the greater San Francisco Bay Area did some soul-searching about the fate of its library. With a population of just a little more than 25,000, the city had outgrown the tiny 1960s building within a decade. The library’s structure was falling apart, which was especially problematic in earthquake […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 27 November 2016 | 12:11 pm

A Bronx Librarian Keen on Teaching Homeless Children a Lasting Love of Books

Posted in News“Colbert Nembhard looked more like a traveling salesman than a librarian in his dark suit with his rolling suitcase on a recent Wednesday morning in the Bronx.He had strolled 10 minutes to the Crotona Inn homeless shelter from the Morrisania Branch Library, where he has been the manager for 25 years. As he dug through […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 27 November 2016 | 12:06 pm

MSU Libraries digitize Civil War diaries and letters

Posted in News“Mississippi State University Libraries has made available in its digital collections the Civil War era, first-hand accounts of the Orville Babcock Diaries and Letters of Pvt. Arthur McKinstry. The Babcock and McKinstry materials are a part of the overall Ulysses S. Grant Collection, which is housed at the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library on the […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 27 November 2016 | 12:02 pm

Below Bryant Park, a Bunker and a Train Line, Just for Books

Posted in News“This time of year, Bryant Park is flooded with holiday shoppers strolling amid the vending booths and skaters gliding on the ice rink.Few, if any, might have any inkling that just below them lies a world-class repository of research materials in a concrete-encased, climate-controlled book vault. And a little red railroad.The recently opened book bunker […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 22 November 2016 | 7:23 am

Charity to provide $100M for Philadelphia parks, libraries 

Posted in News“A Philadelphia charity said Sunday it will contribute $100 million to help Mayor Jim Kenney renovate city parks, libraries, recreation centers and playgrounds.The William Penn Foundation the money committed to the mayor’s “Rebuilding Community Infrastructure Initiative” is the largest single grant in the foundation’s history.Janet Haas, chairwoman of the board of directors, said the grant […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 20 November 2016 | 6:03 pm

UMSL librarian is ‘the IRL of IRL in real life’ – and a Harlem radio host

Posted in News“Only a few months old, fledgling “IRL” (pronounced “Earl”) is already beginning to pull in a worldwide readership for the University of Missouri–St. Louis.California. Malaysia. Spain. Missouri. Those are just a few of the places where, thanks to IRL, people are accessing scholarly work by members of the UMSL campus community in a new way.Shorthand […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 18 November 2016 | 10:26 am

In the war on fake news, school librarians have a huge role to play

Posted in News“Concern about the prevalence of fake or sensationally biased news sources has escalated in the days following the presidential election, with many citing it as a factor (some even the primary cause) of Donald Trump’s win.The central focus of the concern is Facebook, which has grown beyond a social platform and is now a key […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 17 November 2016 | 1:16 pm

Fired librarian sues city to get job back

Posted in News“Was City Librarian Scott Hughes, one of the few black department heads, fired over his political involvement? Or did his political ambitions hurt his job performance?Those questions are heading for state Superior Court.Hughes is suing his bosses, the library board, over members’ decision last month to terminate him after over nine years. The firing came […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 17 November 2016 | 9:58 am

American Doctoral Dissertations™ Now Includes Access to Full Text and Expanded Coverage of 20th Century

Posted in News“American Doctoral Dissertations™, a free database made available by EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO), OhioLINK, H.W. Wilson Foundation and the Congregational Library & Archives in Boston, now offers greater coverage of 20th century research and access to full text. The enhanced American Doctoral Dissertations, accessible at http://www.OpenDissertations.com, includes more than 172,000 theses and dissertations in total, […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 17 November 2016 | 9:55 am

Nixon Library reboots for a new generation

Posted in News“He came to the presidency as a Republican who sought to mend a badly divided nation with fresh ideas that sometimes ran against the grain of his own party.It’s a plotline that 2016 voters would recognize, but the candidate was Richard Nixon.Nixon never strayed from controversy when he took office in 1969 and held the job […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 12 November 2016 | 11:15 am

Greenwich music librarian oversees a large, diverse collection

Posted in News“Wandering past some of the 26,000 CDs nestled in their berths, David Waring pauses before Herbie Hancock’s 1973 album, “Head Hunters.” As Waring plucks it from the pack, he smiles. “Now here is something big from my misspent youth,” he says with a self-deprecating chuckle. “I actually played some cuts from this in a band […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 12 November 2016 | 10:55 am