National Archives Begins Online Release of JFK Assassination Records

Posted in News“Today at 8 a.m., the National Archives released a group of documents (the first of several expected releases), along with 17 audio files, previously withheld in accordance with the JFK Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992. The materials released today are available online only. Access to the original paper records will occur at a future […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 24 July 2017 | 10:27 am


Posted in News“Two new books from the Harry Potter universe are set to be released as part of a British exhibition that celebrates the 20th anniversary of the launch of the series. The British Library’s Harry Potter exhibition, “A History of Magic,” opens in October and runs through February 2018. In an earnings statement released Tuesday, British […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 19 July 2017 | 8:29 am

From trash to treasure: British composer Holst’s lost manuscripts found in New Zealand

Posted in News“Two handwritten music manuscripts discovered in a library clearout at an amateur orchestra in New Zealand have been confirmed as the work of British composer Gustav Holst, untraced for more than a century. The North Island’s Bay of Plenty Symphonia is mapping the path of the 1906 manuscripts after Britain’s Holst Archive last month said […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 19 July 2017 | 8:27 am

2000+ audio cassettes from Allen Ginsberg collection now streaming from SearchWorks

Posted in News“Ginsberg comes up fairly often in this blog (e.g. Rebecca Wingfield’s recent post about “Howl” going up online), but the release of over 2000+ audio cassette recordings to SearchWorks is truly another cause for celebration. These recordings represent a staggering amount of primary source material associated with the Beat Generation, the bulk of which date […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 18 July 2017 | 3:44 pm

San Jose library moves to stop suicides

Posted in News“About 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 1,  a 36-year-old San Jose man shocked patrons and employees of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. library by climbing over a seventh-floor railing and plunging to his death in the building’s atrium. As the second suicide in 13 months in the downtown library atrium, the grisly death cast […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 17 July 2017 | 11:20 am

Yale Law School and the Wikimedia Foundation create new research initiative to help preserve and protect the free exchange of information online

Posted in News“The Wikimedia Foundation and the Information Society Project (ISP) at Yale Law School recently expanded their longstanding collaboration to focus on raising awareness and conducting research related to threats against the intermediary liability protections that enable online platforms to act as neutral third parties in hosting user-generated content. Through the Wikimedia/Yale Law School Initiative on […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 12 July 2017 | 11:29 am

The Card Catalog: Books, Cards, and Literary Treasures, by the Library of Congress

Posted in News“This book about card catalogs, written and published in cooperation with the Library of Congress, is beautifully produced, intelligently written and lavishly illustrated. It also sent me into a week-long depression. If you are a book lover of a certain age, it might do the same to you.” (via The Washington Post)Leave a Comment

Posted on: 10 July 2017 | 3:25 pm

Denver police bring new focus to downtown library amid spike in drug use

Posted in News“The Denver Police Department has begun patrolling the Central Library, amid a spike in drug use and illegal activity that has been the focus of heightened scrutiny in recent months.Library officials are crediting the increased police presence and other safety measures with a significant decrease in illegal activity this summer. The downtown library has also added […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 10 July 2017 | 10:20 am

Comic book lovers gather for 25-cent books in SF

Posted in News“Scattered around Ed Minasian’s feet were copies of Bat Girl, Wonder Woman and Spider-Man — just a few of the comics he had snatched from boxes haphazardly spread throughout the San Francisco library donation center in Potrero Hill. After examining each one, he’d glance at a printed spreadsheet to check and see which comics he […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 10 July 2017 | 8:47 am

Library Stuff – 2000-2017 – R.I.P.

Posted in NewsI was informed this week that Information Today (ITI) will cease sponsorship of my blog, Library Stuff, in August. ITI is a top notch company that took a chance on a second tier, haphazardly-filled, professional library blog in 2005. Thank you to everyone at ITI for making this happen for the past 12 years. Special […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 7 July 2017 | 10:33 am

What to Do With the Tributes After the Shooting Stops

Posted in News“An eight-foot cross rests on its side, near an assortment of other crosses and a menagerie of police uniform patches. Close by are rain-curled posters and hundreds of artificial flowers. “Back the blue,” reads one sign, not far from where stuffed animals sit on a library shelf that once held true crime books.” (via New […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 7 July 2017 | 8:03 am

Delaware State Bar Association Opens Free Legal Research Library Through Partnership with Fastcase

Posted in News“The Delaware State Bar Association and Fastcase today announced the Delaware State Bar Association (DSBA) will be providing its members free access to Fastcase’s nationwide legal research system.Beginning July 6, 2017, members of the DSBA, which includes attorneys, judges, law students, professors and other legal practitioners, will receive passwords to one of the largest law […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 6 July 2017 | 3:09 pm

Library News & Updates – July 5th, 2017

Posted in News1) History book award returned amid questions about citation errors (from Inside Higher Education) 2) Orphaned herbarium collection finds a home at Fort Worth botanical institute (from Dallas News) 3) One of the first printed copies of the Declaration of Independence has been put on display at Yale University (from Associated Press) 4) Library Burned […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 5 July 2017 | 2:38 pm

Search Algorithms Kept Me From My Sister for 14 Years

Posted in News“It was because of the letter K that I found my youn­ger sister, but for 14 years, it was also the letter K that kept us apart. I’d been ­­searching for her online under variations of the name Maria Christina Sugatan since we lost touch in 1997, after our mom refused to let me speak […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 5 July 2017 | 9:56 am

Meet this year’s finalists for the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction

Posted in News“In this special mega-episode of the Modern Law Library, the ABA Journal’s Lee Rawles speaks with all three finalists for this year’s Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction about their novels, careers—and the first time they remember reading To Kill a Mockingbird.” (via ABA Journal)Leave a Comment

Posted on: 5 July 2017 | 9:54 am

New Online: Anna Maria Brodeau Thornton Papers

Posted in NewsNew Online: Anna Maria Brodeau Thornton Papers from the Library of CongressLeave a Comment

Posted on: 5 July 2017 | 9:52 am

Posted in NewsAMA, LexisNexis launch portal to bolster provider directory accuracyLeave a Comment

Posted on: 5 July 2017 | 8:56 am

Posted in NewsThe IFLA Metadata Newsletter June 2017 issue is now availableLeave a Comment

Posted on: 5 July 2017 | 8:50 am

Posted in NewsSuperstar librarian Carla Hayden speaks to her “British peeps” at CILIP ConferenceLeave a Comment

Posted on: 5 July 2017 | 8:48 am

Delaware’s endangered education species — the school librarian

Posted in News“Every morning in the library at McKean High School near Milltown, students and faculty converge on a coffee bar to order java and prepare for the day.McKean’s coffee counter exemplifies how libraries have evolved in the 21st century. No longer just a quiet space where students read or work on papers, libraries are for online […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 5 July 2017 | 8:46 am


Posted in News“Hillary Clinton received a standing ovation when she said librarians are on the front line of “the fight to defend truth and reason, evidence and facts.”The 2016 Democratic presidential candidate spoke Tuesday during the American Library Association’s meeting in Chicago.” (via The Associated Press)Leave a Comment

Posted on: 28 June 2017 | 9:57 am


Posted in News“For years, Hamzeh AlMaaytah nurtured a community of book lovers in Jordan, keeping his bookstore in Amman’s old center open around the clock, encouraging customers to linger over rare treasures and often allowing them to set the price for a purchase. His supporters recently had a chance to repay him when the local landmark was […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 27 June 2017 | 10:18 am

Toronto Reference Library gets in on vinyl craze, buys 100 records

Posted in News“Who says libraries aren’t hip? The Toronto Reference Library is kicking it old school, buying vinyl records for the first time in three decades. The library is adding 100 titles. It already has more than 15,000 vinyl records on its shelves, but it has not added anything since the 1980s, so there were some notable […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 26 June 2017 | 1:47 pm

LexisNexis Launches Lexis Answers, Infusing New Artificial Intelligence Capabilities into the Company’s Flagship Legal Research Platform, Lexis Advance

Posted in News“LexisNexis® Legal & Professional today announced the launch of Lexis® Answers, a new artificial intelligence (A.I.) enhancement within its flagship Lexis Advance® offering. Using powerful machine learning, cognitive computing and advanced natural language processing technologies, Lexis Answers transforms legal research by understanding the user’s natural language question and delivering the clearest, most concise and authoritative […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 26 June 2017 | 1:23 pm

After Budget Cuts, Miizzou Libraries Seeks Book Donations

Posted in News“The University of Missouri Libraries is asking book lovers for some help.Library officials have a wish list of more than 400 books that they hoped to buy but are not able to because of budget cuts.The most expensive is “Complete and Truly Outstanding Works by Homer,” which costs $5,250. The least expensive book on the […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 26 June 2017 | 9:10 am