ALA awards Lemony Snicket Prize to Ferguson public librarian

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

The American Library Association has announced the award of the the second annual Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity to Scott Bonner, director of the Ferguson Public Library in Missouri. The award, co-founded by Daniel Handler, author of the Lemony Snicket books, and [ on]

A whale of a tale: Why off-line research matters

By Chris Meadows
March 12, 2014 // 0 Comments

A long time ago, in some book of weird tales, I ran across the story of a man who had, allegedly, been swallowed alive by a whale, and later retrieved alive from its stomach. He was supposedly catatonic for two weeks, then finally able to resume his duties, with the side effect that his skin had [ on]

Rare Books? See Naples and Die. Whoops!

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 3, 2013 // 0 Comments

Here’s someone you do not want to let inside your library. As reported in the New York Times and across Italian media, Massimo Marino De Caro, sometime director of the Girolamini Library, Naples’s 16th-century foundation, is now under investigation, together with a circle of associates [ on]

First all-digital public library system a hit in Bexar County, Texas—with hundreds of e-reader gizmos and an eager young crew to explain them

By David Rothman
October 20, 2013 // 0 Comments

Last year knocked the library system in Rockford, Illinois, for planning to spend around a quarter of its $1.19-million collection budget on e-books. A third of Rockfordians were living below the poverty line in 2009 by one estimate. And yet the local library initially wanted to [ on]

Self-Published Books Not a Solution for K-12? Don't Be So Sure…

By Joanna Cabot
May 6, 2013 // 1 Comment

Christopher Harris has a thought-provoking essay up at The Digital Shift in which he argues that self-published books are “not a solution” for K-12. He argues that publishers “serve a critical role in the information ecosystem” by vetting and recommending quality books to [ on]

Was librarian David Faucheux the world’s first blind blogger?

By David Rothman
February 25, 2013 // 0 Comments

Was my friend David Faucheux—a library and information science graduate—the world’s first blind blogger? Any librarians or others know the answer? I set David up in May 2004 on a commercial audio service, which he dialed up to submit recordings, often augmented with text. For the next four [ on]

Morning Roundup — Stories you may have missed

By Joanna Cabot
December 14, 2012 // 1 Comment

The Wrong War Over Libraries: Publishers vs Libraries (Forbes) The European Union Strikes Down Agency Pricing (Good E-Reader) Let Congress Know That Now is the Time to Fix Copyright, Not Put Their Head in the Sand (Techdirt) Librarians Use Social Networking More Than Teachers and Principal (The [ on]

Libraries change with the digital times

By Chris Meadows
May 20, 2012 // 0 Comments

I watched Ghostbusters with my parents recently, and as I was watching the first five minutes, featuring a ghost in a big old library, I was struck by how dated that part of the movie is now, with those big card catalog drawers opening and cards spewing out all over. You’d be hard-pressed to find [ on]

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