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What Does the Librarian of Congress Read Anyway?

I’m tempted to say that librarians read everything, but of course that isn’t true. Like everyone else, librarians have their own book preferences, and there simply isn’t time to read everything. Discovering the differences in how people read makes The New York Times’s recent interview with Carla Hayden, the current Librarian of Congress, especially interesting. In… Continue reading What Does the Librarian of Congress Read Anyway?

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This Little Girl is the Hero Bookmobiles Need

I was lucky. Growing up, two local libraries that were just a short drive away. But not all kids have access to that many books. In recent years, the town of Wellington in Carbon County, Utah has had a tight budget. Coal revenues have been falling, so the county commission has had to scramble to… Continue reading This Little Girl is the Hero Bookmobiles Need

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Shakespeare Online: Saving the First Folio

In my first memory of seeing a Shakespeare play live, the fairies from a A Midsummer Night’s Dream enter the stage to the dulcet tones of No Doubt’s “Hella Good” and begin to dance. I don’t know what I had been expecting when I sat down in the theater, but it certainly wasn’t that. Seeing very modern… Continue reading Shakespeare Online: Saving the First Folio

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Libraries May Not Be Defunded After All, But They Are Still in Danger

“Earlier this year President Trump threatened to defund public libraries. First the library community responded with horror. Then people rallied by protesting, contacting legislators, and highlighting the ways that libraries serve places across the United States. It looks like all of that hard work has paid off. Despite the threat, libraries may receive funding after all. While determining the U.S.… Continue reading Libraries May Not Be Defunded After All, But They Are Still in Danger

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Cats, Card Catalogs, and Not So Little Free Libraries

When I first stepped into the main library on the campus at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), I stared upwards and blinked for a long while. You see, there was a giant blue cat hanging upside from the ceiling. Most libraries don’t have one of those. I hadn’t expected to be amazed by the libraries… Continue reading Cats, Card Catalogs, and Not So Little Free Libraries

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Then Libraries Came for the Memes

I recently mentioned the prolonged work in progress that is the US Library of Congress’s Twitter archive, but while we wait for it, other digital archives have finally come to fruition. In an effort to preserve the aesthetic and language developments that have defined the past decades, the Library of Congress has created the Webcomics… Continue reading Then Libraries Came for the Memes

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What Happens When a Library Stops Charging Late Fees?

Sometimes library fines can add up. A man returned a book that was overdue by 41 years and had a fine of $299.30. A 47 year overdue book had a fine of $345.14. And other books have been so overdue that libraries give up altogether on collecting fees. (US President George Washington, for example, borrowed The… Continue reading What Happens When a Library Stops Charging Late Fees?