Katrina Zwaaf

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Laundry, libraries, and literacy: Why one group is putting books in laundromats

The Next Idea Pretend it’s Saturday. You and the kids are running errands, including a several-hour stop at the laundromat. They are bored, you are …

Makerspaces

Recalibrating the WorldCat odometer

The 1,000,000,000 OCLC Control Number was recently created in WorldCat. It was for a digital image from the Chiba University Library (YA@) in Chiba, …

Why Everyone Stopped Asking Jeeves

In 14 novels by comic author P.G. Wodehouse, spread over the course of a half-century, a fictional valet named Reginald Jeeves fielded questions of …

Crime

The Library of Congress opened its catalogs to the world. Here's why it matters

Imagine you wanted to find books or journal articles on a particular subject. Or find manuscripts by a particular author. Or locate serials, music or …

Librarians Don't Read All Day

I could fill a book with the number of bizarre and/or frustratingly persistent questions I’ve been asked in my nearly 5 years of working in a public …

Books

Public libraries need a break after years of slashed funding | Editorial

State lawmakers are hoping voters will find it in their hearts, and their pocketbooks, to say yes to expanding and equipping public libraries, hard …

After 10 years of de-rusting, Miss Belvedere finds new home in a museum

<i>Photos courtesy Dwight Foster.</i>The Smithsonian Museum wouldn’t take it: “It’d be like bringing the bubonic plague in there.” Other museums agreed to …

New Jersey

The ATU Fable Index: Like the Dewey Decimal System, But With More Ogres

“The Wolf Dives Into the Water for Reflected Cheese,” and other highlights of folktale categorization.<p>Pick a number, any number, and I’ll tell you a …

Ain’t it a Drag? Program Challenges at the Public Library

By: James LaRue, director of the Office for Intellectual FreedomMany years ago, in Tucson, Ariz., I had just missed a bus on the corner of Speedway …

Skirts

The Library of Congress Makes 25 Million Records From Its Catalog Free to Download

A quick fyi: According to <i>Fortune</i><i>,</i> The Library of Congress announced that it "will make 25 million records from its catalog available for the public …

Drag Queens Are Public Libraries’ Newest Storytellers

Where can you find feathers, fake eyelashes, and fiction for kids? If you’re stumped, you must not live in Brooklyn. The city’s public library is now …

Libraries

Top 20 Library Scandals in Recent History

“Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.”<p>Airing dirty laundry is rather frowned upon in the field of …

The Rise of Pirate Libraries

Shadowy digital libraries want to hold all the world’s knowledge and give it away for free.<p>Only a tiny fraction of the world’s knowledge. (Photo: …

Protect Your Library the Medieval Way, With Horrifying Book Curses

Medieval scribes protected their work by threatening death, or worse.<p>In the Middle Ages, creating a book could take years. A scribe would bend over …

Ancient History

5 reasons Trump needs a personal librarian: Column

To: Reince Priebus, White House chief of staff<p>From: John Arthur<p>Dear Mr. Priebus,<p>I am writing to apply for the position of personal librarian to the president. I understand that this is not a position being offered at the White House, but if you will hear me out for a moment, I might be able to …

Donald Trump

Open Future | Library Systems Landscape 2017

<b></b>• Open Future<br>• Open to Change<br>• Library Original (Q&A)<br>• Making Connections<br>• Wanting More (Survey)<br>• News in Brief<br>“I have probably spent a disproportionate amount …

Meet the Library of Babel: Every Possible Combination of Letters That has Been (or could be) Written

Imagine a library whose books contain every possible combination of letters and numbers. When you really think about it, the implications are …

Literature

Library of Babel

Snapchat Is Adding a Search Function That Lets Users Sift Through Over 1 Million Stories

Snapchat wants to become the go-to hub for watching real-time content.<p>Today, the app is launching a search feature for Stories—those strings of …

NASA Launches Massive Digital Library for Space Video, Photos & Audio

NASA on Tuesday (March 28) unveiled a new online library that assembles the agency's amazing space photos, videos and audio files into a single …

Why Are Libraries Failing At Web Archiving And Are We Losing Our Digital History?

Last fall I was invited to speak at an event examining the state of web archiving by libraries and especially how libraries are handling the archival of online news, which is both high velocity and highly fluid. After spending a day and a half talking with librarians, archivists, journalists, …

Humanities

Uncovering the Hidden Books Tucked Inside Every Single Library

There’s no standard way to catalog anonymous texts, which makes them incredibly hard to find.<p>Finding an anonymous text, if you don’t know which one, …

Literature

The Strange Affliction of ‘Library Anxiety’ and What Librarians Do to Help

It’s a real phenomenon, and Ivy League librarians are fighting it.<p>Don’t be afraid. (Photo: timetrax23/CC BY-SA 2.0)<p>In a few short weeks, bright-eyed …

Publishers Still Fighting to Bury Universities, Libraries in Fees for Making Fair Use of Academic Excerpts

On behalf of three national library associations, EFF today urged a federal appeals court for the second time to protect librarians’ and students’ …

Libraries

For India’s poor children, community libraries are an escape, a refuge and much, much more

With public libraries closing down and books becoming more expensive, children from backward classes find it harder to read.<p>At the Ramditti J R …

Library of Congress Card Catalog

A nostalgic bibliographic gem.<p>For decades, an elegant card catalog occupied a central spot in the Library of Congress Main Reading Room. Before …

Google cooks up advanced recipe search

Google’s cooking up a new skill: advanced recipe search.<p>While the search engine already provided recipe suggestions in its regular search results, now it’s helping you narrow down your options with different options available in carousel at the top of your results.<p>For example, if you want to learn …

State Library secrets: Eleven books you're banned from reading in Queensland

While books in the past were often banned for being "obscene" and "filthy", such as Philip Roth's <i>Portnoy's Complaint</i> or the romance comic <i>Love</i> …

49 Libraries Each Made More Than 1 Million Digital Loans in 2016 | The Digital Reader

Shares 603<p>OverDrive's ebook app may be so painful to use that they built and are beta-testing a new replacement, but that hasn't stopped four dozen …