Libraries

For years, there was Playboy for blind people, then a Republican congressman tried to kill it

The government shouldn’t subsidize porn, he argued<p>Unlike most of Playboy’s readers in the 1970s, one select group was definitely reading it for the …

Culture

Creating a local history archive at your public library

CHICAGO — Archival collections at public libraries present their own challenges distinct from other library materials, but they also offer the …

Your Efforts Are Helping to #saveIMLS

American Library Association (ALA) members have been working tirelessly to defend federal library funding since March, when the president announced …

Librarianship

Frederick Wiseman delivers an ode to knowledge in 'Ex Libris: The New York Public Library'

Frederick Wiseman's "Ex Libris: The New York Public Library" is more than a magisterial mash note to that distinguished establishment, it’s a heartening examination of the vastness of human knowledge and the multiple ways we the people endeavor to access it.<p>With more than 40 films to his credit, …

New York Public Library

‘Woke’ Librarians Take Their Politics to Another Level

Everyone knows the old caricature of the local librarian: a white, middle-aged woman, slightly plump, a bit intimidating, shushing patrons while …

Conservative View

TSB Bank appoints Deutsche Bank and British Library non-execs to its board as it ramps up local business support

Challenger bank TSB has announced the appointment of two new non-executive directors as it broadens its small business focus.<p>The four-year-old bank …

Banking

Ala. Senate hopeful Moore in 2005: Homosexuality should be illegal

Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore reportedly said a 2005 interview that "homosexual conduct" should be illegal.<p>"Homosexual conduct should be …

Equality

The Bunyip of Berkeley's Creek

A friendly monster lurks outside the State Library Victoria.<p>A mythical creature from Australian Aboriginal mythology is usually found lurking around …

Culture

AASL National Conference & Exhibition advance registration deadline approaching

CHICAGO – Only three weeks remain to secure advance registration for the AASL National Conference & Exhibition. Attendees finalizing their …

School Libraries

Llama-Famous! Poetry Extravaganza: The Librarian Is In Podcast, Ep. 57

Welcome to The Librarian Is In, the New York Public Library's podcast about books, culture, and what to read next.<p><i>Podcasts are red<br>Podcasts are</i> …

New York Public Library

Stereographs Were the Original Virtual Reality

If you walked into Charles Herzog’s classroom last spring, you’d have seen a peculiarly modern sight: middle schoolers all staring into …

Library of Congress

A Head-Spinning, Hope-Inspiring Showcase of Art

LOS ANGELES — I guess there’s a God. During one of the meanest passages in American national politics within living memory, we’re getting a huge, historically corrective, morale-raising cultural event, one that lasts four months and hits on many of the major social topics of the day: racism, …

The Arts

A Truly Delicious Long Weekend in Birmingham, Ala.

In the jutting chin of the Appalachians, near Alabama’s mineral-rich Red Mountain, men made the pig iron that girded America’s industrial revolution. The city that appeared around them, almost out of nowhere, exploded from about 3,000 people in 1880 to 26,000 just a decade later. By the early …

Lifestyle

A test for Trump's political muscle in Alabama Senate runoff

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — It's Trump versus Trumpland.<p>President Donald Trump's political muscles are getting a workout in a Republican runoff election in Alabama that has an awkward dynamic: He's campaigning for the establishment-backed incumbent over an upstart beloved by many of his own most ardent …

Politics

One D.C. Public Library In Each Ward Will Open For Select Holidays

District residents will be able to visit one D.C. public library in each ward during select holidays beginning in October.<p>The new hours are a result …

Washington D.C.

Apple stores architect to design new Pleasant Hill library

PLEASANT HILL — The award-winning architectural firm behind the flagship glass cube Apple store in New York City will design Pleasant Hill’s …

San Francisco Bay Area

Tell Us What You Love, and We’ll Tell You Where to Volunteer

<i>By Larissa Runkle</i><p>San Francisco is a community of helpers. If you’ve ever been on the street during an emergency or witnessed an accident, you know …

San Francisco Bay Area

RESOURCE: Library of Congress Labs

Earlier this week, the Library of Congress announced the launch of Labs (labs.loc.gov), a new online space “designed to empower exploration and …

Library of Congress

Anti-Semitic 9/11 Truther Scheduled To Appear At San Francisco Library Tonight

Christopher Bollyn, whom the Southern Poverty Law Center has labeled a "raging anti-Semite," is scheduled to speak at the Richmond Branch of the San …

New Workshop: Cataloging Judaica Resources

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, Cataloging Judaica Resources with Sheryl Stahl. This workshop will …

Librarianship

Hamilton Central Library fix approved

Hamilton Central Library will be fixed.

New Zealand News

Donald Trump's comments on Africa at the UN were, um, odd

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump continued to make the rounds at the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday. At lunch, he attended a gathering of African leaders and made a few remarks.<p>And almost immediately he said this:<p><i>"Africa has tremendous business potential, I have so many friends going to</i> …

Politics

The Library of Congress Wants Your Help Identifying World War I-Era Political Cartoons

The U.S. government’s official library wants your help. And it involves cartoons.<p>The Library of Congress just debuted its new digital innovation lab, …

Culture

Vanilla, by Billy Merrell

<b>Vanilla.</b><p>Merrell, Billy (author).<p>Oct. 2017. 320p. Scholastic/Push, hardcover, $17.99 (9781338100921); Scholastic/Push, e-book, $10.99 (9781338100938). …

Books

You can now check for ebooks at your local libraries on Google Search

The ebook industry is here to stay, they say, and in the US, you can now see which ebooks are available at your local libraries thanks to Google.<p>I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the public library near my apartment offered books in digital formats. Granted, it had been quite some time …

Google

Public Lending Right

PLR is the right for authors to receive payment for the loans of their books by public libraries<p>How to apply for PLR, information on eligibility and …

British Library

Dear Congress, here's how to ensure public access to government information

As previously reported, Congress’ Committee on House Administration is currently examining Title 44 of the U.S. Code. That’s the law that governs the …

Government

A Great Event: A Baseball Game in Hell

My friend Rob Edelman wrote this in the 2015 number of <i>Base Ball: A Journal of the Early Game,</i> which I had launched eight years earlier:<p>“In 1901, …

New York Public Library

How Much Actual History Do You Need for a Historical Novel?

“Individual memory, history, and the novel, are all selective: no one remembers everything, each historian picks out the facts he or she chooses to …

Books

Keepers of the Secrets

I was told that the most interesting man in the world works in the archives division of the New York Public Library, and so I went there, one morning …

Long Island