Heralding Libraries as the Superheroes They’ve Always Been

This is far from the first time we’ve heralded librarians, media specialists and libraries on this site as the super heroes they are, not to mention their ability to adapt; we will continue to herald their adaptiveness in times of public turmoil: Public Libraries’ Novel Response to a Novel Virus America’s public libraries have led … Continue reading Heralding Libraries as the Superheroes They’ve Always Been

Libraries As Palaces For The People

We have had more stories in seven years about libraries, and librarians and books than most other topics, so we are pleased to pass along this reference to a book about libraries (among other essential elements of social infrastructure). In 20 minutes on this podcast the ideas in this book are discussed by the author: Eric Klinenberg, professor … Continue reading Libraries As Palaces For The People

Library Luxury of a Different Sort

The beautiful Beaux-Arts design of many of the buildings in the New York Public Library system represent only one definition of luxury. The idea of children growing up playing and reading in the stacks at night produces the colorful imaginings of literature where children spend nights in museums, or ramble about in the “tippy-top floor of the Plaza Hotel”. … Continue reading Library Luxury of a Different Sort

An Unusual Library With A Conservation Mission

A short note here to link out to a story of interest because of its intersection of conservation, commerce and education. Thanks to this new (to us) source of interesting (to us) news: The Harvard Library That Protects The World’s Rarest Colors The most unusual colors from Harvard’s storied pigment library include beetle extracts, poisonous … Continue reading An Unusual Library With A Conservation Mission

New York Public Library, At It Again

We appreciate the efforts of the New York Public Library, which we have posted on numerous times previously for its innovative as well as its occasionally worrisome institutional changes, to make more of its collection more available to more people for more uses. This blog post by Shana Kimball, Manager of Public Programs and Outreach at NYPL Labs, … Continue reading New York Public Library, At It Again