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Edinburgh’s Stockbridge Library to get Book Week Scotland artwork
October 9, 2014 | 12:25 pm

One of Edinburgh's lovelier local libraries, Stockbridge Library in the central district of Stockbridge, is due to receive an artwork by Glasgow-based artist Rachel Barron as part of this year's Love Your Library Campaign launched for Book Week Scotland. "Book Week Scotland will shine a light on the place libraries occupy in communities," explains the Scottish Book Trust article on the project. "Five large library artworks will be unveiled across Scotland during the week, with the aim of making the chosen libraries visible and valued in their local areas. The artworks will be inspired by a very special love letter to libraries, 'Dear Library,'...

A novel way to raise library funds
October 3, 2014 | 12:40 pm

libraryI came across this fantastic t-shirt yesterday---perhaps it's because I have always been such a bookworm that a nice comfy shirt emblazoned with the public library logo so spoke to me. It cost a little more than I normally spend on t-shirts (which tend to be my bedtime wear of choice) but the Beloved encouraged me. Sometimes something speaks to to you, the Beloved reassured me. And when it does, it's okay to splurge. I felt a little better about the sticker shock when I learned that 10% of the proceeds would actually go to support the public library. And I...

The world’s largest ever indoor photo – and it’s a library
September 29, 2014 | 12:25 pm

One of the most monumental photographs ever made, and still apparently the largest single indoor image (by information density) ever created, is in fact the interior of a library. The Strahov Philosophical Library in Prague dates back to the 18th century, part of an older monastery complex founded in the early Middle Ages, and contains "approximately 200,000 volumes, estimated to hold 260,000 works," as well as rare manuscripts and other treasures. And it's also the subject of a huge 40-gigapixel panoramic view, "the largest indoor Photo in the world as of March 2011," put together from a mosaic of images that...

God Bless America as books beat burgers
September 3, 2014 | 12:25 pm

booksThose snide European putdowns about America as a nation of cultureless junk-munchers might have to be retired, if an infographic from H&R Block is anything to go by. Although not the most likely source for such a study, H&R Block is credited with this wonderful library information digest which shows, among other facts, that there are 16,766 public libraries in the U.S., and only 14,157 McDonald's. Also, every America taxpayer contributes $31 per year on average for library services. With figures like that, I won't worry too much about the revelation that "every year, Americans spend three times as much...

Weekend Links: Question of Clickbait. The opposite of legacy
August 30, 2014 | 11:27 am

clickbait-memeInternet Archive Uploads More than 14 Million Public Domain Images to Flickr (Boing Boing) Kalev Leetaru programatically recovered all the images that were discarded by the OCR program that digitizes the millions of public domain books scanned by the Archive... *** The Opposite of Legacy (Joe Konrath) I've found--and I'm sure I'm not alone--that when something newsworthy is happening, I first hear about it via Twitter or Facebook. Often, from people reporting what's occurring in real time. *** Bookless Library Opened by New U.S. University (The Guardian) Florida Polytechnic University's enormous facility promises to make 'many more books available for the students' in digital form. *** When Does Giving...

TARDIS mini-libraries prove libraries are bigger on the inside
July 28, 2014 | 12:39 pm

Doctor Who fans everywhere will be able to tell you that the TARDIS, the Doctor's iconic time and space travel machine, is bigger on the inside than it looks from the outside - which is a fine metaphor for a library, whose content can encompass a universe and range far across time and space. And it seems that many U.S. exponents of the Little Free Library movement have made the connection and created TARDIS Little Free Libraries. The TARDIS Little Free Libraries seem to be popping up in as many different guises as the Doctor's various regenerations. The Pinterest board on...

School district protests removal of books by untrained ‘helpers’
July 25, 2014 | 12:25 pm

booksVia Boing Boing came this story, of a school district in Wisconsin whose librarians were appalled to discover that untrained volunteers were sent in to 'help' librarians clear out less-used books, and they were making a mess of it. The workers were reportedly removing many books which were published before 2000 or were not being checked out regularly, and a few librarians reported returning to work to find boxes of literary classics boxed up for donation or disposal. From the article: “There is no possible way for to me to explain tonight all of the criteria that librarians consider when developing a library...

Morning Roundup: Thinking while listening to audiobooks, More gadgets, less energy?
June 24, 2014 | 9:00 am

audiobooksThings I Think About While Listening to Audiobooks (Book Riot) I’m not the only one with audiobook questions, I can’t be, because so many of us listen to audiobooks, and some other people must have questions too? Do you share my questions? What are yours? *** Content was What was Holding Back Japanese eBook Market, Not Twice-Shy Customers (The Digital Reader) In a country  that invented the idea of cellphone novels, developed the first E-ink ereader, and has gadget-loving consumers who commute long distances everyday, it is a little odd that ebooks didn’t explode in Japan long before the Kindle launched in the US....

Open a small community library, get fined or shut down?
June 23, 2014 | 10:25 am

Spencer community libraryThe spirit of the community library and encouraging reading is clearly not evenly distributed everywhere across the U.S. As citizens of Leawood, Kansas, found when they started erecting Little Free Libraries in their yards - which apparently are prohibited under a city ordinance banning freestanding structures in their front yards. Campaigners supporting one of the most widely publicized Little Free Libraries, erected for nine-year-old Spencer Collins as a gift from his grandfather with the help of the other members of the Collins family, have put up a Facebook page, "Spencer's Little Free Library," to rally support, after the Leawood city council...

Morning Roundup: Amazon facing criticism. Failure of digital publishing exaggerated
June 23, 2014 | 9:00 am

Cover of The Silkworm on AmazonReports of the Failure of Digital Publishing Have Been Greatly Exaggerated (The Digital Reader) Horowitz ‘s article is replete with the subtext that his mistake was in going digital, and not that he had the bad luck to sign with two digital middlemen which subsequently went under. *** Why Pseudonyms? (Book Riot) I can understand the many reasons an author will write under multiple names. It builds up a following that doesn’t involve a popular name. It helps keep concepts, genres, and writing styles straight in your own mind, and in the eye of the publisher. I just hope the one I was...

Hoopla library media lending service to add e-books
May 27, 2014 | 5:40 pm

hooplaThe problem with most library e-book systems is that there are invariably more patrons who want to check a book out than there are virtual “copies” on the library’s digital shelves. This can lead to patrons sitting on a waiting list until such time as enough people who’ve checked the book out can turn it in for it to get around to them. But what if there was a different way? Publishers Weekly reports on media company Midwest Tape’s “Hoopla” media lending platform, which launched last year to allow lending of movies, music, audiobooks, and TV shows. The...

Morning Roundup: New DRM-free eBook retailer, Overdrive’s big library event next week
May 27, 2014 | 9:00 am

drm-freeNew DRM-Free eBook Retailer Focused on Small Press and Literary Fiction Launches (Digital Book World) In addition to three original novels, the site features titles from 13 publishers, including Coach House Books in Toronto, Black Balloon Publishing and Tyrant Books in New York, Curbside Splendor in Chicago, and Red Hen Press in Pasadena, California. *** Fisking Charlie Stross: More on Hachette/Amazon (Joe Konrath) I don't know Charlie Stross, but he's a Hachette author who just commented, wrongly, on the Amazon/Hachette situation. *** Overdrive's Big Library Read Event Launches Next Week (The Digital Reader) Starting on 3 June, OverDrive will be holding a two week long Big...