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8 Great Reasons to Co-Work in a Library

BookRiot: “The news keeps reporting back on the gig economy and the ways in which working remotely is becoming an increasingly available option. With more and more jobs that are focused primarily on having a laptop and access to an electrical outlet, it is no wonder that people are seeking out the best spot they… Continue Reading

New Historic Publications on FDLP.gov

“New featured titles have been added to the Historic Publications page for Spring 2019. Hop over to FDLP.gov to see some of the interesting publications added to the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications this quarter including, ‘A Summer in the Life of Wild Mallards,’ contributed by the Washington State Library.” Continue Reading

Survey of Law Library Plans for Print Collections

Via Library Boy: Primary Research Group, a New York-based publisher of research reports and surveys about law libraries, is surveying law libraries in the USA and Canada about their plans for their print materials collections. “Survey data is aggregated and respondents are not identified in open ended questions unless they identify themselves. We do encourage… Continue Reading

Louisiana State Univ will terminate comprehensive subscription deal with Elsevier

Inside Higher Education: “Citing unsustainable price increases, leaders at Louisiana State University have decided to walk away from their comprehensive subscription deal with Elsevier.  Louisiana State University will terminate its “big deal” with publisher Elsevier at the end of this year, joining the growing list of U.S. institutions that have recently decided not to renew… Continue Reading

ALA releases new Libraries’ Guide to the 2020 Census

“Today the American Library Association released the Libraries’ Guide to the 2020 Census, a new resource to prepare libraries for the decennial count of every person living in the United States. “Next year, when people begin to receive mail asking them to complete the census, we know that many of them will have questions about… Continue Reading

Maple Leaves: Discovering Canada through the Published Record

Lavoie, Brian. 2019. Maple Leaves: Discovering Canada through the Published Record. Dublin, OH: OCLC Research. https://doi.org/10.25333/ek4v-ag09. “The Canadian contribution to literature, music, film, and other forms of creative expression is rich and deep. In this report, we explore the contours of this contribution, as it is manifested in the collections of libraries around the world. Using WorldCat,… Continue Reading

Digital Strategy for the Library of Congress

“The Library of Congress’s mission is to engage, inspire, and inform the Congress and the American people with a universal and enduring source of knowledge and creativity. To accomplish that mission, the Library is adopting a digital-forward strategy that harnesses technology to bridge geographical divides, expand our reach, and enhance our services. This document describes… Continue Reading

Ask Me Anything: Promoting Archive Collections On Reddit

Ask Me Anything: Promoting Archive Collections On Reddit. Sara May, 4 Marketing Libraries Journal, Vol. 3, Issue 1, Winter 2019. Rochester Institute of Technology. “Social media is an important marketing and outreach tool for many libraries. While Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are commonly used, Reddit is underutilized despite its popularity and high user engagement. Special… Continue Reading

Bristol academic cracks Voynich code, solving century-old mystery of medieval text

Phys.org: “A University of Bristol academic has succeeded where countless cryptographers, linguistics scholars and computer programs have failed—by cracking the code of the ‘world’s most mysterious text’, the Voynich manuscript. Although the purpose and meaning of the manuscript had eluded scholars for over a century, it took Research Associate Dr. Gerard Cheshire two weeks, using… Continue Reading

News Dispatches from AP from 1915 to 1930 Now Online

Library of Congress – “Historical news reports and breaking news bulletins published by the Washington bureau of The Associated Press from 1915 to 1930, documenting a full chronology of world and national events, have been digitized and are now available online from the Library of Congress. The collection includes news dispatches from key moments in… Continue Reading

Support a classroom. Build a future.

“Teachers and students all over the U.S. need your help to bring their classroom dreams to life. Get crayons, books, telescopes, field trips, and more for a classroom today…” [I bought books for a class, covering all subjects for the school year – anonymously – and received wonderful and inspiring notes from the teachers and… Continue Reading