We have all heard speculation about libraries of the future, and how they will look and function for their users. Here is a different concept for the future of academic libraries.
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Victoria received her MLIS from San Jose State University’s online library science program in 2016, and works in a law library. She enjoys reading (especially historical fiction), classic movies, music, and spending time with her cats.
After suffering from burnout for a while, I took a professional development course on mindfulness through ALA’s Online Learning platform. I heard a lot about mindfulness meditation but never practiced it. I was in a difficult state but I am improving little by little.
Need to get away and go on a mini vacation, even for just five minutes? Reading this story from The New York Times about manuscripts in Italian libraries will transport you to a place of art and beauty. I have been fortunate to travel to Italy, and have seen many of the sights like the David and the Sistine Chapel. However, I wasn’t able to see my other great love, medieval manuscripts.
Lately there’s been a lot of talk about fake news and “alternative facts.” As librarians, we help foster intellectual freedom, education and lifelong learning, and provide access to unbiased and accurate information for the communities we serve. All of these ideas originate from our professional Core Values, and we take pride in what we do to support them. That is why it was heartening to see libraries and museums participate in the successful “Day of Facts” campaign on February 17.
We all know some strange things can happen in libraries, but a story out of the East Lake County Library in Sorrento, Fla., is leaving me scratching my head. A few staff members at the library decided to create a fake library patron called Chuck Finley, who “checked out” 2,361 book over nine months in an effort to boost the circulation stats of the library’s classic books. Now, one staff member could lose their job.
Libraries are an important part of our democratic society. They serve as centers of knowledge as well as places where anyone can look for a job, get homework help, or attend an event.
For either religious or political reasons, or in times of conflict, people of past centuries have felt the need to protect hundreds of texts by stashing them away.
No one is surprised that makerspaces are taking the country by storm, and now school libraries are following suit; however, some librarians are concerned that the lack of focus on books and reading means students will miss out on other useful lessons.
Anyone who is familiar with the library world knows that libraries have recently faced a number of budgetary challenges. In the United States, this has manifested in shorter hours and reduced staff. You are also probably aware that in the United Kingdom, libraries have been systematically closed. An article by Amelia Dimoldenberg specifies that in the last six years, the United Kingdom has closed 350 libraries, and another 111 are slated for closure next year.
Almost everyone is trying to go green, embracing the use of solar panels and other similar technologies. Libraries are no different; the ALA’s Green Libraries website says, “Libraries by their very nature are ‘green’ in that their resources are shared by the larger community.” So it is encouraging to hear stories of libraries making this green movement work for them.
So often we get stuck in our current jobs, not knowing how to progress. And, if you do want to make a career shift, how do you go about doing so?
Often, when we think of the Middle Ages, we think about England, France, or Italy. The vast variety of art to come out of those regions and historical events like the Black Death are part of the reason, not to mention the tendency of U.S. schools to teach primarily Western European history. So it’s interesting to see a resource that tries to address this time period with a global perspective.
Have you ever wondered how older books were printed? Why do some of them seem to lack exact copyright dates? How were they bound? Well, now you can get your questions answered. According to the September 15th issue of AL Direct, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has just launched a YouTube channel called RBML Mailbag. This gives curious bibliophiles a chance to ask curators at the Rare Book & Manuscript Library all kinds of questions. The first video, which discussed the creation of book plate illustrations, is fun and informative.. At the end of the video, viewers are invited to ask a question, and an email address is provided for that purpose.
Libraries are meant to be places where anyone can read on any subject, as described in the Library Bill of Rights. So it was concerning to see a “Library Journal” article that discussed a March 2015 Harris Poll which found that 28% of adults now support book banning in school libraries. In 2011, only 18% of adults supported it. While this poll refers to school libraries specifically, the change in attitude could present implications for public libraries.
Bodleian Library has created a new website, unveiled July 9, 2015, where anyone can view hard-to-find medieval manuscripts, old maps, ephemera, and more. Called Digital.Bodleian, the site contains over 100,000 digital images of these items online.1 Now members of the general public from all over the world will be able to experience the wealth of the Bodleian’s collections.