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Rare Book Thefts Among Us

So, while investigations are quietly underway for recent thefts, what about unsolved book mysteries from 20, 30, 40 or 80 years ago? We can only speculate what public treasures are waiting to be discovered in hidden safes, basements, trunks and cardboard boxes around the world.


British Library Celebrates Sorcerer’s Stone Anniversary

The exhibit was created to coincide with the twentieth anniversary release of the Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s (U.K./U.S.) Stone, the first novel in the series.

Cooking With Ben: Our Library’s Cooking Show Adventure

When your library has invested much time and money in a particular collection, you hope that your patrons take notice. Over the past four to five years, our cookbook section at Pharr (Texas) Memorial Library has grown tremendously. Unfortunately, the extensive collection circulated poorly. So we decided to roll with what we had and launch our own cooking show titled “Cooking with Ben” (after one of our staff members). Ben volunteered and was the ideal chef for the job. The response has been amazing!

Library of Congress Shares Rosa Parks Collection

.A collection of 7,500 manuscripts and 2,500 photographs relating to civil rights icon Rosa Parks is now available for public viewing, thanks to the Library of Congress and the Howard G. Buffet Foundation. The Foundation has loaned the collection to the Library of Congress for ten years. Buffet, son of billionaire Warren Buffet, bought the items at auction after a long legal fight between Parks’ heirs and friends. Parks died in Detroit in 2005. At the time of purchase in 2014, Buffet told the Associated Press, “I’m only trying to do one thing: preserve what’s there for the public’s benefit. … I doubt that she would want to have her stuff sitting in a box with people fighting over them.”

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Library of Things Shapes Dialogue on Library Collections

For many years, libraries have been primarily associated with books. What might be considered an extreme case of this is the Sacramento Public Library’s recent initiative to create a Library of Things.

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A Library Can Say Hello in Almost Any Language

When challenged with serving New York City’s most linguistically diverse borough, the Queens Library in New York City has flourished instead and created a mosaic that celebrates the Queens community’s wonderful multiculturalism.


From Barley to Wheat, From Hops to Yeast, Oregon State University archives the Beer Brewing Movement

Oregon State University has recently begun archiving a collection that would perfectly fit into the class of “special”: The Oregon Hops and Brewing Archives

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Library Lends Kitchen Tools and Appliances

Many librarians are realizing that there is a definitive shift in the way the library will be serving the public in the future. With the addition of computers, DVDs, and now e-books and other digital media, the library is becoming a place that people come to for a variety of learning materials, not just traditional print books.

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Contextualizing Collections

Of all the programs and services that libraries offer, there are few things more challenging to promote than databases or, even worse, electronic resources. What does that mean to some people, anyway – toasters, wafflemakers, hairdryers?


What’s So Special About Your Library?

I was attending a study group at my college library the other day when my group and I decided to look for some information to help pilot us in our group project. We looked up our subject matter and wrote down the call numbers and then went ‘shopping for books.’ I noticed that, although the subject matter was on the same topic, there were several different areas (and even different floors) that our books were to be found.

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Special Collections for Diverse Communities

Cultivating special collections that reflect our communities’ experiences creates a legacy of cultural and ethnic history relevant to generations of patrons and to researchers studying the diverse cultural landscape of American cities and towns. Examples of some South Florida library special collections are given.