A Library the Internet Can’t Get Enough Of

Why does this image keep resurfacing on social media?

#books-and-literature, #collectors-and-collections, #johns-hopkins-university, #libraries-and-librarians, #macksey-richard-1931-2019, #photography, #social-media

A Vatican Library Shortens the Distance Between Its Works and Its Scholars

Rare books in Rome are going online thanks to a German copier, a Long Island scanning firm and a New York software company.

#books-and-literature, #libraries-and-librarians, #pontifical-oriental-institute, #rome-italy

The New York Public Library Opens Its Cabinet of Wonders

A Coco Chanel ballet slipper, Beethoven’s hair, Andy Warhol’s painted ticket. “Treasures,” at the New York Public Library, showcases delights from its collections.

#art, #libraries-and-librarians, #new-york-public-library

A Cabinet of Wonders Opens Wide

A Coco Chanel ballet slipper, Beethoven’s hair, Andy Warhol’s painted ticket. “Treasures,” at the New York Public Library, showcases delights from its collections.

#art, #dickens-charles, #laguardia-fiorello-h, #libraries-and-librarians, #marx-anthony-w, #new-york-public-library

Group Raises $20 Million to Preserve ‘Lost’ Brontë Library

The Honresfield Library, which includes rarely seen manuscripts by the Brontës, Robert Burns, Walter Scott and Jane Austen, will be acquired for the British public.

#auctions, #austen-jane, #blavatnik-leonard, #bodleian-libraries, #books-and-literature, #british-library, #bronte-parsonage-museum, #bronte-emily, #collectors-and-collections, #friends-of-the-national-libraries-nonprofit, #honresfield-library, #libraries-and-librarians, #manuscripts, #museums, #scott-walter-1771-1832, #sothebys

How Many Books Does It Take to Make a Place Feel Like Home?

There’s a reason that some people won’t let go of their physical books — and a new term for it: ‘book-wrapt.’

#books-and-literature, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #libraries-and-librarians, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

‘Dickinson’ on AppleTV+ Is Ending. But the Props Live On in Archives.

The Apple TV+ series “Dickinson” is donating scripts, props and other artifacts — including painstaking replicas of the poet’s manuscripts — to the Emily Dickinson Museum and Harvard University.

#amherst-mass, #apple-tv-plus, #archives-and-records, #books-and-literature, #colleges-and-universities, #dickinson-tv-program, #dickinson-emily, #dickinson-emily-archive, #dickinson-emily-museum-amherst-mass, #harvard-university, #houghton-library, #libraries-and-librarians, #manuscripts, #museums, #poetry-and-poets, #smith-alena, #television

In Texas, Panic Over Critical Race Theory Extends to Bookshelves

A new state law constricts teachers when it comes to race and history. And a politician is questioning why 850 titles are on library shelves. The result: “A lot of our teachers are petrified.”

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #alamo-san-antonio-tex, #black-people, #critical-race-theory, #education-k-12, #history-academic-subject, #libraries-and-librarians, #republican-party, #teachers-and-school-employees, #texas

10 Works of Art That Evaded the Algorithm This Year

Contemplation, not clicks: Our critic looks back on marble sculptures in Rome, songs of “atmospheric anxiety” and the Frick Collection in a new light.

#art, #arts-year-in-review-2021, #barney-matthew, #cezanne-paul, #drive-my-car-movie, #hamaguchi-ryusuke, #libraries-and-librarians, #medvedev-daniil-1996, #museums, #sanders-pharoah, #sculpture, #two-thousand-twenty-one, #weather-station-music-group

How to Create a Black Space in a Gentrifying Neighborhood

Thoughts I had as I watched a white couple browsing books.

#black-people, #bruces-beach-manhattan-beach-calif, #gentrification, #inglewood-calif, #libraries-and-librarians, #los-angeles-calif, #manhattan-beach-calif, #race-and-ethnicity, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

After 110 Years, an Overdue Book Is Returned to a Library in Idaho

It’s unclear who checked out “New Chronicles of Rebecca” by Kate Douglas Wiggin from a library in Boise, or who had it all these decades. But the book remained in immaculate shape.

#boise-idaho, #books-and-literature, #idaho, #libraries-and-librarians, #overdue-books, #wiggin-kate-douglas

Conservatives Are Trying to Ban a Growing List of Books

The right-wing war on school libraries.

#american-library-assn, #books-and-literature, #censorship, #education-k-12, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #libraries-and-librarians, #out-of-darkness-book, #school-boards, #states-us, #youth

Reading Around New York

Even amid the clamor of a city of millions, New Yorkers have always been able to escape into a good book.

#books-and-literature, #chapters, #libraries-and-librarians, #new-york-city, #new-york-public-library, #photography

Obama Breaks Ground on Presidential Center in Chicago After Lengthy Discord

The project has been bogged down by legal challenges and a federal review. Barack Obama’s presidential papers won’t actually be housed there — they’ll be digitized, another point of contention.

#archives-and-records, #black-people, #chicago-ill, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #illinois, #land-use-policies, #libraries-and-librarians, #lightfoot-lori, #obama-foundation, #obama-presidential-center, #obama-barack, #obama-michelle, #pritzker-j-b, #united-states-politics-and-government

He Taught Ancient Texts at Oxford. Now He Is Accused of Stealing Some.

Hobby Lobby, the craft chain that helped build a collection for the Museum of the Bible, has sued a former Oxford lecturer, asserting he sold it stolen artifacts.

#bible, #collectors-and-collections, #colleges-and-universities, #egypt-exploration-society-nonprofit, #frauds-and-swindling, #hobby-lobby-stores-inc, #libraries-and-librarians, #manuscripts, #museum-of-the-bible, #museums, #obbink-dirk-a, #oxford-england, #oxford-university, #oxyrhynchus-papyri, #robberies-and-thefts, #sackler-library, #suits-and-litigation-civil

How to Learn More About the History of Your Home

Tracking down property records and researching other documents can shed light on the life of a house.

#connecticut, #content-type-service, #genealogy, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #libraries-and-librarians, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #stonington-historical-society

Consortium Aims to Save the Honresfield Library

Sotheby’s has agreed to postpone a highly anticipated auction as a consortium tries to raise $21 million to acquire a “lost” private library for the British public.

#archives-and-records, #auctions, #books-and-literature, #bronte-anne, #bronte-emily, #burns-robert-p, #collectors-and-collections, #friends-of-the-national-libraries-nonprofit, #great-britain, #libraries-and-librarians, #manuscripts, #museums, #scott-walter-1771-1832, #sothebys

Look Inside Philip Roth’s Personal Library

The author of “Goodbye, Columbus” and “The Human Stain” left several thousand books, many of them with notes or letters, to the Newark Public Library. The collection will soon open to the public.

#books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #libraries-and-librarians, #newark-nj, #newark-public-library, #roth-philip, #writing-and-writers

What Happens to Philip Roth’s Legacy Now?

His single authorized biography is mired in controversy. Scholars say it shouldn’t be the last word, but they are struggling for access to his vast and in some cases inaccessible private archives.

#archives-and-records, #bailey-blake, #books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #libraries-and-librarians, #library-of-congress, #manuscripts, #nadel-ira-b, #newark-public-library, #norton-w-wco, #philip-roth-the-biography-book, #princeton-university, #research, #roth-philip, #sexual-harassment, #skyhorse-publishing, #wills-and-estates, #writing-and-writers

Oh, Dewey, Where Would You Put Me?

A librarian who identifies as queer wrestles with our tendency to classify both books and people.

#dating-and-relationships, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #libraries-and-librarians, #love-emotion

A Lost Brontë Library Surfaces

A trove of manuscripts acquired from the Brontë family in the 19th century, all but unseen for the past century, will be auctioned at Sotheby’s.

#anne-bronte, #auctions, #books-and-literature, #bronte-parsonage-museum, #bronte-charlotte, #bronte-emily, #gabriel-heaton, #harman-claire, #libraries-and-librarians, #sothebys

Kathie Coblentz, 73, Dies; Not Your Ordinary Librarian

A Yankees fan, marathon runner, cinephile, editor, and, yes, a cataloger, she was the New York Public Library’s third-longest serving employee.

#books-and-literature, #coblentz-kathie, #deaths-obituaries, #libraries-and-librarians, #new-york-public-library

Vartan Gregorian, Savior of the New York Public Library, Dies at 87

A scholar, a university leader and a believer in libraries, he almost single-handedly rescued a grand but broken one in a time of municipal austerity.

#colleges-and-universities, #deaths-obituaries, #libraries-and-librarians, #new-york-public-library, #vartan-gregorian

Judy McGinn, Librarian With a Love for Home, Dies at 78

She was hyper-vigilant about keeping safe during the pandemic, but she caught Covid-19 after her first vaccine.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-obituaries, #libraries-and-librarians, #mcginn-judy-1942-2021, #ohio

A Lifetime of Reading Taught Min Jin Lee How to Write About Her Immigrant World

As a child, the novelist found consolation in books that embraced American rugged individualism and the Korean quest for knowledge. Those same books showed her how to honor the stories of the people she grew up with.

#asian-americans, #books-and-literature, #content-type-personal-profile, #elmhurst-queens-ny, #immigration-and-emigration, #korean-americans, #libraries-and-librarians, #maspeth-queens-ny, #reading-and-writing-skills-education

The Courtroom Sketch: A Piece of History, and Art

The Library of Congress recently added more than 200 sketches of the Rodney King police brutality trial to its collection. “We are drawing history in the making,” one sketch artist said.

#art, #chaney-mary-1927-2004, #church-marilyn, #collectors-and-collections, #courtroom-sketch-artists, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #king-rodney-glen, #legal-profession, #libraries-and-librarians, #library-of-congress

Alvin Sykes, 64, Self-Taught Legal Defender of Civil Rights, Dies

After dropping out of high school, he studied law at the public library, then used his knowledge to reopen cold cases, including Emmett Till’s murder.

#black-people, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #deaths-obituaries, #kansas, #kansas-city-mo, #law-and-legislation, #libraries-and-librarians, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #sykes-alvin-1956-2021, #till-emmett-louis

Janet Jackson and Kermit the Frog Added to National Recording Registry

The Library of Congress has designated 25 recordings, from modern pop hits to one of the earliest recordings of an American voice, as “audio treasures worthy of preservation for all time.”

#audio-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #baseball, #edison-thomas-a, #hayden-carla-d-1952, #jackson-janet, #kermit-the-frog, #libraries-and-librarians, #library-of-congress, #music, #national-recording-registry, #radio, #rhythm-nation-1814-album, #rizzuto-phil, #television, #the-rainbow-connection-song, #williams-paul-1940

For Maya Lin, a Victory Lap Gives Way to Mourning

The Neilson Library at Smith College, which Lin redesigned, is interwoven with her own life story. But any triumph is muted by the sudden death of her husband, Daniel Wolf.

#architecture, #colleges-and-universities, #daniel-wolf, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #libraries-and-librarians, #lin-maya, #northampton-mass, #olmsted-frederick-law, #restoration-and-renovation, #smith-college

She Kept a Library Book for 63 Years. It Was Time to Return It.

“I think that says a great deal about how much we as a society value the written word,” a shocked librarian said.

#bayside-high-school-queens-ny, #books-and-literature, #libraries-and-librarians, #queens-borough-public-library, #queens-college-city-university-of-new-york, #university-of-wisconsin-madison, #university-of-wisconsin-whitewater, #whitestone-queens-ny

Book Tour From Home

Once a limited-capacity event, now a writer conversation can be enjoyed from the exclusivity of your living room.

#book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #festivals, #libraries-and-librarians, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #writing-and-writers

Dr. Seuss Books Are Pulled, and a ‘Cancel Culture’ Controversy Erupts

The beloved author’s most famous books, like “Green Eggs and Ham,” were untouched, but his estate’s decision nevertheless prompted a backlash and raised questions about what should be preserved as part of the cultural record.

#and-to-think-that-i-saw-it-on-mulberry-street-book, #anti-semitism, #book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #cartoons-and-cartoonists, #discrimination, #dr-seuss-enterprises, #geisel-theodor-seuss, #if-i-ran-the-zoo-book, #libraries-and-librarians, #mcelligots-pool-book, #minorities, #on-beyond-zebra-book, #race-and-ethnicity, #scrambled-eggs-super-book, #the-cat-in-the-hat-book, #the-cats-quizzer-book, #writing-and-writers

Cuomo Under Fire Over Sexual Harassment Allegations

The governor acknowledged that “some of the things I have said have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation.”

#bennett-charlotte-1995, #boylan-lindsey-1984, #cuomo-andrew-m, #elections-governors, #libraries-and-librarians, #new-york-city, #new-york-public-library, #sexual-harassment, #women-and-girls

Recluse Spiders at University of Michigan Cause Brief Library Closure

The discovery of Mediterranean recluse spiders at the University of Michigan prompted a two-day closure of one of its libraries.

#ann-arbor-mich, #colleges-and-universities, #dearborn-mich, #libraries-and-librarians, #spiders, #university-of-michigan

They Built Libraries to Honor Loved Ones, Women Felled by Bombings

As negotiations push forward, it is unclear whether Afghanistan can achieve peace with the Taliban while preserving gains made on women’s rights and education.

#afghanistan, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kabul-afghanistan, #libraries-and-librarians, #muslims-and-islam, #taliban, #terrorism, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

The Influence of a Perfect Teacher

Perhaps because I had a teacher who made reading aloud into ceremony, ritual and compelling drama, I grew up to find my cause in pediatricians’ promoting reading aloud at checkups.

#books-and-literature, #children-and-childhood, #education-k-12, #libraries-and-librarians, #reading-and-writing-skills-education, #teachers-and-school-employees

Cheech Marin’s Chicano Art Museum Is to Open This Fall

The new center, in Riverside, Calif., will be dedicated exclusively to showcasing Mexican-American art and culture.

#art, #california, #city-councils, #libraries-and-librarians, #marin-cheech, #mexican-americans, #museums, #restoration-and-renovation, #riverside-calif

The Record Keepers’ Rave

Every month, the archival institutions of this nation unleash tiny particles of the past in a frenzy of online revelry.

#archives-and-records, #computers-and-the-internet, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #libraries-and-librarians, #national-archives-and-records-administration

‘It’s More Money Than I Imagined.’ So He’s Giving Some of It Away.

How Jeremy O. Harris has turned his good fortune into grants, commissions and donations to other playwrights, and to libraries in need.

#black-people, #content-type-personal-profile, #harris-jeremy-o, #libraries-and-librarians, #philanthropy, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #slave-play-play, #theater, #writing-and-writers

Why Young New Yorkers Are Facing a Tougher Job Crisis

No age group has faced a worse economic crisis in New York City than young workers, especially those who are Black, Hispanic or do not have a college degree.

#brooklyn-public-library, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #how-to-be-an-antiracist-book, #hu-winnie, #libraries-and-librarians, #new-york-city, #new-york-public-library, #the-vanishing-half-a-novel-book, #unemployment

Library Books: A Small Antidote to a Life of Perpetual Dissatisfaction

A little realism goes a long way in a world where the next book purchase, the next apartment, the next significant other promise to finally deliver the goods.

#books-and-literature, #lanchester-john, #libraries-and-librarians

Two Darwin Notebooks, Missing for Decades, Were Most Likely Stolen

Cambridge University Library, which long thought it had misplaced the cultural treasures, has now made a public appeal for information on their whereabouts. The local police have notified Interpol.

#cambridge-university, #darwin-charles-robert, #great-britain, #libraries-and-librarians, #museums, #robberies-and-thefts

Newton’s ‘Principia’ Had a Surprisingly Wide Audience, Historians Find

The discovery suggests that “Principia” had a stronger impact on Enlightenment science than previous research suggested.

#annals-of-science-journal, #books-and-literature, #central-europe, #europe, #gravitation-and-gravity, #libraries-and-librarians, #mathematics, #newton-isaac, #philosophiae-naturalis-principia-mathematica-book, #physics, #space-and-astronomy, #your-feed-science

To Learn the Truth, Read My Wikipedia Entry on Sichuan Peppers

Amid a pandemic and QAnon conspiracies, this librarian is focused on facts.

#libraries-and-librarians, #research, #rumors-and-misinformation, #wikipedia

What to Know About N.Y.’s Plastic Bag Ban

After months of delays and a lawsuit, the statewide ban on the single-use bags is being enforced. Paper bags are now 5 cents.

#brooklyn-public-library, #convenience-stores, #johnson-linda-e, #libraries-and-librarians, #new-york-city, #oil-spills, #plastic-bags, #recalls-and-bans-of-products

Yes, Books Were Bound in Human Skin. An Intrepid Librarian Finds the Proof.

“Dark Archives,” by Megan Rosenbloom, a librarian at U.C.L.A., traces the history of the controversial practice and considers what we should do with such books today.

#bookbinding, #books-and-literature, #dark-archives-a-librarians-investigation-into-the-science-and-history-of-books-bound-in-human-skin-book, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #libraries-and-librarians, #rosenbloom-megan-c, #skin

The Improbable, Slightly Surreal Plan to Save Fashion’s Printed Matter

The new International Library for Fashion Research in Oslo, the brainchild of a fashion odd couple, has very big ambitions.

#advertising-and-marketing, #archives-and-records, #art, #book-trade-and-publishing, #fashion-and-apparel, #international-library-for-fashion-research, #klein-steven-mark, #libraries-and-librarians, #olsen-elise-by, #oslo-norway, #your-feed-fashion

Modern Love: Please, Lord, Let Him Be 27

(Yes, I actually prayed that he not be too young for me.)

#dating-and-relationships, #libraries-and-librarians, #love-emotion

How Libraries Can Save the 2020 Election

They are among our last trusted institutions. Expanding early voting at local branches may be our best hope for a trusted outcome.

#absentee-voting, #libraries-and-librarians, #united-states-politics-and-government

He’s Sharing the History of Black New York, One Tweet at a Time

Meet the grad student with a killer wardrobe who digs in the archives and takes the gems to Twitter.

#black-people, #brooklyn-nyc, #libraries-and-librarians, #new-york-city, #photography, #rosedale-queens-ny, #social-media