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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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‘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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Lincoln Library Cancels Exhibition Over Racial Sensitivity Concerns

The library, in Springfield, Ill., said Black community leaders who previewed it feared parts of the traveling exhibition, created 15 years ago, were outdated and lacked context.

#black-people, #illinois, #international-spy-museum, #ku-klux-klan, #libraries-and-librarians, #lincoln-abraham-presidential-library-and-museum, #museums, #spies-traitors-saboteurs-fear-and-freedom-in-america-exhibit

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Building Accessibility Into America, Literally

Thirty years on, the Americans With Disabilities Act has reshaped the way designers and the public have come to think about equity, civil rights and American architecture. But it’s only a start.

#accessability-exhibit, #americans-with-disabilities-act, #architecture, #brooklyn-botanic-garden, #cooper-hewitt-smithsonian-design-museum, #design, #disabilities, #hunters-point-queens-ny, #libraries-and-librarians, #united-states, #wheelchairs

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Frederick Douglass, Seen Up Close

Yale has acquired a renowned private collection relating to the abolitionist and orator, including rarely seen family scrapbooks that offer a window onto his complicated private life.

#archives-and-records, #black-people, #collectors-and-collections, #douglass-frederick, #libraries-and-librarians, #slavery-historical, #united-states-politics-and-government, #yale-beinecke-rare-book-and-manuscript-library

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2 Sentenced to House Arrest in Long-Running Scheme to Steal Rare Books

The board chair of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh said the thefts “will forever raise doubts about the security of all future charitable donations, particularly to the Carnegie Library.”

#archives-and-records, #books-and-literature, #carnegie-library-of-pittsburgh, #collectors-and-collections, #libraries-and-librarians, #pittsburgh-pa, #priore-gregory-m-1956, #schulman-john-e-1963

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Kept Out of the Library, a School District Tries Summer Reading by Drone

A Virginia school district, determined not to let a pandemic keep students from their summer reading, is delivering books to students via the drone company run by Alphabet.

#alphabet-inc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #delivery-services, #drones-pilotless-planes, #education-k-12, #libraries-and-librarians, #montgomery-county-va, #passek-kelly, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #virginia, #wing-aviation-llc

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Libraries Strive to Stay ‘Community Living Rooms’ as They Reopen

Safely lending books is just the beginning. Libraries are figuring out everything from how to remain welcoming spaces to how to respond to changing reader behavior.

#books-and-literature, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #libraries-and-librarians, #shutdowns-institutional

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6,000 Strains of Bacteria Under 1 Roof

Britain’s National Collection of Type Cultures, a library of human bacterial pathogens, turned 100 this year.

#antibiotics, #bacteria, #collectors-and-collections, #england, #genetics-and-heredity, #libraries-and-librarians, #medicine-and-health, #microbiology, #national-collection-of-type-cultures, #research, #science-and-technology, #your-feed-science

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Publishers Sue Internet Archive Over Free E-Books

Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Hachette and Wiley accused the nonprofit of piracy for making over 1 million books free online.

#archives-and-records, #assn-of-american-publishers, #authors-guild, #book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #computers-and-the-internet, #copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hachette-book-group, #harpercollins-publishers, #internet-archive, #john-wileysons, #kahle-brewster, #libraries-and-librarians, #penguin-random-house, #shutdowns-institutional, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #writing-and-writers

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After the Coronavirus, Libraries Must Change

To stay true to their mission during the coronavirus pandemic, libraries should offer more digital services.

#coronavirus-reopenings, #e-books-and-readers, #e-learning, #libraries-and-librarians, #new-york-city, #new-york-public-library, #shutdowns-institutional

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For the New York Public Library, Martha Graham Is the Missing Link

The library has acquired Graham’s archive, filling a significant gap in the story of early modern dance in America.

#archives-and-records, #dancing, #eilber-janet, #graham-martha, #graham-martha-dance-co, #lamentation-dance, #libraries-and-librarians, #murray-linda-curator, #new-york-public-library

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It’s Showtime! Press Play to Hear the N.Y.C. That Used to Be

“Missing Sounds of New York,” an album from the New York Public Library, recreates the everyday soundtrack many have been missing since March.

#audio-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #bars-and-nightclubs, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #libraries-and-librarians, #music, #new-york-city, #new-york-public-library, #street-performers

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The Thinnest Paper in the World

The process of making tengujo is fairly simple, but the nearly transparent product that results is almost magical.

#japan, #libraries-and-librarians, #paper-and-pulp, #yale-center-for-british-art, #your-feed-science

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Joy Harjo Is Named U.S. Poet Laureate for a Second Term

The first Native American to hold the position, Harjo will be developing an interactive map of contemporary Native poets.

#an-american-sunrise-poems-book, #awards-decorations-and-honors, #books-and-literature, #harjo-joy, #hayden-carla-d-1952, #libraries-and-librarians, #library-of-congress, #native-americans, #poetry-and-poets, #writing-and-writers

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Amid Covid-19, Should I Shop for Myself or Opt for Delivery?

The magazine’s Ethicist columnist on whether you’re helping more people by having goods delivered or by going to the store yourself — and more.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #delivery-services, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #libraries-and-librarians, #shopping-and-retail, #therapy-and-rehabilitation

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The Case of the Fit Bookworm of Brooklyn

How I found hope in a stranger’s set of keys during the coronavirus shutdown.

#computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #families-and-family-life, #libraries-and-librarians, #quarantines

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Common Thread Tying Together 2019’s ‘Most Challenged’ Books: L.G.B.T.Q. Issues

Eight of the 10 titles identified in the American Library Association’s annual ranking of the most frequently banned or protested books featured L.G.B.T.Q. subject matter.

#american-library-assn, #censorship, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #libraries-and-librarians

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