Category: News & Current Events

Image from the What Middletown Read website

What Middletown Read: database of historic public library circulation statistics

Ever wondered what people in the 1890s were checking out and reading from their local public libraries? Well thanks to the What Middletown Read project, you can now go online and find out who was visiting the Muncie, Indiana Public Library and what they were reading in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. During Muncie Public Library’s 2003 renovation of…

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WeHo Public Library

LA Times: Shepard Fairey, et al, brighten West Hollywood Public Library

A little bit of good news about public libraries coming out of West Hollywood today. WH will be opening a new public library in October this year and a group of artists are creating street art-style murals for the building. The artists include Shepard Fairey–he of the Obama “Hope” poster and the ubiquitous Andre the Giant “Obey” stickers– and Retna…

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From the NYPL website

The New York Public Library’s “What’s on the menu?” Project

The New York Public Library wants you! The public library system is currently working on a large-scale project to transcribe and digitize their collection of more 40,000 menus that date back to the 1840s, and they’re opening the process up to the public. So if you want to try out your amateur archivist chops, or want to help out just…

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Eygpt goes off the Internet grid

As of January 28, 2011, Egypt has a near 100% Internet blackout. This graphic to the left–courtesy of Renesys, which has ongoing analysis of the Internet  situation during Egypt’s major protests–shows how the country’s major ISPs have systematically taken down the country’s available Internet networks. Writing on the Renesys blog, James Crowie (the company’s CTO and Co-Founder) notes, “our new…

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NY Times: For Bentham and Others, Scholars Enlist Public to Transcribe Papers

The New York Times has an on-going “Humanities 2.0” series in which they examine how new digital tools and technologies are changing the nature of scholarship in history, literature, and the arts. The latest article in the series discusses how researchers at the University College London (UCL) are utilizing new Web 2.0 tools to process Jeremey Bentham’s collection of unpublished…

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NY Times: U.S. National Archives Asks Whether Politicians Tweets and Blogs Are Official Government Records

U.S. National Archives Asks Whether Politicians Tweets and Blogs Are Official Government Records – The New York Times today asks if social media information objects from politicians are considered federal records. David Ferreiro, Archivist of the United States, says they are and that federal agencies should should follow regular records management practices in regards to social media objects. Though,…

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NY Times: Anger as a Private Company Takes Over Libraries As L.S.S.I. Takes Over Libraries, Patrons Can’t Keep Quiet. This is an interesting article from the New York Times about a private company from Maryland that has slowly taken over several public library systems in California, Oregon, Tennessee, and Texas. The article discusses how the Santa Clarita, California City Council recently voted to allow Library Systems & Services (LSSI) to…

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