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May 17
alwaysalwaysalwaysthesea:

iowa has the nicest rest stops.

This is actually true. The rest areas on I-80 just east of of Iowa City (at Tiffin) are themed to reflect education and literature.  One direction includes architectural details featuring books, and the other includes calligraphic and typographic details, as well as pen and pencil sculpture.

alwaysalwaysalwaysthesea:

iowa has the nicest rest stops.

This is actually true. The rest areas on I-80 just east of of Iowa City (at Tiffin) are themed to reflect education and literature.  One direction includes architectural details featuring books, and the other includes calligraphic and typographic details, as well as pen and pencil sculpture.

(via fuckyeahiowa)


Apr 19

libraryjournal:

Five Great Things Libraries Are Doing With Old Books | LJ Insider

Library book sales (and their descendants, such as Better World Books) are a great institution, but they’re not the only thing libraries can do—or help their patrons do—with obsolete titles besides the dumpster. Here are five creative reuses from real libraries.

  1. Turning them into New Books

    In Richmond, VA, The People’s Library is a collaborative art project to create 100 handmade books of personal history. The Richmond Public Library helped collect discarded books to be recycled into paper, then bound into books with prompts inside them. They’ll be added to the library’s permanent collection, and patrons can check them out and respond to the prompts.

  2. Turning them into Art

    In Bath, England, the library found a new use for weeded books that don’t sell. Patrons collect a book and turn it into an art contest entrywith the help, if they like, of a series of library workshops. The resulting art projects are exhibited at the central library and online and the public votes for their favorites; the winner in each category receives a free ereader.

  3. Fixing Them

    For 40 years, Georgia’s Hall County Library System has partnered with the National Library Bindery to restore old books and Biblesbelonging to library patrons. Repairs take about two months, and patrons are charged for the service.

  4. Turning Them Into Furniture

    An oldie but a goodie: a reference desk made of books in a Dutch library.

  5. Turning Them into Fundraisers

    Recycled Reads, the Austin Public Library’s used bookstore, upcycles old books and media into crafts and sells the results.


Apr 13

libraryjournal:

Preach, Carl Sagan.


Mar 8

Jan 25
“You buy a book. You want to give the book to a store and have the store give you money. Then the store can give the book to someone else and get money from them.

You are allowed to do that now. But soon maybe you will not be allowed to do that anymore. You would have to ask the people who made the book if it was okay with them.

If they said yes you might have to give them some of the money. And if they said no you would have to keep the book or throw it out.

You also could not give it for a little while and get it back and give it to someone else. And it is not just books. It would also be movies or even just stuff that anyone wrote anything on the box of.”

LJ News Editor Meredith Schwartz took a crack at explaining the first sale doctrine using only the 1000 most common words. We think she wins the Hemingway award for shortest and most direct average sentence.

Can You Explain First Sale Using Only the Ten-Hundred Most Common Words?

(via libraryjournal)

(via libraryjournal)


Jan 17
“I like books, and I believe librarianship is about books, if you stop and think about how books equal stories, and it doesn’t matter what goddamn container they come in, be it paper, digital, audio, or a film or a video game. Stories are what people crave, and stories (like the storycorp partnership with libraries, or the not so new resurgence of reading aloud to adults–and adult librarians, if you need help on reading aloud, you know who to ask) are what libraries have and always will do best.” Ego, Thy Name Is Librarianship (via himissjulie)

(via libraryjournal)


Dec 28

thelifeguardlibrarian:

unypl:

2012 Highlights from the Underground New York Public Library

Here are ten highlights from almost one thousand photographs that have become part of the UNYPL in 2012. Each photo posted in the library is beloved. The Reading-Riders have thoroughly inspired me, in their presence and in their act of transcendence. Photographing and interacting with them in the past year has impacted me as a photographer and as a person.To them, Thank you!

Sharing the UNYPL has been so rewarding. It became part of everyday to hear from those who were inspired in one way or another by the people in the photographs. I love the idea that we inspire each other, that we experience others and we become greater for it. Thank you to everyone who has liked, shared, responded and written over the past year. You helped me build this library and I’m looking forward to taking it into 2013.

New posts will begin after Jan. 1st. A Happy and fulfilling New Year to everyone!

  1. “Ask the Dust,” by John Fante
  2. “Tough Sh*t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good”, by Kevin Smith
  3.  “The Price of Motherhood: Why the Most Important Job in the World Is Still the Least Valued,” by Ann Crittenden 
  4. “Beowulf on the Beach: What to Love and What to Skip in Literature’s 50 Greatest Hits,” by Jack Murnighan 
  5. “Othello” by William Shakespeare 
  6.  “To the Finland Station ,” by Edmund Wilson
  7. “Bared to You,” by Sylvia Day
  8. “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl,” by Harriet Jacobs
  9. “Don’t Be Sad,” by Aaidh ibn Abdullah al-Qarni
  10. “The Savage Detectives,” by Roberto Bolaño

No doubt one of the most beautiful projects I’ve followed on Tumblr, or anywhere.


Dec 12
thelifeguardlibrarian:

Oooh, stay tuned:



OwnShelf is a cloud based solution to save and share ebook files across devices. Friends can browse each other’s shelves, and borrow one another’s books. Just like the bookshelf in your home, it is a way to show off and share your taste in books online. It is a friend to friend way to discover and read great books.
We are still in development and will have a Beta test soon.  Talk to Rick about helping to test, or for any other reason via rick AT ownshelf dot.com





But I do wonder how this can happen without ruffling all the same feathers currently being ruffled between libraries and publishers?

thelifeguardlibrarian:

Oooh, stay tuned:

OwnShelf is a cloud based solution to save and share ebook files across devices. Friends can browse each other’s shelves, and borrow one another’s books. Just like the bookshelf in your home, it is a way to show off and share your taste in books online. It is a friend to friend way to discover and read great books.

We are still in development and will have a Beta test soon.  Talk to Rick about helping to test, or for any other reason via rick AT ownshelf dot.com

But I do wonder how this can happen without ruffling all the same feathers currently being ruffled between libraries and publishers?