Numbered days of the print form of scholar’s book?
Sales of scholarly books are dropping, even as their prices are rising. Will academia give up its resistance to an open-access digital model?
Banned Books Week highlights books that have been challenged or permanently removed from library shelves.
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While legal precedent makes banning books difficult, it still happens.
Since 1982, over 11,000 books have been challenged by individuals seeking to have them banned from schools or libraries.
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When only six people showed up for a panel designed to raise awareness of banned books, the pot needed to be stirred a bit.
Yes, libraries have a place and function - but academics and researchers can get along just fine without them.
Libraries are warm, dry and safe spaces with free Internet, which many people need. But academics and researchers in the 21st century can get along very well without them.
A world beyond ‘total institution’.
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Books to watch the time by.
A woman visits the Scientific Institute in Cairo, Egypt. The role of libraries is changing but they are as relevant and important as ever.
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African libraries have more of an opportunity than ever before to bring the continent's knowledge to the world. They just need to adapt their traditional roles and functions.
Should campus libraries spend on keeping millions of books on-site?
Keeping a printed book in a campus library comes with steep costs. How are campus libraries evolving?
Today’s libraries are offering skill-building programs.
Traditionally, libraries provided a quiet space to read. Today's libraries are taking on new roles and helping young people gain 21st-century skills.
Libraries are for everyone.
It is no surprise that libraries are coping with a large number of patrons who are homeless or have mental illnesses. Public libraries are, after all, designed to be welcoming spaces for all.
To understand the wide array of information in today’s world, we need a different kind of literacy. Some researchers call that 'metaliteracy.'
Lower-income students benefit the most from libraries. Yet, budget cuts are leading to a decline in their numbers.
The number of libraries is dropping drastically across almost all states. Will a revised No Child Left Behind law make a difference?
Book theft in South Africa has recently been under the spotlight.
The late Black Consciousness leader Steve Biko and political philosophers Frantz Fanon and Achille Mbembe top the list of writers who get routinely abducted by discerning pirates of the book world.
Academic publishers are attempting to build a walled garden around their content, blocking it off from public eyes.
A new policy by publisher Elsevier is threatening to wind back the gains made by the open access movement.
Does this book still exist after Manchester’s clearout?
We've lost a lot of libraries and a lot of books since 2010. The UK can't face any more cuts.
The State Library of Victoria has received the greatest single bequest of rare books in its history.
The State Library of Victoria has received the greatest single bequest of rare books in its history, coupled with an endowment for the collection's preservation. No wonder book scholars are smiling.
Books, bytes… and Babel?
Terry Pratchett and Jorge Luis Borges may have been the prophets of the future library.
The UK’s tenth most popular tourist attraction.
The Library of Birmingham was one of the UK's top ten tourist attractions in 2014. But this won't save it.
An image of Australian shearers taken on glass plate negative is now preserved in a digital collection.
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Australian’s museums, galleries and other cultural institutions must adopt more of a digital strategy with their collections if they are to remain relevant with audiences. Only about a quarter of the collections…
One hundred years ago today, the library at Louvain was destroyed, a great loss for study in the humanities.
The Louvain library in Belgium and its priceless collection of medieval manuscripts were destroyed by German soldiers exactly 100 years ago today – and so it is timely to ponder the links between education…
E-readers are more and more popular – but Australians are slow to take up the option of borrowing e-books from public libraries.
What place do e-readers – and in particular ebooks – hold in the reading behaviour of Australia’s 10 million public library borrowers? There are some 181 million items loaned every year by the nation’s…