Reading and books are more important than ever for contemporary society. Here an image of The Rose Main Reading Room at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (also known as New York Public Library Main Branch) – an elegant study hall in the heart of Manhattan.
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Today's libraries build communities and provide space for learning new technologies but it is critical that they continue to be about books and reading too.
Public libraries can use their status as community hubs to engage the public in scenario planning for the future.
We commonly think of libraries as repositories of knowledge accumulated over centuries. But the public library also connects people in ways that can enable communities to plan for their future.
For now, it’s going to be trickier for the University of California community to access some academic journals.
The UC libraries let their Elsevier journal subscriptions lapse and now the publisher has cut their online access. It's a painful milestone in the fight UC hopes may transform how journals get paid.
ParentsNext requires places like libraries and public pools to monitor parents' attendance at activities. This undermines their role as spaces of inclusion and support.
China’s five-storey Tianjin Binhai Library occupies an area of 33,700 square metres with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves which can contain up to 1.2 million books.
In our world of pervasive consumerism, libraries continue to be founded on humanism. Their core purpose as accessible places is vital – yet they are also now popular tourist destinations.
The Ford government’s cuts to libraries must be fought and ultimately rescinded.
The Ford government's cuts to library services are unwarranted and must be rescinded.
Libraries are offering new and innovative things that belie their historic image as silent places to read.
With advancements in technology, libraries are offering much more than something to read. A library researcher offers a sampling of some unexpected items that library patrons can check out these days.
Library subjects and call numbers can be the subject of controversy.
The way books are sorted at the library can be highly political, touching upon issues of race and identity.
Libraries subscribe digitally to academic journals – and are left with nothing in the stacks when the contract expires.
Digital publishing hasn't resulted in the free and open access to information many envisioned. Universities are increasingly fed up with a system they see as charging them for their own scholars' labor.
Archivists put an immense amount of work into organizing, digitizing and maintaining repositories.
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The media trope negates the work done by archivists, who are often well-aware of the existence of 'long-lost' letters, journals and stories.
The thousand and one lives of the paper book.
Are the stacks of books in your library still alive? Why keep them if they are not? Why does our attachment to the printed word not waver in the face of its digital counterpart?
Librarians are qualified to help struggling readers enjoy and improve at reading.
If schools and policy-makers want to boost children's literacy, they should invest in teacher librarians.
At the heart of Edinburgh.
Buildings built for writing and reading the news altered the urban fabric.
South Africa seeks to amend its outdated copyright legislation.
South Africa's copyright law must not continue ignoring the principles of fair use.
Got a license for those seeds?
Sharing seeds was common practice among farmers throughout history until the rise of agribusiness. Now seeds are trademarked and regulated, but there's a new place to get them for free: the library.
While many jobs are being replaced by technology, those that participate in the making of (good) social experiences for people are bucking the trend.
The Railway Depot furnace at Kaserne, Johannesburg in 1971. Banned and confiscated books and magazines were burnt weekly.
South Africa has a history of burning books. The ashes of burnt books tell of the barbarism to which a society can descend.
A fragment of an ancestral Pueblo jar dating to c. A.D. 1150.
Keith Kintigh, Arizona State University
Only a small fraction of the data from archaeological fieldwork is made accessible to the public or preserved for future research.
The State Library in Victoria illustrates that libraries are so much more than just places that contain books.
In the digital age, libraries got creative about how to translate services they've always offered into new formats. And they've transformed their spaces to have a variety of community uses.
Interdisciplinary research led to the discovery that three historic books were covered in a layer of arsenic.