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.
AP Photo/Matt Dunham
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South Africa seeks to amend its outdated copyright legislation.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.
Ethiopian books and other materials, such as this ancient Bible, are in great demand.
For Ethiopia, there is no connection between the Maqdala war in 1868 and the stolen treasures at Maqdala
The study shared by Donald and Myfanwy Horne photographed in 2014.
Karl Schwerdtfeger Photography.
A new room will open at the NSW State LIbrary today, furnished with objects from Donald and Myfanwy Horne's study. Their daughter, Julia, reflects here on a writing partnership and the room that fostered it.
Less than a third of biographical entries on Wikipedia are about women.
Wikipedia's coverage on women is less comprehensive, and its volunteer editor base is mostly male. What can be done to change the numbers?
South Africa needs to build a reading culture.
UN Photo/P Mugabane/Flickr
Every year South Africans spend twice as much on chocolate than they do on books
The much heralded ‘death of the book’ has nothing to do with the death of reading or writing. It is about a radical transformation in reading practices.
Essays On Air: Why libraries can and must change.
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The much heralded 'death of the book' has nothing to do with the death of reading or writing. It's about a radical transformation in reading practices, as explained in this episode of Essays On Air.
Technologies for accessing information need to be somehow future-proofed.