The Library of Congress is in Washington, D.C.
Catalog data are a library's most important map to knowledge. What does it mean that
the Library of Congress just released 25 million records to the public?
Unstacked allows us to see what others’ are searching for among the 6 million items in the State Library of NSW’s collection.
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A new website allows you to see what other people search for in the State Library of NSW's vast collection of artefacts -- and discover things you'd never think to look up in the first place.
How can students think critically about information in today’s age?
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Since the 19th century academic librarians have helped students navigate the complex world of information. In today's unpredictable information environment, how might they rethink their role?
E-books are likely to reach 20% of library holdings by 2020, but writers aren’t receiving renumeration from these sources. Is this changing any time soon?
When you borrow a paper book from a library, authors get a small royalty, which is their second most important source of income. Yet if you borrowed an e-book tomorrow, the author would get nothing.
Australia’s librarians are a vital component of our research institutions.
The research libraries attached to Australia's art galleries are one of the nation's great cultural assets. But the National Gallery of Australia's library is losing crucial staff as 'efficiency dividends' hit home.
Anita Francis, ‘The Complete Works of Shakespeare,’ book sculpture, 2014. By permission of the artist.
For over four centuries, Shakespeare’s plays have been picked apart and reimagined.
Library space is changing.
The popularity of libraries has not diminished. Numbers show more people are going to libraries than ever before. Here's why.
Not shelved by any means – but there’s no room for complacency.
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Many libraries are now being transferred to be run by community groups. These volunteers play an important role but libraries should not be sacrificed for economic or political expediency.
Bodleian Education Library, Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford
It's a common assumption that library use is plummeting – but that depends on which libraries you look at.
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Libraries and archives have dealt with threats for centuries, but the growth of digital networks has created new hazards.
The National Library of Australia safeguards one of Australia’s most important living archives.
Australia has one of the world's best reference libraries, available freely to anyone with an internet connection. Severe funding cuts will cripple Trove's capacity – and that should worry everyone.
It’s a lot of grains of sand, but numbers can get a whole lot bigger….
Scientific advances – including the recent discovery of gravitational waves – force us to deal with numbers so extreme they're virtually inconceivable.
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.