The Parliamentary Library would certainly benefit from more funding, but the Parliamentary Budget Office urgently needs a wider brief and greater independence
The national broadcaster has a special role in preserving audio and visual materials, not least to underpin its own reportuing
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Pre-pandemic, reading rates among teenagers were falling. But BookTok, a subculture of social media platform TikTok, has made teens read more often – and influences what they read. Here’s how it works.
Illustration by O. Sudomora for the children’s story ‘Bim-bom, dzelen-bom!’
Libraries are sharing knowledge so that when the war is over, Ukraine can see its cultural treasures rescued and restored.
Funding for writing and publishing is not just low: it’s also declining. Ben Eltham looks at a grim federal budget for literature, in the context of ongoing neglect for written culture in Australia.
Colorized version of a 1935 photo of a male ivory-billed woodpecker, now believed to be extinct. Photographed by Arthur A. Allen.
There are no more ivory-billed woodpeckers or Bachman’s Warblers on Earth, but they’ve left an echo behind.
A burned library at Kabul University after a deadly attack in Kabul, November 2020.
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My friend, with whom I co-founded a library in Mazar-i-Sharif, tells me books are like lights. With no one visiting the library and opening books, ‘the lights are off.’
A major survey shows learning to read for pleasure can help children and their communities in many ways, but the field remains under-studied and under-resourced.
Tents and other structures are seen in an aerial view at a homeless encampment at Strathcona Park in April, 2021.
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While public libraries and faith-based organizations may not be able to solve the issue of social stigma, looking at how they provide spaces for homeless people is a good place to start.
The Johannesburg version of the library.
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With vinyl records, zines and political posters instead of just books, The Library of Things We Forgot to Remember offers a way to reimagine African history.
A spinning wall puzzle helps kids develop spatial skills and understand how different objects relate to one another.
Sahar Coston-Hardy Photography
Scientists and local communities can work together to design interactive play spaces that build math and literacy skills.
College students who use the library are more likely to have higher GPAs.
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Headed off to college? A librarian shares four tips for college students ready to hit the books.
The Los Angeles Regional Food Bank held a distribution event at the LA county library’s headquarters on Jan. 22, 2021.
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These efforts are growing due to the coronavirus pandemic. They involve partnerships with school districts, food banks and other institutions.
Scholars can be more reliable than search engines.
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Unlike scholars, Google’s search engine can’t automatically decide which sources are the most important, most accurate or most significant.
Firefighters trying to extinguish a fire in the Jagger Library, at the University of Cape Town.
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Losing archives has significant implications in a country like South Africa with a fraught and contested history because voices from the past, which may carry alternative histories, are lost.
Nikki Luman works part-time for a public library in Sycamore, Ohio.
AP Photo/Tony Dejak
During economic downturns, local governments tend to cut spending on libraries, even as the need for their services grows.
Holy cards are highly collectible but also very, very numerous.
Ryan O'Grady, The Marian Library, University of Dayton
The mass production of religious items such as rosaries and holy cards poses a problem for the curators of religious artifacts at libraries and museums. How do you dispose of unwanted donations?
Lockdown life accelerated the role of digital technology in the virtual classroom, but there is still no substitute for physical books in children’s lives and learning.
COVID-19 has intensified the UK’s digital divide.
Internet access should be a basic human right.
Digitizing archives can make information more accessible, especially during the coronavirus pandemic.
During the coronavirus pandemic, digitizing archives can help increase access. But in addition to the labour and financial costs, issues of privacy, copyright and resources need to be considered.