Hundreds of thousands of hours of broadcasting history are available for the first time.
National Library of Wales
The Wales Broadcast Archive in Aberystwyth brings together the archives of the BBC, ITV and S4C under one roof.
In a post-truth era, with limited resources, archivists face difficult decisions about what should be preserved, but the problem is not new.
National Library of Australia.
Seven years after the #fundtrove campaign, the National Library’s Trove is once again under threat – and it’s part of a broader neglect of Australia’s cultural institutions.
Books have shaped societies throughout the ages.
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Books are one of the oldest forms of communication ‘technology,’ a scholar writes, and understanding how they’ve evolved over time provides insights into their role in society.
The library at the Barockhaus Museum in Görlitz, Germany. Libraries play a vital role in preserving texts and challenging disinformation.
Libraries play a crucial role in preserving texts, even controversial ones. They are responsible for teaching people how to evaluate the credibility and validity of information.
As the pandemic continues to pose new challenges, libraries are finding ways to better meet the needs of their communities.
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A scholar of literature for children and young adults shares her insights on how to better connect children with literature and libraries with their communities.
National Library of Australia.
There is not a single historian, publisher or archivist on the review panels whose feedback will help shape Australia’s new cultural policy
Self portrait by Philip Larkin for a library staff Christmas party, December 1963.
University of Hull
He was the poet who asked, ‘Why should I let the toad work Squat on my life?’ but new evidence suggests Larkin was proud of his library job.
Changes to search terms, through guidance from Indigenous communities and library experts, can align systems with everyday language, but can’t invalidate the terms people use to refer to themselves.
Beyond revamping misleading terminology, some library science scholars and Indigenous knowledge holders are looking at how to index library materials in ways that reflect Indigenous knowledge.
After 20 years of copyright battles, publishers have still not found a way to make the most of the potential of digital books.
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.