heyteenbookshey:

Elmhurst Public Library fights back against unclear book design

My patrons would loooooove this.

(via thespoilerendings)


Maybe our world doesn’t have magical owls that bring you invitations to go on adventures, but it does have libraries.

Andrew Slack – co-founder and Executive Director of the Harry Potter Alliance – in his keynote at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting (via forestparklibrary)

Eileen Cook said something very similar about the library - specifically, about teen programming like Book Camp - during her keynote address.

(via sslibrarianship)

(via surroundedbybooks)


americanlibraryassoc:

Resurrecting the Dead: what did Jane Austen look like?
Linda Rodriguez McRobbie on how art, history and software help us make educated guesses about unknown faces.

Jane Austen is a pretty woman, with curly brown hair hidden under a rather dowdy mobcap, brown eyes, the long, straight, “Austen” nose, and a clear, rosy complexion. She looks friendly, clever, bright, like what you’d think Jane Austen would look like.

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americanlibraryassoc:

Resurrecting the Dead: what did Jane Austen look like?

Linda Rodriguez McRobbie on how art, history and software help us make educated guesses about unknown faces.

Jane Austen is a pretty woman, with curly brown hair hidden under a rather dowdy mobcap, brown eyes, the long, straight, “Austen” nose, and a clear, rosy complexion. She looks friendly, clever, bright, like what you’d think Jane Austen would look like.

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WHEN I’VE JUST MADE THE SECOND CLOSING ANNOUNCEMENT AND FIVE PEOPLE WALK IN


Anger, Disgust and

iworkatapubliclibrary:

A woman came to the desk with a look of disgust and anger on her face.

Woman: “You hardly have ANY sale books over there. What the hell am I supposed to do?”

Me [smiling]: “I’m so sorry we don’t have a lot of sale books right now. We do have many, many, many free books.” [gesturing at the stacks]

Woman [angrily]: “Ugh!”


A childhood without books – that would be no childhood. That would be like being shut out from the enchanted place where you can go and find the rarest kind of joy.
Astrid Lindgren (via words-and-coffee)

(via theinnkeeperlibrarian)


On, Logging

iworkatapubliclibrary:

A patron asked for help on the computer she was using. She was trying to log on with her library card but instead of typing in the number, she’d inserted the library card into the floppy disk drive.


digitalpubliclibraryofamerica:

We had so much fun uncovering gilded and fanciful book cover after gilded and fanciful book cover for our recent Summer of Archives feature that we thought we’d share a few more just for the heck of it. These five covers were designed by Will Bradley (1868-1962) and Margaret Armstrong (1867-1944), our two most favorite designers of the bunch.

A bit about Armstrong:

"Margaret Armstrong was among a number of important woman cover designers, beginning her work in the late 1880s. She began her career at A.C. McClurg and then went on to other publishers, primarily Scribner’s, for whom she designed half of her total output of about 270 books." [source]

And Bradley:

At the peak of Will H. Bradley’s career in the late 19th and early 20th century he was acknowledged as one of the premier American graphic artists of his time and had made a marked impact on fine and commercial graphic arts. He contributed to the growth of various artistic movements within the United States and influenced developments in illustration and layout practices in the book and periodical arts. He did not restrict himself to a narrow range of styles, and his body of work, including his publishers’ bindings, shows him to be one of the more diverse artists of his generation. [source]

Love vintage book covers? DPLA’s got you covered.

Image credits

  1. Binding for “Like a Gallant Lady" (1897 edition) by Kate M. Cleary. Designed by Will Bradley (1868-1962). Image courtesy University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Full text available.
  2. Binding for “The Quest of the Golden Girl" (1896 edition) by Richard Le Galliene. Designed by Will Bradley (1868-1962). Image courtesy University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Full text available.
  3. Binding for “A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers" (1911 edition) by Henry David Thoreau. Designed by Margaret Armstrong (1867-1944). Image courtesy University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Full text available
  4. Binding for “Astoria, or, Anecdotes of an enterprise beyond the Rocky Mountains" (1897 edition) by Washington Irving. Designed by Margaret Armstrong (1867-1944). Image courtesy University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Full text available.
  5. Binding for “The Bird’s Calendar" (1894 edition) by H.E. Parkhurst. Designed by Margaret Armstrong (1867-1944). Image courtesy University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Full text available.

(via libraryjournal)



librarian-shaming:

"I use Google & Wikipedia to answer most reference questions…"

librarian-shaming:

"I use Google & Wikipedia to answer most reference questions…"


americanlibraryassoc:

americanlibraryassoc:

Librarians touch the lives of the people they serve every day. The Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award encourages library users like you to recognize the accomplishments of exceptional public, school, college, community college, or university librarians.  We want to hear how you think your librarian is improving the lives of the people in your school, campus or community.
INFO:
Up to 10 librarians will be selected. Each librarian will receive a $5,000 cash award, a plaque and a travel stipend to attend the awards ceremony and reception in New York City, hosted by The New York Times.
Nominations will run through Sept. 12.
Nominate a Public Librarian
Nominate a School Librarian
Nominate a College, Community College, or University Librarian
REQUIREMENTS:
Each nominee must be a librarian with a master’s degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association in library and information studies or a master’s degree with a specialty in school library media from an educational unit accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. Nominees must be currently working in the United States in a public library, a library at an accredited two- or four-year college or university or at an accredited K-12 school.
Sign up here to be notified about future I Love My Librarian Award activity.

Nominations are still open until September 12!!! :)

americanlibraryassoc:

americanlibraryassoc:

Librarians touch the lives of the people they serve every day. The Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award encourages library users like you to recognize the accomplishments of exceptional public, school, college, community college, or university librarians.  We want to hear how you think your librarian is improving the lives of the people in your school, campus or community.

INFO:

Up to 10 librarians will be selected. Each librarian will receive a $5,000 cash award, a plaque and a travel stipend to attend the awards ceremony and reception in New York City, hosted by The New York Times.

Nominations will run through Sept. 12.

Nominate a Public Librarian

Nominate a School Librarian

Nominate a College, Community College, or University Librarian

REQUIREMENTS:

Each nominee must be a librarian with a master’s degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association in library and information studies or a master’s degree with a specialty in school library media from an educational unit accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. Nominees must be currently working in the United States in a public library, a library at an accredited two- or four-year college or university or at an accredited K-12 school.

Sign up here to be notified about future I Love My Librarian Award activity.

Nominations are still open until September 12!!! :)


library-lessons:

-via The Sexy Librarian

I see what you did there.

library-lessons:

-via The Sexy Librarian

I see what you did there.

(via theinnkeeperlibrarian)



ebookfriendly:

Reading nook

ebookfriendly:

Reading nook