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Yale Buys Judy Blume Archive

Judy Blume has been a hugely influential young-adult writer, prior to her works the genre barely existed. Vampire, werewolf and wizard’s can thank Judy Blume for their dominance in literature, as the young-adult genre’s popularity has exploded. She inspired children

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Is “Diversity” an Effective Anti-Racism Tactic in Library and Information Science? A Critique by David James Hudson

ABSTRACT Drawing on a range of critical race and anti-colonial writing, and focusing chiefly on Anglo-Western contexts of librarianship, this paper offers a broad critique of diversity as the dominant mode of anti-racism in LIS. After outlining diversity’s core tenets,

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“Nation Building Through Information Sharing”: Nancy Dupree and the Afghanistan Center at Kabul University

On September 10, 2017, the Afghanistan Center of Kabul University (ACKU) announced that its founder, Nancy Dupree, died at 89 years old. Dupree, an American who spent many years in Afghanistan, collected photographs, sound recordings, newspapers, magazines, and other documents

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Nimble – a concept of using augmented reality in library

Nimble – Augmented Reality book-based library from Sures Kumar TS on Vimeo. Nimble is a concept by Google engineer Sures Kumar; it is based on using augmented reality in libraries, such as a digital library card that navigates you to

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The Haskell Free Library and Opera House

The Haskell Library is famous for being built on the border of the US and Canada, in the province of Quebec and Vermont. The black border strip divides the building into two parts, but since all the books – 20,000

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The Library of Congress released a history of card catalogs

The Library of Congress has released a book on the history of the card catalog, appropriately titled The Card Catalog. This Vox article talks about what the author, Constance Grady, learned from reading the book. She describes the earliest known catalog, the destruction

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From Fine Art to Fishing Poles, the Most Surprising Things Libraries Are Lending Now

When the writer Deborah Fallows toured smaller and midsize communities in the United States in 2016, she made sure to make the same stop in every city and town: the local public library. Libraries were never just plain old book-lenders,

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Lost in space: the most captivating images from Nasa’s vast archive

NASA has released its Image and Video Library into the public domain. Useful to researchers and students alike, the library contains more than 140,000 files from 1920 to the present. Check out the most popular of these spectacular space images

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Lost and Hidden Cultural Treasures in Archives Waiting to be Discovered

While “wild” and “discovery” are not words people typically associate with conducting research in archives, libraries, and museums, maybe they are more relevant than we might at first think. Turpin points out in his introduction to the University Of Iowa Press’ first edition print, as part of their Iowa Whitman Series, that like Life and Adventures of Jack Engle, “plenty of American authors have left books in the dark” (xiv), which leaves me to wonder what other great works are hidden and tucked away in archives that we are yet to discover. This sense of uncertainty of what items and treasures may lie in our collections still waiting to discovered, make archives, libraries, and museums, a tad wild. — And what’s not to like about that?

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Borrow Your Next Museum Pass From The Library

More and more, public library offerings are extending far beyond their walls. Denice Rovira Hazlett in her article: “Easy Pass | Product Spotlight” reports that many libraries now offer “free or reduced-cost access” to other cultural institutions such as museums,

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