An hour-by-hour account of an average day in the life of a reference librarian serving adults at a busy public library.
Editor’s Note: I used to be a reference librarian at a major urban public library, and this is a pretty decent overview of a typical day, although most were not typical.
Source: A Day in the Life: Reference Librarian at a Public Library
New Yorker journalist Susan Orlean continues her usual practice of captivating readers by investigating her own obsessions.
“Unexpectedly engaging sections are tied to architects and landscaping and budgets, plus the overwhelming modern challenges of homelessness and mental illness. (“Every problem that society has, the library has too, because the boundary between society and the library is porous…,” Orlean wrote.) We learn how “teen departments” evolved and about the delicate politics of loaning out music scores, and hear some of the odd questions asked of the reference desk pre-Google; “they read like synopses of a play; each one seems like a snapshot of life that concluded with someone saying “Let’s just call the library!”
Source: ‘The Library Book’ is a delightful love letter to public libraries – CSMonitor.com
The Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world.
Source: Immigration since 1840 | DPLA
Whatever your discipline, you should also be teaching students how to understand, assess, evaluate, and apply information.
Source: How to Teach Information Literacy in an Era of Lies – The Chronicle of Higher Education
Libraries exist for the public. Amazon exists to maximize profits.
Source: Why public libraries are still essential in 2018 – Vox
A new book celebrates some of the world’s most beautiful libraries, with many of its entries in Europe. Cameron Laux looks at how they have carried knowledge through the ages, surviving 10th-Century raids – and looting by a 21st-Century crime ring.
Source: BBC – Culture – Libraries: Where the world’s memory is stored
Editor’s Note: I disagree with this article. The site, and its keepers, and the tools used, are not friendly for librarians or most others. It is dominated by those who turn away criticism, replace materials without reason, and seek to keep out those who don’t follow them. The hierarchy of the old guard keeps out anyone who thinks differently. Too bad.. was a good concept and got lost by giving all the power of truth to the leaders with the most history and who dominate the site and its posts.
See how Wikipedia, its community, and libraries are increasingly working together to provide free and open information to all in this excerpt from Leveraging Wikipedia: Connecting Communities of Knowledge (ALA Editions, 2018).
Source: Bringing Wikipedia into the Library | American Libraries Magazine