Category Archives: Libraries

… and Present

See some stunning photographs of America’s myriad libraries (my personal favorites being the miniatures in Tulare County, California, and Post, Texas) courtesy of Library Journal: http://tumblr.libraryjournal.com/post/146410876613/photographing-the-quiet-majesty-of-americas You can reserve a copy of Dawson’s book, The Public Library: A Photographic Essay, right here.

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A Peek into Libraries Past

Some images from our fellow Midwesterner’s special collections, just in time for the RNC!: http://uispeccoll.tumblr.com/post/146680257468/the-cutting-edge-of-library-technology Surely SLPL took advantage of similar technologies! You are welcome to visit our surviving card catalog up on the third floor in the St. Louis Room, … Continue reading

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The Tiebrary

A supplement to this post here: Philadelphia’s Paschalville Library offers its job-hunting patrons checkoutable neckties. A tweet from mayor Jim Kenney confirms: The Paschalville Library Branch even offers a tie collection that can be borrowed for job interviews #RebuildPHL pic.twitter.com/PhfEskbyGu … Continue reading

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Poet Ted Mathys Spends National Poetry Month “In The Stacks” at Central Library

Join us and Writer-In-Residence Ted Mathys in celebration of National Poetry Month! St. Louis Public Library plays host to poet Ted Mathys, author of Null Set (2015), The Spoils (2009), and Forge (2005), as Writer-In-Residence this spring. Through routine blog … Continue reading

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Libraries: More Than Just Books

Take a look at this article on Harvard’s Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, which protects some of the world’s rarest colors. Here’s a sampling of some of the more interesting in the museum’s library: Harvard Art Museums, © … Continue reading

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*** = ?

Take a little peek into New York Public Library’s newly liberated collection of erotica (code *** to those in the know)… “As part of the library’s mandate to collect life as it was lived,” says The New York Times, “small teams … Continue reading

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A Day in the Life of the Library Book Drop

One of the many serendipities that fuels librarians’ public service fires? The weird flotsam and jetsam we have the pleasure of finding in our stacks and book drops. So far this year, Josh Hanagarne, author of The World’s Strongest Librarian (available here and as … Continue reading

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The Los Angeles Public Library Sign Maker Strikes Again

Remember this post? Well, it’s happened again, but this time—events! http://cplibrary.tumblr.com/post/136910014820/library-graffiti-obviousplant-i-made-up-some I have to say… our Worst Book(s) Ever! event coming up later this month sounds awfully similar to #3… But ours is a real event! I promise! And we’d love to have you. … Continue reading

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VIP Access to Sylvia Plath’s Juvenilia

Typically, a person has to be a researcher with special permission to see Plath’s juvenilia (like the cat drawing below!) in the Berg Collection at New York Public Library. But, lucky for us, the Plath estate gave The Gothamist clearance to … Continue reading

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So This Job Exists: Meme Librarian

While my tech-challenged boyfriend still calls the things “me-mes,” the rest of the world is beginning to seriously study the trends and many iterations of the great internet-born sensation: the meme. Meme mining is the way of the future. Or really the way … Continue reading

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