Via Young Alberta Book Society on Facebook
In 1971, Marguerite Hart, the children’s librarian at Troy, Michigan’s Public Library wrote to dozens of celebrities. She asked them to help celebrate the library with a letter of support to the children of the city.
Below are a few of my favourites from the 97 responses she received. Clicking on them will open larger images that are easier to read and if you go to the library’s history page you can read more of the story and see the rest of the letters as images or PDFs.
Via 22 Words
In a post at Neatorama, Texas librarian John Farrier writes a thorough evaluation of Twilight Sparkle’s skills and shortcomings as librarian. He finds in her actions in one particular episode of My Little Pony “a great metaphor for the value of libraries and librarians in an information age”, and goes on to assess her effectiveness as a librarian. Organization, reference services, staff management, collection development and management, and outreach are all scrutinized with examples and recommendations. Twilight Sparkle, the article concludes, shines in the most important area of librarianship and has good potential to improve her performance in other areas with a little professional development.
Read: A Professional Assessment of Twilight Sparkle as Librarian. How do you compare?
Andrew Zack explains the process and costs of eBooks in Making E-books Is Harder Than It Looks.
Espresso-machine eBooks - The Antidote to e-Books
Everything in moderation: Enhanced ebooks are bad for children finds American study
Pew Poll shows 62 percent of American readers didn’t know if their library had e-books for lending. That and other survey stats at Most U.S. readers unaware of e-books at libraries: poll.
Ottawa’s Public Library has offered e-Books since 2010 and demand has skyrocketed although they still tackles challenges: Despite technical issues, e-books a best seller for library
After a pilot project, all 17 branches of the Edmonton Public Library will be lending e-readers to their patrons: Library Opens New Chapter With e-Readers. (I wonder which ones they bought?)
Read Books Online seems to be a fairly decent portal to the world of electronic literature delivery.
A very extensive indexed list of sources for online books can be found at The Online Books Page.
Miss Cellania has a collection of library cats. Here are a few of my favourites. Read all about them and see more by clicking on any of the images below, or on the previous link.
I wonder how much more rare this is than it used to be. What with allergies and all, we can no longer have any animals in our school. Is it like that all over?
20-Year-Old Hobbit Pub in Southampton threatened with legal action by US movie lawyers.
Mr. Library Dude’s delightful list of 10 things …They Didn’t Tell You About Being a Librarian
Pick Your Monopoly: Apple or Amazon from the Washington Post
Five hundred new fairytales discovered in Germany – Collection of fairytales gathered by historian Franz Xaver von Schönwerth had been locked away in an archive in Regensburg for over 150 years.
In case you haven’t heard yet…from March 2nd – Necessary Evil? Random House Triples Prices Of Library E-Books
An inspiring Media specialist turns up enthusiasm at library
Should Libraries Get Out of the eBook Business? from Librarian by Day
A List of Free Apps for Students with Hearing and Visual Impairment from Education Technology and Mobile Learning