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Happy Birthday John Deacon!

John Richard Deacon was born August 19, 1951, in Leicester, England. Deacon joined Queen in 1971, playing bass and keyboards, and penning hits including “Another One Bites the Dust” and “You’re My Best Friend.” Learn more about this 2001 inductee at the Library and Archives.

Video: Queen, with Deacon on keyboards, performs “You’re My Best Friend” from 1975.


For three years, the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project has been studying Americans’ relationships with public libraries in the digital age. Here, we’ve boiled it all down to 39 shareable slides.

Our libraries research is broken down in three phases:

  • The state of reading in America
  • Library services
  • Library typology

What we found from these phases of research is that relationships to libraries are part of Americans’ broader resource networks. Once libraries are a part of their networks, services are especially important to low-income households. Books, browsing, and librarians are still central to how people use libraries and what they expect from them, but technology (computers, internet) is also a common use and a high priority.

Public libraries are also used and viewed as important community spaces.

Dive into the slide deck for more facts about libraries and reading in the digital age.


A Stereoscopic Atlas of the Chick

Working in a Special Collections Departments has its perks.  One such perk is being able to browse the closed stacks and treasure hunt for unique items.  I ran across this little gem a few weeks ago.

A Stereoscopic Atlas of the Chick by Joseph Long

Published 1937

- Karen Witt

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New Videos!  

#2 The Game’s Afoot

and #3 It’s a First Edition of Pride and Prejudice!!!

From UISpecColl’s visit to Bauman Rare Books, Colleen and Patrick chat with Rebecca Romney (also seen appraising rare books on The History Channel’s Pawn Stars) about life, the universe, and everything.  

From the BBC Sherlock to the Lizzie Bennet Diaries, Colleen and Rebecca Romney analyze the lasting power of favorite characters like Sherlock and Lizzie Bennet that thrive through fan works and adaptations (with a nod to the great work over at OTW).  Rebecca flashes her nerd credentials, and we hug a first edition of Pride and Prejudice, while lamenting 19th century pulp paper in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

(Photo is first edition of Pride and Prejudice from Bauman Rare Books).

Did you miss video #1?  We went Down the Rabbit Hole with Alice and Wonderland illustrated by Salvador Dali.

Why are libraries so important? If the Kindle can provide immeasurable books at a fraction of the cost, why not simply turn to this option? Setting aside the fact that the Kindle is laden with problematic Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology, which limits individual freedoms, people don’t just go to libraries for books, and technology isn’t the solution to every problem. The library is a social gathering place, used to conduct classes and provide people with public resources — including computers and wireless networks for those who can’t access them at home, and struggle to find their footing in a world dominated by technology. Librarians also provide highly unique and specialized services, benefiting from years of training to learn to serve patrons. It’s not just that a library provides access to books, but that it also offers access to brilliant individuals who provide research assistance, guidance, book recommendations, and tools to help people empower themselves when it comes to researching and locating information. Giving everyone a Kindle doesn’t solve that problem. The library has historically been and is today a resource for low-income people, including members of the homeless community, who can’t afford individual access to what libraries have to offer. It’s not just tangible things like books, magazines, and research materials such as old newspapers and property records, but the intangible: The experienced librarian, the tax preparer who provides advice, the community lectures. These are things that cannot be replaced by mere technology — not even with Kindle Fire’s much-vaunted Mayday Button.

anonymous said:

Do you or any of your followers have any recommendations for time management webinars or resources for MLIS students / working library professionals?

Good question! Not that I know of personally, but I’m sure some folks here can help. 

Time management, tumblarians?