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What defines a city? Some suggest the mundane (the state of electrical wiring for utilities and phone lines). Others point to basic needs like the quality of affordable housing and public facilities. But the heart of every city is defined by two things: the state of its public spaces, and the quality and condition of its public libraries. Indeed, a public library defines not only the city in which it sits, but the state of the society that created it.Great cities in history were known for their libraries: the ancient cities of Ebla (probably the oldest known, around 2500 BCE) and Ugarit in Syria, Nineveh in Iraq, Alexandria, Rome, Constantinople and Takshashila in India all had vast libraries. Alexandria's was said to be one of the largest. The ancient university of Nalanda, now sought to be revived, and said to be one of the first great universities in known history, had a magnificent library. READ MORE
For libraries, it is the best of times, and the worst of times. And for author Jon Katz, it is the best time to be talking about them.The popular author of over a dozen books on dogs, and the mastermind behind The Bedlam Farm Journal, came to Scituate Town Library last week to discuss his travels to the 12 different libraries he had visited in the past few months, and the struggles associated with each.  READ MORE
In March 1970, Marguerite Hart became the first children’s librarian at the Troy Library. She was hired to plan children’s activities and to develop a children’s collection for the booming youth population in the City. Hart was a native of Detroit. Before arriving in Troy, Hart was the children’s librarian at the Madison Heights Public Library for three years.Hart possessed a passion for libraries and their role in communities. She was determined to provide children with proper library services. She once said: READ MORE
COUNCILMAN GENTILE HOSTS ESSAY AWARD CEREMONYLocal Students Wrote About “Libraries of the Future”Councilman Vincent Gentile hosted an awards ceremony for local public school student essayists who wrote about the future they envision for public libraries as part of Councilman Gentile’s annual libraries essay contest. READ MORE
Kate McDowell has been an Assistant Professor for the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) program at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) for the past four years.  The focus of her class is on services to youth in libraries.How did you get into teaching about storytelling?I myself took a storytelling class as part of my own Library Science Master's program at UIUC. This led to my discovery that I wanted to teach others about storytelling and so I pursued a Ph.D in library science. Then an opening came about at UIUC when another library school professor  Betsy Hearne, who taught Folklore retired, and so I was able to step in and teach my own storytelling classes.Kate's # 1 rule in classes:  If you think you have a criticism of someone's storytelling performance, come up with it in the form of a question.   She also encourages the storytellers to ask the audience what kind of feedback they are seeking. READ MORE
Their story started at the library where they both worked, the Frick Art Reference Library. Valery was painfully shy, but when she first met Sean, she fell hard for him. Sean didn't know at the time that she had a huge crush on him, and for three months she kept quiet, waiting for him to notice her.After many sleepless nights of wondering whether he liked her or not, Valery couldn't take the waiting and decided to ask him out. Sean was curious about her by this time, and with this she intrigued him. Sean fell in love with her will and her love of crafting books, and Valery fell in love with his gentle nature and love of reading books. Together they've tried so many new things they'd never have before. She took a chance and won their love READ MORE
by Randye Kaye, author and bloggerOriginally posted May 9, 2011 on Technorati. READ MORE
Friends of Carroll Gardens book sale draws hundreds of visitors.The Friends of the Carroll Gardens Library hosted their first-ever book sale on "Love My Library Day" Saturday [May 14, 2011], and hundreds of readers big and small flocked to buy books at a discount, enjoy baked goods and support the Friends' efforts. The sale was held in the downstairs space of the library.A performance by Karen K and the Jitterbugs started things off at 10 a.m., and guest readers included local author Emily Jenkins, Assemblywoman Joan Millman, Cobble Hill Playgroup director Carol Troha and author and local resident Mari Takabayashi. READ MORE
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), http://www.archives.gov, preserves and makes available records of the work of the U.S. Government and important events in American history. Citizens rely on our holdings for firsthand facts from letters, reports, books, photographs, films, maps, and other primary sources. We have valuable – and often fragile – materials to protect in emergencies.After the series of devastating hurricanes in 2005, the National Archives formed a Katrina Response Team that traveled to meet with state and local officials about the impact of Katrina on essential records and historic documents. NARA preservation staff provided a workshop on mold damage for cultural institutions in Mississippi, and FEMA asked NARA to provide guidance on rescuing water-damaged records from government agencies in Orleans Parish in Louisiana.One of the lessons learned from Katrina was just how important archives are to daily life and especially to recovery from disasters. Many birth certificates, court records, property deeds, and licensing records were damaged or lost during Katrina. Photographs and papers documenting the history of communities were swept away in the storm surge.You, too, have an archive in your home:  official documents like insurance policies, as well as papers, photos, and other items that record and preserve your family’s history. The National Archives offers some general guidelines for protecting your family archives in emergencies: READ MORE
I was invited to present a session on romance collections and romance readers at the Connecticut Library Association conference in Stamford this week, and I learned two key things:1. I was SO wrong2. Librarians are even more awesome than I thoughtI figured that at a state-wide conference of librarians from all different types of libraries, which are STAID and QUIET and INSTITUTIONS of QUIET STAID BOOKISHNESS, I had to be formal. I NEEDED PIE CHARTS. And graphs! And sexy numbers with decimal points when talking about romance. READ MORE

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