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Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here -- What Will Be Your First Step?

Jane Carlin and Barb Macke | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Jane Carlin and Barb Macke

As a poet and a bookseller, Beau recognized that Al-Mutanabbi Street would have been his home, and sought to raise awareness and to promote the role of the artist in social activism and the commonality between Al-Mutanabbi Street and any street that holds a bookstore, library, university, or arts organization.

WATCH: Tech Takes Reading For A Ride

Shawn Amos | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Shawn Amos

Can it be true? Those shiny, blinking devices that seem to be multiplying around us are actually encouraging us to read more? Apparently so! But tabl...

Of Makers and Takers

Martin Kleinman | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Martin Kleinman

I come from a long line of Takers, in the strict sense of the (idiotic) term. My grandparents, on both sides, came to this country from eastern Europe, in steerage. They lived in the Bronx -- my much maligned New York City borough -- and worked hard all their lives.

Why We Should Let Go of Nostalgia and Embrace the Evolution of Libraries

Dr Layla McCay | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Dr Layla McCay

Adding value doesn't have to mean diminishing the previous value. I think it is heartening that libraries are finding ways to survive -- and flourish. It is worthy that they provide digital access to those who need and want it.

Renewing America's Friendship With Books

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Preetam Kaushik

We need more and more information. We have an insatiable urge for fantasy, and its possibilities. And we want it in a new garb. Books today have turned the casualty, as a result of this. Why did libraries lose charm, when we still have our reading habits intact?

Bhutan a Happier Place With Books

Richard Bangs | Posted 11.30.2013 | Travel
Richard Bangs

When Claire Thomsen was 11, her parents pulled the rug out from her comfortable Malibu existence. They sold the family business, rented out the house, and spent the year roving the world, 27 countries in all, with Claire in tow...

Why I Banned a Book -- Part II

Scott DiMarco | Posted 11.25.2013 | Books
Scott DiMarco

After I wrote about the experiences of our lesson of the damaging effects of Banning a Book at Mansfield University during last year's Banned Book week, I was very encouraged that the fight against censorship and banning books was going in the right direction.

Welcome to Today's Totally Modern Library: No 'Shushing' Allowed!

Peter Mandel | Posted 11.18.2013 | Books
Peter Mandel

Call me a Luddite if you like, but I keep wondering if it might not make some sense to have at least one outpost left in our over-wired world that just says no to glittering disks and glowing screens.

Librarian Saves $1 Million To Donate Back To Library

Posted 09.12.2013 | Books

Carol Sue Snowden, a librarian at the Columbus Metropolitan Library, was known by her peers for her modest lifestyle. She drove a used Chevrolet, live...

The New Reality Is Disrupted

Scott DiMarco | Posted 11.11.2013 | Books
Scott DiMarco

Why do we so often ignore the very advice that can save us? The answer may very well be found in Disrupted by Stefan Pollack which is easily one of the most important books of the year.

Interstates and E-rates

Bob Wise | Posted 11.11.2013 | Technology
Bob Wise

To ensure that all students reach their education destination, it is imperative that the United States meet the goal of connecting 99 percent of the nation's students with high-speed broadband in their schools and libraries within the next five years.

Mayoral Candidates Talk Libraries

Christian Zabriskie | Posted 11.09.2013 | New York
Christian Zabriskie

New York City public libraries are an invaluable public asset. Everyday tens of thousands of New Yorkers go through the doors. People of every race, creed, orientation, and age make use of the free resources which the libraries provide.

School Librarians Belong in NYC Schools

Christian Zabriskie | Posted 10.26.2013 | New York
Christian Zabriskie

Certified school librarians are highly trained professionals who impact the entirety of the school community. They have been proven time and again to positively impact student performance. Every child has a right to a school librarian.

Shrinking the Library System Is A Loss for New Yorkers

Letitia James | Posted 10.21.2013 | New York
Letitia James

More people visited public libraries in New York than every major sports team and every major cultural institution combined. Why then are we selling city libraries and shrinking the library system?

WATCH: Beastie Boys + Librarians = EPIC!

William Goodman | Posted 08.19.2013 | Books

While a number of things may come to mind when reflecting upon director Spike Jonze's 1994 classic music video for the Beastie Boys' hit song "Sabotag...

Libraries Changed My Life

J.J. Colagrande | Posted 10.05.2013 | Miami
J.J. Colagrande

Every time I entered the library I felt safe -- that old musty vanilla smell welcomed me back. I felt like home. I always feel like I'm at home in a library.

Developing Peace: Social Entrepreneurship in Troubled Regions

Student Reporter | Posted 09.25.2013 | Impact
Student Reporter

By Elise Hunter, MBA/MS candidate at Erb Institute, University of Michigan Starting a social enterprise in a region that has experienced genocide may...

Book Returned To Library 150 Years Late

Posted 08.02.2013 | Books

According to Fox News, an overdue book has finally been returned to Kentucky's Grace Doherty Library at Centre College...it's at least 150 years late....

An Open Letter on Library Closures

J.J. Colagrande | Posted 09.30.2013 | Miami
J.J. Colagrande

Closing half-of-our-libraries is one of the most egregious insults Miami has ever faced. Many are in low-income areas which will really affect poor adults who rely on the library system for online access.

New Case of Libramnesia Confirmed in Miami

Thea Montanez | Posted 09.25.2013 | Books
Thea Montanez

No, Libramnesia is not the name of a woman or the latest mixed drink. Libramnesia is a highly common, but under-treated social condition that causes its sufferers to completely forget about libraries or even worse, believe libraries are irrelevant.

Our Gutenberg Moment

Thomas Fisher | Posted 09.22.2013 | Technology
Thomas Fisher

The librarian T. Scott Plutchak has called this "our Gutenberg moment," referring to the impact that digital technology has already had on libraries.

High-Speed Internet Access in West Virginia Is Essential to Competing in a Global Economy

Sen. Jay Rockefeller | Posted 09.18.2013 | Technology
Sen. Jay Rockefeller

For those without Internet access at home, having a free Internet connection at the local library is vital. Technology is the great equalizer in our society, and every child and adult deserves to be connected to the promise that this technology holds.

The 'Other' E-Book Pricing Problem

Art Brodsky | Posted 09.16.2013 | Books
Art Brodsky

While the e-book world takes a minute to digest the court ruling finding Apple conspired with book publishers to jack up the price of e-books to consumers, it's worth noting that there is another e-book pricing battle going on.

MLK Library Ready to Unveil Digital Commons Space for Students, Social Entrepreneurs and Tech Startups

John Muller | Posted 09.09.2013 | DC
John Muller

Although the entire D.C. Public Library's branch system has been renovated and rebuilt over the past decade, modernization of the downtown Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library has been slow coming.

IWAMOTOSCOTT

Sarah Barness | Posted 08.10.2013 | Arts
Sarah Barness

When I was a student at Cal, I was very particular about where I studied. I needed to find just the right part of campus, with the right noise level, ...