The Digital Library of Idaho

Discovered while wandering through my Google Alerts: The Digital Library of Idaho. From the About Page: “This ‘collection of collections’ was developed over the course of the 2020-2021 academic year by a board of directors drawn from librarians from the University of Idaho, Boise State University, Idaho State University and the Idaho Commission for Libraries. The site currently features over 150 collections from 6 organizations from across the state that can be searched and browsed by subject matter, material type, date range, and location.”

Variety: Solange’s Saint Heron Unveils Free Library of Rare Books and Art by Black Creators

Variety: Solange’s Saint Heron Unveils Free Library of Rare Books and Art by Black Creators. “Solange’s Saint Heron studio and platform has announced the launch of its free library of ‘esteemed and valuable’ books by Black creators for research, study and exploration. Each reader will be invited to borrow a book of their choice for 45 days, completely free of charge. It is available via Saint Heron’s website, saintheron.com starting Monday, Oct. 18 — further details on taking out the books is below.”

Book Riot: A Brief History Of U.S. Presidential Libraries

Book Riot: A Brief History Of U.S. Presidential Libraries. “Not all presidents have libraries, and they’re not all in the same places — or even in Washington, D.C., the nation’s capital. They are based in locations that are significant to presidents, like their home states. Open to the public, they include papers, photos, and footage of speeches — but more on that later. First, let’s get to how the presidential libraries were started in the first place.”

Stanford Daily: Stanford Libraries hosts first JEDI Fair

Stanford Daily: Stanford Libraries hosts first JEDI Fair. “Green Library housed the first Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Fair on Thursday, giving a platform to historically marginalized communities at Stanford to enhance their activism and advocacy efforts while allowing Stanford Libraries to present a wide range of justice-related resources. The event, coordinated by Racial Justice and Social Equity Librarian Felicia Smith and User Experience Designer Astrid Usong, featured speakers, art exhibits and collections from Stanford Libraries highlighting diversity and social justice.”

Tallahassee Democrat: FSU confirms theft of nearly 5,000 rare comics, science fiction digests, from Strozier

Tallahassee Democrat: FSU confirms theft of nearly 5,000 rare comics, science fiction digests, from Strozier. “Sometime between March 17, 2020, and Feb. 10, someone stole nearly 5,000 items from the Robert M. Ervin Jr. Collection housed by FSU Special Collections & Archives at Strozier Library, the university confirmed Friday. In all, 4,996 items are missing from the collection that consists of comic books and serials on superheroes, science fiction, fantasy and horror, the university said in an email to the Democrat.”

University of Hawaii: $350K to research redescribing archives for social change, justice

University of Hawaii: $350K to research redescribing archives for social change, justice . “Library and Information Science (LIS) Program Assistant Professor Tonia Sutherland is the recipient of the Institute of Museum and Library Services’s Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian award. Sutherland will receive $357,536 over three years for her research proposal ‘Premised on Care: Redescription as Restorative Justice in American Archives.’ Sutherland will identify existing—and make recommendations for future—professional practices for culturally responsive decision-making about archival redescription.”

The Pitch: KCPL’s new Wikipedian in Residence gives us the tools to edit our own stories

The Pitch: KCPL’s new Wikipedian in Residence gives us the tools to edit our own stories. “In June 2021, the Kansas City Public Library announced a new staff position that reimagines the ‘traditional’ librarian role with a digital twist: the Wikipedian in Residence. Miranda Pratt, who graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2019, is filling the post for the inaugural year-long tenure.”

The Conversation: How Zimbabwean artist Kudzanai Chiurai has reinvented the idea of a library

The Conversation: How Zimbabwean artist Kudzanai Chiurai has reinvented the idea of a library. “Zimbabwe born artist Kudzanai Chiurai is a phenomenon. He is one of the most challenging and inventive figures in contemporary African art. From large scale photos of fictional African dictators to experimental films and protest posters, rich oil paintings and minimal sculptures, his work is housed in the world’s top galleries and collections. Chiurai, though, frequently shrugs off gallery spaces to show in warehouses, on the street or in urban locations.” This reminds me a bit of Hany Rashed’s work on a much larger (beyond family) scale.

New Yorker: The Surprisingly Big Business of Library E-books

New Yorker: The Surprisingly Big Business of Library E-books. “Libraries can buy print books in bulk from any seller that they choose, and, thanks to a legal principle called the first-sale doctrine, they have the right to lend those books to any number of readers free of charge. But the first-sale doctrine does not apply to digital content. For the most part, publishers do not sell their e-books or audiobooks to libraries—they sell digital distribution rights to third-party venders, such as OverDrive, and people like Steve Potash sell lending rights to libraries.”

American Libraries Magazine: New PLA Survey Highlights Role of Libraries in Digital Equity

American Libraries Magazine: New PLA Survey Highlights Role of Libraries in Digital Equity. “Survey data, captured for the first time, shows that more than half of public libraries report circulating technology (for example, hotspots, laptops, and tablets) for patron use offsite. A similar percentage provided streaming public programs, such as storytimes and author events, in the previous 12 months, as well as diverse digital content, resources, and training. With public Wi-Fi now ubiquitous, many libraries also offered 24/7 internet access by leaving on or extending their Wi-Fi signal so that visitors can log on to the web in and outside of buildings.”

Fond du Lac Reporter: Library archives turn up a treasure trove of history rediscovered during pandemic

Fond du Lac Reporter: Library archives turn up a treasure trove of history rediscovered during pandemic. “Old records and leather-bound volumes chronicling Fond du Lac’s past were put aside years ago, tucked away for safekeeping when everyday tasks that need attention at the library took precedence. Those forgotten treasures, stored away in the archives at Fond du Lac Public Library, were rediscovered in the throes of a global pandemic, among them hand-illustrated plat books from the 1800s, old tourist travel maps, long-forgotten funeral home records of early settlers and photographs of the county fair from the turn of the century.”

Ohio University News: University Libraries’ extraordinary legacy as the first library in the world to catalog online

Ohio University News: University Libraries’ extraordinary legacy as the first library in the world to catalog online. “t can be said that online cataloging as it is today began on Aug. 26, 1971, when Ohio University’s Vernon R. Alden Library, using a dedicated phone line, was the first in the world to generate an electronic library record. That online cataloging system, created by the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), became a pioneer in networking library materials. Fifty years later, the world and OHIO still celebrate the anniversary of this historic moment.”

Boston .com: A cybersecurity attack is causing ‘significant’ system outages for the Boston Public Library

Boston .com: A cybersecurity attack is causing ‘significant’ system outages for the Boston Public Library. “The Boston Public Library is working to restore its digital services after being hit by what officials say was a cybersecurity attack. According to the library, the institution began experiencing a system-wide technical outage on Wednesday morning due to the attack, which has affected public computer and printing services and online resources.”

Indian Country Today: $517K Grant awarded to team addressing digital inclusion in tribal libraries

Indian Country Today: $517K Grant awarded to team addressing digital inclusion in tribal libraries. “The Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums (ATALM) and the Simmons University Community Informatics (CI) Lab have been awarded $517,078 through the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) 2021 National Leadership Grants for Libraries Program. This year, just 22.7% of applicants saw their projects get approved.”