January 26, 2020

Rare Japanese Scrolls Gifted to University of Hawaii’s Hamilton Library

From the University of Hawaii: The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Hamilton Library received two rare Japanese scrolls from Deborah Rudolf, wife of the late John Harvard Hawley. The scrolls, entitled 鯨魚覧笑録 (Geigyoran shoroku), were created in 1819 and depict the entire process of whalehunting during Japan’s Edo period (1600–1868). The scrolls are hand-painted and over 400 inches long. Scrolls […]

TSLAC Director Mark Smith on “Libraries and the E-Book Market–Where Do We Stand?”

From a Blog Post by Mark Smith, Director, Texas State Libraries and Archives Commission Director: I am currently attending the American Library Association Midwinter conference in Philadelphia. This morning I sat in on a meeting with Mr. John Sargent, CEO of Macmillan Publishing and a room full of librarians in various states of anger and […]

Books: “The Girl Who Ran Auschwitz’s Secret Library”

From The Jerusalem Post/TheMedia Line: Dita Kraus was 14 years old when she was given a most unusual task in World War II’s largest and most notorious concentration camp: Manage and distribute a clandestine collection of books among the prisoners in Auschwitz’s so-called family camp. In a new first-hand account of her experiences, Kraus reveals the […]

In U.S., Library Visits Outpaced Trips to Movies in 2019 According to New Findings From Gallup

From Gallup: Visiting the library remains the most common cultural activity Americans engage in, by far. The average 10.5 trips to the library U.S. adults report taking in 2019 exceeds their participation in eight other common leisure activities. Americans attend live music or theatrical events and visit national or historic parks roughly four times a […]

Stolen 40 Years Ago, Rare Christopher Columbus Letter Recovered by Delaware Investigators

From the Delaware News Journal: After arriving in the Americas, Christopher Columbus penned a letter about his find to Spain’s King Ferdinand, a letter that would later be published to spread the news throughout Europe. For the fourth time in the past four years, federal agents and attorneys in Delaware have recovered a stolen copy of that […]

Wiley Provides Free Access to Coronavirus Research

From Wiley: John Wiley & Sons will provide free access to all articles related to the coronavirus in support of the outbreak relief efforts in China. Wiley has identified 54 relevant articles. These important pieces of literature will remain free until April 2020 and the window of time will be extended as needed. As new […]

Virtual Reality: “Introducing ‘Rebuilding Notre Dame,’ a New VR Documentary For Oculus”

From a Facebook/Oculus Announcement: Dating back to the 12th century, Notre Dame is a cultural landmark steeped in historic as well as religious significance. The cathedral caught fire on April 15, 2019, resulting in the destruction of its trademark spire. Since then, this popular tourist attraction has been closed to the public, pending a laborious […]

Research Tools: Map Tracks Coronavirus Outbreak in Near Real Time, Downloadable Data Also Available

From Johns Hopkins University: The Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering has built and is regularly updating an online dashboard for tracking the worldwide spread of the coronavirus outbreak that began in the Chinese city of Wuhan. Lauren Gardner, a civil engineering professor and CSSE’s co-director, spearheaded the effort to launch the mapping website on Wednesday. The […]

University of Illinois Library and iSchool Diversity Committees Receive Grant to Support Programs on “Becoming a Trans Inclusive Library”

From the University of Illinois: The University Library’s Diversity Committee and the iSchool’s Diversity Committee are recipients of a Strategic Programs Initiative Funds grant to support programs on “Becoming a Trans Inclusive Library.” The Strategic Programs Initiative Funds are offered by the University Library’s Executive Committee to support projects advancing one or more strategic directions […]

Architecture: City Of Los Angeles Department Of Cultural Affairs Launches Online Archive For Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House

From Broadway World: The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), with support from the California Arts Council, announces the Hollyhock House Digital Archive. The archive, which is free and open to the public, encompasses over 500 works that include original drawings, blueprints, and ephemera, which date from 1918 through the early 21st […]