Monday, March 11, 2013

The Library of Unborrowed Books

Hers's a link to the piece in The Paris Review that brought this exhibition to my attention - Borrowed Time, by Michele Filgate.

She was discussing this exhibition:

Meriç Algün Ringborg: The Library of Unborrowed Books

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Libraries and Wikipedia - not an either/or

Cory Doctorow, one of the bright minds around, has contributed this to Boing Boing

Wikipedia and libraries: a match made in heaven

Definitely worth a read, for the idea alone, and it sounds totally feasible to me (with my fairly limited technical knowledge).  Some resources in my own library are available to all, others are for members-only, but available from anywhere, and there is a small group which are both members-only, and can only be accessed from within the library buildings (it all depends on the licenses).

Access to the complete Oxford Dictionary is alone a wonderful resource, but you can also find old newspaper archives, the Encyclopaedia Britannica, specialist dictionaries of biography, arts, etc.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Things to do when you are rich

Andrew Carnegie was a very rich man, who believed whole-heartedly in the value of public libraries, and contributed enormous amounts of his own money in setting them up in different countries.

110 years ago Andrew Carnegie was made a Freeman of Limerick; in his speech he outlined the role of Public Libraries...

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