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BBC – Syria’s secret library

When a place has been besieged for years and hunger stalks the streets, you might have thought people would have little interest in books. But enthusiasts have stocked an underground library in Syria with volumes rescued from bombed buildings – and users dodge shells and bullets to reach it…As it is, the library is in an area considered too dangerous for children to approach. One young girl, Islam, tells me that she spends almost all her time indoors, playing games to help her ignore the gnawing pangs of hunger in her stomach and reading library books she is given by friends…”

Overview of First Draft of Guidelines for Library Service to People Experiencing Homelessnes

Overview of First Draft of Guidelines for Library Service to People Experiencing Homelessness and A Brief Overview of Services to Youth Experiencing Homelessness Without Parents or Guardians, Julie Ann Winkelstein School of Information Sciences, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN. Submitted on: 28.07.2016 (IFLA) “This paper provides an overview of the First Draft of the Guidelines… Continue Reading

Portland Street Books Project distributes free books to homeless

“Laura Moulton is a renegade Portland librarian, riding around town on a bike that holds her books and delivering everything from Louis L’Amour to Noam Chomsky to the people of Portland who live outside. Street Books, which started in 2011 as a three month social practice art project, is the subject of a short documentary released… Continue Reading

Law Journals: Submissions and Ranking, 2008 – 2015

Washington and Lee School of Law – “The purpose of the Law Journal Rankings Project is to give scholars a resource to locate law journals by subject, country or publication, or ranking (where available), to display journal editorial information, and to facilitate an author’s article submission to those journals. . The site currently ranks journals… Continue Reading

St. Louis Fed releases beta forecasting game

“The St. Louis Fed has developed a forecasting game to go with FRED, called FREDcast https://research.stlouisfed.org/useraccount/fredcast (still in beta).  There is a link to a training webinar:  https://www.stlouisfed.org/events/2016/09/ee-fredcast.” [via Katrina Stierholz, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis] Continue Reading

ALA Resolution on the Restoration of the United Nations Depository Library System

Resolution on the Restoration of the United Nations Depository Library System – ALA Council [Via Susan Paterson] Whereas ALA Policy 6.1.1 International Relations- Policy Objectives is “To encourage the exchange, dissemination, and access to information and the unrestricted flow of library materials in all formats throughout the world (ALA Key Action Area:  Equitable Access to… Continue Reading

NY Public Library Public Domain Collections: Free to Share & Reuse

NYPL: “Did you know that more than 180,000 of the items (photos, blueprints, books and maps) in our Digital Collections are in the public domain? That means everyone has the freedom to enjoy and reuse these materials in almost limitless ways. The Library now makes it possible to download such items in the highest resolution… Continue Reading

EUscreen portal searchable archive of professional audiovisual from 2009-present

“The EUscreen portal offers free online access to thousands of items of audiovisual heritage. It brings together clips that provide an insight into the social, cultural, political and economic events that have shaped the 20th and 21st centuries. As well as chronicling important historical events, the EUscreen portal allows you to explore television programmes that… Continue Reading

First Woman and African American Librarian of Congress Confirmed by Congress

TIME: “Carla Hayden made history on Wednesday (July 13, 2016) as the Senate voted to approve her nomination as Librarian of Congress, making her both the first woman and the first African American to hold the post. Hayden was first nominated by President Obama in February, and the Senate Rules Committee approved her nomination in… Continue Reading

The Supreme Court Database

Washington University in St. Louis: “The Supreme Court Database is the definitive source for researchers, students, journalists, and citizens interested in the U.S. Supreme Court. The Database contains over two hundred pieces of information about each case decided by the Court between the 1791 and 2015 terms. Examples include the identity of the court whose… Continue Reading

International Coalition on Newspapers Metadata Search

Via Center for Research Libraries (CRL) – “The ICON database is the most comprehensive source of information about significant newspaper collections in print, digital and micro formats. The large and growing database is designed to inform library decisions on the development, management and preservation of newspaper collections. Current statistics: 47,222,880 issues from 171,518 publications dating… Continue Reading

Diversity issues remain focus as Library of Congress welcomes new Chief Librarian

Via RollCall: “The Library of Congress could soon have the first African American and first woman chief librarian in its 200-year history. But some employees worry that the expected arrival of Carla D. Hayden won’t be enough to end a decades-long struggle with discrimination and diversity in its workforce. “Yeah, she’d make history,” said Priscilla… Continue Reading