Ten Book Related Articles for (Another) Snow Day!

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So it’s snowing again here in Boston. It’s probably a good thing, I’m being forced to stay in my room and conquer my conference paper.  But for those of you who aren’t contemplating the use of archives in art museums…here are some interesting articles I’ve come across lately relating to books and/or the library field.

1. Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Books and Authors You Had to Read in High School by Kevin Smokler, Book Riot

Example: Albert Camus was a very happy person. Well, he fooled me.

2. Radio Show: Books  by The Bottom Line

This is a BBC radio show about business. This particular episode from last week focused on the book industry. It includes, as guests, the CEO of Curtis Jones, the CEO of Harper Collins and the Chief Content Officer of Kobo. One of the most interesting things that came out  of this show was the discussion by Harper Collins CEO Victoria Barnsley that perhaps book stores should start charging for browsing!

3. Can Libraries Survive in an Era of Budget Cutbacks? by Miranda Green, The Daily Beast

Kind of a good news, bad news article. Libraries are more in demand than ever, but are have less funds. How can they balance?

4. Infographic: The Top 50 Things Kids Will Miss If They Don’t Have A School Librarian In Their School by Library Media Connection

More than some people realize…

5. How Libraries Thrive as Technology Advances by Jeanniey Mullen, The Huffington Post

I believe the more we get the word out, the better libraries will do, so I’m always stoked to see articles in major news outlets.

6. 5 Reading Gadgets You Need Right Now By Wallace Yovetich, Book Riot

I really wouldn’t mind having a pair of prism glasses…though they might be uncomfortable on top of my regular glasses…

7. Librarians Rally Behind Blogger Sued by Publisher Over Critical Comments by Jake New, The Chronicle of Higher Education

If you haven’t heard about this one yet…well it really gets my goat.  Librarians unite!

8. Novel ideas: The women behind the famous men by Deirdre Donahue, USA Today

I am fascinated by the relationship between F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda, who is included in this list along with books about Lindbergh’s  wife, Anne Morrow Lindbergh (think of how she must have endured the kidnapping of her son) and Ruth Mallory, the wife of the British explorer and Everest climber George Mallory.

9. Instagram: Smithsonian Libraries

Pretty books galore!

10. 9 Very Specific Rules From Real Libraries by John Brandon, Mental Floss

Oh the joys of working with the public!


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