"In an extraordinary press conference last week, #Florida Governor Ron #DeSantis (R) acknowledged that challenges to #books in the state's school #libraries are out of control. Over the course of the event, DeSantis blamed teachers, school officials, 'random people,' community members, 'bad actors,' and the media. DeSantis pointed the finger at everyone except for the person most responsible: himself."
Some other open access books on the conservation of railway heritage are available on the same website.
"Gen Z is bringing back reading," says The Week, which leads us to wonder what the heck it is we've been doing all these years. But, the publication explains, it's not just reading — it's real books, made of paper. Per research published in @TheConversationUS: "Gen Zers and millennials prefer books in print over e-books and audiobooks" which has manifested in an "unlikely love affair with their local libraries." Here's a breakdown of what might be happening. We want to know: How do you like to read these days?
"Nothing lasts forever. This common experience is the source of much anxiety but also hope. The concept of impermanence or continuous change opens up a range of timely questions and discussions that speak to globally shared experiences of transformation and concerns for the future. Impermanence engages with an emergent body of social theory emphasizing flux and transformation, and brings this into a dialogue with other traditions of thought and practice, notably Buddhism that has sustained a long-lasting and sophisticated meditation on impermanence."
John La Rose was born in Trinidad and was a poet, essayist, publisher, filmmaker, trade unionist, and cultural and political activist. In 1966, with his partner, Sarah White, he set up one of the first Black British bookshops in the UK, New Beacon Books. His wide-ranging contribution to the struggle for racial equality and social justice, as well as cultural change, is unparalleled in the history of the black experience in Britain.
Learn more about the Activism of John La Rose and the archive collection of the George Padmore Institute here https://www.exploreyourarchive.org/spotlight-the-george-padmore-institute/
Of possible interest for some folks, via United Nations' Library. I get updates from UNL, and once in a while find things that could be useful in some of our classes.
>Feminist Climate Justice: A Framework for Action
(Print copies are for sale, but you can read the full book online via a reader for free).
New on my YouTube channel.
>Books from Hutchins for TBR at start of February 2024
A list of five #books we bought here at Hutchins Library, Berea College, that I have checked out for me to read, added to my #TBR
list. This month I also highlight a bonus book that I am reading as of this video for #BlackHistoryMonth.
Gaetano Salvemini smuggled a copy of the court transcripts of Matteotti's trial out of Italy:
"Per conto mio, già nell'agosto del 1925, avevo trafugato fuori d'Italia una copia della requisitoria del Pubblico Ministero Santoro nella inchiesta senatoriale sulle accuse mosse da Giuseppe Do- nati contro il direttore generale della pubblica sicurezza, generale De Bono. Dopo averli utilizzati affidai quei docu- menti alla biblioteca della School of Economics di Londra, nel dicembre 1926"
The day after there was an unsuccessful attempt to steal the transcripts, but they were kept in the Library's safe.
Very excited that we are now going to be digitising these transcripts and putting them freely available online, 100 years after Matteotti's murder. Hopefully they will be available by end of June this year. Attached is a photograph of them in situ.
New on our library blog today, a list of 10 graphic novels you can read for Black History Month (or any other time). All titles are available here at Hutchins.
"The very attempt to narrativize and moralize fascism translates what is perceived as the object of this moral narrative, the event of fascism as a "lived experience," into representation, which consequently implicates such moral and political representations of fascism in the restaging, stylizing, or aestheticizing of such an event."
Some folk don't just want to ban books — they want to close libraries. One group of religious activists in rural Columbia County, Wa. who tried to have the area's only library shut down has failed. They tried to exploit a 1940s loophole in the law, but a local judge found the effort unconstitutional after residents challenged the issue in court. Now, state legislators are working to update the law. “Closing libraries is a stupid idea,” Washington state Sen. Sam Hunt told the Seattle Times. Here's more from @LGBTQNation.
Oh look, another state library agency having a hissy fit over ALA with the usual accusations that ALA "promotes Marxism, discriminates against faith-based organizations, and supports keeping sexual content in libraries."
>Alabama pulls out of American Library Association
This is your periodic reminder that publishers and Overdrive (owned by venture vultures KKR) are killing your public libraries with the costs of content for the Libby app. They want $120 for one (1) copy of the Heir of Fire audiobook by Sarah J. Maas. @librarians #ebooks #libraries #eBooksForAll #LibbyApp
BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google
Libraries today are more important than ever. More than just book repositories, libraries can become bulwarks against some of the most crucial challenges of our age: unequal access to education, jobs, and information.
Courtesy of @MicroSFF's YouTube channel, and relevant to all our interests
RAE's Digital Library
Biblioteca digital de la RAE (Real Academia Española)
A huge amount of texts in Spanish available in digital format through the web. A treasure!
My library left Twitter long before Eli Cologne took over. It was not worth it then, even less so now.
>3 Library Marketing Experts Agree: It’s Time for Your Library To Abandon Twitter
The long list for my favorite literary prize has been released; the seventy books have been nominated by public libraries around the world and the shortlist will be out towards the end of March, but it's the long list where I find interesting titles I haven't come across before.
The Women Who Rode Miles on Horseback to Deliver Library Books
Librarians are amazing.
They were known as the “book women.” They would saddle up, usually at dawn, to pick their way along snowy hillsides and through muddy creeks with a simple goal: to deliver reading material to Kentucky’s isolated mountain communities.
BY ANIKA BURGESS. via @atlasobscura
This Martin Luther King Jr. day, I want to make a plug for the @internetarchive, They offer for free many of Dr. King's books, like Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story for free on their website.
#MLKday #DrMartinLutherKingJr #Books #Libraries #InternetArchive
Happy Saturday! We're delighted to launch this year's hashtags. Have a look at the topics and share any archives you find that relate to the topics. We love to share what you find :)
Spadework for a Palace, by Laszlo Krasznahorkai, trans John Batki. You are a librarian with a great plan to create a Permanently Closed Library, which you record with other thoughts in a single sentence that stretches 100 pages. 5 of 5 library cats 🐈 🐈 🐈 🐈 🐈.
"#Florida school district removes dictionaries from #libraries, citing law championed by #DeSantis"
PS: It turns out to be a myth that Victorians covered piano legs for the sake of prudery. But one day people will hear that Floridians removed dictionaries from school libraries for the sake of prudery and wonder whether it's a myth. The truth will be out there, but not in Florida libraries.