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Words of Praise For Microfilm, An Overlooked But Essential Library Tool

There are some great research-minded tumblrs out there — I highly recommend JSTOR's — the Muncie, Indiana Public Library is celebrating technology month in February. They asked their local history librarians what they thought the best technology was. They were big fans of microfilm. » 2/23/15 11:00pm 2/23/15 11:00pm

Gaze In Awe At These Stunning Photographs Of World Libraries

Here's one for the book lovers (i.e., probably everyone reading this). Photographer Franck Bohbot's stunning architecture photos have captured grand movie theaters and glowing city signs, among other subjects. His latest work in progress is "House of Books," a lush tribute to the libraries of the world. » 12/31/14 9:40am 12/31/14 9:40am

World's Largest Public Archive of SF And Fantasy Receives $3.5-Million

Earlier this month we learned that UC Riverside Library's Eaton Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy – the world's largest public reserve of SF/F books and materials – has come under threat by new management. Now, the Eaton Collection is the beneficiary of a $3.5-million gift – the largest ever received by the… » 8/31/14 10:03am 8/31/14 10:03am

The First College in the U.S. to Open Without Any Books in its Library

Florida Polytechnic University in Lakeland has just opened, with 550 students attending the first day of classes this week. The newly-built campus has a gorgeous library building, but no plans to stock it with books. Instead, it will be the nation's first all-digital college library. But it gets weirder than that. » 8/25/14 1:55pm 8/25/14 1:55pm

A Plea to Keep Libraries Alive

As a child I was irascible — easily bored, prone to tantrums, and always on edge. Luckily for my parents, they discovered a cure early on: books. We’d make weekly trips to the library, where I’d fill up a tote bag with as many books as it could hold. The bag was always so heavy that I’d have to schlep it over my… » 12/06/13 7:33pm 12/06/13 7:33pm

If Zero Hour is trying to be the most ludicrous show ever made, it has succeeded

Well, I needn't have worried in last week's review of Zero Hour's pilot episode that the show might run out of its special brand of batshit insanity too soon. As the second episode proves, Zero Hour has crazy to spare, and the crazy is reproducing itself like Tribbles, at a terrifying rate. Tonight's episode "Face"… » 2/22/13 7:00am 2/22/13 7:00am

This Saturday, let your love of Star Wars take you to your local bookstore or library

We may debate whether they read or write in the Star Wars universe — but one thing's for sure: the Star Wars tie-in books and novelizations have inspired countless people to start reading. There are so many Star Wars books and graphic novels now, it's like a whole literary genre up to itself. » 10/04/12 2:44pm 10/04/12 2:44pm