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Best Libraries in the US

Best Libraries in the US


The library is not dead. That sentiment is very clear when you look at these spectacular new designs for centers of learning and continuing education, all of which were built around North America in the last year. The American Institute of Architects, partnering with the American Library Association, chose these six buildings as the best libraries built in 2014 and awarded…


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Library World

Library World


(The following is a post by Arlene Balkansky, reference specialist in the Serial and Government Publications Division, and Will Elsbury, military history specialist in the Humanities and Social Sciences Division.) The Library of Congress’ historical newspaper collections are extensive in their coverage of World War I. From the beginning of the war to America’s involvement to…


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World best Libraries

World best Libraries


Courtesy Dokk1 Slide 1 of 7 This year’s best new public libraries are more like works of art than stacks of books. The Dokk1 library in Aarhus, Denmark, was named the 2016 winner of the Public Library of the Year Award at The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) meeting this week in Columbus, Ohio. The prize is awarded by the Danish Agency…


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Best Library Schools

Best Library Schools


Library and Information Science Master degrees attract those who are truly researchers at heart. Librarians are often mistaken for bookworms who merely sit behind a desk, shush people, and are proficient with the Dewey decimal system. This could not be further from the truth, especially in the digital age of information. Librarians hold one of the few jobs that actually require…


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Oxford UNI Library

Oxford UNI Library


Introduction Oxfords libraries are among the most celebrated in the world, not only for their incomparable collections of books and manuscripts, but also for their buildings, some of which have remained in continuous use since the Middle Ages. Libraries in the Bodleian Libraries group include major research libraries, libraries attached to faculties, departments and other institutions…


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Cincinnati Mercantile Library

Cincinnati Mercantile Library


Cincinnati s Mercantile Library Cincinnati s Mercantile Library is one of an elite group of membership libraries that has survived into the 21st century. The library was established in 1835 which also puts it into the exclusive 175 year plus library club. I recently acquired an envelope that was mailed by the library on March 24, 1865 (see above). At that time the library was…


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Beautiful in the World

Beautiful in the World


Caroline Leavitt s latest novel, Cruel Beautiful World, is about coming-of-age in 1969; it s about wild love, rebellion and finding oneself in the time of Woodstock and the Manson murders. The story follows 16-year-old Lucy Gold, who runs away with her English teacher, William, to the wilds of Pennsylvania. Lucy leaves behind a big sister and the aunt who raised them after…


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