Bearing Witness

Bearing Witness

Civic unrest and natural disasters are not unique to the 21st century. But with the growth of rapid news cycles and citizen documentation through social media, careful documentation of these tragedies—in real time or close to it—is a responsibility that public and academic libraries, archives, and other cultural institutions are taking on more and more.


Updating the Academic Library Code of Conduct for Modern Times | From the Bell Tower

Steven Bell, Sep 12, 2019
Every academic library should have a set of standards for how people are expected to conduct themselves in our facilities. If it’s nonexistent at your library, now is the time to create it. If there is one that has languished for years, it’s time for an update.

LYRASIS Calls for Greater Collaboration on Accessible Digital Content

Matt Enis, Sep 06, 2019
Many libraries have established formal or informal policies to ensure the accessibility of licensed and library-created digital content, but libraries also report uncertainty regarding the responsibilities for auditing and enforcing such policies, according to the “LYRASIS 2019 Accessibility Survey Report.”

Not Small Change: Honey Grove Library & Learning Center | Best Small Library in America

Meredith Schwartz, Sep 06, 2019
Honey Grove Library & Learning Center, TX, is one of the two finalists for LJ's Best Small Library in America. The library has been named a finalist before, in 2014; a lot has changed since then.

Building Bridges: Whitehall Public Library | Best Small Library in America

Meredith Schwartz, Sep 06, 2019
Whitehall Public Library is one of the two finalists for LJ's Best Small Library in America. When social service agencies began to resettle refugees in Whitehall, in the Pittsburgh, PA, suburbs, the library started building bridges between refugees and long-term residents.

Alexandra Chassanoff, Apr 12, 2018
During the week of March 19–23 MIT Libraries convened experts from across disciplines and domains to identify and address grand challenges in the scholarly communication and information science landscape.
Mirco Tonin, Jan 03, 2018
Suppose a librarian receives an email from a man named Greg Walsh, wanting to become a cardholder or simply inquiring about the open hours. Would the librarian reply? And, if so, would the reply be polite, including for instance some form of salutation, such as “Hello” or “Good morning”? Does your answer change if the guy is called Tyrone Washington? Is a librarian treating Jake Mueller differently from DeShawn Jackson?
LJ Reviews, Apr 11, 2018
A detailed look at pain management implementing the use of medical cannabis rather than opioids; A complex look at the issue of opioid abuse backed up with research and first hand stories; A valuable addition to the conversation about addiction filled with case studies illustrating the complexities of the disease
Mahnaz Dar, Jan 20, 2018
Editor Sarah Janssen discusses editing The World Almanac in an age where being attuned to "fake news" is especially vital.
Gary Price, Sep 17, 2019
From The Collation (Folger Shakespeare Library Blog Post by Erin Blake): As of September 2019, researchers have 35,261 more reasons to use the Union First Line Index of English Verse, hosted by the Folger Shakespeare Library. The database now contains all first lines, not just manuscript first lines, from Elizabethan poetry: a bibliography and first-line index of English verse, […]
Gary Price, Sep 17, 2019
From a DOAJ News Service Article: People think that DOAJ exists to index all open access journals. A journal can only be indexed if it passes all of our criteria. The Directory of Everything open access would be a wonderful thing but of how much use would it be? DOAJ understands that users want: advice […]
Gary Price, Sep 17, 2019
From Brown University Library News: The John Hay Library at Brown University is delighted to announce the acquisition of Janis Ian’s personal library, including collections of books of contemporary science fiction and fantasy authors inscribed to her. Among these authors are Anne McCaffrey, George R. R. Martin, Mercedes Lackey, Mike Resnick, Nancy Kress, Neil Gaiman, […]
Gary Price, Sep 17, 2019
The following full text article (open access version) was recently shared on arXiv. The final version appears in the October 2019 issue of Scientometrics. Title Peer Review vs Bibliometrics: Which Method Better Predicts the Scholarly Impact of Publications? Authors Giovanni Abramo National Research Council, Rome, Italy Ciriaco Andrea D’Angelo University of Rome Emanuela Reale National […]
Neal Wyatt,  Sep 17, 2019
The longlists for the 2019 National Book Awards arrive this week. The list for Young People’s Literature was announced yesterday, Translated Literature goes up today.  Scholars think they have found Milton’s copy of Shakespeare’s first folio, with Milton’s notes, edits, and suggestions. Battle at Big Rock, a new Jurassic short film, is out; it takes place a year after Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

Gillian Seely,  Sep 17, 2019
Today’s travel writers are prioritizing new ways of looking at old favorite stomping grounds, as well as fringe destinations, and enabling travelers to engage with culture in more powerful, responsible and immersive ways. This year’s titles give a clear window into the mindset of people of all ages, who seek to change their travel footprint and bring home more meaningful and rich memories.

Lisa Peet,  Sep 17, 2019
In July, the University of Texas at Arlington Libraries, University of Massachusetts­–Amherst Libraries, and University of Nevada–Reno were jointly awarded a three-year, $241,845 National Leadership Project Grant, “Maker Immersion: Developing Curriculum Design and Assessment Skills for Academic Makerspace Course Integration,” from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Barbara Hoffert,  Sep 16, 2019
Multi-Hugo-Award-winning N.K. Jemisin launches a new series, Terry McMillan returns to warm our hearts after four years, Serle writes a second adult novel, Zigman fictionalizes middle-age slump, first novelists Jane Healey and Judith Rosner join TaraShea Nesbit to enhance the historical genre, and Michael Farris Smith gives us boundary-crossing literary chills. Plus great women’s fiction, romance, and sf/fantasy/horror.

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