Your local library could be the ideal place to check out much more than great books, movies, and CDs, offering many more resources you may not even know about. Many libraries are becoming much more like community centers and in the process have accrued collections of more offbeat and sometimes even unexpected items.
Ranging from sketches to poetry to abstract creations, art left behind or created in Edmonton’s downtown library is now on display. Produced by visitors to the Stanley A. Milner Library, including many who use the outreach program, the artwork was first found throughout the library by staff, who then began to encourage its creation back in January.
Penguin Group today announced that it will be changing the terms on its library ebook lending program, and on Tuesday, April 2, will begin allowing libraries to purchase and lend ebook titles the day that hardcover editions are released, according to The Associated Press. Previously, Penguin had placed a six month embargo on new ebooks, requiring libraries to wait half a year before purchasing.
Amazon hasn’t exactly proven itself to be particularly library-friendly, or even generally book consumer-friendly at that. I’m dismayed to think what Goodreads could potentially turn into with Amazon’s profit-obsessed corporate hands in the pot now.
Examples of alarming decisions Amazon has made lately that affect readers, authors, and customers:
Students and politicians alike are calling for an Oxford University librarian to be reinstated after she was fired for the filming of a Harlem Shake video in one of the school’s libraries.
While I don’t really understand the point of Harlem Shake videos or the insane popularity surrounding them, I have a harder time understanding why the librarian would be fired for the filming of something she had no part in. (I’d be against it even if she had taken part, because engaging in any harmless form of free marketing or advocacy — no matter the bizarre nature of it or abundant use of animal masks and silly hats — is a STUPID REASON to fire someone.)