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Maker Culture & Makerspaces in Libraries 

In recent years, maker culture has emerged as an all-ages movement, marked by a DIY ethic and communal sharing of resources & knowledge. Makerspaces have popped up all over as centers where people come together to share resources, knowledge, and ‘stuff’* in their creative pursuits. This is an intriguing concept to a lot of librarians …

Posted 29 months ago by

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Ask a Librarian: How did you get through midterms? 

Computer stations are occupied, the scanners are buzzing, tensions are running a little high... Oh yes, midterms have definitely begun! Over at the reference desk, we've compiled a list of trusted crunch-time strategies from our days as undergraduate and graduate students, long long ago. Hope you'll give one or two (and especially number three) a …

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See the ABC of It! 

Through March 23, the NYPL's Schwarzman Building is host to an illuminating exhibition on children's books: The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter. Although it's safe to say that most people in the TC community are already convinced that children's books matter, a peek at this show reveals the hidden historical context of many …

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Libraries that play “hard to find.” 

The Gottesman Library at TC is pretty easy to find, with its prominent location at the end of campus and its five floors of open study space and book shelves. But some libraries are more elusive, almost intentionally hard to find. Today, the New York Times noted that the City Hall Library, located inside New …

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I Love My Librarian! 

In The New York Times of Monday, August 27th, my eye cast upon the large script and full ad  -- the "I Love My Librarian 2012 Award".  Even more happily came the words on page C6 -- "Librarians in our nation's 122,000 libraries make a difference in the lives of millions of Americans every …

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Butler Nostalgia in the New York Times 

Perhaps you saw this article published last month in The New York Times, but in case you didn't, Ben Ratliff wrote a lovely piece about the serenity (or antiquity) of pursuing books at Columbia's Butler Library. Posed as a sort of love letter to the Butler stacks, Ratliff' writes of "renegotiating" his "relationship with space …

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Primary research on reproductive health: Using the Guttmacher Institute 

If you are a student or faculty member in the health sciences, or incorporating research on women's reproductive health into your work, you may want to know about the Guttmacher Institute.  Guttmacher's mission is to "advance sexual and reproductive health and rights through an interrelated program of research, policy analysis and public education designed to …

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The Othmer Library at the Brooklyn Historical Society 

This past weekend, I went on a Big Onion Walking Tour of Historic Brooklyn Heights. The tour ended at the Brooklyn Historical Society where we received a very brief orientation of the Othmer Library. This particular library has the largest collection of materials about Brooklyn, in addition to other historical documents about Long Island, the …

Posted 58 months ago by

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Reanimation and MoMA 

The Reanimation Library collects old, out of print, and out-of-circulation books specifically for the use of artists and writers looking for odd or quirky materials to assimilate into their art.  This is, perhaps, the coolest mission statement for a library I can think of (and a great place for de-accessioned library books to die). …

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