Posts every Friday that highlight unique materials and interesting stories from beyond the UW-Madison Libraries.
An interesting study from the PEW Internet & American Life Project (a subset of the Pew Research Center) finds that reading is alive and well among young Americans. Their reading format preferences range from e-books on cell phones, audiobooks, and old fashioned print. Read the full story.
The American Library Association announced the launch of a new website this week. The Ebooks & Digital Content website is a project by the ALA’s Digital Content and Libraries Working Group and is hosted by the Transforming Libraries initiative. The website is full of resources for librarians and other professionals dealing with issues related to [...]
This week a federal judge threw out the copyright infringement case against several university libraries, including the UW-Madison Libraries. The lawsuit, brought against the universities by the Authors Guild and other writers’ guilds, accused the libraries (all of whom participate in the HathiTrust Digital Library) of mass copyright infringement since they were digitizing in-copyright works [...]
A Tumblr by photographer Dinah Fried depicts famous literary food scenes – from On the Road to Alice in Wonderland. Do Fried’s photos have you hankering for some literary feasts? The UW-Madison Libraries have a lot of cookbooks with recipes inspired by literature! Here’s a sample from the shelves: Pease Porridge Hot: a Mother Goose [...]
We are pleased to report that an article by UW-Madison’s own Janice Rice and her co-author, Haipeng Li, appeared this week in the Huffington Post: Libraries are a mirror of the communities that they serve. For many libraries, the looking glass reflects America’s tendency to attract new citizens – and those aspiring to citizenship – seeking [...]
We came across this post about interesting or unexpected things you can check out from a library – somewhere. The list includes everything from therapy dogs to toys! Do libraries at UW-Madison check out any of this stuff? Unfortunately therapy dogs aren’t in our collection (although they hang out on campus during finals and #studystrong…). [...]
The Libraries at the University of Wisconsin-Madison earned a spot in the nation’s top twenty college libraries, according to a student survey conducted by The Princeton Review. The Princeton Review released its 2013 college rankings in 62 categories, including ‘Best College Library’ and its counterpart, ‘This is a Library?’ Both lists are based solely on [...]
National Public Radio’s Lynn Neary spoke with Mark Dimunation, chief of the Rare Book and Special Collections Division at the Library of Congress, and curatorial committee member for The Library of Congress exhibit “Books That Shaped America.” The exhibit includes over eighty titles – everything from Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe to The [...]
Fans of beautiful books, libraries, and bookstores will be smitten with this website, A Pretty Book. A post from July 25th, “Cooking the Books,” inspired us to explore our own digital collections to find out what we have in the way of cookbooks. From the introduction to the School of Human Ecology’s Carson Gulley Cookbook [...]
Designer Karl Lagerfeld, Wallpaper magazine, and perfumer Geza Schoen joined forces to produce “Paper Passion,” a perfume intended to capture the scent of “freshly printed books.” According to the New York Daily News, Schoen created the perfume with just four or five ingredients, including ethyl linoleate and a selection of woody components to add dryness. [...]