UW-Madison Libraries’ first Book Madness bracket tournament went live this morning! Several librarians worked to created a bracket of 64 books and have pitted them against each other in 32 pairings within categories like Romance, Sci-Fi, Fantasty, Horror, and Contemporary Fiction. Participants can vote on their favorite books throughout the tournament; twice a week, winners [...]
In case you missed it: the Internet Reviews section of College & Research Libraries ran a review of the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections in their February 2013 issue. Sarah Goodwin Thiel, of the University of Kansas Libraries, reviewed the UWDC websitein glowing terms, noting that the UWDCC has digitized over 1 million books, objects, [...]
The Chronicle of Higher Education ran an article this week that highlighted new initiatives at academic libraries in terms of scholarly publishing. Over the last five years, library-based publishing has changed rapidly, shifting from a focus on digitization initiatives to something less well defined and more contingent on individual universities. At Amherst College, librarian Bryn [...]
Congratulations to Tracy Honn, whose work is featured this week as an example of gorgeous letterform prints on Design Envy, a meticulously curated blog created by designers. Tracy Honn is a master printer and Director of Silver Buckle Press, a working museum of letterpress printing housed on the second floor of Memorial Library. Silver Buckle [...]
If you take a look at the artist’s rendering below, you might think this library design was dreamed up for The Jetsons. Not so–BiblioTech is slated to open in San Antonio this coming fall, and is the brainchild of Bexar County’s Judge Nelson Wolff. When finished, this “library of the future” will be nearly 5,000 [...]
Today’s National Clipping is one of Time‘s top twenty-five blogs for 2012. Bookshelf Porn is a highly visual blog whose title pretty well sums up its holdings – thousands of photographs of beautiful, interesting, unique and creative bookshelves. A diversion highly recommended by your campus librarians bookshelf connoisseurs.
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 [...]