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  • [+] More "In Good Order But Poor Condition" - ILAB Patron of Honour Dr. Michael Knoche in F.A.Z. 


    "In Good Order But Poor Condition" - ILAB Patron of Honour Dr. Michael Knoche in F.A.Z.
    Published since 02 Aug 2017

    The former director of the Anna Amalia Library in Weimar and ILAB Patron of Honour recently wrote in the Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper about digitisation, book restoration and the state of Germany's libraries. 

    "In Good Order But Poor Condition" is an interesting read about the importance of digitisation, but also about the need for research material not only to be available in digitised format.

  • [+] More Maps and the 20th Century : Drawing the Line 


    Maps and the 20th Century : Drawing the Line
    Published since 24 Jan 2017

    For some reason, I didn’t get my customary invitation to the press preview of the latest British Library exhibition, “Maps and the 20th Century : Drawing the Line”, when it opened towards the last year – perhaps it was something I said.  No matter, it’s still on for another six weeks or so – and I finally found some time to visit it a few days ago.

    I found it challenging, which is a good thing.  

  • [+] More Radio Feature - Bayrische Regionalbibliotheken - in German language 


    Radio Feature - Bayrische Regionalbibliotheken - in German language
    Published since 09 Jan 2017
    Bayerns Bibliotheken sind weit mehr als nur Aufbewahrungsorte für Bücher. Sie sind geistige Tankstellen und gleichzeitig Orte der Begegnung. Darüber hinaus hat jede einzelne von ihnen neben ihrer ganz eigenen Geschichte unterhaltsame und spannende Geschichten zu erzählen, denen Birgit Fürst in ihrem einstündigen Zeit-für-Bayern-Feature nachspürt, das am 2. Weihnachtsfeiertag 2016 auf Bayern 2 ausgestrahlt wurde. 

    Gleich zu Beginn der Sendung nimmt der Fotograf der Staatsbibliothek Bamberg, Gerald Raab, die Hörer mit in die Keller der Bibliothek, wo er wertvollste Handschriften digitalisiert. Direktorin Bettina Wagner lässt später die Büchersammlung des wittelsbachischen Herzogs Karl II. August von Pfalz-Zweibrücken in all ihrer Pracht vor dem geistigen Auge des Zuhörers erstehen. Schließlich erlebt der Hörer staunend, welch hohe Präzision und große Geduld Buchbinderin Regine Ullein beim Restaurieren alte Karten aufbringt. 


  • [+] More The World's Oldest Library – Al-Qarawiyyin Library Fez to reopen in 2017 


    The World's Oldest Library – Al-Qarawiyyin Library Fez to reopen in 2017
    Published since 01 Dec 2016

    Widely believed to be the oldest library in the world, the ninth-century Al-Qarawiyyin Library in the old medina of Fez, Morrocco will reopen to the public in 2017 after 5 years of extensive renovation. 

     

  • [+] More RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage – Now Open Access 


    RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage – Now Open Access
    Published since 07 Nov 2016

    The RBM has recently changed its RBM Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts and Cultural Heritage to an open access model of publication.

  • [+] More Book It: Five of the Most Interesting U.S. Libraries 


    Book It: Five of the Most Interesting U.S. Libraries
    By Books Tell You Why Published since 02 Nov 2016

    Let’s face it: Visiting a library while traveling to a new city is not always atop everyone’s must-do list. Even for the most bookish or literary-minded traveler, libraries as destinations often get lost in the fray when whipping up itineraries or sightseeing spots. Museums. Parks. Skyscrapers. Food markets. Sporting events. These activities more times than not reign supreme over buildings of archaic texts and decaying books where most travelers feel ‘You’ve seen one library, you’ve seen them all.’
    But there are a number of libraries across the country that not only warrant serious investigation but also reward visitors with insight into our nation’s history and heritage. 

  • [+] More Libraries & Special Collections - Fantastic French Libraries 


    Libraries & Special Collections - Fantastic French Libraries
    Published since 30 Aug 2016

    France has always been an important site in terms of history, culture, religion, and philosophy. As a result, it is home to some of the oldest and most beautiful libraries in the world. These libraries house collections impressive both due to their size and their age. Let's take a look at some of France's most important libraries.

  • [+] More In the Press - The Secret Libraries of History 


    Published since 22 Aug 2016

    "Beneath the streets of a suburb of Damascus, rows of shelves hold books that have been rescued from bombed-out buildings. Over the past four years, during the siege of Darayya, volunteers have collected 14,000 books from shell-damaged homes. They are held in a location kept secret amid fears that it would be targeted by government and pro-Assad forces, and visitors have to dodge shells and bullets to reach the underground reading space.
    It’s been called Syria’s secret library, and many view it as a vital resource."

  • [+] More The Top Five Children’s Libraries From Around the World 


    The Top Five Children’s Libraries From Around the World
    Published since 03 Aug 2016

    Libraries are not just for adults, and they are a wonderfully international experience. Go anywhere in the world and you’ll find a place to gain access, have fun, and get an education. These are five of our favorite children's libraries from around the world.

  • [+] More Book Traces Interview with Professor Andrew Stauffer 


    Book Traces Interview with Professor Andrew Stauffer
    Published since 11 Apr 2016

    There’s an exciting new project at the University of Virginia that highlights the significance of the book as a physical object and the individual histories of library books. At a moment in which the physicality of university libraries (and others across the country) are under threat of depletion due to the looming presence of the electronic text, we couldn’t imagine a more compelling project than Book Traces. It’s a crowd-sourced web project sponsored by NINES at the University of Virginia, and it’s led by Andrew Stauffer, a professor of 19th-century literature at UVA. We had a chance to catch up with Professor Stauffer to ask some questions about the origins, current uses, and futures of Book Traces.

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