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When Google is your librarian and Starbucks your WiFi, do we still need public libraries?

“Libraries are repositories of books, music and documents, but above all of nostalgia: the musty stacks, the unexpected finds, the safety and pleasure of a place that welcomes and shelters unconditionally. John Palfrey shares these memories, but he is also wary of them. After all, fond recollections of pleasant reading rooms can cloud our judgment of what libraries offer us — and need from us — today. In an era when search engines, online retailers and social media are overtaking some of libraries’ essential tasks, “nostalgia can actually be dangerous,” Palfrey warns. “Thinking of libraries as they were ages ago and wanting them to remain the same is the last thing we should want for them.” (via Washington Post)

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Evan Hughes on Literary Brooklyn

BN – “”There is no ‘Brooklyn School’ of literature and there never has been,” writes Evan Hughes in his deeply researched and appealingly conversational new book Literary Brooklyn: The Writers of Brooklyn and the Story of American City Life. But there’s no denying the longstanding connection between this New York borough and the poets, novelists, and essayists who have chronicled its life, from the loading docks of its once-bustling commercial waterfront, to conversations in brownstone parlors and on tenement rooftops.”

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This Book Is Overdue: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All by Marilyn Johnson

ricklibrarian – “In a time of economic stress, when librarians are needed more than ever, yet library budgets are being cut, Marilyn Johnson speaks out in our behalf in her forthcoming book This Book Is Overdue: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All. Her message to anyone who will listen is that librarians are the “authors of opportunity.”

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Googled: The End of the World as We Know It

CSM – “Ken Auletta, an author and a longtime columnist for the The New Yorker, documents the meteoric rise of Google from its humble beginnings through its multibillion-dollar profits in his latest book, Googled: The End of the World as We Know It. As the latter half of the title suggests, Auletta’s work is more than just a history of Google and a biography of its principals. It is rather a tripartite inspection of modern technological innovation, the decline of traditional media (print journalism, music CDs, etc.) and its revenue stream (advertising sales), and the ways in which Google serves as a flash point for many of the successes and controversies surrounding the Digital Age.”

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LTFL Reviews: you stand 300,000 deep

Thingology – “At the end of May, we reached 300,000 reviews vetted and available for LibraryThing for Libraries”

Congrats to the LT crew!

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