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COLLECTION OF MORE THAN 2,700 BOOKS SPANS US PRESIDENCY

“The New Hampshire Political Library doesn’t include any books about President Donald Trump, but even he likely would agree its new collection of presidential biographies, memoirs and monographs is huge. Arthur Young of Manchester spent 25 years collecting 2,744 books on the presidency, the founding fathers and other people and events related to the nation’s highest office.” (via The Associated Press)

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BOOK INDUSTRY LOOKS TO HOLD STEADY IN TURBULENT TIME

“The publishing industry is anxious to remain stable during an otherwise turbulent moment.On Sunday, thousands of publishers, authors, agents and librarians wrapped up the trade show BookExpo and fan-based BookCon” (via The Associated Press)

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As colleges ditch books, the future of the campus library is changing

“On college campuses across the United States, libraries are getting makeovers. And for many, that means moving away from physical books – the mainstay of libraries for thousands of years – in favor of other functions that college administrators say better fit the needs of the 21st-century student.One of the latest examples of this trend is the University of California, Berkeley’s Moffitt Library, which was recently remodeled to include wide-open meeting spaces for studying, a “nap pod” that students can use to take a break from the stressful college day, and glass walls designed to be written on for group projects.” (via CSMonitor.com)

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File This Under Nostalgia: New Book Pays Tribute To The Library Card Catalog

“>If you do a Google search for “card catalog” it will likely return Pinterest-worthy images of antique furniture for sale — boxy, wooden cabinets with tiny drawers, great for storing knick-knacks, jewelry or art supplies.But before these cabinets held household objects, they held countless index cards — which, at the time, were the pathways to knowledge and information. A new book from the Library of Congress celebrates these catalogs as the analog ancestor of the search engine.” (via NPR)

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Most of Gaza’s Libraries Have Been Closed or Destroyed—and You Can Help a New One Get Off the Ground

“There are as many opinions about Israel and Palestine as there are minds and mouths (and fingers to type a tweet), but here is something everyone can agree on: People in Gaza need more books.  Mosab Abu Toha, a young Gazan with a degree in English literature who has never been able to explore the world due to Israel’s ban on travel, escapes through reading. Now he is trying to start an English-language library and book shop. (It will have books in Arabic as well—there is a great shortage of ? books in any language in Gaza, much fewer than one per person.” (via The Nation)

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