April 2010


Today is the last day of National Library Week 2010. In honor of libraries (and librarians!) everywhere, please enjoy some library porn I’ve been saving for you.

You can find those photos and many, many more at “Librophiliac Love Letter: A Compendium of Beautiful Libraries“, on the Curious Expeditions blog.

The Huffington Post (I know, I know) has a photo album of The Most Amazing Libraries In The World, where you can rate each photo.

For a historical viewpoint, check out this article on The 7 Most Impressive Libraries From Throughout History.

Just in case you’ve forgotten what it takes to run a library, here are 85 reasons to be thankful for librarians.

And finally, if you feel like a tear-jerker, I listened to this story on NPR on the drive to work one morning last year, and tears were running down my face by the time I got to my library. Of course, I’m a bit of a sap, so your mileage may vary.

If you find yourself with more time or money than you know what to do with, I hope you’ll consider donating some to your favorite library. If you’re an independently wealthy person of leisure, you could even pursue a career in libraries!

Coinciding with National Library Week*, the Library of Congress announced their plan to archive Twitter. Yes, all of it.

Have you ever sent out a “tweet” on the popular Twitter social media service? Congratulations: Your 140 characters or less will now be housed in the Library of Congress.

That’s right. Every public tweet, ever, since Twitter’s inception in March 2006, will be archived digitally at the Library of Congress. That’s a LOT of tweets, by the way: Twitter processes more than 50 million tweets every day, with the total numbering in the billions.

The announcement came via LoC’s blog, and Twitter itself later blogged about the preservation efforts.

This is unequivocally a big deal. Regardless of how inane you may think Twitter is (I think I’m in the minority with that opinion, but whatever), the impact it’s had on our cultural landscape has been enormous. After watching the Mumbai bombing unfold on via Twitter in 2008, one of my first thoughts was, “Who is archiving this?” As LoC steps up to the plate, I’m looking forward to see what they take on next in the realm of digital preservation.

*Neil Gaiman is this year’s National Library Week Honorary Chair. If you haven’t seen his library yet, you’re in for a treat.