Category Archives: Libraries

World Digital Library now online


The World Digital Library, a free, multilingual collection of primary materials from around the world, of which Yale is a primary contributor, was launched yesterday.

The World Digital Library, which was officially inaugurated Tuesday at the Paris headquarters of UNESCO, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, has started small, with about 1,200 documents and their explanations from scholars in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish and Russian. But it is designed to accommodate an unlimited number of such texts, charts and illustrations from as many countries and libraries as want to contribute.

World Digital Library putting human history a click away Edward Cody Chicago Tribune 4/22/09

More from the YDN here.


Judith Krug dies at 69


According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a librarian is a person who specializes “in the care or management of a library.” That definition is far too mechanical. It leaves out the larger role librarians play in our democracy, facilitating access to information and ideas and promoting and protecting a precious First Amendment right: the freedom to read.

Judith Krug Dorothy Samuels NYT April 14th, 2009

ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom

ALA Banned Books Week


Tsien and Pelli recipients of the 2009 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards

Minneapolic Public Libraries

Former Dean of the Architecture School, Cesar Pelli and visiting professor, Billie Tsien have both been named recipients of the 2009 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards.

The new Minneapolis Central Library is a vital civic landmark and cultural center for downtown Minneapolis. The highly sustainable design, which arose from a collaborative, public process, reinvigorates the idea of the grand urban library for new generations.

Read the full press release here.


Eli Express for Law Library Materials

stepnout @ Flickr

Via Yale University Library News:

The Law Library is happy to announce that Library readers may now request to have Law Library books delivered to Eli Express libraries.

Requests for delivery should be made through Morris, the Law Library’s online catalog.

Visit the Eli Express web site for more information.


1 way to talk in a library

Mad Labs from the National Geographic Channel presents the Audio Spotlight, focused loudspeaker technology.

Has some great clips of the loudspeaker used to contact patrons or help professional dancers dance in a library….


The Librarian’s Parade

A black-and-white film from 1930 showing librarians moving the 1742 Collection of books from the Old Library (now Dwight Chapel) to the newly-completed Sterling Memorial Library.


A Compendium of Beautiful Libraries

Some great photos of library interiors from around the world here:

Librophiliac Love Letter: A Compendium of Beautiful Libraries
September 6th, 2007 Curious Expeditions

“Everyone has some kind of place that makes them feel transported to a magical realm. For some people it’s castles with their noble history and crumbling towers. For others it’s abandoned factories, ivy choked, a sense of foreboding around every corner. For us here at Curious Expeditions, there has always been something about libraries. Row after row, shelf after shelf, there is nothing more magical than a beautiful old library.”

(Includes the Beinecke + Sterling)