Learning to Read the Classics

A Reading from Homer (1885) by Lawrence Alma-Tadema, 1885 / Philadelphia Museum of Art, Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Jean Bollack (deceased) French Philosopher, Philologist, and Literary Critic When I started out, I found it hard to distinguish writing projects from re-elaborations of subject matter, and I failed to pay sufficient attention to the breaks, large or very[…]

Public Libraries Can (Literally) Serve as a Shelter from the Storm

Libraries are a good place for kids to hole up during emergencies. Daria Chichkareva/Shutterstock.com By Grace Morris / 08.30.2017 Imaging/Digitization Specialist Michigan State University U.S. public libraries often transform into shelters during emergencies. After Superstorm Sandy, for example, the Princeton Public Library in New Jersey and Connecticut’s New Canaan Library gave the public somewhere to charge devices,[…]

Patterns of Desire in Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts and Books

These four volumes of German poetry are wrapped in manuscript waste materials written in Hebrew. / J. Paul Getty Museum By Dr. Kathryn M. Rudy / 09.19.2016 Senior Lecturer in Art History and Medieval Studies University of St. Andrews From Piety in Pieces: How Medieval Readers Customized their Manuscripts Introduction Manuscripts could have useful careers[…]

The Myth of the Disappearing Book

New forms of entertainment and consumption abound. And yet the book endures. Swikar Patel/AP    By Dr. Simone Natale (left) and Dr. Andrea Ballatore (right) / 10.31.2016 Natale – Lecturer in Communication and Media Studies, Loughborough University Ballatore – Lecturer in Geographic Information Science, Birkbeck, University of London After years of sales growth, major publishers[…]

Neil Gaimon’s Nonfiction: What Makes Everything So Great

The View from the Cheap Seats, Neil Gaiman’s mammoth collection of nonfiction essays, introductions, and speeches, is a remarkable explanatory volume in which Gaiman explains not just why he loves the things he loves, but also what makes them great. When I started reading about behavioral economics, one experiment in particular made a profound impact[…]

A Home for Books

Photo by Tarika Wickremeratne By Ameena Hussein For as long as I can remember we have had books in the house. To my child’s eye it seemed that every room was spilling over with books. Books in bedrooms, living room, dining room, kitchen and even bathroom. Most of the books belonged to my father –[…]

Has the Library Outlived Its Usefulness in the Age of the Internet? You’d Be Surprised!

Library space is changing. Penn State By Donald A. Barclay Deputy University Librarian University of California, Merced U.S. institutions of higher education and U.S. local governments are under extraordinary pressure to cut costs and eliminate from institutional or governmental ledgers any expenses whose absence would cause little or no pain. In this political climate, academic[…]