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The Science Cafe & Library by Anna Wigandt August 26, 2015 – Posted in: books in design, Content, Interior Design, Libraries

Here’s a great way  to attract people to the wonders of science – build a beautiful cafe and library designed to foster the study and exploration of the sciences. Unfortunately, the odds are most of us will never get a chance to experience this amazing interior designed by Anna Wigandt. You see, the Science Cafe & Library is located in Chişinău, Moldova! The intent was to appeal less to the chaotic and emotional experience of a…

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The Public Collection: A new public art and literacy project July 24, 2015 – Posted in: Books and Art, Content, Library Architecture, product design, Reading / Literacy, sculpture

This August eight unique artist created libraries will grace the streets of Indianapolis. Under the moniker of The Public Collection these amazing micro libraries will be spread over the city and offer free books courtesy of the Indianapolis Public Library. The Public Collection is a blend of art and literacy.  The goal is to “increase access to books through the use of functional pieces of art in familiar settings. The initiatives are to improve literacy, foster a deeper…

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A university in the UK unveils what just might be the oldest known fragments of the Qur’an July 23, 2015 – Posted in: Books and Technology, Content, Libraries, Special Collections

Last November we reported that a German University had discovered what was then one of the earliest known copies of the Qur’an. The folks at the Coranica Project, part of the University of Tübingen, had placed a manuscript of the Qu’ran to between 649-675 AD. Now researchers at the University of Birmingham have unearthed a copy that according to radiocarbon testing was written on parchment that originated between 568-645 AD, making it easily one of the oldest known fragments.  It is quite possible…

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New York University’s Tamiment Library Acquires The Nation Archives July 22, 2015 – Posted in: Special Collections

“To read The Nation is to see the evolution of the American Left.” –  Timothy Naftali, director of the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives   Currently celebrating its 150th anniversary The Nation is America’s oldest weekly magazine. It was where the likes of James Baldwin, Ralph Nader and Hunter S. Thompson published their first work. It is where the leading writers, thinkers and leaders this country has produced  have shared their thoughts on the…

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Project REVEAL: The Harry Ransom Center takes a huge digital step forward July 9, 2015 – Posted in: Books and Technology, Content, Special Collections

One of the kinks in the harried digital evolution for university special collections and archives has been the focus on getting their best stuff processed first. This selective approach to digitization, which of course has its roots in the pervasive financial and human resource constraints faced by most repositories, can have a profound long-term effect on what information finds the public realm. Project REVEAL, which stands for Read and View English & American Literature, by The Harry…

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