I have a couple stories about libraries to share this week:
I don’t know what it is, but when artifacts and such are loaned between institutions, the story always grabs my attention. I guess this is why being a museum studies student suits me, lol. Here, the British Library is loaning the Codex Sinaiticus to the British Museum for a special exhibition. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the oldest bible in the world. The world! How amazing is that? The codex is part of an exhibition by the British Museum to study Christian, Muslim, and Jewish communities throughout a 1,200 year period. The codex will be displayed along with other artifacts as well as two other religious texts, also loaned to the museum by libraries. The power and importance of libraries…
This project is being funded by a $380,000 grant and will include the digitizing of 435,000 maps. These are just of New York City. Wow!! According to the article, not only will this project make these maps more accessible to the public, but it will also help preserve part of NYC’s history. I wonder what the storage looks like for 435,000 maps too? This is a huge project and thus far, only 33,000 maps in the collection have been digitized. The NYPL has quite a ways to go before they can call this finished.
I love news, people, informational, anything and anybody that promotes libraries. So many people have the misconception that the only thing you can do at a library is check out books. Your local library is a community resource! This article from MPR News out of Minnesota highlights some of the things you can do with a library card. Granted, this might not be true of all libraries, some might off more or less resources or have different programs, but it still gives you an idea of the varied things a library has to offer. Items mentioned here are get homework help, utilize a notary public, attend storytime, or learn a language. Some programs my local library offers are genealogy assistance and read to dogs. You should check out your library and see what programs and services they offer to your community.
I am jealous! Our library doesn’t even have the funding to open seven days a week and they close early two days a week. Salt Lake City, however, is currently putting the plan together for their main library to remain open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That’s phenomenal. The article says that these extended hours appeal most to students. As a student, and especially an adult student, I can see the appeal. This project is on a two year trial period and I would love to see the results at the end. What was attendance like? Did they have safety issues? How did their budget handle it?