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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Libraries and Their Relationship to... Books...

As a true bibliophile, I love libraries, public or private, big or small. I proudly served in the catalog department at the Boston University Law School Library for as long as I could before destiny took me other places.

As books move into digital formats, libraries have to figure out ways to stay abreast of it all. A. K. Marshall, who is also a writer, has recently called attention to the way some confused companies are shortchanging both libraries and themselves. The publishing industry, to repeat what's become a platitude, is undergoing a complete upheaval. I hope publishers can come up with useful, fruitful ways to collaborate with bookstores and libraries in the near future.

In a similar librarians-kick-ass mode, see some of the most interesting rules and special requests at libraries nationwide here.

I've also seen on social media that it's happened: a librarian has been asked for "the book by that mental writer" -- a request for Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel.