212 branches of NY Public Library, photographed [...]

Elizabeth Felicella, photographed these libraries "in long and short sentences," with the wish that "that the branch buildings of New York City’s public libraries be understood and maintained as a collection." http://urbanomnibus.net/2014/11/reading-room-a-catalog-of-new-york-citys-branch-libraries/...

 

First NSF Digital Libraries awards (1994) tied to Google’s origins [...]

> In 1994 the National Science Foundation Digital Libraries InitiativeOffsite Link made its first six awards. One of the six initial awards, funded on September 1, 1994, was for The Stanford Integrated Digital Library ProjectOffsite Link, in which Larry Page and Sergey Brin participated....

 

America’s digital library of digital libraries [...]

IMLS Digital Collections & Content is a huge aggregation of digital content from many institutions that created digital libraries with US Institute of Museum & Library Services funding....

 

eBooks were invented in 1971 as a noncommercial project [...]

Project Gutenberg was the first provider of free electronic books, or eBooks. Michael Hart, founder of Project Gutenberg, invented eBooks in 1971. The mission of Project Gutenberg is simple: To encourage the creation and distribution of eBooks. This mission is, as much as possible, to encourage all those who are interested in making eBooks and helping to give them awa...

 

LOCKSS = Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe [...]

How does a digital library work? LOCKSS is one way, started in 1998 based on the OAIS Reference Model (Open Archival Information System). The LOCKSS Program is an open-source, library-led digital preservation system built on the principle that “lots of copies keep stuff safe.” The LOCKSS system is the first and only mechanism to apply the traditional purchase-and-...

 

MLIS linked to specific roles in Germany [...]

2014 review of where librarians with the new-to-German MLIS degree fit into the German library system still compares them to those with the more traditional preparation for management-level civil service positions: in-house training by the government (Referendariat). But on a more equal footing then earlier articles I've read. http://b-u-b.de/mit-master-in-bibliothek/...

 

Libraries are uniquely charged spaces [...]

"Bibliotheksflirt," published in German by Jonas Fansa in 2008, uses qualitative interviews of academic library patrons to show why patrons gravitate toward library spaces in their own right, not just to use the resources contained therein. Patrons mentioned the unique quality of the "library concentration" which they achieve when working there, the mysterious attr...