Summer Wrap Up

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This summer I took an unexpected hiatus from Library Manifesto. In June I decided to make a big change and left an academic library for a job in tech. A week later, I lost my best friend Chloe. These past few months have been filled with jitters, puffy eyes, and have left me with a few new gray hairs. After a tumultuous start to summer I was holding my breath, hoping there wouldn’t be any more surprises. August passed without incident and I’m excited to write again this fall. I have a few great posts in the pipeline, including another tribute to the incredible Chloe Weil, who is in my thoughts every day. In the meantime, here are some stories that caught my eye this summer.

Fifty years have passed since the wide spread protests of the civil rights era. These archival photos show some striking similarities between efforts to constrain demonstrations in the 1960s and recent protests in Ferguson, Missouri.

The Ferguson public library has offered some new services as a result of the protests. Libraries provided classroom settings for teachers and students when school start dates were postponed and gave out bottled water to the community.

Some New Jersey residents will be able to earn an accredited high school diploma at their local library with the new Online High School Completion Program.

After 30,000 antique New Orleans newspapers ended up on Craigslist, a local printmaker saved the archives and created The Eliza Jane Nicholson Digital Newspaper Archive.

Many of the articles that publish the findings of publicly funded research are paradoxically very expensive for the public to access. The New York Review of Books looks inside the baffling world of academic journals.

Polarizing views on the Israel-Hamas conflict are all over social media. Interestingly, a study of twitter users showed that Ha’aretz is the only paper that attracts readers from both sides of the issue.

Adult females have taken over as the largest video game-playing demographic in the United States. Beating out boys under the age of eighteen.

The New Inquiry took a look at yelp reviews of museums. “Start your visit at the top and then walk down.”

Photo of yours truly by Chris Antkowiak

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4 thoughts on “Summer Wrap Up

  1. Shoko says:

    so excited to see what’s ahead for you, natalie! i think it’s going to be a wonderful fall…

  2. Oh, and I just remembered I meant to share this one with you earlier this summer. Less fun, more heavy, but definitely interesting: https://soundcloud.com/ottoman-history-podcast/archives-and-collections-in It’s Zachary Foster speaking on archives in Israel and Palestine.

  3. Natalie says:

    This is so interesting Jessamy! Thank you, and I also loved the gifs by kevin weir.

    Shoko, thank you so much. I have some more personal archives to share…and I hope to spotlight some artists too. xo!

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