ATG People in the News 2/19/17

infoDOCKET reports that “a New Yorker profile (approx.2600 words) was published today and is titled, “The Librarian Of Congress And The Greatness Of Humility.”

The values of Dr. Carla Hayden, the first woman and the first person of color in the position, can be seen in every aspect of the institution she runs…

Like many librarians, Hayden is a big believer in the rights of all people to educate themselves, and in the importance of open access to information online. (This inclusive spirit has become more urgent nationally in recent weeks: see “Libraries Are for Everyone,” a multilingual meme and poster campaign, created by a Nebraska librarian, Rebecca McCorkindale, to counter the forces of fake news and fear mongering.)

Hayden told me that she wants the Library of Congress “to get to the point where there’ll still be a specialness, but I don’t want it to be an exclusiveness. It should feel very special because it is very special. But it should be very familiar…”

Read the Complete Profile


Also according to infoDOCKET “last fall, University Librarian Brian Schottlaender (UC San Diego) co-chaired an international meeting of librarians and other preservation specialists to advise the Dunhuang Research Academy on preserving thousands of still and moving images of Buddhist art in the Mogao Caves, in Dunhuang in the Gansu province in northwest China.

Schottlaender and colleagues from the British Library, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Hermitage Museum, Harvard, UC Berkeley, University of Cincinnati, National Taiwan University, and other prominent institutions, were invited by the Dunhuang Research Academy to the two-day meeting, to begin consulting on a monumental project called Digital Dunhuang.

Detail of a wall painting at the Mogao Grottoes (photo credit: Francesca Piqué)

The Digital Dunhuang initiative was formed with the long-term goal of digitizing the images of the 492 caves and their cultural resources, including 3-D imaging of murals and sculptures, and the development of long-term strategies for managing and preserving these digital resources. Committee members received a three-year appointment from Wang Xudong, director of the Dunhuang Research Academy, and have prepared and submitted a set of recommendations for future activities in three key areas: digital ass et management, digital resource integration, and digital preservation…


In this guest post by Guy Lamolinara from the Library of Congress blogDavid Rubenstein, benefactor of the 2016 Library of Congress Literacy Awards, interviews Rubenstein Prize winner Kyle Zimmer, President and CEO of First Books, February 17, 2016. Photo by Shawn Miller.

“Demonstrating a pioneering approach to increasing literacy levels is a key component in a successful application for a Library of Congress Literacy Award, and First Book fulfills that criterion through its marketplace innovation.

The 2015 Rubenstein Prize winner of $150,000, First Book, based in Washington, D.C., and established in 1992, has given away more than 140 million books to young people, many of whom have never had a book to call their own. First Book also distributes books at a very low cost to purchasers.

“It’s two jet engines,” said First Book CEO Kyle Zimmer in an interview with the philanthropist David M. Rubenstein, who provides funding for the awards program, which is administered by the Library of Congress Center for the Book.

“One is called the First Book National Book Bank,” Zimmer continued. “We designed that on our understanding of the book industry. … There’s a tremendous backflow of inventory. And so we went to the publishers and we said, ‘Do you give those books away?’ And they did what they could. But it’s a very expensive thing to manage. So we stepped into that space and built the first system of its kind that now manages the lion’s share of contributed books from the publishing industry. That’s the Book Bank.

“And then there’s the marketplace. …The marketplace is when we buy the inventory from the publishers. What we said to the publishers in that instance is, ‘The market for books is constrained to the top veneer of socioeconomic strata. And what we will do is we’ll go out and aggregate the base of the pyramid. So we will pay for aggregation. We will buy on a non-consignment, a non-returnable basis.’ And that was music to their ears of course.”

You can see the full interview with Zimmer and learn more about the other award winners by viewing our webcast...”

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