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The 14th Librarian of Congress Is a Woman

Carla Hayden is also the first African-American in the post

(Newser) - The nation's new librarian of Congress makes history on two fronts: Carla Hayden is not only the first woman to hold the post, she's the first African-American to do so, reports Time . The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Hayden for the job, making her the 14th person to run... More »

Librarian: I Banned a Book, Reaction Was Disappointing

Lots of outrage, little action, librarian writes

(Newser) - "In the library world, access to information is a human right, not to be tampered with or controlled in any way." That's how Scott DiMarco, a library director at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, starts off his piece in the Conversation . He points out the "balance in... More »

Uber-Rare Books Pilfered by Librarian Head Home

National librarian spent years secretly grabbing 56 tomes

(Newser) - After a librarian quietly stole rare books from Sweden's National Library, two of them turned up at a bookstore in Baltimore; now, Sweden is finally getting them back. But the Kungliga Biblioteket has a long way to go: Senior librarian Anders Burius spent a decade stealing 56 "rare... More »

Librarians Channel Gaga

Enjoy a remix of 'Catalog'

(Newser) - This one's getting some heavy attention on Twitter today. Cory Doctorow at BoingBoing takes note of this "smashing" video of library students and faculty at the University of Washington getting their Gaga on. It's a remix of "Catolog," of course. "Librarians are so goddamned awesome,"... More »

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