Weekly Spotlight!

Each week, we reflect on the top articles, blog posts, tweets, news, thoughts, and other tidbits we’ve found interesting or useful. Check out what our writers have spotted this week in library news. Enjoy!


I loved this article from American Libraries magazine about libraries in Egypt. When most of us think of Egyptian libraries, we likely think of ancient libraries (myself included). However, this article profiles modern day libraries like the Bibliotheca Alexadrina, a library which commemorates the Library of Alexandria.


The Village Voice posted an excellent article this week on the archivists and what they do through the New York Public Library’s archives. I have to agree with the author that archivists are among the most interesting people in the world.

Speaking of the NYPL, keep the new documentary, Ex Libris, on your radar. It’s probably not playing at your nearest cinema, but I imagine your local library will want a copy of this sweeping look at a modern library in their stacks!


On September 14, the House of Representatives approved a spending package that would preserve funding for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) at Fiscal Year 2017 funding levels. While this vote does not amount to final passage of the legislation, it provides some ground for optimism after President Trump’s preliminary budget propsal, released in March, included massive spending cuts, including the elimination of support for IMLS.

Cover photo from Alan Wu on Flickr Commons. Changes were made in adapting this image.  Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

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