GBA Ships is an international charity operating out of Germany. The news this week is that the largest GBA ship, Logos Hope, is docked in an Indian port until August 11. Logos Hope carries more than 7000 book titles, travels around the world promoting good literature, raises money for charity, undertakes community projects, and fosters cultural exchange during its global voyage.
Imagine living in an area of the world that has little to no access to books, and this glorious ship docks in your local harbor, opens its doors, and introduces you to a whole new world!
Directly below, see Logos Hope in 60 seconds. A longer YouTube video with much more information about the project follows in this post.
Here’s a Library (bookstore) YouTube Break, thanks to the folks at GalleyCat, this morning.
So many books, so little time….
Your Library YouTube Break this week is the book trailer for the work I’m reading right now, Jo Nesbo’s The Snowman. I’m fascinated by book trailers, and I have to say this one does a good job of communicating the creepiness of this crime novel. Enjoy! (Oh, and I will have a review of the book once I’m finished.)
It is a sad day in Oklahoma and throughout the nation. Civil rights pioneer Clara Luper has died at the age of 88 following a long illness. Oklahoma State University’s Edmon Low Library is sharing a special video from their Oklahoma Oral History Research Program archives to commemorate this life well lived. It features OSU alum Nancy Randolph Davis discussing her work with Ms. Luper.
Ms. Luper’s contribution to desegregation and civil rights in our state is immense. She helped establish the Youth Council of the Oklahoma City chapter of the NAACP, and organized the 1958 sit-ins to desegregate Oklahoma City businesses.
Her 1979 autobiography, Behold The Walls, has become a sought-after work by historians and students of history, with limited copies often commanding $100+ prices on Amazon and E-bay. (Don’t forget, you can request this book through Interlibrary Loan at your local library.)
Visit NewsOK’s special coverage of this pioneer. You’ll see other photos and videos along with her obituary. Plus you can access past articles about Ms. Luper.
And now, Ms. Davis talks about Clara Luper…
If you’re not a fan of OETA’s Writing Out Loud program, you’re missing some great interviews with some great authors. Host Teresa Miller—author, and founder of the Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers—makes her guests feel right at home. It’s a real treat for viewers as host and writer discuss new books and the writing process.
Teresa interviews writers from around the country, but we especially enjoy her sit-downs with Oklahoma authors: like this sneak-peak with author Michael Wallis, who discusses his new book on David Crockett—the one Kitty mentioned. Enjoy!
No need to put another dime in the jukebox, baby!
The Library of Congress has introduced a new online service that is streaming “a vast archive of more than 10,000 pre-1925 recordings of music, speeches, poetry and comedy.”
Check out the Associated Press YouTube video below with Harry Connick, Jr. Then check out the service yourself!
You gotta love this Library YouTube Break! It’s a video produced by Oklahoma’s Pioneer Library System and it’s sweeping through the global library world. It’s shown up on BoingBoing, and lots of other places. It’s even on the French site iD Boox! (How cool is that?)
Libraries and taxpayers are stewing over publisher HarperCollins plans to limit the check-out of e-books to library customers. After 26 check outs, the library would have to buy a new copy, cause, like, that’s about when the library would have to replace a popular print title. Considering the traditional two-week check out time at libraries, that’s a year’s worth of circulation.
We talked about this in our earlier post, The E-Book Headache. And now we found out about this great video.
Watch, enjoy, and then continue down for more comments:
Can you believe it!? One of those books has been checked out 120 times! And it looks pretty darn good. (Makes me wonder about the copy of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest that I’ve been reading. It looks like it’s traveled through a war zone! Wonder how many times it’s been checked out?)
Look, we get it. The economy’s bad and this new format threatens the bottom line, demanding that book publishers find ways to make a buck and prevent book piracy. The economy’s bad, and in this age of austerity, libraries and taxpayers need to save a buck.
Obviously, what’s called for is a new, fair and reasonable business model for libraries to acquire e-books for their community.
It’s getting pretty nasty out there as the debate continues, and one blogger with The Atlantic is even calling for a HarperCollins boycott.
You can follow the developing story, and all the news and views on this Google news page.
Here we go again. More snow! I think we could all use a Library YouTube Break about right now.
How about a reading of Frost’s classic poem set to the music of Franz Schubert? Ahhh… that’s better, isn’t it?
I have to admit that I have chuckled at her posts and the user comments concerning the problems associated with embarking on this new frontier of digital reading. Not because I enjoy the fact that Kitty and others are having problems syncing and accessing books. No, it’s all because it reminds me of the delightful, and already classic, satire below. I present it here as a reminder that new technology always hiccups before it transforms. LOL…
Looks like a new tradition has been born on the OU Campus! The First Flash Silent Rave was held in Bizzell Memorial Library and it’s been preserved on YouTube for future generations.
There’s an expletive at the beginning, but don’t let that stop you. (Really!) The guy “trying” to check out a book is a hoot! Also fall-down-funny: “I dropped a contact!”