Crowdsourcing and surveillance

Applying the insights of information science and technology to urgent social problems is a complex process of trial and error…

Reading in Cape Town

This paper examines the reading cultures of Cape Town’s slaves, free blacks, and labourers (after emancipation in 1838) as common…

Women’s Building Library

On May 1st, 1893, the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago opened its gates to an expectant public eager to experience…

The end of library segregation

This presentation will use two case studies—the peculiar desegregation of the Danville (Va.) Public Library and Brown v. Louisiana (1966),…

Database discontents

Overlooked in the excitement about the possibility of “digitizing everything” is the day-to-day manual—and often menial—labour demanded of volunteers, student…

Design of public libraries

In 1960, the architectural correspondent of London’s Times newspaper praised contemporary architects for having evolved what he called “new beauties”:…