American Libraries offers its usual Midwinter Preview in this post noting featured speakers, issue related discussions, books and awards, exhibit highlights, business and financial meetings and other news that you can use.
Famous Friends: A New Multimedia Project from UC Berkeley’s Bancroft Library Explores the “Six Degrees of Mark Twain”
infoDOCKET cites UC Berkeley News and reports that “a new multimedia project published by UC Berkeley’s Bancroft Library, “Six degrees of Mark Twain,” has pulled from a vast collection of the library’s Mark Twain Papers and Project — the largest collection of Twain’s private writings and manuscripts — to explore how Twain’s life intersected with six people: P.T. Barnum, Nikola Tesla, Helen Keller, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Beecher Stowe and Ulysses S. Grant…”
Princeton University Library: T.S. Eliot Letters, Among Best-Known Sealed Literary Archives, Open After 60 Years
In addition, infoDOCKET reports that “on Jan. 2, 2020, a collection of 1,131 letters from Nobel laureate and renowned writer Thomas Stearns Eliot, better known as T.S. Eliot, to his lifelong friend Emily Hale will open for research at Princeton University Library. Dating from 1930 to 1957, the letters are the largest single series of Eliot’s correspondence and among the best-known sealed literary archives in the world.
Good e-Reader notes that “thousands of new books are now in the public domain from 1924, after being copyrighted for 95 years. This includes classics like George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain, W. E. B. Du Bois’s The Gift of Black Folk, Buster Keaton’s Sherlock, Jr. All of these titles and more will be available in ebook form on various online retailers and services such as Project Gutenberg.
The closing plenary session from CNI’s recent membership meeting is now available online. In Forgetting and Being Forgotten: Growing Up in a Digital Era, Kate Eichhorn (The New School) discusses the tradeoffs of increased access to media technologies for children and youth, and the implications for social identity development.
See also: Clifford Lynch’s opening address, A Fragmented Landscape, Collaborations Refreshed, and CNI’s 2019-20 Program
Also according to infoDOCKET “In a December 27 letter, lawyers for Audible and a group of seven major publishers reported that a settlement to end a closely watched copyright lawsuit over Audible’s proposed Captions program is within reach.
MORE LIBRARY AND PUBLISHING NEWS FROM A VARIETY OF SOURCES
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.