What we gain from keeping books – and why it doesn’t need to be ‘joy’

"Tidying guru Marie Kondo advises us to ditch reading we don’t find joyful. But one’s personal library should do much more than anthologise warm feelings." . . . "The metric of objects only “sparking joy” is deeply problematic when applied to books. The definition of joy is: “A feeling of great pleasure and happiness, a … Continue reading What we gain from keeping books – and why it doesn’t need to be ‘joy’

This American Life: “The Room of Requirement”

"Libraries aren't just for books. They're often spaces that transform into what you need them to be: a classroom, a cyber café, a place to find answers, a quiet spot to be alone. It's actually kind of magical. This week, we have stories of people who roam the stacks and find unexpected things that just … Continue reading This American Life: “The Room of Requirement”

The Digital is Ephemeral: Ebooks and the Future of Library Collections

"The reality is that “purchasing” digital content is not the same as “owning” it — at least not in any way that we’ve historically understood it. An individual owns a house until an ember ignites the roof and the house burns to the ground. A library owns a book until the spine splits and the … Continue reading The Digital is Ephemeral: Ebooks and the Future of Library Collections