A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit against Google last week, arguing that the Google Books project falls under “fair-use” protections. The plaintiffs, led by the Authors Guild, had argued that the Google Books program infringes on copyright protections because Google scans the books and makes the full text available for online searches. Google started the project […]
This year the James Ford Bell Library celebrates its 60th anniversary of preserving and documenting the history of trade around the world. Originally focused on what was known as the Age of Exploration, roughly 1400 to 1800, the Bell has expanded its collecting focus to encompass all pre-modern materials that preserve and document the history of trade and its impact.
Friends of the James Ford Bell Library at the University of Minnesota celebrated at the Library’s 60th Anniversary Gala October 30. The evening also served as the official kick off for the Bell’s new exhibit, “Bound Fragments of Time,” which runs through February 1, 2014.
Author Richard Moe, who will present November 20 at the Paul and Joan Nagel Lecture, was featured last week on Minnesota Public Radio’s “Daily Circuit.” The topic was Moe’s most recent book, “Roosevelt’s Second Act: The Election of 1940 and the Politics of War,” which he also will discuss at the November 20 event, sponsored by […]
Will Shortz, the New York Times and National Public Radio puzzle master, thrilled about 700 people at Ted Mann Concert Hall last night with his tales about the history of crossword puzzles, his favorite puzzles, and more. He answered a number of questions from the audience, including one that asked what is Shortz’ favorite word. […]
Participants to learn how to handle, recover books damaged during disasters Librarians usually don’t come to mind when thinking about front-line emergency responders. But it’s library staff – trained library staff – who can save valuable collections and rare and unique materials following a natural disaster. Following a flood and faced with stacks of wet […]
Got an appetite for history and foods-on-a-stick? Then visit the Minnesota State Fair on Friday, August 30, and stop by the Crossroads Building. University Libraries staff will be there to present on the fascinating history of bookmaking, maps of Minnesota, and medical artifacts. Making Books: From Illuminated Manuscripts to Early Print Start the day by […]