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Libraries news and analysis from The Nation
October 19, 2017
Letters From the November 6, 2017, Issue
Kneeling down, rising up… The wrong idol… False flag… Digital redistricting?… A worthy candidate… From the stacks…
September 28, 2017
How Citizen Action Saved the New York Public Library
Grassroots activists thwarted a costly and destructive renovation scheme—but the NYPL still lacks effective governance.
September 19, 2017
Frederick Wiseman’s World of Institutions
In his 42nd film, the documentarian examines the New York Public Library from both his Olympian and activist perspectives.
February 25, 2016
This Radical Librarian May Soon Run the World’s Largest Library
Dr. Carla Hayden will be the first woman and African American to fill the post—unless
Senate Republicans stand in her way.
July 2, 2015
Patience and Fortitude
Scott Sherman’s masterful history of the fight to save the NYPL.
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May 6, 2015
Librarians Versus the NSA
Your local library is on the front lines against government surveillance.
October 15, 2014
Should You Go to College?
Does higher education in America offer young women a ticket to the middle class—or entrench class divisions that are only getting wider?
May 14, 2014
The Battle of 42nd Street
The demise of the New York Public Library’s Central Library Plan is the end of a Bloomberg-era castle in the sky.
May 7, 2014
NYPL Shelves Plan to Gut Central Library
After public outcry, the library’s $300 million project to demolish stacks and sell off branch libraries has collapsed.
May 6, 2014
University Presses Under Fire
How the Internet and slashed budgets have endangered one of higher education’s most important institutions.