In other words, “all that can go wrong when the principles of librarianship are used to combat public good.” Hoover’s first job in Washington was as a clerk at the Library of Congress in 1913; in this role he learned how to index and categorize information, knowledge he would later use to index people. When he assumed the role of head of the Radical Division he created a card catalog system of all things ‘subversive.’ But beyond cataloging people, Hoover also used knowledge gleaned from his clerking days to hide information – he would deliberately misclassify information so that no other agency would be able to discover it. The author, Alana Mohamed, goes on to note that many of the happenings of the era (Palmer raids, McCarthyism) could just as easily been named after Hoover as he played such an enormous backstage role in their implementation. Fascinating read and highlights that fifty years after his death, his methods of cataloging information are still being used to hide the historical record.
I’ve been doing some reading into the history of school libraries, teacher librarians, and the different School Library Associations around Australia to better understand where I, as a teacher librarian, come from, the continual fight for school libraries and teacher librarians, the structures of these organisations and how they support teacher librarians within their states […]A brief history of school libraries and teacher librarians in Australia — Adventures of the Lifting Librarian
A fun and light-hearted recollection of the history of libraries:
For our May 2022 Member Spotlight, we are pleased to feature Shatha Baydoun, History and Modern Languages & Literatures Librarian at the University of Miami.
(Credit: Unsplash) This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. Author: Kate Whiting, Senior Writer, Formative Content 23 April is World Book and Copyright Day. In The Library: A Fragile History, two academics explore the mixed fortunes of book collections, from the ancient scrolls of Alexandria to […]From fiction bans to wartime books: The history of libraries and how they’ve shaped us — The European Sting – Critical News & Insights on European Politics, Economy, Foreign Affairs, Business & Technology – europeansting.com
Alana Mohamed writes in Literary Hub:
How J. Edgar Hoover Used the Power of Libraries for Evil: Tracking Adversaries, Hiding Evidence, and Other No Good Dirty Deeds
Librarians and libraries across the world play a role in preserving and sharing Ukraine’s cultural history.Libraries around the world safeguard Ukrainian culture — ArtsHub UK
A very nice series on historical librarians, including pictures and artifacts, from the New York Academy of Medicine: