Many young adults burning out on social websites

If you believe the buzz, the latest incarnation of the Web is all about sharing, connecting, and community. But even as the phenomenon continues to swell, the effort to maintain an active social life on the Web is taking its toll. Some have grown tired of what once was novel. Some feel bombarded by unsolicited messages, friend requests, and advertisements. And some are cutting back….
San Francisco Chronicle, Nov. 2

Disputed Picasso auction halted

One of the biggest art auctions in history, taking place in New York, has been marred by controversy. A 1903 Picasso painting, which was to have been auctioned by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, has been withdrawn at the last minute due to its Nazi-era history.

A descendant of a previous owner claims his ancestors were forced by the Nazis to sell the painting in the 1930s.

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News from ALA's AL Direct Newsletter

A site worth 70 million words
A major portion of the photographic collections of the Los Angeles Public Library are now accessible online and sometimes downloadable for free. The website’s popularity has transformed Curator of Photographs Carolyn Kozo Cole and her staff into tastemakers, responsible for anticipating what kinds of images the public wants and for offering their own selections for what makes Los Angeles L.A. They carefully choose images to add to the database, which today includes about 70,000 photographs and is growing by 250–300 images a week….
Los Angeles Times, Oct. 22

Pimp My Bookcart contest
Send in photos (front, back, and sides) of your customized, augmented, or otherwise “pimped out” book cart to win gift certificates from the Overdue Media Store. The contest was inspired by Bill Barnes and Gene Ambaum’s Unshelved comic strip sequence that began September 29. The deadline is January 15….
Overdue Media, Oct. 24

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Librarian Champion of Black History Dies

Librarian champion of black history dies
For four decades librarian Mayme Clayton prowled garage sales, flea markets, attics, used bookstores, even dumps, rescuing thousands of rare and unusual books, movies, sound recordings, and more, much of it dating to the slavery era. With limited funds but boundless determination, she amassed what experts today regard as a valuable and eclectic collection of black Americana. A bit of an eccentric, Clayton piled her treasures in the garage behind her humble California home….
Los Angeles Times, Oct. 21