For the Love of Data: An Open Data Release

lovedatascienceBack in the spring of 2012, Book 1 of the Fifty Shades trilogy did something for the first and last time at SPL—the physical copy circulated more copies than the e-book version.  Over the next three years, the e-book version had over 500 circs per quarter. Meanwhile, by early 2014, circulation of the physical book dropped to fewer than 100 per quarter. Continue reading “For the Love of Data: An Open Data Release”

LEAPing through time: a history of serving patrons with disabilities and special needs at the Seattle Public Library

2016 marks the 125th anniversary of The Seattle Public Library. After it was adopted as a department of the city in 1890, the Library opened its first reading room in Pioneer Square on April 8, 1891. To honor this milestone, we will be posting a series of articles here about the Library’s history and life in the 1890s. We also encourage our patrons to share their favorite memories of SPL on social media using the hashtag #SPL125. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. 

Imagine your most recent library visit… all the treasures you found! Browsing… this book here, a CD there, a movie. And your holds have come in! A stack full of media you’ve been awaiting and you are glad the weekend is around the corner so you can devour it all.

Now imagine you can’t see… Or hear… Or can’t get to the library easily. What would your library experience be like then? Just as amazing because of the services provided by the Seattle Public Library (SPL) through the Library Equal Access Program (LEAP) and other accessible services that the library has provided over the years.  Continue reading “LEAPing through time: a history of serving patrons with disabilities and special needs at the Seattle Public Library”

Dancing about architecture

Photo of the Central Library courtesy of Flickr Creative CommonsThe unusual design and architecture of Seattle’s Central Library has inspired many people. Every day, throughout the day, someone can be seen taking pictures of the steel and glass building both inside and out. Photographers are found around the Fourth or Fifth Avenue entrances looking into the honeycombed windows or skyward at the jutted angles that give the building its unique shape. They are also seen wandering inside the library, taking in the intense red walls of Level 4 or capturing the plays of light created in atrium of the Betty Jane Narver Reading Room on Level 10. In a way, a photographer does a kind of dance—bending, turning and balancing in order to get the perfect shot. Their work not only depicts the physical structure of the Library, but can also serve to evoke particular sentiments and ideas. Continue reading “Dancing about architecture”