Rick Prelinger produces a film series called “Lost Landscapes,” montages that present city life across 100 years. These portraits tell hidden histories of American cities through the most personal of lenses: home movies. So far, he’s presented films about San Francisco, Detroit, Oakland, Los Angeles, and New York. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Joanne Elgart Jennings reports.
From cloud services to smart assistants, campus libraries are rewriting the book on innovation.
“A few years ago, for example, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s J. Murrey Atkins Library moved all its infrastructure to Amazon Web Services. It has never looked back, says Bob Price, the library’s associate dean of technology and digital strategies.”
A public library is predicated on an ethos of sharing and egalitarianism. It is nonjudgmental. It stands in stark opposition to the materialism and individualism that otherwise define our culture. It is defiantly, proudly, communal. The sociologist Eric Klinenberg reminds us that libraries were once called palaces for the people. Klinenberg is interested in the ways that common spaces can repair our fractious and polarized civic life. And though he argues in his new book that playgrounds, sporting clubs, diners, parks, farmer’s markets, and churches—anything, really, that puts people in close contact with one another—have the capacity to strengthen what Tocqueville called the cross-cutting ties that bind us to those who in many ways are different from us, he suggests that libraries may be the most effective.