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‘Reamde’ by Neal Stephenson

Neal Stephenson’s novel involves a multiplayer online game, a computer virus, Russian thugs and a Welsh terrorist.

Review in the NYT Sunday Book Review

Click here for excerpt from book.

Link to book on Amazon: Reamde: A Novel

Results from the Book a Librarian Survey

Thanks to those who completed the book-a-librarian survey. It wasn't official or anything and didn't affect my job or earn me any financial compensation.

Most of the results appear in this very large image. You'll need to use the zoom feature. And the colors sure are pretty.

But depending on how one answered the questions, a few other questions appeared. So if you look at the results and see that a few questions had many fewer responses, that's because of the branching.

There are 20 sets of responses.

There were also place for comments. And again, depending on previous answers, some of those questions appeared to fewer participants.

In response to Please describe the experience (of participating in a book-a-librarian service), these comments were offered:

It is very convenient and helpful

Our students tell us ahead of time what their project is, so one can prepare for appointment. It saves time for everyone.

We wind up doing a lot of technology coaching, particularly with regards to the library's downloadable collections and transferring items to the patron's gadgets. We have also gotten a handful of interesting reference questions.

Mostly we help patron one-on-one with computer training. It is easier than trying to set up a class where everyone has different agendas for what they want to learn. -- Read More

"Clearly" and Netflix

In a comment to a previous post this comment was made - How is Netflix "clearly" pushing people toward streaming?

Seems pretty clear now: Netflix Spins DVD Service Into Separate Business

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has announced that Netflix is splitting into two businesses. It's an admission that Netflix just could not integrate its DVD service and its streaming service. The DVD business will now be called Qwikster. It will offer DVDs and video games. The streaming service will still be called Netflix.

Cites & Insights October 2011 available

Cites & Insights 11:9 (October 2011) is now available for downloading at http://citesandinsights.info/civ11i9.pdf

The 28-page issue (PDF as usual, with HTML versions of each essay available, either from the C&I home page--which will, incidentally, remind you that contributions or sponsorship are both welcome and might help keep this nonsense going--or from the title links below) includes:

Making it Work: Websites and Social Networks pp. 1-17

Some notes on sampling public library websites (2,406 of them in 25 U.S. states) as part of the research for my 2012 book, a few idle thoughts on public library websites, and a Making it Work roundup and commentary on librarians and social networks.

T&QT Retrospective: Far-Away Services with Strange Sounding Names pp. 17-22

Remember Cuil? Remember Knol? Oddly enough, the latter's still around--but the former may have been a Bigger Deal as a one-week web wonder. Looking back and sideways with a little bemusement.

Offtopic Perspective: 50 Movie Comedy Kings, Part 1 pp. 22-28

Better than the Legends of Horror multipack, with occasional flashes of brilliance (and occasional flashes of stereotyping and schtick). -- Read More

100 Kindle books for $3.99 or less

Amazon sale on Kindle books. 100 Kindle books that are $3.99 or less.

Please take this survey on micro-instruction in libraries

the survey is finished; thanks for participating.

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This is a survey on "book-a-librarian" programs in libraries.
As the name says, this is an appointment based service with a librarian or library associate for personal assistance for a fixed, short time period.

Michael Hart, a Pioneer of E-Books, Dies at 64

Michael Hart, who was widely credited with creating the first e-book when he typed the Declaration of Independence into a computer on July 4, 1971, and in so doing laid the foundations for Project Gutenberg, the oldest and largest digital library, was found dead on Tuesday at his home in Urbana, Ill. He was 64.

Full piece in the NYT

What smaller publishers, agents, and authors need to know about ebook publishing

What smaller publishers, agents, and authors need to know about ebook publishing

As the shift from a print-centric book world to a digital one accelerates, more and more digital publishers are creating themselves.

The biggest publishers, with the resources of sophisticated IT departments to guide them, have been in the game for years now and paying serious attention since the Kindle was launched by Amazon late in 2007. But as the market has grown, so has the ecosystem. And while three years ago it was possible to reach the lion’s share of the ebook market through one retailer, Amazon, on a device that really could only handle books of straight narrative text, we now have a dizzying array of options to reach the consumer on a variety of devices and with product packages that are as complicated as you want to make them.

Free or very inexpensive service offerings through web interfaces suggest to every publisher of any size, every literary agent, and every aspiring author “you can do this” and, the implication is, “effectively and without too much help”. Indeed, services like Amazon’s KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) service, Barnes & Noble’s PubIt!, and service providers Smashwords and BookBaby, offer the possibility of creating an ebook from your document and distributing it through most ebook retailers, enabled for almost all devices, for almost no cash commitment. -- Read More

Waste Land

Movie info at Rotten Tomatoes

DVD a Amazon.com: Waste Land

If you have Netflix the movie is available to watch instantly. If you are an Amazon Prime member you can watch the movie online free via Amazon. Link to Amazon digital version: Waste Land (free for Prime members, $3.99/3 day rental for others.)

Ebert's review - I am honestly shocked that he gave 3 and not 4 stars.

Shirt

Should this shirt have a book on it?

R. David Lankes – The Atlas of New Librarianship

Lankes, R. (2011). The atlas of new librarianship. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. R. David Lankes is Associate Professor in Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies, and Director of its Library and Information Science Program. His main theme throughout the book is a new mission for librarians – "The Mission of Librarians is to improve Society through Facilitating Knowledge Creation in their Communities."

One should rightly be impressed with Lankes' resources for this book. "The Atlas is the result of more than 100,000 miles of travel to 29 locations on three continents, input from hundreds of librarians and professors from 14 accredited library programs, 25 formal presentations to more than 50 conferences, and 14 publications." (pg. 2) In fact one should be so impressed as to not take exception with anything Lankes writes at all. I'm sure hundreds of students feel the same way. But, being the critical thinker that I am, I thought I'd take a chance, and raise some questions I hope will resonate with other library professionals.

Book Review at: 21st Century Library Blog

Intelligent conversation

At the end of this story on LISNEWS - The End for Old Greenwich's Just Books - there is this question - Who can you have an intelligent conversation with at Amazon.com?

For some reason the comments on the story do not seem to be active.

So if we were going to have an intelligent conversation with Amazon what would be said?

Masked Protesters Aid Time Warner’s Bottom Line

Time Warner owns the rights to a Guy Fawkes mask and is paid a licensing fee with the sale of each mask worn by members of the hacker group Anonymous.

See story:
http://www.nytimes.com/pages/technology/index.html

Go the F*** to Sleep, the library edition (NSFW)

I didn't make any pictures, but I got the idea from a cartoon by Emily Lloyd and the research from that story about students not knowing how to search on the Internet. Maybe I'll find some public domain pix of tigers and stuff and illustrate it later... enjoy...
http://t.co/CLetftP

Edit: (NSFW = NOT SAFE FOR WORK which means if you're easily offended don't read it)

How The A&P Changed The Way We Shop

Book: The Great A&P and the Struggle for Small Business in America

Story on NPR about book: How The A&P Changed The Way We Shop

Excerpt from NPR piece: "You'd ask for a certain weight of cheese, you'd ask for vinegar," says economic historian Marc Levinson. "The vinegar was not bottled; it was in a barrel and the shopkeeper would pump it out into a small jar for you. If you wanted some pickles, they'd be in a barrel, too. A lot of things would be in bulk, and the shopkeeper was responsible for giving you the quantity you wanted — or the quantity he'd feel like giving you. Because every store had a scale and the scale might or might not be accurate." -- Read More

'Player One': A Winning, Geeked-Out Page-Turner

Ready Player One

Book review on NPR: http://www.npr.org/2011/08/22/139760489/player-one-a-winning-geeked-out-page-turner

Excerpt from review:
If you grew up in the 1980s and resided anywhere on the nerd-geek spectrum, all it takes is the right Rush or Genesis song to bring you back to the video arcade. This was before video games became visually stunning and able to be controlled just by waving your hand in the air. Back then, gaming consoles were behemoths with perpetually sticky buttons, and the game-play usually involved some variation on moving a dot around while shooting dots at differently colored dots.

It might not sound like much, but if you're the right age, the feeling of nostalgia can be almost overwhelming. Those arcade games, and those fond memories, are the subject of Ernest Cline's unapologetically nerdy debut novel, Ready Player One. The narrative takes place 30 years into the future, but — to quote Lou Reed's song "Down at the Arcade" — "its heart's in 1984."

The PDF to the essay

See the attached file.

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