Submitted by effinglibrarian on May 19, 2011 - 5:59pm
In 2009, I wrote posts where I suspected that Google was screwing with me when it showed me search results.
"Do a search for yourself one day and Google will use its standard search algorithm to find standard results. But do that same search a different day, and Google will run its special beta algorithm and return results that it thinks you want. Then it looks to see what you do next. If you click on page after page of results, it assumes you, the person, are somehow related to those results since you read through more of them than a casual searcher might. And Google learns from this and becomes smarter."
So I'm glad that the new book, The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from You, is confirming my suspicions: the internet knows who I am, but it loves me, anyway.
But as librarians, this hidden internet sucks. What happens when you share a computer at the service desk? And you do a search and click some links and the Google wraps you in that safe, protective bubble? What happens at the shift change? A second librarian sits at the desk and enters your bubble. And now all the searches are filtered for you, but the second librarian isn't you... won't is seem to the second librarian that Google suddenly started sucking? That it can't find anything the second librarian wants?
Submitted by effinglibrarian on May 18, 2011 - 2:57pm
Yes, your iPad is great. And your PS3 with Blu-ray is awesome. And your Kindle kicks ass. But these technological marvels are nothing compared to a book.
A book challenges us on a personal level. We meet the challenge of new words and ideas and we either find agreement or argument, but we rarely remain the same person we were before.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on May 15, 2011 - 2:48pm
Submitted by Bibliofuture on May 13, 2011 - 6:40pm
McGraw-Hill has launched a platform for accessing its wide breadth of content online at www.MHeBookLibrary.com. The site will deliver content to institutions globally and contains over 1,000 titles. The publisher said the library was created to serve the growing digital demands of library patrons and give easier and quicker access to its content.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on May 13, 2011 - 11:13am
The Houston Public Library is going to lay off 39 employees effective July 1 as its budget continues to shrink.
The layoffs will mean that the 42-branch system's staff will have shrunk from 558 FTEs in FY10 to 469 for FY12, a 16 percent reduction.
Full article in Library Journal
Submitted by Bibliofuture on May 13, 2011 - 10:58am
I found a library that on their website mentions that they sell new books in their bookshop. I have seen numerous libraries that have a bookstore inside them that sells used books but have not seen many that sell new books.
From the website:
Submitted by Bibliofuture on May 13, 2011 - 1:55am
Consider Facebook—it's human contact, only easier to engage with and
easier to avoid. Developing technology promises closeness. Sometimes
it delivers, but much of our modern life leaves us less connected with
people and more connected to simulations of them.
In "Alone Together", MIT technology and society professor Sherry
Turkle explores the power of our new tools and toys to dramatically
alter our social lives. It's a nuanced exploration of what we are
looking for—and sacrificing—in a world of electronic companions and
social networking tools, and an argument that, despite the hand-waving
Submitted by Bibliofuture on May 13, 2011 - 12:57am
For months we've been talking about the impending arrival of an Amazon Android tablet and Amazon's CEO Jeff Bezos didn't quite let the cat out of the bag--but he came close.
In an interview with Consumer Reports, when asked about the possibility of Amazon doing a tablet, he replied, "stay tuned."
Submitted by Bibliofuture on May 13, 2011 - 12:46am
Submitted by Bibliofuture on May 13, 2011 - 12:41am
My long-time friend and fellow book author, Ernie Zelinski, alerted me to the Amazon Kindle Swindle - where Amazon.com is making out like a bandit! And providing no relief to book authors whose works are being stolen - and resold by Amazon.com.
It's time to sue Amazon.com! Book authors of the world unite! There's a real case for a class action lawsuit here. Read on . . .
Submitted by Bibliofuture on May 13, 2011 - 12:38am
Peer to Peer file sharing is a hot topic as most people equate the essence of it to be synonymous with piracy. During our research we found that authors are leaking their own ebooks to pirate websites and then capitalizing on the controversy surrounding them. We also will look into how authors share their books on pirate websites in order to gain more exposure.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on May 13, 2011 - 12:30am
Click over to TechCrunch to check out an amazing slide show put together by the consulting firm faberNovel that offers an incredibly detailed look at how Amazon came to dominate e-commerce, expanding from an online bookseller to a household name synonymous with buying stuff on the Internet.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on May 13, 2011 - 12:27am
Despite the funding challenges nearly all school libraries face, many media specialists are optimistic about the role of technology in the school library, according to SLJ’s 2011 Technology Survey. Maribel Castro, a high school librarian, in Lubbock, TX, spoke for many school librarians when she wrote that even though her library is behind the tech curve, she still feels that “we are at the cusp of great things.”
Submitted by Bibliofuture on May 13, 2011 - 12:25am
J. Patrick Lewis's wordplay, humor, and technical facility—as well as his love of writing for children—have earned him an important place in history: today the Poetry Foundation named him the nation's third Children's Poet Laureate.
Full article at School Library Journal
Submitted by Walt on May 11, 2011 - 10:49am
Submitted by Closed Stacks on May 11, 2011 - 10:22am
Another Choose Privacy week has come and gone and I kind of forgot to/ didn’t know how to celebrate. I think this is my favorite library holiday and one that needs to get more attention than it does because as much of an issue as people oversharing already is–it’s only going to get worse.
Full post: http://www.closedstacks.com/?p=3321
Submitted by Bibliofuture on May 10, 2011 - 10:09am
Single dad bonded with daughter by reading together every night from fourth grade to first night in college dorm.
Full story at CBS News
Submitted by Bibliofuture on May 8, 2011 - 3:26am
Essay in the NYT
Like all good independent bookstores, BookCourt in Brooklyn has a robust section of staff recommendations. There, nestled in with titles by Jennifer Egan, Haruki Murakami and David Foster Wallace, is “Other People We Married,” a collection of short stories by Emma Straub. A handwritten note taped to the wall below reads: “I wrote this book. Please buy it. I love you.”
Full essay here.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on May 8, 2011 - 3:20am
Submitted by Bibliofuture on May 8, 2011 - 3:15am
In How to Think about The Great Ideas, Adler summarizes the most important ideas of Western thought, explicating their histories and developments as well as their importance in our lives today. He explains not only what the Great Ideas are, but why they are great. This volume is an excellent introduction to the key ideas of 2500 years of Western thought.