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.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on May 4, 2011 - 3:55pm
If you're in search of an inspiring live work home – a forest book nook – try these digs on for size! The Scholar’s Library in Olive Bridge, New York by local architecture firm Gluck & Partners is an unusual raised house plan surrounded by lush, leafy woods. This simple but striking space sits perched among the treetops, with a study space enclosed in windows at the top, and the actual library – housing approximately 10,000 books – tucked in the windowless area below.
Submitted by lorireed on May 4, 2011 - 10:45am
ALA Learning Round Table and OCLC’s WebJunction collaborate to offer free online conference
Trends in Library Training and Learning: Developing Staff Skills for the 21st Century program is set for August 10–11
WebJunction, OCLC’s online learning community for library staff, and the ALA Learning Round Table, which promotes quality continuing education for all library personnel, will team up to offer a free, online learning and training conference August 10–11, 2011.
The conference, to include eight one-hour sessions over two days, will be hosted using the WebEx web conferencing tool, which will provide attendees with easy online access to all live sessions and the ability to interact with other attendees and presenters using text-based chat. Registration will open by June 1 when full conference details are available on WebJunction.org.
“Libraries are changing quickly and staff need more training than ever to navigate nimbly through change,” said Sharon Morris, ALA Learning Round Table President 2010–11. “This conference will help library trainers, managers and staff to find new ways to train, learn and keep up. The Learning Round Table members are excited to be working with WebJunction on this cutting-edge online conference.”
Submitted by Closed Stacks on May 2, 2011 - 9:30am
"Librarians are the book nerd who is totally convinced that the quarterback will date her if only she loses ten pounds and finds a way to get his attention. You know what, book nerd? The quarterback may pay attention to you if he needs tutoring, but he’ll certainly forget about you and your new, svelte figure afterward."
Full post: http://www.closedstacks.com/?p=3315
Submitted by Bibliofuture on May 1, 2011 - 9:34pm
Kindle ad where one of the characters opens the ad with the line - "I only read real books"
In the comments to the ad there is the continuing debate of paper books vs. ebooks.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on April 30, 2011 - 10:22am
Blog post at Publisher's Weekly XYZ blog about a site that shows vintage paperback covers. You can see the blog post here.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on April 28, 2011 - 6:03pm
Bad font in book according to Amazon reviews. Book is: The Repurposed Library: 33 Craft Projects That Give Old Books New Life
Submitted by Bibliofuture on April 28, 2011 - 5:57pm
Using data they bought from a maker of GPS navigators, Dutch police set up speed cameras where drivers were most likely to break the limit.
See full story on NPR
Submitted by Bibliofuture on April 28, 2011 - 11:24am
Submitted by Bibliofuture on April 28, 2011 - 11:17am
Chairs aren't the only thing that cost $1100 apiece in a controversial renovation of a Detroit Public Library wing.
Full article: http://bit.ly/j2JhS4
Submitted by Bibliofuture on April 22, 2011 - 12:03am
A controversial new biography about Malcolm X makes some provocative assertions about the late civil rights leader's sexuality and the circumstances surrounding his death. Earlier this month, host Michel Martin spoke to one of the lead researchers of the book. Today, Martin gets another perspective from Ilyasah Shabazz, Malcolm X's third daughter. They discuss her reflections on her father's life and the allegations in the new biography about him.
Submitted by smatthews on April 19, 2011 - 1:06pm
I’m a Baby-Boomer, and so is my wife who was my high school sweetheart. We were both raised in Middle America with traditional values which we adopted – get educated, work at a career, own a house and two cars, support your local school and church, enjoy the American Dream.
The American Dream is, according to our friends at Wikipedia (sorry to those of you who think it’s a site that makes kids dumb, but I find it very much a modern encyclopedia that is highly useful and mostly filled with very useful information):
In the definition of the American Dream by James Truslow Adams in 1931, "life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement" regardless of social class or circumstances of birth.
[BTW: Can you spell E-N-C-Y-C-L-O-P-E-D-I-A from memory? Did you learn to spell it from Jiminy Cricket too.]