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.]
Submitted by effinglibrarian on April 18, 2011 - 8:08am
Is it me, or has the library war already started? Because I keep reading about how the old library is dead and the new library needs building. That print has been mortally wounded and now those inbred and bastard children fight to be the next ruler. We have our own Game of Thrones (this week on HBO, which I have neither read nor seen, so whatever connection I make, is purely accidental) in the fantasy library world of Bibliotania (yeah, you come up with a better name):
Submitted by Bibliofuture on April 15, 2011 - 1:17pm
Submitted by Bibliophile Adv... on April 12, 2011 - 8:17am
From the Chronicle of Higher Ed
By Jennifer Howard
Submitted by Bibliophile Adv... on April 11, 2011 - 11:14am
Probably the closest most of us will ever get to this incredible collection.
Watch it here
Submitted by Bibliofuture on April 11, 2011 - 1:34am
$20 Per Gallon: How the Inevitable Rise in the Price of Gasoline Will Change Our Lives for the Better
This book received a starred review at Publisher's Weekly.
Imagine an everyday world in which the price of gasoline (and oil) continues to go up, and up, and up. Think about the immediate impact that would have on our lives.
Of course, everybody already knows how about gasoline has affected our driving habits. People can't wait to junk their gas-guzzling SUVs for a new Prius. But there are more, not-so-obvious changes on the horizon that Chris Steiner tracks brilliantly in this provocative work.
Submitted by effinglibrarian on April 8, 2011 - 3:51pm
Submitted by Walt on April 7, 2011 - 4:03pm
Cites & Insights 11:5 (May 2011) is now available for downloading at http://citesandinsights.info/civ11i5.pdf
The 44-page issue is PDF as usual, and consists of 1.5 essays. Each essay (or portion) is also available as an HTML separate; click on the essay titles. If this seems like an all-ebook issue, that's not intentional.
This issue includes:
Perspective: Writing about Reading (continued) pp. 1-16
This essay completes Perspective: Writing about Reading from the April 2011 C&I, with sections on how ebooks will (if you believe the authors) change reading and writing; "all singing! all dancing"--in which the only future for books is as multimedia extravaganzas; and writing about writing. It's snarkier than the first portion, even though it's been heavily desnarked.
The Zeitgeist: 26 is Not the Issue pp. 16-44
This abecedary goes from Absurd licenses to... Well, no, the topic is the only one truly suitable for the Zeitgeist label at the moment--HarperCollins, pay-per-view in some form, deals with the devil and what you lose when ownership turns to licenses.
If this one seems long, I'll note two things:
Submitted by Bibliofuture on April 6, 2011 - 10:54am
Columbia University professor Manning Marable did not live to see the publication of his life's work, a new biography called Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention. The book was released Monday, just days after Marable, 60, died Friday of complications from pneumonia.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on April 6, 2011 - 10:46am
Netflix has inked a deal with Lionsgate TV for streaming rights to Mad Men reruns.
The video service paid nearly $1 million per episode for all seven seasons of the AMC drama, which will begin airing July 27.