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Time to get ill: Beastie Boys lyrics in the Oxford English Dictionary

The OED quotes the Beastie Boys nine times! That’s a pretty respectable tally for any modern author, let alone a trio of rappers whose renown is largely due to a song called “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party!)”. As a small tribute to our home-piece MCA, here are a few of my favorite ways the Beastie Boys are representin’ in the dictionary.

From Time to get ill: Beastie Boys lyrics in the Oxford English Dictionary | OxfordWords blog

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“She blinded me with library science”: why the Feminist Library is more vital than ever

“She blinded me with library science”: why the Feminist Library is more vital than ever
Despite scant funding and resources, London’s Feminist Library is turning their 40th year into a celebration of storytelling, history – and, hopefully, sofas.

From “She blinded me with library science”: why the Feminist Library is more vital than ever

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A Tribute to the Printer Aldus Manutius, and the Roots of the Paperback

Aldus has attracted some pop-culture attention in recent years, at least among those with a geekish taste for printing history. The novel “The Rule of Four” gave his most famous book, the enigmat “Hypnerotomachia Poliphili,” an upmarket “Da Vinci Code” treatment in 2004. There was also Robin Sloan’s 2012 best seller, “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore,” which turned Aldus into the founder of a shadowy secret society headed for an apocalyptic showdown with Google.

From A Tribute to the Printer Aldus Manutius, and the Roots of the Paperback - NYTimes.com

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ISIS Commits Libricide in Iraq

Artnet.com reports on the burning of 8000 rare texts and manuscripts by the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

Spelling Goof: Berkeley Librarians Recycle Misprinted B-E-R-K-L-E-Y Buttons

UMass students, librarians want more faculty to use open source textbooks to save students money

He and other students and librarians at the university are hoping that students will pressure their professors to adopt open source textbooks.

From UMass students, librarians want more faculty to use open source textbooks to save students money | masslive.com

LAUSD reopening libraries after recession closings

More than 200 Los Angeles Unified School District elementary school libraries have reopened in just two months, according to district officials.

Recession-era budget cuts had left many libraries without staffing. The cuts persisted even when the economy began to improve: a year ago half of the district's 650,000 students were still without a librarian or library aide

From LAUSD reopening libraries after recession closings | 89.3 KPCC

Henry VIII's evidence to support break with Rome turns up in Cornish library

Book of legal and philosophical advice on king’s efforts to have his marriage to Catherine of Aragon annulled helped change the course of English history

From Henry VIII's evidence to support break with Rome turns up in Cornish library | Culture | The Guardian

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Pimps & Nazi Cattle: A Translator’s Adventures in the Dictionary

So there are still some far-flung outposts of garbledom left on Wikipedia, in case you were wondering. Even here, we can find that strange and salutary feeling lumbering into view from the primeval past: when we go looking for references with a semblance of authority, only to find ourselves more perplexed than ever.

From Pimps & Nazi Cattle: A Translator’s Adventures in the Dictionary

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The near and far future of libraries

The Rosetta Disk, for example, is one of its attempts to create a permanent archive: it’s a wafer of nickel containing all the world’s languages in raised microscopic text. “We aren’t creating the Rosetta Disk specifically with an apocalypse in mind, or for a society that's undergoing major upheaval,” Long Now Director Laura Welcher told Hopes&Fears, “but over the span of millennia, I think you have to expect that to happen occasionally.”

Let us now turn to the human experts for answers.

From The near and far future of libraries — Hopes&Fears — flow "Technology"

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The Secret Life of a Public Library Security Guard | Narratively | Human stories, boldly told.

In between the rare maps and historical stacks, fishing out fornicators and nixing narcotics transactions are all in a day’s work for one of Portland’s finest.

From The Secret Life of a Public Library Security Guard | Narratively | Human stories, boldly told.

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Homeless People Need Libraries and Libraries Need Homeless People Too

From the AP:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Jeffery Bailey spends nearly every day at his public library. It's not just that he loves books. For the 43-year-old who sleeps in a tent outside a local church, the library is pretty much the only place he can go that won't charge him to provide safety, warmth, useful services and entertainment.

Many public libraries discourage homeless people from hanging around all day. "It could be the way you dress, the way your hair is," says Bailey, whose scruffy denim jacket could use a good wash.

But just as Bailey needs his library, the library needs him: In this digital age, many people who used to depend on libraries can find what they need online without leaving home. Menaced by budget cuts, many public libraries are effectively failing to justify their relevance, reducing their hours year after year.

Privacy is at a crossroads. Choose wisely.

We already put legal limits on financial, medical, military, transportation, telecommunications and agriculture technology. Why not online tracking? With digital technology making its way into more parts of our lives, and with our data quickly becoming more and more valuable, of course there should be some limits on online tracking!

From Privacy is at a crossroads. Choose wisely. — Medium

Poverty, Libraries, Jobs, Me

With that said: should a library director be paid $7.25/hr? No, of course not. But in this part of Kentucky, believe it or not, that is a decent salary. Not because it is objectively an amount of money that someone deserves for doing their job, but only because the area around it has been forgotten. This part of the world has been given up on by the former industries that sustained it, by the clay and the tobacco and the lumber that were the only reasons money ever flowed into the economy of the area in the first place.

From Poverty, Libraries, Jobs, Me | Pattern Recognition

Why digital natives prefer reading in print.

Textbook makers, bookstore owners and college student surveys all say millennials still strongly prefer print for pleasure and learning, a bias that surprises reading experts given the same group’s proclivity to consume most other content digitally. A University of Washington pilot study of digital textbooks found that a quarter of students still bought print versions of e-textbooks that they were given for free.

From Why digital natives prefer reading in print. Yes, you read that right. - The Washington Post

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Dear Book Nerd Archives | Book Recommendations and Reviews

About Dear Book Nerd
Dear Book Nerd is a bi-weekly advice show about life, love, and literature.

From Dear Book Nerd Archives | Book Recommendations and Reviews | BOOK RIOT

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Is there a library-sized hole in the internet?

David Weinberger is senior researcher at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, and has been instrumental in the development of ideas about the impact of the web. Shortly before his recent keynote presentation at OCLC’s EMEA Regional Council Meeting in Florence, he spoke with Sarah Bartlett about the library-sized hole in the Internet and how a ‘library graph’ might help librarians to fill it.

From Is there a library-sized hole in the internet? - Research Information

Scrawled Insults and Epiphanies by Anthony Grafton

Marginalia are on the march. The New Yorker reported this fall on Oxford’s Marginalia Group, which “now has two thousand five hundred and three members, making marginalia to Oxford something like what a cappella is to Princeton.” They specialize in finding the snarkiest of the notes that generations of Oxford students have entered in their assigned books. The creator of the Oxford group, April Pierce, noted that the great libraries of London also house books full of readers’ written reactions.

From Scrawled Insults and Epiphanies by Anthony Grafton | The Gallery | The New York Review of Books

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University hiring: If you didn't get your Ph.D. at an elite university, good luck finding an academic job.

While elite universities, with their deep resources and demanding coursework, surely produce great professors, the data suggest that faculty hiring isn’t a simple meritocracy. The top schools generate far more professors than even just slightly less prestigious schools. For example, in history, the top 10 schools produce three times as many future professors as those ranked 11 through 20.

From University hiring: If you didn't get your Ph.D. at an elite university, good luck finding an academic job.

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