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A brand new 1.7 million dollar library in Twiggs County is set to close Tuesday night due to lack of funds. Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal joined local officials in cutting the ribbon just two weeks ago. The library was built with mostly state money. Its operating budget is funded locally.
UPDATE - Library is back open, for now (thank you Mock Turtle).
This week's episode discusses election matters by starting with Lafourche Parish and then digging deeper into why the case of Ashtabula County District Library touched upon by INFOdocket is a bit more serious than it seemed at first glance. The in-episode audio quite incorrectly identifies this episode as #260 which was last week. This is the sixth anniversary of production, though.
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Libraries are Places Where Hippies and Junkies "Look at Drugs and Food Stamps" (on the Internet) -- Read More
Even though librarians like Warren have to deal with these characters, they also have to also maintain their cool. She suggests that she might write a book with survival tips someday, and she already has title ideas:
Because we librarians are helpful and courteous by nature, we refrain from telling these folks off. Or telling them to get the hell out of our library. Instead, we smile and do what we can to help them. Which, given what we’re dealing with, calls for its own special guide book. “When Difficult Patrons Happen to Good Librarians.” Or “Impossible People For Dummies.” Some day I might just write that book.
This one has been a long time coming, but this morning, Judge Denny Chin (who actually has a long history of siding with copyright holders) found that Google's book scanning project is fair use. This is a huge victory in a variety of ways. TechDirt has the story.
The Book House has been operating as an independent community new/used/rare bookstore in St. Louis for nearly 30 years. The books were housed in a victorian era mansion that is famously haunted and has been deemed a historical landmark. It is affiliated with various charities including Second Chapter, a group/foster home for disabled children.
This is the house that I grew up in. Unfortunately, we do not own the property. The landowners were only interested in selling an entire lot of several establishments, and we were unable to get approved for a mortgage, so we have been leasing for decades. A few months ago, we learned that the property had been sold to an industrial storage company. The building is going to be demolished.
This week's episode is a Veteran's Day special featuring an archival recording of Winston Churchill addressing the United States Congress on December 26, 1941.
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On November 19th, Thomas.gov, the venerable website of the United States Congress, will begin to redirect visitors to Congress.gov. The new site, which launched in beta in September 2012, will become the primary governmental resource for the text of legislation, past, present and future, along with reports from committees, speeches from the floor of Congress and cost estimates from the Congressional Budget Office.
Passive-Agressive Library unMarketing
The Star Beacon reports that Ashtabula County District Library won their levy election Tuesday by 60 votes according to unofficial results. With 170 provisional ballots still to be checked plus absentee ballots bearing postmarks no later than November 4th having until November 15th to arrive potentially numbering over 200, there remains a chance of the slim victory being wiped out. The official canvas of results is due by November 26th from the Ashtabula County Board of Elections.
Wikipedia and its stated ambition to “compile the sum of all human knowledge” are in trouble. The volunteer workforce that built the project’s flagship, the English-language Wikipedia—and must defend it against vandalism, hoaxes, and manipulation—has shrunk by more than a third since 2007 and is still shrinking. Those participants left seem incapable of fixing the flaws that keep Wikipedia from becoming a high-quality encyclopedia by any standard, including the project’s own. Among the significant problems that aren’t getting resolved is the site’s skewed coverage: its entries on Pokemon and female porn stars are comprehensive, but its pages on female novelists or places in sub-Saharan Africa are sketchy. Authoritative entries remain elusive. Of the 1,000 articles that the project’s own volunteers have tagged as forming the core of a good encyclopedia, most don’t earn even Wikipedia’s own middle-ranking quality scores.
Full piece at MIT Technology Review
A new taco recipe library highlights something interesting about the nature of spontaneous collaboration on the web.
Flying a Drone around The NY Public Library
MOOCs give librarians new opportunities to help shape the conversation about changes in higher education and to guide administrators, faculty, and students through these changes. To assume this role, librarians must understand the MOOCs landscape. Numerous stakeholders will have an interest in the massive intellectual property that ultimately resides in libraries' owned and licensed digital repositories. Studying and adopting technologies to manage and monitor MOOC usage of library resources will be essential to controlling access and tightening Internet safeguards.
Found link to article here:
Low literacy rates for adults can have wide-ranging effects on those around them. They may rely more heavily on government services; their children may not get that extra hand with schoolwork; their families may not get sufficient financial support.
But for the millions of adults with low literacy, the ability to read, write and speak English might offer them the most important opportunity of all: a chance to emerge from the shadows and participate as equals in society.
This week's episode presents a news miscellany.
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Amazon has introduced Kindle First, a program where customers can access Kindle books a month before their release date.
Story at Teleread
Walt Crawford is at in again. In a 140 character world he is busting out 34 pages of analysis and commentary.
The issue contains one essay:
Words: The Ebook Marketplace, Part 2 pp. 1-34
More on the last few years in the ebook marketplace, this time focusing on ebook pricing, ebook and ereader sales, software, the past and future, (intentional) humor, rights--not so much DRM as ebook readers' rights, and a few miscellaneous pieces.
If you're waiting for "ebooks and pbooks" (note and, not versus)...that's coming in January 2014.