Submitted by Blake on March 21, 2015 - 10:05am
I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand, AT&T is forgoing revenue by not spying on its customers, and it's reasonable to charge them for that lost revenue. On the other hand, this sort of thing means that privacy becomes a luxury good. In general, I prefer to conceptualize privacy as a right to be respected and not a commodity to be bought and sold.
From Schneier on Security: AT&T Charging Customers to Not Spy on Them
Submitted by Blake on March 20, 2015 - 2:36pm
At the California Library Association’s annual conference, librarians have given fake talks on real issues in their world, including “Outreach and Embedded Librarians” and “Innovation in the Modern Library.” The trick is to make the speech flow with baffling accompanying slides, such as a photo of exercise guru Richard Simmons in glitter clothing, and a jacket cover for a (real) book titled “How to Raise Your I.Q. by Eating Gifted Children.”
From Shhh…The Librarians Are Doing PowerPoint Comedy - Digits - WSJ
Submitted by Blake on March 19, 2015 - 12:27pm
According to teen services librarian, Wick Thomas, everything went well until the teens got to Governor Nixon’s office.
The students were escorted out of the Capitol by security after the Governor’s press secretary said he was unaware that the group had an appointment.
The teens had previously met with other lawmakers and said they only had issues when trying to meet with Governor Nixon.
From Teens escorted out of Capitol while protesting budget cuts to Mo. libraries | fox4kc.com
Submitted by Blake on March 18, 2015 - 9:42pm
Despite the lack of book-related activity, Hillcrest is one of fewer and fewer schools in New York City that both have a school library and enough librarians to staff it. In a nation where traditional school libraries are shrinking in number or morphing into computer labs or digital media centers, the declines in library services in New York City's public schools are more precipitous than most, experts say.
Submitted by birdie on March 18, 2015 - 10:59am
The BBC covers the attacks at the Bardo Museum in Tunis where at least eight people including tourists have been killed.
Submitted by Blake on March 17, 2015 - 10:19pm
When it comes to public libraries, immigrant Hispanics pose both a challenge and an opportunity to the library community. On the one hand, this group, which makes up half of the adult U.S. Hispanic population, is less likely than other Americans to have ever visited a U.S. public library and is much less likely to say that they see it as “very easy” to do so. At the same time, Hispanic immigrants who have made their way to a public library stand out as the most appreciative of what libraries have to offer, from free books to research resources to the fact that libraries tend to offer a quiet, safe space.
From Public Libraries and Hispanics | Pew Research Center's Hispanic Trends Project
Submitted by Blake on March 17, 2015 - 10:18pm
Submitted by Bibliofuture on March 17, 2015 - 4:50pm
In his new book, Raising Kids Who Read, Daniel Willingham wants to be clear: There's a big difference between teaching kids to read and teaching them to love reading.
And Willingham, a parent himself, doesn't champion reading for the obvious reasons — not because research suggests that kids who read for pleasure do better in school and in life.
"The standard things you'll hear about why kids should read I actually don't think are very strong arguments," he says. "Because if the goal is to become a good citizen or the goal is to make a lot of money, I can think of more direct ways to reach those goals than to read during your leisure time."
Full piece here:
Submitted by Blake on March 15, 2015 - 9:09pm
Since then, a total of four TED Books (Simon & Schuster) have been published, the latest of which is “The Future of Architecture in 100 Buildings,” by architect and Architizer.com founder Marc Kushner. It’s a beautiful little book with a photo of each building featured and a question each building seems to pose.
From Cool buildings & a fairer world: When TED talks become books - Bookish
Submitted by Blake on March 15, 2015 - 8:58pm
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Submitted by Blake on March 13, 2015 - 11:07am
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From Google Art Project - Chrome Web Store
Submitted by birdie on March 13, 2015 - 9:39am
A candidate in the race to be Kentucky's next lieutenant governor was arrested Wednesday on charges apparently connected to an overdue library book.
Johnathan Masters, 33, a Democratic challenger for the office, was driving to Bowling Green for a TV interview when a Kentucky State Trooper pulled him over. "He said my tags were expired," Masters told The Huffington Post. "I thought he was going to let me go because he was real friendly, but then he went back to his patrol car and was gone for about 15 minutes.
"When he came back, he asked me, 'Did you take out a library book 11 years ago?'" Masters said. It seems Masters had a warrant out for his arrest on of the charge of “theft by failure to make required disposition of property," a misdemeanor when the property is under $500.
"I started to laugh, but he said, 'This is serious!' and he took me to jail for three hours," Masters said.
Masters was booked on the outstanding warrant and paid $100 bond to get out. He is scheduled to be arraigned March 30.
"I plan to fight the charges," he said. "I'm going to request a jury trial."
Submitted by Blake on March 12, 2015 - 10:04pm
Submitted by Blake on March 12, 2015 - 5:02pm
When we worry about the pace of change, Bell suggests, we’re focusing on the wrong variable. What is important is not that the pace of change is accelerating but that “the scale on which changes have taken place has widened, and changes in scale, as physicists and organization theorists have long known, requires essentially a change in form.” The question we should be asking is not what utterly unpredictable new things will turn up to annihilate our businesses but what form of organization is appropriate to capitalize on them. A knotty question to be sure, but not an impossible one.
From What We Know, Now, About the Internet’s Disruptive Power - HBR
Submitted by Blake on March 12, 2015 - 12:46pm
He was first diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2007, but continued writing, completing his final book last summer.
The author died at home "with his cat sleeping on his bed, surrounded by his family," Mr Finlay said.
"In over 70 books, Terry enriched the planet like few before him," he added.
"As all who read him know, Discworld was his vehicle to satirize this world: He did so brilliantly, with great skill, enormous humour and constant invention.
From BBC News - Sir Terry Pratchett, renowned fantasy author, dies aged 66
Submitted by birdie on March 12, 2015 - 9:38am
How cool a job is this?
The game show institution that is Jeopardy! has much more going on behind the scenes than it might appear. Every time you look at that board full of categories and clues, a highly coordinated effort has taken place to make sure everything is just right—including dozens of things you probably never even considered. After all, someone has to make sure that “Who is Harriet Tubman?” isn’t the answer to more than one clue a game, or even more than one clue a week. Billy Wisse is the head writer for Jeopardy! He’s been there a while, because, as he says, there isn’t much turnover on the staff at his game show. And once you learn just what his job consists of, it’s not hard to understand why. Working for Jeopardy! sounds like one of the coolest gigs you could ever hope to land. Read on to find out how the clues get written, what kind of things Alex Trebek vetoes, and what the best question is that you will never, ever see on the show.
Story from AV Club. HT @helgagrace.
Submitted by Blake on March 11, 2015 - 8:28am
Charter schools are far less likely than traditional schools to have libraries or librarians, surveys show.
During the 2011–12 school year, 49 percent of public charter schools reported having a library media center compared to 93 percent of traditional public schools in the United States, according to a survey by the National Center on Education Statistics.
From Charter schools less likely to have libraries - The Washington Post
Submitted by StephenK on March 10, 2015 - 9:51pm
Remember FriendFeed? It used to be a live social media network popular with librarians. The Register
reports that Facebook is killing it off
in one month. As of April 9th the service will disappear and it appears that content posted to the service will not be transportable to other formats/networks.