Not every president needs a library

But why should each president get his own library? Multiple libraries are wasteful, costing taxpayers millions of dollars every year. And they're undemocratic, because they allow our presidents %u2014 not the people who elected them %u2014 to define their legacies.

http://triblive.com/opinion/featuredcommentary/7546138-74/presidential-library-libraries#axz...

Do libraries still need to provide Internet access? - The Washington Post

Maybe many of the costs that bureaucrats decry are bound up in this online entertainment center aspect of libraries.

With the real definition and purpose of a library in mind, Fairfax officials should strive to offer what avid readers have wanted all along: a book-filled and Internet-free library.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/do-libraries-still-need-to-provide-internet-access/20...

Washington, D.C. Public Library Creates Punk Rock Archive

Our nation%u2019s lawmakers have to share Washington, D.C. with a diverse group of residents. Among those residents are some of the most influential punk bands in history, and now, the D.C. Public Library decided to recognize this part of the city%u2019s history by creating the D.C. Punk Archive. Check out BBC%u2019s coverage in the video above.

http://diffuser.fm/dc-punk-rock-archive/

Presidential library sites offer new ways to understand the leaders

Presidential library sites offer new ways to understand the leaders

This piece is a response to an editorial titled - Does every president need his own library?

Does every president need a separate library?

Opinion piece in the Washington Post

Excerpt: But why should each president get his own library? Multiple libraries are wasteful, costing taxpayers millions of dollars every year. And they’re undemocratic, because they allow our presidents — not the people who elected them — to define their legacies.

Presidential libraries aren’t mentioned in the Constitution or in any of our other founding documents. They date to 1938, when Franklin D. Roosevelt — midway through his second term of office — announced that he would personally construct a public archive in his native Hyde Park, N.Y.

Full piece:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/does-every-president-need-a-separate-library/2015/01/...

E-Books Are Damaging Your Health: Why We Should All Start Reading Paper Books Again

Reading regular books comes with a slew of health benefits that their electronic counterparts don't have.

Research and opinion from Medical Daily.

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In Defense of Technology

As products and services advance, plenty of nostalgists believe that certain elements of humanity have been lost. One contrarian argues that being attached to one%u2019s iPhone is a godsend.

http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/11/05/andrew-ohagan-technology/?_r=0

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The digital is a place to hide

The worlds that went paperless first were not, it turns out, those designed to make a more open world. Rather, they were, without exception, communities deeply invested in the control of information. They wanted information to be under their control more than they cared about its circulation on your behalf. Amid all our optimism about what digitization can do, this seems like an origin story to remember.

http://blogs.ssrc.org/tif/2015/01/07/the-digital-is-a-place-to-hide/

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L.A. Traffic Sign Is Hacked to Say "Read a Fucking Book"

L.A. TRAFFIC SIGN IS HACKED TO SAY "READ A F%u2014%u2014ING BOOK"

One can only assume it was a librarian :-)

http://www.laweekly.com/news/la-traffic-sign-is-hacked-to-say-read-a-f-ing-book-photos-5331670

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For Sale: "Your Name Here" in a Prestigious Science Journal - Scientific American

Despite his vigilance, however, signs of possible research misconduct have crept into some articles published in Diagnostic Pathology. Six of the 14 articles in the May 2014 issue, for instance, contain suspicious repetitions of phrases and other irregularities. When Scientific American informed Kayser, he was apparently unaware of the problem. "Nobody told this to me," he says. "I'm very grateful to you."

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/for-sale-your-name-here-in-a-prestigious-science-j...

The Internet of Things Plan To Make Libraries and Museums Awesomer

The new tech arrives at a tranistional time for cultural institutions. As technology has advanced, it%u2019s changed why people visit libraries and museums. In the wake of the Great Recession, just as many people used libraries for free computer and Internet access as they did to borrow books.
http://www.fastcompany.com/3040451/elasticity/the-internet-of-things-plan-to-make-libraries-...

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School libraries shelve tradition to create new learning spaces

You might think technology would spell the end of books and libraries. But many schools have embraced the digital revolution and built innovative spaces that foster a love of literature

http://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/2015/jan/08/school-libraries-books-students-techn...

What is a library?

While watching dozens of teenagers decked out in parrot masks and Bugs Bunny costumes dancing, jumping, and spinning on rolling chairs across the frame, anyone is likely to wonder: This was allowed in a library? And upon entering the space where the clip was filmed, many people do ask: Thisis a library? Aside from a few small shelves of test-prep materials, this 3,000-square-foot room holds no books.

http://theweek.com/article/index/266208/what-is-a-library

What Does It Mean That James Bond's In the Public Domain In Canada?

io9 looks at the copyright status of James Bond:

"On January 1st, 2015, the works of Ian Fleming entered the public domain in a number of countries. That means that the character of James Bond is no longer copyrighted in those countries, just like Sherlock Holmes has been for a while. But it doesn't mean that it's suddenly open season on that character.

But why now and what exactly does it mean?"

What Was Found Inside the Oldest American Time Capsule

To the delight of historians, an x-ray performed last month suggested that the enclosed materials%u2014thought to include paper and coins%u2014were intact.
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-was-found-inside-oldest-american-time-capsule-...

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Wanna Skype with An Iditarod Musher?

via PUB-LIB: SKYPE/ZOOM WITH A 3-TIME IDITAROD MUSHER AND HER IDITAROD LEAD DOG!

Karen Land, writer, oral historian, public speaker, and three-time participant in the 1,150-mile Iditarod Sled Dog Race across Alaska will be Skyping/Zooming with students across the globe this Winter/Spring 2015. E-mail [email protected] for more information and to set up a date! (the Iditarod starts March 7, 2015)

DSHR's Blog: Stretching the "peer reviewed" brand until it snaps

I'm much less optimistic. These recent examples, while egregious, are merely a continuation of a trend publishers themselves started many years ago of stretching the "peer reviewed" brand by proliferating journals. If your role is to act as a gatekeeper for the literature database, you better be good at being a gatekeeper. Opening the gate so wide that anything can get published somewhere is not being a good gatekeeper.
http://blog.dshr.org/2015/01/stretching-peer-reviewed-brand-until-it.html?m=1

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Q&A: One Million Preprints and Counting

Today (December 29), the preprint server clocked its one-millionth upload. In anticipation of this milestone, The Scientist spoke with ArXiv founder Paul Ginsparg of Cornell University about sharing data, peer review, and what%u2019s next for the resource.

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The Future of Libraries Has Little to Do with Books

In a digital age that has left book publishers reeling, libraries in the world’s major cities seem poised for a comeback, though it’s one that has very little to do with books. The Independent Library Report—published in December by the U.K.’s Department for Culture, Media, and Sport—found that libraries across the nation are re-inventing themselves by increasingly becoming “vibrant and attractive community hubs,” focusing on the “need to create digital literacy—and in an ideal world, digital fluency.”

http://magazine.good.is/articles/public-libraries-reimagined

Blogging changes the nature of academic research, not just how it is communicated

Patrick-Dunleavy-thumb1Academic blogging gets your work and research out to a potentially massive audience at very, very low cost and relative amount of effort. Patrick Dunleavy argues blogging and tweeting from multi-author blogs especially is a great way to build knowledge of your work, to grow readership of useful articles and research reports, to build up citations, and to foster debate across academia, government, civil society and the public in general.
http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2014/12/28/shorter-better-faster-free/

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