Submitted by Blake on March 17, 2016 - 3:15pm
For thousands of years, people have traveled to libraries in search of knowledge. Once civilization dawned, people needed a place to store information and archives, and thus libraries were born. The earliest libraries are traced to present-day Iraq and stored cuneiform data on clay tablets. China’s creation of paper in the 2nd century BC helped spread knowledge westward at a faster pace, and more libraries appeared in sacred and private spaces.
From Time Travel: The History of Libraries :: Travel :: Galleries :: Paste
Submitted by Blake on March 16, 2016 - 9:21pm
While e-books retailers like Amazon, Apple and Barnes & Noble can collect troves of data on their customers’ reading behavior, publishers and writers are still in the dark about what actually happens when readers pick up a book. Do most people devour it in a single sitting, or do half of readers give up after Chapter 2? Are women over 50 more likely to finish the book than young men? Which passages do they highlight, and which do they skip?
From Moneyball for Book Publishers: A Detailed Look at How We Read - The New York Times
Submitted by Blake on March 16, 2016 - 9:20pm
The ancient al-Qarawiyyin Library in Fez isn’t just the oldest library in Africa. Founded in 859, it’s the oldest working library in the world, holding ancient manuscripts that date as far back as 12 centuries. But modern life had taken a toll on the library, with its buildings falling into disrepair. That’s why in 2012, the Moroccan Ministry of Culture asked TED Fellow and architect Aziza Chaouni to rehabilitate the library so that it can reopen to the general public. She describes the challenges inherent in undertaking a daunting, historic project. (Spoiler alert: she was successful; the library reopens in May 2016!)
From Restoring the world’s oldest library |
Submitted by Blake on March 16, 2016 - 5:02pm
“Internet access is not a choice, it’s a modern-life necessity,” said Mariko Hirose, senior staff attorney at the NYCLU. “The city’s public Wi-Fi network should set the bar for privacy and security to help ensure that New Yorkers do not have to sacrifice their rights and freedoms to sign online.”
From NYCLU: City’s Public Wi-Fi Raises Privacy Concerns | New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) - American Civil Liberties Union of New York State
Submitted by Blake on March 16, 2016 - 9:05am
Article from Idaho Mountain Express.
Included are: Jenny Emery Davidson—Ketchum Community Library, LeAnn Gelskey—Hailey Public Library and Kristin Gearhart—Bellevue Public Library.
Submitted by Blake on March 15, 2016 - 2:08pm
It was a small act of information age defiance, and perhaps also a bit of a throwback, somewhat analogous to Stephen King’s 2000 self-publishing an e-book or Radiohead’s 2007 release of a download-only record without a label. To commemorate it, she tweeted the website’s confirmation under the hashtag #ASAPbio, a newly coined rallying cry of a cadre of biologists who say they want to speed science by making a key change in the way it is published.
From Handful of Biologists Went Rogue and Published Directly to Internet - The New York Times
Submitted by rteeter on March 15, 2016 - 12:33pm
The Gilroy branch of the Santa Clara County Library (Calif.) apparently forgot about Black History Month until a user asked about it.
Submitted by Blake on March 14, 2016 - 8:09am
Our mission is to build and operate a nonprofit search engine for the Web.
The Web is now a critical resource for humanity, of which search engines are the arbiters. They decide which websites get traffic, which companies survive, which ideas spread.
The Web is currently in danger because the only arbiters available to us are all profit-seeking companies.
To be clear, there is nothing wrong with profit-seeking. It has been a tremendous driver for innovation, and will continue to be. What is wrong is not being able to choose an alternative.
This is why we are building a new kind of search engine: open, transparent and independent.
Just like an arbiter should be.
From Our mission - Common Search
Submitted by Blake on March 13, 2016 - 8:28pm
Possibly the biggest barrier to open access is that scientists are judged by where they have published when they compete for jobs, promotions, tenure and grant money. And the most prestigious journals, such as Cell, Nature and The Lancet, also tend to be the most protective of their content.
“The real people to blame are the leaders of the scientific community — Nobel scientists, heads of institutions, the presidents of universities — who are in a position to change things but have never faced up to this problem in part because they are beneficiaries of the system,” said Dr. Eisen. “University presidents love to tout how important their scientists are because they publish in these journals.”
From Should All Research Papers Be Free? - The New York Times
Submitted by Blake on March 13, 2016 - 5:24pm
Mayor Kenney's ambitions $600 million "Rebuild" plan is aimed at fixing up many of those aging libraries and repairing run-down recreation centers.
The six-year initiative also calls for reorganizing space in some library buildings and creating new space in others.
The proposed makeover involves adding pre-kindergarten classrooms in some library branches as part of another major Kenney initiative: His goal of adding 10,000 "quality" Pre-K slots for 3- and 4-year-olds by 2020.
From Kenney's plan could turn a page on Philadelphia's crumbling libraries
Submitted by Blake on March 12, 2016 - 9:45pm
Submitted by Blake on March 12, 2016 - 11:47am
A controversy over a secretly installed data monitoring system is simmering at university campuses across California.
Last summer, hackers broke into the computer network at the UCLA medical center. A few months later, the University of California system's president quietly ordered a new security system to monitor Internet traffic on all UC campuses.
"And the people who had to put the box in place were ordered to do so and also ordered to keep quiet about it," says Ethan Ligon, a professor of agricultural economics at the University of California, Berkeley.
From At Calif. Campuses, A Test For Free Speech, Privacy And Cybersecurity : All Tech Considered : NPR
Submitted by Blake on March 12, 2016 - 11:34am
The Koch Brothers have finally launched their attack on libraries.
On Thursday, the Koch Brother's super PAC "Americans for Prosperity" started robocalls against the Plainfield IL library referendum. They have targeted the library for defeat as part of their anti-tax agenda. "Americans for Prosperity" is good at quoting facts that don't exist and slinging mud at the common good. We need your help to answer this Koch funded anti-library smear campaign now, and your help in future to build a defense against their anti-library agenda.
From Kochbrothers - EveryLibrary
Submitted by Blake on March 11, 2016 - 10:29pm
moking outside of public libraries in New York may soon be banned.
State lawmakers have introduced a bill to add libraries to the restriction put in place in 2012 that prohibits smoking within 100 feet of school entrances or exits.
“Today, I am proud to extend that smoke-free protection even further to include the entrances and exits of our state’s libraries,” said Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, D-Bronx, in a statement. He's sponsoring the bill with Sen. Gustavo Rivera, D-Bronx.
From New York seeks smoking ban outside libraries
Submitted by Blake on March 11, 2016 - 9:06pm
Submitted by Blake on March 11, 2016 - 6:15pm
Books took effort, time, skill. Books required dead calves, polished skins, the making of ink and colours and pens, the ruling of guidelines. They had to be written out by hand, carefully, and corrected and punctuated and decorated; they had to be sewn together so they would stay in their proper order. They required craft. They also required words, either a book to copy or else someone to invent and dictate. They mattered for their content, of course: Bede helped change people’s minds about the proper date of Easter, the way to date our lives in the history of the world, what happened in Britain when it became both Christian and Anglo-Saxon. But books also began to matter for themselves, even when they were practical books for reading and not jewelled, painted lovelies.
Books were becoming independent of the way they were meant to be read. It came to this: books were worth burning.
From Loving Books in a Dark Age : Longreads Blog
Submitted by Blake on March 11, 2016 - 2:03pm
More than 50 major players in the U.S. publishing industry are petitioning the White House and Congress to end the Cuba trade embargo as it pertains to books and educational materials.
Calling the book embargo "counter to American ideals of free expression," the petition — endorsed by publishing companies, authors and agents — says "books are catalysts for greater cross-cultural understanding, economic development, free expression, and positive social change."
From Publishing Heavyweights Petition White House, Congress To End Cuba Book Embargo : The Two-Way : NPR
Submitted by Blake on March 11, 2016 - 12:23pm
We may never know what Lee’s will stipulates, but the estate’s first action in the wake of Lee’s death is both bold and somewhat baffling: The New Republic has obtained an email from Hachette Book Group, sent on Friday, March 4 to booksellers across the country, revealing that Lee’s estate will no longer allow publication of the mass-market paperback edition of To Kill a Mockingbird.
From The Mass-Market Edition of “To Kill a Mockingbird” is Dead | New Republic
Submitted by Blake on March 8, 2016 - 9:13pm
Men and women are equally likely to finish a book – but men decide much faster than women if they like a story or not, according to analysis of reading habits by Jellybooks.
From Men make up their minds about books faster than women, study finds | Books | The Guardian
Submitted by Blake on March 8, 2016 - 3:44pm