Submitted by Blake on September 6, 2016 - 2:28pm
Orwell often lived in places with no washing facilities, and in the company of chickens and goats. He loved farmyard smells: cows grazing in a meadow were scented ‘like a distillation of vanilla and fresh hay’. Sutherland thinks it significant that there are no animals in Nineteen Eighty-Four — apart from the rats, of which the author’s phobia was as intense as Winston Smith’s.
From George Orwell and the whiff of genius
Submitted by Blake on September 2, 2016 - 8:18am
Submitted by Blake on September 2, 2016 - 8:17am
At least 15 public libraries in Iowa have been targeted by a toner pirate scam this year. That’s according to the Iowa Attorney General’s Office, which filed a consumer fraud lawsuit against three Orange County, California-based businesses Thursday.
The supposed scam came to light thanks to Cate St. Clair, an attorney by training and library director by trade. When Robey Memorial Library in Waukon received a mysterious bill for about $400 for toner, St. Clair called the number printed on the invoice.
From Alleged Toner Pirate Scam Targets Iowa Libraries | Iowa Public Radio
Submitted by Blake on September 2, 2016 - 8:16am
In France, the final text of a new law on Open Access has been adopted on June 29, 2016. On July 20, the Assemblée Nationale has approved the bill, and it still needs to be voted on by the Sénat on September 27.
From France: Open Access law adopted | Newsletter items
Submitted by Blake on September 1, 2016 - 11:38am
A classic of Argentine literature, Antonio Di Benedetto's Zama is available for the first time in English. The novel, about a provincial magistrate of the Spanish crown named Zama, is a riveting portrait of a mind deteriorating as the 18th century draws to a close. Esther Allen brilliantly translates Di Benedetto's novel, and talks about the six-year process of bringing the book to U.S. readers.
No, Google Translate was in no way useful to my translation of the 1956 Argentine novel Zama: let's get that out of the way first thing.
From Can Google Help Translate a Classic Novel?
Submitted by Blake on August 31, 2016 - 10:06am
Conclusions from the International Summer School on the Digital Library
Fundamental changes are occurring in society, education, technology and publishing. If academic/research libraries want to survive, they must also change. Libraries should, of course:
Provide electronic access to scholarly material;
Customize and personalize information services.
But, more importantly, they should:
Experiment on distribution and business models together with publishers (preferably via library consortia, which should be more than just buying groups);
Support universities and research communities to develop document servers and open archives for their own scientific output;
Stimulate universities to change their cost allocation models in such a way that the library budget is centralized, and decisions about scientific information are no longer made by individual faculties.
From A Challenging Future Awaits Libraries Able to Change: Highlights of the International Summer School on the Digital Library
Submitted by Blake on August 29, 2016 - 10:26am
One common thread in Borden literature examines how the police and the courts handled the case. Over the years, writers have explored the investigation and trial to critique both the American justice system and the effects of the press on that system. The coverage of the Fall River murders demonstrates that, even as true crime evolves throughout the centuries, it continuously engages with the culture that surrounds it. Since the early modern murder pamphlet, true crime has asked us to consider how we, as a society, both contribute to and learn from the most shocking acts of our age.
From The Bloody History of the True Crime Genre | JSTOR Daily
Submitted by Blake on August 29, 2016 - 10:23am
Welcome to Academic Torrents!
Making 15.47TB of research data available.
We've designed a distributed system for sharing enormous datasets - for researchers, by researchers. The result is a scalable, secure, and fault-tolerant repository for data, with blazing fast download speeds.
From Academic Torrents
Submitted by Blake on August 27, 2016 - 9:55am
I think about this connection between churches and libraries as I walk down the hall to my office every morning -- a new church in an old library. The smell is still more new paint rather than old book, but give it time. It has great potential. Already we have received our first gift of that old smell: books from a retired pastor that wait in the hallway, ready to find new hands.
From Libraries and churches | Local News | daltondailycitizen.com
Submitted by Blake on August 26, 2016 - 4:36pm
Inspired by the success of Pokemon Go, a Belgian primary school headmaster has developed an online game for people to search for books instead of cartoon monsters, attracting tens of thousands of players in weeks.
While with Pokemon Go, players use a mobile device's GPS and camera to track virtual creatures around town, Aveline Gregoire's version is played through a Facebook group called "Chasseurs de livres" ("Book hunters").
From Belgians are hunting books, instead of Pokemon | Reuters
Submitted by Blake on August 26, 2016 - 4:24pm
Submitted by Blake on August 26, 2016 - 12:20pm
Revisited is a series in which writers look back on a work of art they first encountered long ago.
Alan Watts, Bonnie Nadzam, Emma Straub,Max Porter, Sloane Crosley and others look back on a work of art they first encountered long ago.
From Revisited | The Paris Review
Submitted by Blake on August 26, 2016 - 9:19am
The days of musty books on shelves, bound journals, card catalogs, long tables and rules governing behavior are gone. Now many campus libraries have cafes, group study areas, where talking is permitted, and sofas designed for taking a short nap. Some are even open 24-hours a day.
From US College Libraries in a Digital Age
Submitted by Blake on August 25, 2016 - 8:05pm
This piece of advice forms the antidote to the abovementioned instruction for cleaning books: conflicting advice across the centuries.
Undecided on the issue I will, however, continue to make sure my hands are clean as I continue through manuscripts with recipes, especially the alchemical ones. You never know what may have left that stain in the margin.
From Of Dirty Books and Bread | The Recipes Project
Submitted by Blake on August 25, 2016 - 6:24pm
Changes at campus libraries are a result of a failed library fee proposal, as well as a 5 percent cut in MU’s general operating funds. The proposal would have implemented a fee per credit hour that would have begun at $5 per credit hour and slowly increased to $15 per credit hour by 2022. Last year, 54 percent of MU students who voted on the fee voted against the proposal.
From Failed fee and budget cuts cause changes at MU Libraries – The Maneater
Submitted by Blake on August 25, 2016 - 11:00am
What probably won't change that much are librarians and the physical spaces they watch over. Pescovitz suspects that humans will always need some sort of guide to make a foreign landscape more familiar. Whether humanity turns that job into one for artificial intelligence is another matter, he says.
From What libraries of the future will look like - Business Insider
Submitted by Blake on August 25, 2016 - 10:58am
What’s different about Milwaukee is that the city is being asked to buy back something it already had—and, in the case of the library’s digital scans, had even helped build.
“Our archives should be available again soon,” Journal-Sentinel president Chris Stegman wrote to Urban Milwaukee. “As we switch over to our new parent company’s systems we are also switching our archiving system from Google to Newsbank. There is a delay in the process but we hope to have them available again shortly. I apologize for the inconvenience and hope our solution is up and running soon.”
From Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel archive vanishes from Google's news archive
Submitted by birdie on August 23, 2016 - 7:17pm
An article in Voice of America
discusses changes to campus library design.
Here for example is the Rain Garden Reading Lounge inside the Hunt Library at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC: Light & airy with a coupla books.
Submitted by birdie on August 22, 2016 - 2:33pm