Submitted by birdie on January 20, 2015 - 3:11pm
There's rare books and then there's even more rare scrolls. From the BBC:
For the first time, words have been read from a burnt, rolled-up scroll buried by Mount Vesuvius in AD79.
The scrolls of Herculaneum, the only classical library still in existence, were blasted by volcanic gas hotter than 300C and are desperately fragile.
Deep inside one scroll, physicists distinguished the ink from the paper using a 3D X-ray imaging technique sometimes used in breast scans. They believe that other scrolls could also be deciphered without unrolling.
The work appears in the journal Nature Communications.
Submitted by Blake on January 20, 2015 - 8:58am
Introducing the re-imagined Reading Rainbow experience, featuring an unlimited library of acclaimed children's books and video field trips.
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The Montgomery County Library System soon will add a new offering to its usual items for check-out.
Instead of just borrowing a book, selected county residents will be able to take a "Little Free Library" out on loan - and set it up in their neighborhood or in front of a business.
Melissa Baker, library marketing and program coordinator, explained that Little Free Library is a movement started by Todd Bol and Rick Brooks in Wisconsin in 2009.
Submitted by birdie on January 19, 2015 - 9:21pm
From August through October of last year, 25-year-old artist and geographer Daniel Rotsztain boarded buses, trains, streetcars and his bike with an inky pen in hand and plenty of paper. His goal was to capture the city’s bastions of books by drawing each one of them in a “homey, but blue print style”— a feat he sometimes conquered amidst scorching heat and drizzling rain.
The project was born out of a conversation Rotsztain had with friends about their favourite library branches. "It’s a love letter to the library,” he told The Toronto Star. It is hard to just wander randomly, but to have this quest oriented me well to explore every corner of every borough of the city.”
He is releasing the images on his website and is eagerly anticipating drawing the 100th library to open in the Scarborough Centre area this spring.
Hat tip to Steven Cohen Library Stuff.
Submitted by Blake on January 19, 2015 - 8:37pm
“I’m completely in praise of what Tim Berners-Lee did,” Kahle told me, “but he kept it very, very simple.” The first Web page in the United States was created at SLAC, Stanford’s linear-accelerator center, at the end of 1991. Berners-Lee’s protocol—which is not only usable but also elegant—spread fast, initially across universities and then into the public. “Emphasized text like this is a hypertext link,” a 1994 version of SLAC’s Web page explained. In 1991, a ban on commercial traffic on the Internet was lifted. Then came Web browsers and e-commerce: both Netscape and Amazon were founded in 1994. The Internet as most people now know it—Web-based and commercial—began in the mid-nineties. Just as soon as it began, it started disappearing.
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Submitted by Blake on January 18, 2015 - 1:15pm
That’s why going head-on against existing stakeholders and regulators is a futile exercise. The bitcoin economy growth will come from the creation and appreciation of its own value around its own ecosystem. For example, users will be paid in cryptocurrency in exchange for real services, decentralized apps members will add crypto value to decentralized organizations by virtue of their actions, and new crypto tokens will continue to be mined and linked to the creation of new business models built on top of blockchain protocols.
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Submitted by Blake on January 17, 2015 - 3:37pm
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.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on January 15, 2015 - 5:48pm
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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.
Submitted by birdie on January 13, 2015 - 2:53pm
Reading regular books comes with a slew of health benefits that their electronic counterparts don't have.
Research and opinion from Medical Daily.
Submitted by Blake on January 11, 2015 - 8:20pm