Submitted by Bibliofuture on October 31, 2014 - 12:29pm
In the fourth annual “battle of the book sorters,” the giant mechanical sorter shared by the New York Public Library and the Brooklyn Public Library sorted 12,570 items in an hour, while a similar behemoth belonging to the King County Library System in Washington state sorted a mere 11,868.
Full article: http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/10/29/seattle-sorts-library-books-faster-than-new-york-fuhgeddaboudit/?_r=0
Submitted by birdie on October 30, 2014 - 3:18pm
Article from CityLab about Washington, DC's Spy Library proposed additions to the classic Carnegie Library. The request however was denied by District preservationists.
Across the nation, the libraries that Andrew Carnegie built have been transformed and reused as historical museums, city halls, art centers, and even bars and restaurants, sometimes by dramatic means.
It is a testament to Carnegie's philanthropic investment in cities—the largest in U.S. history—that so many of these buildings are still in use. Yet no one can say exactly how many are standing now.
"As far as I'm aware, the last person to conduct an inventory of Carnegie libraries was Theodore Jones, back in 1997," says Ron Sexton, librarian for the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Almost 20 years later, Jones's book, Carnegie Libraries Across America: A Public Legacy, still offers the best estimate to a question that may not have an exact answer.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on October 30, 2014 - 1:41pm
Two Important Publishing Facts Everyone Gets Wrong
October 27th, 2014 | Hugh C. Howey
Almost everything being said about publishing today is predicated on two facts that are dead wrong. The first is that publishers are somehow being hurt by ebook sales. The second is that independent bookstores are being crushed. The opposite is true in both cases, and without understanding this, most of what everyone says about publishing is complete bollocks.
Full post here: http://www.hughhowey.com/two-important-publishing-facts-everyone-gets-wrong/
Example infographic from post:
Submitted by Bibliofuture on October 30, 2014 - 10:45am
With the rising costs of mounting student debt, education innovators are exploring ways to change the traditional college system. What might college 2.0 look like? WSJ's Jason Bellini has #TheShortAnswer.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on October 30, 2014 - 12:05am
Submitted by Bibliofuture on October 29, 2014 - 11:58pm
There’s a fight brewing in Omaha, Nebraska of all places. I say “of all places” because from a distance Omaha seems like a calm place. Maybe it’s all those Mutual of Omaha commercials I saw as a child. Omaha is reassuring.
Nevertheless, the mayor is fighting against the library of all places. I say “of all places” because who fights against the library? Do they ever win?
The mayor wants the library to give out the names and addresses of patrons to the police when they ask, which current policy in Omaha and most other public libraries doesn’t allow.
Full post here. (Annoyed Librarian)
Submitted by Bibliofuture on October 24, 2014 - 12:03am
Submitted by Bibliofuture on October 23, 2014 - 2:19pm
Opinion piece in newspaper. Interesting to see the thought process of the public.
Excerpt: I say vote NO on the Park Ridge Public Library referendum!
I counted 28 computers at the library (some may have been for reference data) and not all were in use. To top it off, the library has already purchased iPads with games for use by children. When did the library become a teaching source? That’s what the schools are supposed to do.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on October 23, 2014 - 2:14pm
A Tacoma woman is in jail, accused of trying to set a library on fire. It happened on a busy Saturday at the Tacoma Main Library, forcing about 250 people to evacuate.
Library workers don't believe the motive was political. According to court documents, Sailly admitted she had an issue with a library worker earlier in the day and admitted to wanting to burn down the library.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on October 23, 2014 - 2:09pm
Submitted by Bibliofuture on October 21, 2014 - 11:37pm
Book return decorated for Halloween at a Omaha Public Library branch.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on October 21, 2014 - 4:59pm
Excerpt: The problem with Amazon’s market share isn’t just commercial, it is political. It is a legitimate topic of public concern. If Hachette chooses not to publish a book, even for political reasons, there are four other mammoth publishers and hundreds if not thousands of others that can bring it to the public. If Amazon chooses to bury a title, half the book buyers will not see it when they’re shopping for books. In my opinion, that’s not good for our democracy. I think this is a much more important question than how the pie is divided among author, publisher, and retailer.
Side note: If you are worried about Amazon censoring books be aware they are censoring monster erotica. Link to "On the Media" radio piece about this: http://www.onthemedia.org/story/amazons-war-bigfoot-erotica/
Submitted by Bibliofuture on October 21, 2014 - 12:33pm
Intertwingled: Information Changes Everything
This is a book about everything. Or, to be precise, it explores how everything is connected from code to culture. We think we’re designing software, services, and experiences, but we're not. We are intervening in ecosystems. Until we open our minds, we will forever repeat our mistakes. In this spirited tour of information architecture and systems thinking, Peter Morville connects the dots between authority, Buddhism, classification, synesthesia, quantum entanglement, and volleyball. In 1974 when Ted Nelson wrote "everything is deeply intertwingled," he hoped we might realize the true potential of hypertext and cognition. This book follows naturally from that.
Reviews of the book at Goodreads
Submitted by Bibliofuture on October 20, 2014 - 11:22pm
Online book retailer Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) said on Monday it has signed a multi-year deal with Simon & Schuster Inc, the second Big-Five book publisher, on the future price of e-books.
Amazon, which had been in talks with Simon & Schuster since July over pricing, confirmed the deal first reported by the Business Insider news blog that the two had reached an agreement.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on October 20, 2014 - 10:00pm
Submitted by Bibliofuture on October 20, 2014 - 6:07pm
NYT Bits Blog
Excerpt: Compared with previous Kindles, text on the Kindle Voyage appears both sharper and in starker relief against the background. Graphics, like charts and graphs, look just as clear as they do in any black-and-white book.
The effect is beguiling. If you look at the new Kindle for any stretch of time, you don’t just forget that you’re reading an e-book; you forget that you’re using any kind of electronic device at all.
Amazon says the Voyage offers a better approximation of print than has ever been available on an e-reader, but for me, it’s far better than that. It offers the visual clarity of printed text with the flexibility of an electronic device.
Full article: Voyage, a High-End Amazon Kindle That Beats Hardcovers
Submitted by Bibliofuture on October 20, 2014 - 9:49am
Fifty years ago, Marshall McLuhan published Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on October 18, 2014 - 11:11am
The Omaha Mayor’s Office would like law enforcement officials to be able to access personal information from Omahans’ library cards in emergencies, setting off a debate over patrons’ privacy.
Mayor Jean Stothert’s chief of staff, Marty Bilek, appeared before the Omaha Public Library’s board Thursday to ask for a change in the library’s policy.
The request stemmed from an incident in which Metropolitan Community College police spent hours trying to identify a belligerent, drunk man at the South Omaha Library.
He refused to give his name, and the only form of identification he had was a library card. But under current policy, library staff couldn’t tell officers his name.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on October 18, 2014 - 1:02am
In the new book and PBS series “How We Got to Now,” Steven Johnson presents six game-changing innovations and how they shaped the modern world. Hari Sreenivasan talks to Johnson about surprising connections between invention and American society.
Submitted by Pete on October 17, 2014 - 9:23am
In his Search/Research blog, Google's research scientist Daniel Russell has this to say about using all the research tools at your disposal, the most important of which just may be the humble library card.
"One of the more powerful research tools you can have is a library card.
I’ve written about why libraries are great before, but this is worth repeating: A library card is instant access to a world of resources. Both offline AND online.
That might surprise you, but here are 5 reasons why you want a library card to be a great researcher."