Submitted by Blake on November 19, 2015 - 9:03am
Full disclosure, I downloaded approximately 30GB of data from Sciencedirect in approximately 10 days. This boils down to a server load of 35KB/s, 0.0021GB/min, 0.125GB/h, 3GB/day.
Approximately two weeks after I started downloading psychology research papers, Elsevier notified my university that this was a violation of the access contract, that this could be considered stealing of content, and that they wanted it to stop. My librarian explicitly instructed me to stop downloading (which I did immediately), otherwise Elsevier would cut all access to Sciencedirect for my university.
From Chris H.J. Hartgerink's Notebook
Submitted by Blake on November 19, 2015 - 9:01am
In our annual roundup of best books, you’ll find 10 that we think are exceptionally rewarding and 100 more you shouldn’t miss. In addition to our usual recommendations for lovers of mysteries, graphic novels and audiobooks, we’ve added lists drawn from our new monthly columns in romance, poetry and science fiction and fantasy.
From The 10 best books of 2015 - Washington Post
Submitted by Blake on November 19, 2015 - 9:01am
Her Site: http://www.kerrymansfield.com/Artist.asp?ArtistID=40025&Akey=J83G789M
Mansfield was inspired to start her project after spotting an old library checkout card inside a book she found at Goodwill, which made her nostalgic for the experience of libraries before books and card catalogues were digitized. She then spent more than two years collecting at least 160 former library books she found through nonprofits, eBay, libraries, garage sales and even individual submissions. They are all “books that have lived in at least one public library, often many more,” she said. “Once they are too abused or out of date they’re written off as ‘withdrawn’, ‘removed’, ‘expired’, and taken out of circulation…. The unlucky ones get recycled back into pulp.”
From See Old Library Books Come to Life in Kerry Mansfield’s Expired Series | TIME
Submitted by Blake on November 19, 2015 - 9:00am
Because there are extreme cases where book-lover rage is justifiable. Which cases? I pulled the Metacritic critic ratings of the top 500 movies on IMDb tagged with the “based on novel” keyword.1 I then2 found the average user rating of the source novel for each film on Goodreads, a book rating and review site.3 In the end, there was complete data for 382 films and source novels.
Here’s what each film’s Metacritic rating looks like plotted against its source material’s Goodreads rating
From The 20 Most Extreme Cases Of ‘The Book Was Better Than The Movie’ | FiveThirtyEight
Submitted by Blake on November 19, 2015 - 8:04am
“Elsevier is not a stodgy, stuck-in-the-mud publisher,” she says. “ They are out there experimenting because they have the resources to do that.”
In the 20 years since Forbes predicted Elsevier’s downfall, the publisher’s revenues and profits have quadrupled. Academics might not like it, but the 135-year old publisher shows no signs of going away.
From Elsevier leads the business the internet could not kill - FT.com
Submitted by Blake on November 19, 2015 - 8:02am
It seems illogical for software developers to give away their skills and efforts from an economic point of view. The authors hypothesized that a different set of motivations was required for the successful development of such a large software environment. They sent surveys to about 4,300 software package developers, and ultimately received around 764 responses.
Analyzing the collected data, the authors concluded that hybrid motivations and social characteristics were broadly responsible for the success of the R project. Hybrid motivations refer to both intrinsic and extrinsic motivations; among R project developers, purely intrinsic motivations like personal satisfaction and purely extrinsic motivations like receiving compensation were found to be less important.
From Researchers study motivations of open-source programmers
Submitted by Blake on November 18, 2015 - 8:01pm
About Open Paren
Open paren is a podcast about libraries, librarians, and code.
Whether you’re just setting out to learn to code, or architecting systems in widespread use, I want to have conversations that matter to you. Let’s talk about what you do and why: how code you write makes things better for you and your patrons; your biggest successes and most interesting mistakes; where your projects have been and where they’re going; social issues that feed into, and spring out of, library software.
From About ( Open paren
Submitted by Blake on November 18, 2015 - 4:27pm
Submitted by Blake on November 18, 2015 - 8:47am
Yesterday, Mayor-elect Jim Kenney, Superintendent William Hite and 30 other leaders gathered at Clara Barton Elementary to launch a $3.5 million fundraising campaign aimed at placing libraries in every Philadelphia School District elementary classroom.
The need is great, especially in a system where few whole-school libraries remain, and fewer than a dozen librarians remain on staff citywide.
From It's elementary: Classrooms need libraries
Submitted by Blake on November 18, 2015 - 8:37am
The what and why of this report should be quite clear: we are leaving massive footprints on the internet and have little knowledge of how it’s used. Ranking Digital Rights has made the full data available for download, including researchers’ comments and responses from the corporations where available. We were pleased to partner with Ranking Digital Rights and Beekeeper Group to develop a set of web tools to communicate and explore the data.
The Guardian have put together some extensive coverage of the report. It’s worth a read. Also worth a shout-out is the Mapbox privacy statement, which we think should be a model.
From Know Your Online Privacy — Development Seed
Submitted by Blake on November 18, 2015 - 8:09am
So after stewing in frustration for quite awhile about the current state of digital reading platforms, I decided to do what any sane programmer would do: Devise an overly complex solution on AWS for a seemingly simple problem (that two companies with a combined market cap of close to a trillion fucking dollars can’t be bothered to solve).
The ultimate product was highlights.sawyerhollenshead.com.
From How I’m exporting my highlights from the grasps of iBooks and Kindle. — Medium
Submitted by Blake on November 17, 2015 - 10:08pm
Submitted by Blake on November 17, 2015 - 9:38am
The digital object component records might also include extent information, more specific rights information, or...???
It's been exciting to think about the possibilities of ASpace's digital object record, but the fairly wide-open nature of the endeavor is also daunting, as there's no established best practices to fall back on. What do you think? How are (or would) you proceed? We'd love to get your feedback and/or reactions!
From ArchivesSpace-Archivematica-DSpace Workflow Integration: Digital Objects and ArchivesSpace
Submitted by Blake on November 17, 2015 - 9:32am
Modern K-12 public libraries will offer intensely engaging learning environments to all students. How they will go about doing this is less certain, but the principal trends are readily identified in various research efforts.
This post will paint a picture of what the libraries of the future will look like and how they will support students, teachers, administrators, and even parents. Here are four trends you will soon see in K-12 school libraries.
From 4 Future Trends You Are Bound to See in K-12 School Libraries | The Edvocate
Submitted by Blake on November 17, 2015 - 9:30am
At the bookshop, a Sudanese man returns a copy of Ernest Hemingway short stories, thumbs through volumes of Harry Potter and departs with a Sherlock Holmes collection. Beside a wall map of Europe, men from Afghanistan and Eritrea debate distinctions between England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland — and which might offer the best opportunity for refugee status and employment.
Rowan Farrell, an English photographer who helps run the library, including its laptops with English-language software lessons, says the library promotes "a calming atmosphere in a very chaotic place."
From Shacks Serve As Makeshift Schools, Libraries For Migrants In Calais
Submitted by Blake on November 16, 2015 - 9:52pm
“We combined our funding, our talents and our staff and finally got the project going,” Lee said.
Last month, they announced the availability of the open-access database: NYCRR Digital Archive, which contains pages from the “New York Codes, Rules and Regulations” from 1945 to 2001 in full-text digital format. This free resource allows researchers, librarians and lawyers to more easily research previous versions of New York regulations. Fifty users at one time can access the material.
“It took us that long to get together and get it done,” Lee said. “It’s something that is and has been well-received by the law library community.”
From Law librarians archive New York State's regulatory history - Buffalo - Buffalo Business First
Submitted by Blake on November 16, 2015 - 9:48pm
When Otto Frank first published his daughter’s red-checked diary and notebooks, he wrote a prologue assuring readers that the book mostly contained her words, written while hiding from the Nazis in a secret annex of a factory in Amsterdam.
But now the Swiss foundation that holds the copyright to “The Diary of Anne Frank” is alerting publishers that her father is not only the editor but also legally the co-author of the celebrated book.
From Anne Frank’s Diary Gains ‘Co-Author’ in Copyright Move - The New York Times
Submitted by Blake on November 16, 2015 - 9:55am
It’s important to remember that the introduction of Hello Barbie is just one part of a new interactive landscape in which nearly everything kids do is recorded and uploaded somewhere. Some parents have balked at such networked omnipresence, refusing to post any photos or otherwise identifying information of their kids online.
Eventually, every child is going to grow up to have a digital footprint, if they don’t already. For parents, deciding whether to limit that cache of identifying data—be it Facebook photos or voice data collected by Hello Barbie—is a personal choice, one that they shouldn’t be taking lightly.
From Is Hello Barbie every parent’s worst nightmare?
Submitted by Blake on November 16, 2015 - 7:28am
King Lear cannot end because authority cannot be restored. This impossibility results from Shakespeare’s greatest act of opportunism. James’s interests have given him the opportunity to write a play about the collapse of all political order and that in turn gives him the opportunity to show what authority really looks like when it is not propped up by power. In King Lear, it is the old king himself, speaking to the viciously blinded Gloucester, who utters the most savage attack on all authority:
From Behind ‘King Lear’: The History Revealed by Fintan O'Toole | The New York Review of Books
Submitted by Blake on November 15, 2015 - 9:12pm
So there you have it! We made history today. Allison Stieger became the first person in the world to reverse-showroom Amazon Books, and she bought the world’s first reverse-showroomed book at Queen Anne Book Company. Congratulations, Allison Stieger and Queen Anne Book Company! You’ve showroomed the showroomer
From The Seattle Review of Books - Independent bookstore fan showrooms Amazon Books