Submitted by Blake on February 9, 2016 - 11:00am
Today, the head of the law cataloguing section of the Library of Congress has retirement on his mind. Later this month , he’ll leave his job managing the inflow of 20,000 books annually, and his more than a decade of cross-river commutes will cease.
From his home in Cheverly, he embarks on a 15-minute bike ride to Bladensburg Waterfront Park. There, he climbs into his fiberglass rowing shell, which he navigates about five miles downriver to the Anacostia Community Boathouse. At the boathouse he climbs onto another bike, whisking through downtown Washington and arriving at the Library of Congress about 90 minutes after leaving home.
From ‘Master of the River’: A 71-year-old librarian’s 15 years of water commutes - The Washington Post
Submitted by Blake on February 9, 2016 - 7:53am
We’re still going! I have written detailed posts about many of them for TheAtlantic.com. I’m still writing!
Here are links to the previous posts, which represent a large cross-section of towns around the country, from Maine to Mississippi to Oregon. To me, each library showed a particular strength and focus, each one reflecting the wants or needs of the different towns. Here they are, with links from each city’s name to the original post:
From The Reinvention of America's Libraries - The Atlantic
Submitted by Blake on February 8, 2016 - 9:29pm
Channel 9 found out a controversial book that’s been pulled from the shelves of Seminole County school libraries is in two more districts.
Last week, Seminole County school leaders pulled “This One Summer” from elementary and high schools after a third-grader brought home the graphic novel.
The book has numerous curse words and talks about oral sex.
Several high schools and one middle school in Brevard County has the book in the libraries, along with several high schools in Lake County.
There are no plans to pull the book from the shelves.
From Controversial book still in school libraries in central Florida | WFTV
Submitted by Blake on February 8, 2016 - 9:27pm
It got me to thinking: Why doesn’t the library team up with somebody with real expertise in the logistics of home delivery — Amazon, UPS or one of the many food delivery services that have sprung up over the past year or so — to figure out a way to cover “the last mile” — the journey from the library to my house and back again? Then it really would seem even more like Amazon Prime, and I can’t imagine that that wouldn’t help grow the market for library books.
From Why don’t public libraries deliver? - The Washington Post
Submitted by Blake on February 8, 2016 - 9:25pm
The traditional impression of libraries as places for quiet reading, research, and borrowing books—and of librarians as schoolmarmish shush-ers—is outdated, as they have metamorphosed into bustling civic centers. For instance, Deschutes Public Library in Bend, Oregon, now cooperates with dozens of organizations, from AARP (which helps people with their taxes) to Goodwill (which teaches résumé writing). A social worker trains staff to guide conversations about one of the most frequent questions people trustingly bring into the library: Can you help me figure out how to meet my housing costs?
There are three areas where libraries function as vibrant centers of America’s towns: technology, education, and community.
From Deb Fallows on The Local Library - The Atlantic
Submitted by Blake on February 8, 2016 - 3:13pm
Submitted by Blake on February 8, 2016 - 10:51am
We all know we should use good passwords, keep everything updated and follow other basic precautions online. Understanding the reasons behind these rules is critical to help us convince ourselves and others that the extra work is indeed worth it. Who are the bad guys? What are tools are they using? What are they after? Where are they working? How are they doing it? Why are we all targets? We'll talk about how to stay safe at the library and at home.
Join Blake Carver, Systems Administrator At LYRASIS to learn strategies for IT security. We'll talk ways to keep your precious data safe inside the library and out -- securing your network, website, and PCs, and tools you can teach to patrons in computer classes. We’ll tackle security myths, passwords, tracking, malware, and more, covering a range of tools and techniques, making this session ideal for any library staff.
From Introduction to IT Security for Libraries and Librarians
Submitted by Blake on February 8, 2016 - 7:35am
Google Books is still online, but curtailed their scanning efforts in recent years, likely discouraged by a decade of legal wrangling still in appeal. The official blog stopped updating in 2012 and the Twitter account’s been dormant since February 2013.
Even Google Search, their flagship product, stopped focusing on the history of the web. In 2011, Google removed the Timeline view letting users filter search results by date, while a series of major changes to their search ranking algorithm increasingly favored freshness over older pages from established sources. (To the detriment of some.)
From Never trust a corporation to do a library’s job — The Message — Medium
Submitted by Blake on February 8, 2016 - 7:31am
Beyond boosting digital literacy and fostering intellectual curiosity, lending these items also ties into the broader trend of collaborative consumption or the sharing economy. “Seldom-used tools like the stud finders or soil testers are great because you use them once or twice a year, so there’s no point in purchasing them yourself,” Lent says. He adds that a colleague in Brookline, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston where many residents live in small spaces, finds kitchen equipment to be in high demand. “[In Brookline], people have mostly apartments, and so they don’t want to have all this kitchen gear [when they’re not using it],” Lent explains.
From Beyond Books: Why Some Libraries Now Lend Tools, Toys and More - US News
Submitted by Blake on February 8, 2016 - 7:30am
Owners of lending libraries find running them increasingly tough, primarily due to rising rental costs that take a huge chunk out of their overall expenditure. Another problem is that they are finding it difficult to hire librarians. Many also feel that the reading habit is waning among people.
From A dark age ahead for lending libraries? - The Hindu
Submitted by Blake on February 8, 2016 - 7:28am
Submitted by Anonymous Patron (not verified) on February 7, 2016 - 12:38pm
PRESS CALL 1pm MONDAY 8 FEB OUTSIDE BRIXTON LIBRARY
11th hour call on Lambeth Council Cabinet members to “do the right thing” on libraries
Lambeth Councillor Scott Ainslie will join staff picketing outside Brixton Library today (Monday 8thFeb) as he issues an 11th hour call on the council’s cabinet to reconsider its decision to close five libraries in the borough.
“It’s not too late to do the right thing,” said Cllr Ainslie, referring to the slogan the council uses to urge residents to play their part in activities such as recycling and paying their council tax.
“It’s hard to find an
Submitted by Blake on February 6, 2016 - 10:21am
It’s safe to say that the library-going public was shocked and horrified by what he did. It’s also safe to say that nobody who has ever worked at a public library was the least bit surprised.
From The inside poop on librarians' daily adventures
Submitted by Blake on February 4, 2016 - 7:55pm
Collections have been central to library identity – we have discussed how library collections are changing in a network environment elsewhere (Collection Directions: The Evolution of Library Collections and Collecting – PDF). Support for the discovery, curation and creation of resources in research and learning practices continues to evolve. In this blog entry I discuss one element of these changes, the emergence of what I call the facilitated collection, a coordinated mix of local, external and collaborative services assembled around user needs
From The facilitated collection - Lorcan Dempsey's Weblog
Submitted by Bibliofuture on February 3, 2016 - 11:59am
In Hong Kong's densely packed Causeway Bay district, a red sign with a portrait of Chairman Mao looms over the bustling storefronts and shoppers. The sign indicates that there is coffee, books and Internet on offer inside.
Customers go past a window where travelers can exchange foreign currencies, up a narrow staircase and into a room stacked high with books. The walls are painted red and decked out with 1960s Cultural Revolution propaganda posters and other Mao-era memorabilia. The aroma of coffee and the sound of jazz waft over the book-browsing customers.
This is the People's Bookstore (in Chinese, "People's Commune"), run by Hong Kong entrepreneur Paul Tang. Tang got his start selling Chinese-language books from the mainland in 2002. A year later, China's government began allowing individual mainland travelers to visit Hong Kong. Previously, they were only allowed to go in tour groups.
Submitted by birdie on February 2, 2016 - 2:18pm
A new exhibit on the history of the book entitled "Modes of Codex" is currently on at the University of California Santa Barbara Library though through April 29, 2016.
The assemblage of rare books, manuscripts, artist books, illuminations and other treasured texts highlights ancient manuscripts created by hand on clay, papyrus and other materials; intricate calligraphy and illuminations created by clergy; the Gutenberg print revolution and mass book production.
UCSB’s College of Creative Studies (CCS) offers one of the relatively few — and among the most esteemed — degree programs in book arts in the United States.
Submitted by Blake on February 2, 2016 - 7:57am
That’s wrong. With the exception of maintaining patient confidentiality — which isn’t the issue here — sharing data shouldn’t come with any strings. Attaching caveats here is a bit like saying: We’re interested in truth, but only in our truth.
From 'Research parasites' editorial moves NEJM in wrong direction
Submitted by birdie on February 1, 2016 - 12:57pm
Report from The New Yorker
: Last week, Penguin Random House announced that it will publish another “lost” Potter work about a cat: “The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots,” which she had begun and abandoned two years earlier, in 1914. Several manuscripts of the story were discovered in 2013 in the Potter archive at the Victoria and Albert Museum by Jo Hanks, a publisher at Penguin Random House; the book is being published this fall to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Potter’s birth.
The author concluded the she "did not draw cats well."
Submitted by Blake on January 29, 2016 - 8:54am
Submitted by Blake on January 29, 2016 - 8:51am
Public libraries are a relatively new phenomenon. Before the 1880s, when Andrew Carnegie started funding the more than 1,600 library buildings that bear his name, most libraries in America were subscription-based, with members funding and shaping the collections. As free public libraries sprouted up across the United States, membership libraries mostly died off, but 19 non-profit membership libraries still exist, and are reinventing themselves as cultural centers and the coolest coworking spaces you could dream of.
From The secret world of membership libraries - Quartz