Just say no to Facebook's Internet.org, says inventor of WWW

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• Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, has attacked Facebook’s Internet.org
• Berners-Lee said people in emerging markets should “just say no” to the project
• He said the initiative was not internet and that there were other ways of reducing the price of access

From Just say no to Facebook's Internet.org, says inventor of World Wide Web - Times of India

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Wi-Fi hotspot loans from Kitchener, Ont. library a Canadian first

Kitchener Public Library is embracing the digital age, and setting a new standard for libraries in Canada with its new Wi-Fi hotspot loan program. 

"We do believe we are the first library in Canada to offer Wi-Fi loans," said library CEO Mary Chevreau.  

From Wi-Fi hotspot loans from Kitchener, Ont. library a Canadian first - Kitchener-Waterloo - CBC News

The Chaotic Wisdom of Wikipedia Paragraphs

No. These are all excellent matters to ponder, especially given Wikipedia’s global dominance, and I do ponder them, and perhaps you do as well. But what is genuinely most fascinating, at least to me, is the strange way it lets you write encyclopedia pages—the structures that have built up since its founding in 2001. The way that Wikipedia is composed is a good example of what happens when you build something so incredibly simple that anyone can use it, and then everyone does.

From The Chaotic Wisdom of Wikipedia Paragraphs | The New Republic

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See the Sketches J.R.R. Tolkien Used to Build Middle-Earth

WIRED asks, "How did J.R.R. Tolkien create The Lord of the Rings?"

"The simple answer is that he wrote it...The more complicated answer is that in addition to writing the story, he drew it. The many maps and sketches he made while drafting The Lord of the Rings informed his storytelling, allowing him to test narrative ideas and illustrate scenes he needed to capture in words. For Tolkien, the art of writing and the art of drawing were inextricably intertwined.

In the book The Art of The Lord of the Rings, we see how, and why."

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Another perspective on ProQuest buying the Ex Libris Group.

 Let’s not lose sight of the fact that we’ve lost another “content-neutral” discovery vendor as a result of this acquisition.  That’s not a good thing for libraries, although most librarians ignore this reality.  In the end, I believe they’ll regret doing so. We’ve had yet another check-and-balance removed from our supply chain. This post explains why content neutrality is so important and why that loss carries a potentially high price for libraries.  So, in this regard, this is not good news.  OCLC with their WorldCat offering remain our only content-neutral discovery solution at this point outside of open source solutions (which don't’ have an aggregated metadata database like Primo Central, which provides important functionality for libraries).

From Thoughts from Carl Grant: Another perspective on ProQuest buying the Ex Libris Group.

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Scholarship, Security and ‘Spillage’ on Campus

The irony is that the Dawn or Doom colloquium was Daniels’s own personal project. Two of the organizers told me he is fascinated by the contradictory responses — from celebration to alarm — that tend to accompany big technological advances. He proposed to convene Purdue faculty members and leading national experts to explore the risks and promises of artificial intelligence, robotics, and Big Data surveillance, among other developments.
In his own view, Dawn or Doom is not a hard question. Daniels and I chatted about that theme as we stood in the wings off stage, shortly before my talk.
“The answer always turns out to be, it’s dawn,” he said.

From Scholarship, Security and ‘Spillage’ on Campus — Medium

7 Reasons Libraries Are Our Only Hope In Case Of A Zombie Apocalypse

Academic libraries are usually somewhat massive, which means they'll be able to hold a lot of people. The giant front doors are more than likely heavy and lock-down approved. Libraries are full of resources and entertainment, so really, what better place could you go to? If you still need further convincing, I've got a couple good reasons for you. Because this is important business, people.

From 7 Reasons Libraries Are Our Only Hope In Case Of A Zombie Apocalypse | Bustle

9 Amazing Things You Can Take Out From the Library

"We certainly understand the economy of lending," Wolstenholme says. (Resource-strapped libraries typically acquire these items from donations.) She's surveying to gauge patron interest in a telescope, metal detector, even a game camera to catch footage of those pesky coyotes in the back yard.

With help from Jessica D’Avanza, community services librarian at Barrington Public Library and other library staff throughout the state, we’ve put together a list of great things you might not know you can borrow from Rhode Island’s libraries

From Rhode Island, libraries, unusual items

Libraries' DIY crowdsourcing brings museum collection to life

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History’s collection of 130,000 specimens offers more than meets the eye.

Detailed data accompanies nearly every item in the museum’s collection. Though rich in information that could yield promising avenues of research, data collected by hand can be difficult to search and analyze.

From Libraries' DIY crowdsourcing brings museum collection to life | Iowa Now

‘Libraries are forever’: The future of libraries in the digital age

We tend to think of libraries as collections. But the libraries of the future will be more about connections, said Harvard professor Jeffrey Schnapp on Wednesday. He spoke on a panel discussion for HUBweek, co-founded by the Boston Globe about the next generation of libraries. The event was hosted by Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society.

From ‘Libraries are forever’: The future of libraries in the digital age | BetaBoston

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Check Out What You Can Borrow From A Library In Alaska (NPR)

NPR Morning Edition interview with Celia Rozen about the furs, mounts, and skulls collection at ARLIS, Alaska Resources LIbrary and Information Services.

http://www.npr.org/2015/10/07/446499508/check-out-what-you-can-borrow-fr...

Creativity, personalities, librarianship, and Susan Cain’s Quiet

Sure, the Library of Alexandria burnt down — but libraries exist, great and small. They can and do offer programs and items that connect organizations with individuals (DOKLab in the Netherlands, Oak Park’s Idea Box, the Darien Library Catalog, just to name a few). True, libraries these days need to struggle for funding and increase advocacy, such as a convenient book burning.  Also true how we can clash among ourselves due to differing interests, priorities, or personalities. But if we learn to become and recognize quiet, however briefly in however a manner, we can improve library innovation and continue to inspire others as well as ourselves.

From Creativity, personalities, librarianship, and Susan Cain’s Quiet – A TTW Guest Post by Sarah Liberman | Tame The Web

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Need a wolf fur? A puffin pelt? All you need is a library card...

"and a visit to the ARLIS library For years, an Anchorage library has been loaning out skulls, furs and mounted animals to the public -- free of charge."

Alaska Dispatch News Octobe 5, 2015, front page and continuation.
http://www.adn.com/article/20150925/need-wolf-fur-puffin-pelt-all-you-ne...

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questions to ask when you learn of digitization projects

Some days you wake up and you see announcements of a new project to digitize a collection of primary source materials. Perhaps an archive that covers centuries of technological and commercial changes, perhaps a collection of newspapers that encompasses the history of African-American politics and culture, just to name a couple of purely hypothetical examples.

I don’t know any details about such agreements and neither do you, unless you happen to be one of the top-level executives at one of the holding institutions for these collections or at one of the companies doing the digitization. And because we don’t know any details, we don’t know whether such projects are great or not. But we can—and we should—ask some questions when we hear about them:

From questions to ask when you learn of digitization projects | Wynken de Worde

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Librarian Shares Her Love of Books with a Bike-powered Mobile Library

In 2013, school librarian Alicia Tapia created Bibliobicicleta, a free, mobile library pulled by bike. Since then, Tapia and Bibliobicicleta have rolled up to San Francisco parks, farmers markets, museums, and beaches to distribute free books and help spread a love of reading.

From Librarian Shares Her Love of Books with a Bike-powered Mobile Library - Shareable

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Why Silicon Valley cares so much about who will lead the Library of Congress

After years of debate over the Library of Congress' failure to adapt to changing digital technology, the resignation of its longest-serving Librarian represents a new opportunity to move into the digital age.

From Why Silicon Valley cares so much about who will lead the Library of Congress - CSMonitor.com

The International Coalition of Library Consortia: origins, contributions and path forward

The International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC) has its origins in informal discussion and meetings held 2 decades ago. The organization has been a steady presence in the library world as the need and demand for collaboration increased due to changes in educational funding and technology. Early consortial leaders are retiring now at a rapid pace. Current leaders are discussing ICOLC’s organizational structure and goals with the consortial community to maintain the standard of excellence and effectiveness that has existed since its inception. The current environment provides opportunities for greater collaboration at higher scale.

From The International Coalition of Library Consortia: origins, contributions and path forward

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Virtual Privacy Lab | San José Public Library

Learn about privacy topics and generate a custom privacy toolkit geared towards your online needs. Toolkits include links, tips, and resources that empower you to customize your online identity. Email or print your privacy toolkit for future use.

From Virtual Privacy Lab | San José Public Library

Where Do Books from Closed Libraries Go?

Philly Voice answers the {infrequently asked} question:

Q) What happens to the books at closed libraries like the South Philadelphia one at Broad and Morris streets?

Question answered by Jennifer Maguire-Wright, chief manager of materials for the Free Library of Philadelphia:

A) The materials in the South Philadelphia collection were mostly sent to other neighborhood libraries in the library system. Items that were in poor condition or outdated were withdrawn from the collection -- we call it “weeding,” in library lingo. Those items are typically offered to other city agencies for a period of time and then sold in book sales.

How do you determine which ones get the boot?

We have a collection development policy that includes details on how we keep our collections fresh and current. Typically, items are removed from the collection due to condition. Our books can be well-loved to the point that they are falling apart. For non-fiction, we have guides based on the content. A good example is health-related materials. Anything older than five years is looked at critically to see if there are newer titles on the topic ...

Why The Internet Needs IPFS Before It’s Too Late

IPFS is a new peer-to-peer hypermedia protocol that aims to supplement, or possibly even replace, the Hypertext Transfer Protocol that rules the web now. Here’s the problem with HTTP: When you go to a website today, your browser has to be directly connected to the computers that are serving that website, even if their servers are far away and the transfer process eats up a lot of bandwidth.

From Why The Internet Needs IPFS Before It’s Too Late | TechCrunch

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