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The Anti-Information Age

Two beliefs safely inhabit the canon of contemporary thinking about journalism. The first is that the Internet is the most powerful force disrupting the news media. The second is that the Internet and the communication and information tools it has spawned—like YouTube, Twitter, or Facebook—are shifting power from governments to civil society and to individual bloggers, netizens, or citizen journalists.

It is hard to disagree with these two beliefs. Yet they obscure evidence that governments are having as much success as the Internet in disrupting independent media and determining what information reaches society.

From The Anti-Information Age - The Atlantic

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Three Emerging Digital Platforms for 2015 | Fail!lab

‘Twas a world of limited options for digital libraries just a few short years back. Nowadays, however, the options are many more and the features and functionalities are truly groundbreaking.

From Three Emerging Digital Platforms for 2015 | Fail!lab

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Actually Stoll's 1995 anti-Internet column was amazingly on-target

Stoll predicted that the Web would be a fount of misleading information and outright lies, that it would be oversold as a tool for education and governing, and that it would isolate people more than bring them together. "A network chat line is a limp substitute for meeting friends over coffee," he wrote. "No interactive multimedia display comes close to the excitement of a live concert. And who'd prefer cybersex to the real thing?"

From Actually, that 'off target' 1995 anti-Internet column was amazingly on-target - LA Times

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Yale first institution in the country to actively collect VHS tapes

Yale has become the first institution in the country to actively collect VHS tapes, thanks to the initiative of Kaplanoff Librarian for American History David Gary and Aaron Pratt GRD ’16. Although the collection, which arrived late last week, is wide-ranging, a large portion consists of horror-genre movies, and most of the movies are from the 1970s and 80s.

From Library acquires 2,700 VHS tapes | Yale Daily News

Douglas Adams made me a writer: Neil Gaiman salutes his friend and inspiration

Paying tribute to his genius at the annual Douglas Adams lecture, writer explains how meeting the Hitchhiker’s Guide author at 22 changed his life

From Douglas Adams made me a writer: Neil Gaiman salutes his friend and inspiration | Books | The Guardian

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Cosplay, Comics & Geek Culture in the World of Librarians

For all you comics geeks.

Graphic novel and comic book fans are book lovers, so it is no surprise that libraries and librarians are portrayed fairly frequently in all sorts of graphic works. Here are some comics that feature libraries and librarians and are perfect for some light reading or for a fun library display.

Not As Cool As *Real* Librarians, But...

Bustle.com references 11 of the coolest pop culture librarians in this piece.

“Richard Tyler, consider this your passport to the wonderful and quite unpredictable world of books.” Have truer words about a library card ever been spoken? The Pagemaster’s librarian Mr. Dewey, whose mystic, alternate form is the Keeper of the Books and Guardian of the Written World, is eccentric to say the least, but he knows just how magical of a place a library can be. Plus, hes nice enough to bend the rules and let you check out as many books as you want… just this once, of course.

Tammy 2, Parks and Recreation

She might be criminally insane, but I’ll be damned if Tammy Swanson, the oversexed Deputy Director of Library Services from Parks and Recreation, isn’t the most hilarious librarian in the history of librarians. A master seductress and queen manipulator, she is certainly the kind of librarian that would liven up your book club.

In Praise of Libraries | The Rotarian

“The library is especially valuable to people as they grow older,” she says. “You cannot overstate this. Maybe you’re sitting at home, all alone. Maybe you don’t get that many visitors anymore. So you come here. When you go to the library, you see children, families, people of all age groups. It makes you feel that you are part of a community.” She pauses.

“In the library, you get to feel that you are part of something bigger than yourself. It’s life.”

From In Praise of Libraries | The Rotarian

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The library card - The Lancet

Thanks to Lee for passing this one along!

I keep coming back to the library card. Why did he have it? What did he do at the library? Did he surf the Internet, or check out books? Did he look at newspapers? Or did he just go to the library to escape the elements, to sit in a quiet place, where everything was calm?

From The library card - The Lancet

Burn After Reading

In 1971, William Powell published The Anarchist Cookbook, a guide to making bombs and drugs at home. He spent the next four decades fighting to take it out of print.

From [Special Feature] | Burn After Reading, by Gabriel Thompson | Harper's Magazine

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What Reading Does for the Mind

Lack of exposure and practice on the part of the less skilled reader delays the development of automaticity and speed at the word recognition level. Slow, capacity-draining word recognition processes require cognitive resources that should be allocated to comprehension. Thus, reading for meaning is hindered; unrewarding reading experiences multiply; and practice is avoided or merely tolerated without real cognitive involvement.

From What Reading
Does for the Mind
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Via Reddit

Stephen King’s Reading List for Writers

As you scan this list, please remember that I’m not Oprah and this isn’t my book club. These are the ones that worked for me, that’s all. But you could do worse, and a good many of these might show you some new ways of doing your work. Even if they don’t, they’re apt to entertain you. They certainly entertained me.

From Stephen King’s Reading List for Writers | Aerogramme Writers' StudioStephen King's Reading List for Writers

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Google wants to rank websites based on facts not links

A Google research team is adapting that model to measure the trustworthiness of a page, rather than its reputation across the web. Instead of counting incoming links, the system – which is not yet live – counts the number of incorrect facts within a page. "A source that has few false facts is considered to be trustworthy," says the team (arxiv.org/abs/1502.03519v1). The score they compute for each page is its Knowledge-Based Trust score.

From Google wants to rank websites based on facts not links - 28 February 2015 - New Scientist

Students turn food trucks into mobile libraries

Three enterprising Arizona State University students capitalize on the food truck craze by devising a plan to convert old trucks into modern-day bookmobiles for low-income schools and communities lacking basic library resources. They hatched the idea as part of their Changemaking in Education course co-taught by ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and Teach For America.

From Students turn food trucks into mobile libraries | ASU News

Halifax councillor proposes finding a new name for libraries

“It really is a new era for libraries in terms of their significance around economic development, our strategy of supporting immigration and newcomers, supporting small business and entrepreneurs,” said Coun. Jennifer Watts.

Coun. Tim Outhit said the libraries are now so much more than book repositories, it’s possible the term “library” should be retired.

From Check this out: Halifax councillor proposes finding a new name for libraries | Metro

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Texas A&M Libraries Receives Five Millionth Volume, A First-Edition Of The Hobbit

Texas A&M University Libraries today acquired its five millionth volume, a rare first-edition of J.R.R. Tolkien’s 1937 classic The Hobbit—a gift from award-winning sci-fi/fantasy author George R.R. Martin, creator of the best-selling book series “Game of Thrones.”

From Texas A&M Libraries Receives Five Millionth Volume, A First-Edition Of The Hobbit | Texas A&M Today

The MLA conducted a poll in which librarians around the United Kingdom were asked one question, "Which book should every adult read before they die?"

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Bible
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by JRR Tolkien
1984 by George Orwell
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

From Here's the full list. Reddit : books

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Time to get ill: Beastie Boys lyrics in the Oxford English Dictionary

The OED quotes the Beastie Boys nine times! That’s a pretty respectable tally for any modern author, let alone a trio of rappers whose renown is largely due to a song called “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party!)”. As a small tribute to our home-piece MCA, here are a few of my favorite ways the Beastie Boys are representin’ in the dictionary.

From Time to get ill: Beastie Boys lyrics in the Oxford English Dictionary | OxfordWords blog

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“She blinded me with library science”: why the Feminist Library is more vital than ever

“She blinded me with library science”: why the Feminist Library is more vital than ever
Despite scant funding and resources, London’s Feminist Library is turning their 40th year into a celebration of storytelling, history – and, hopefully, sofas.

From “She blinded me with library science”: why the Feminist Library is more vital than ever

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A Tribute to the Printer Aldus Manutius, and the Roots of the Paperback

Aldus has attracted some pop-culture attention in recent years, at least among those with a geekish taste for printing history. The novel “The Rule of Four” gave his most famous book, the enigmat “Hypnerotomachia Poliphili,” an upmarket “Da Vinci Code” treatment in 2004. There was also Robin Sloan’s 2012 best seller, “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore,” which turned Aldus into the founder of a shadowy secret society headed for an apocalyptic showdown with Google.

From A Tribute to the Printer Aldus Manutius, and the Roots of the Paperback - NYTimes.com

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