Submitted by Blake on February 28, 2015 - 4:41pm
“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
Submitted by Blake on February 28, 2015 - 1:59pm
Submitted by Blake on February 28, 2015 - 1:57pm
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
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
Submitted by Blake on February 27, 2015 - 1:27pm
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
Submitted by Blake on February 27, 2015 - 1:26pm
Submitted by Blake on February 27, 2015 - 7:37am
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
Submitted by birdie on February 26, 2015 - 9:42am
Artnet.com reports on the burning of 8000 rare texts and manuscripts by the self-proclaimed Islamic State.
Submitted by Blake on February 26, 2015 - 8:06am
Submitted by Blake on February 26, 2015 - 8:05am
Submitted by Blake on February 26, 2015 - 8:04am
More than 200 Los Angeles Unified School District elementary school libraries have reopened in just two months, according to district officials.
Recession-era budget cuts had left many libraries without staffing. The cuts persisted even when the economy began to improve: a year ago half of the district's 650,000 students were still without a librarian or library aide
From LAUSD reopening libraries after recession closings | 89.3 KPCC
Submitted by Blake on February 25, 2015 - 5:36pm
Submitted by Blake on February 25, 2015 - 7:53am
So there are still some far-flung outposts of garbledom left on Wikipedia, in case you were wondering. Even here, we can find that strange and salutary feeling lumbering into view from the primeval past: when we go looking for references with a semblance of authority, only to find ourselves more perplexed than ever.
From Pimps & Nazi Cattle: A Translator’s Adventures in the Dictionary
Submitted by Blake on February 25, 2015 - 7:49am
The Rosetta Disk, for example, is one of its attempts to create a permanent archive: it’s a wafer of nickel containing all the world’s languages in raised microscopic text. “We aren’t creating the Rosetta Disk specifically with an apocalypse in mind, or for a society that's undergoing major upheaval,” Long Now Director Laura Welcher told Hopes&Fears, “but over the span of millennia, I think you have to expect that to happen occasionally.”
Let us now turn to the human experts for answers.
From The near and far future of libraries — Hopes&Fears — flow "Technology"
Submitted by Blake on February 24, 2015 - 6:58pm
Submitted by birdie on February 24, 2015 - 5:36pm
From the AP:
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Jeffery Bailey spends nearly every day at his public library. It's not just that he loves books. For the 43-year-old who sleeps in a tent outside a local church, the library is pretty much the only place he can go that won't charge him to provide safety, warmth, useful services and entertainment.
Many public libraries discourage homeless people from hanging around all day. "It could be the way you dress, the way your hair is," says Bailey, whose scruffy denim jacket could use a good wash.
But just as Bailey needs his library, the library needs him: In this digital age, many people who used to depend on libraries can find what they need online without leaving home. Menaced by budget cuts, many public libraries are effectively failing to justify their relevance, reducing their hours year after year.
Submitted by Blake on February 24, 2015 - 11:07am
We already put legal limits on financial, medical, military, transportation, telecommunications and agriculture technology. Why not online tracking? With digital technology making its way into more parts of our lives, and with our data quickly becoming more and more valuable, of course there should be some limits on online tracking!
From Privacy is at a crossroads. Choose wisely. — Medium
Submitted by Blake on February 24, 2015 - 9:24am
With that said: should a library director be paid $7.25/hr? No, of course not. But in this part of Kentucky, believe it or not, that is a decent salary. Not because it is objectively an amount of money that someone deserves for doing their job, but only because the area around it has been forgotten. This part of the world has been given up on by the former industries that sustained it, by the clay and the tobacco and the lumber that were the only reasons money ever flowed into the economy of the area in the first place.
From Poverty, Libraries, Jobs, Me | Pattern Recognition
Submitted by Blake on February 24, 2015 - 9:21am
Textbook makers, bookstore owners and college student surveys all say millennials still strongly prefer print for pleasure and learning, a bias that surprises reading experts given the same group’s proclivity to consume most other content digitally. A University of Washington pilot study of digital textbooks found that a quarter of students still bought print versions of e-textbooks that they were given for free.
From Why digital natives prefer reading in print. Yes, you read that right. - The Washington Post
Submitted by Blake on February 23, 2015 - 9:40pm
Submitted by Blake on February 23, 2015 - 7:40pm
David Weinberger is senior researcher at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, and has been instrumental in the development of ideas about the impact of the web. Shortly before his recent keynote presentation at OCLC’s EMEA Regional Council Meeting in Florence, he spoke with Sarah Bartlett about the library-sized hole in the Internet and how a ‘library graph’ might help librarians to fill it.
From Is there a library-sized hole in the internet? - Research Information