Submitted by Blake on December 10, 2015 - 9:46am
“If you would've asked maybe 15 years ago, even 10 years ago, about the city of Ottawa getting a new central library, the appetite wasn't there,” says Tierney, a city councillor since 2010. “But we've seen the huge success in Vancouver and Halifax. That has set the new standard for libraries.”
From How Canadian libraries and their patrons are evolving | Metro News
Submitted by Blake on December 9, 2015 - 9:06pm
The number of libraries in the UK fell by 2.6% in the last year, from 4,023 to 3,917, according to a new survey.
The figures were released by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (Cipfa) following its annual survey of libraries in Great Britain.
Wales saw the biggest loss in the last year, with a fall from 308 to 274.
In England, the number of libraries fell from 3,142 to 3,076, while Scotland saw a drop from 573 to 567.
From More than 100 libraries shut in 2014-15 - BBC News
Submitted by Blake on December 9, 2015 - 12:12pm
Submitted by Blake on December 8, 2015 - 10:19pm
Those ponderings eventually spurred the creation of Matters ( https://www.sciencematters.io/ ). Launched on 5 November, the open-access online journal aims to boost integrity and speed the communication of science by allowing researchers to publish discrete observations rather than complete stories.
“Observations, not stories, are the pillars of good science,” the journal’s editors write on Matters’ website. “Today's journals however, favor story-telling over observations, and congruency over complexity … Moreover, incentives associated with publishing in high-impact journals lead to loss of scientifically and ethically sound observations that do not fit the storyline, and in some unfortunate cases also to fraudulence.”
From Got just a single observation? New journal will publish it | Science/AAAS | News
Submitted by Blake on December 8, 2015 - 9:52pm
Libraries, Archives, and Museums
Excessive copyright terms harm the availability of books, photographs, and all creative works in the public domain. It also worsens the orphan works problem, when obtaining permission to use works is impossible because the rightsholder is unknown, deceased, or is nowhere to be found, and so preserving or archiving copies of them could be legally risky.
Heavy penalties for infringement, in the form of pre-established statutory damages that are not connected to the actual harm from infringement, chills preservation and archival efforts, where copying or changing the format of existing works is already legally risky.
Research and quotation can be hampered by bans on circumventing DRM on books or other kinds of digital content, and also limit the availability of digital works
Despite explicit exception for libraries and museums, a ban on tools for circumvention limits their ability to take advantage of it because they often lack the knowledge or tools to do so.
Weak exceptions and limitations language gives no incentive for countries to give legal certainty to activities of libraries, archives, and museums that involve technical acts of copying or DRM circumvention—such as enabling the use of copyrighted works for research and quotation, preservation, and copying material for educational purposes.
From How the TPP Will Affect You and Your Digital Rights | Electronic Frontier Foundation
Submitted by Blake on December 8, 2015 - 8:26pm
In a televised address on Sunday, President Obama even alluded to the issue, saying he "will urge high-tech and law enforcement leaders to make it harder for terrorists to use technology to escape from justice." And now, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee is calling for a commission on encryption and security threats.
So let's take a step back and talk about this technology and why it's in the spotlight.
From Everything you need to know about encryption: Hint, you’re already using it. - The Washington Post
Submitted by Blake on December 8, 2015 - 5:23pm
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Submitted by Blake on December 8, 2015 - 9:00am
There is an odd cognitive dissonance that happens in these conversations, where we are simultaneously supposed to believe that literary fiction is “mainstream fiction” and genre fiction is “ghettoized,” and also that literary fiction is a niche nobody reads while genre authors laugh all the way to the bank. Throw into the mix a recent Wall Street Journal article on the increasingly practice of giving million dollar advances to literary debut novels, and you can see that the truth of the matter is pretty unclear.
From » When Popular Fiction Isn’t Popular: Genre, Literary, and the Myths of Popularity
Submitted by Blake on December 7, 2015 - 9:03pm
It would be easy to view these letters as sorry proof of yet another woman shunted to history’s backstage. But their passionate and thoughtful character instructs us rather to re-see what we may have missed—to write Jane back into the story and acknowledge the clear-eyed ways in which she helped shape the Vonnegut narrative, both in life and on the page. Many of the ideas and themes that characterize Vonnegut were born in the conversation between Kurt and Jane, and throughout his career she remained a voice in the text. She was there: that was her.
From How Jane Vonnegut Made Kurt Vonnegut a Writer - The New Yorker
Submitted by Blake on December 7, 2015 - 9:02pm
Submitted by Blake on December 7, 2015 - 3:35pm
I just looked over the list of books I read this year, and I noticed a pattern. A lot of them touch on a theme that I would call “how things work.” Some explain something about the physical world, like how steel and glass are used, or what it takes to get rid of deadly diseases. Others offer deep insights into human beings: our strengths and flaws, our capacity for lifelong growth, or the things we value. I didn’t set out to explore these themes intentionally, though in retrospect it make a lot of sense since the main reason I read is to learn.
From The Best Books I Read in 2015 | Bill Gates
Submitted by Bibliofuture on December 6, 2015 - 12:19pm
The classrooms of Chris Raabe and John Kalkowski sit on opposite ends of the hall in Millard’s Andersen Middle School.
During the day they teach seventh-graders — Raabe, English, and Kalkowski, reading. On nights, weekends and summers, they write young adult fiction — sci-fi- and action-infused book series aimed at the same age group they’re teaching. And each job feeds the other.
Writing books makes them better at teaching sentence structure and storytelling subtext. Hanging around with seventh-graders all day helps them know what seventh-graders are like and what they’d like to read
Submitted by Blake on December 6, 2015 - 10:25am
Submitted by Blake on December 6, 2015 - 8:03am
Although the study did not account for e-books, as they’re not yet available in enough countries, Dr. Evans said in theory they could be just as effective as print books in encouraging literacy.
“But what about the casual atmosphere of living in a bookish world, and being intrigued to pull something off the shelf to see what it’s like?” she asked. “I think that will depend partly on the seamless integration of our electronic devices in the future.”
From Our (Bare) Shelves, Our Selves - The New York Times
Submitted by Blake on December 5, 2015 - 10:08pm
Before we were watching Netflix movies, video-conferencing with our friends, and playing real-time video games on the Internet, we were using online services, such AOL, CompuServe, and GEnie to talk about movies, type letters to our buddies, and play ASCII, turn-based games.
From Before the Web: Online services of yesteryear | ZDNet
Submitted by dubuquer on December 5, 2015 - 9:54pm
Submitted by Blake on December 5, 2015 - 3:31pm
Now, a graduate student has discovered a treasure the library didn’t know it had: a first edition of the King James Bible.
The 1611 Bible, which surfaced in late October, is a so-called “He Bible,” named for a typographical error in the Book of Ruth that was corrected in the middle of the first printing. Of the fewer than 200 King James first editions known to survive, most are “She” copies.
From Rare King James Bible First Edition Discovered at Drew University - The New York Times
Submitted by Anonymous Patron (not verified) on December 4, 2015 - 9:51pm
It may be unprofessional for a librarian to smile, but by the time I was done reading these comments, I had a big grin on my face. The lesson? You just can't let the hotheads and the crazies get you down. Instead, you have to laugh. The important thing is that I wasn't alone. My fellow librarians always have my back. And just like that, I was back to loving my job.
But the next time I'm wrongly accused by a paranoid patron, I just might enlist my pals in the Seth Myers Clan of the Sea Pirates Mafia to steal her information and send it to Vladimir Putin.