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
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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
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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
Submitted by Blake on February 23, 2015 - 7:39pm
Marginalia are on the march. The New Yorker reported this fall on Oxford’s Marginalia Group, which “now has two thousand five hundred and three members, making marginalia to Oxford something like what a cappella is to Princeton.” They specialize in finding the snarkiest of the notes that generations of Oxford students have entered in their assigned books. The creator of the Oxford group, April Pierce, noted that the great libraries of London also house books full of readers’ written reactions.
From Scrawled Insults and Epiphanies by Anthony Grafton | The Gallery | The New York Review of Books
Submitted by Blake on February 23, 2015 - 7:38pm
Submitted by Blake on February 22, 2015 - 12:45pm
Rising salaries, electronic book costs and a steep decline in book fines are putting financial pressure on the Richmond Public Library.
On Monday, the city’s finance committee approved a $200,000 temporary boost to the library’s collections budget, but not before questioning its practices.
“The whole idea of late charges wasn’t to make money or revenue. It was to ensure the material is fairly distributed. But then you become dependent on it,” said Buss, who told councillors there are opportunities to make money via 3D printing.
From E-books proving costly for Richmond Public Library - News - Richmond News
Submitted by Blake on February 22, 2015 - 12:43pm
Libraries are in rough shape these days. Long treasured as bastions of knowledge, they’re being assailed on two fronts: funding cuts and technological disruption. Why borrow a book when you’ve got the Internet and a Kindle?
But rumors of the library’s demise are greatly exaggerated. The challenges that libraries face have spurred their radical reinvention as makerspaces and digital archives built to last thousands of years.
The libraries of the future will preserve and transmit knowledge as always. You just might not recognize them.
From Timeline.com - Is the Library Really Dead?
Submitted by Blake on February 22, 2015 - 9:58am
But other titles were less predictable — a book on salesmanship was tops in Hell’s Kitchen, zombies are big in The Bronx, and a book about the infamous Kitty Genovese murder in Queens was the most checked out in Great Kills, Staten Island.
Here are the most popular books at a selection of library branches, based on January 2015 data for the NYPL
From The most popular books at some of New York’s public libraries | New York Post
Submitted by Blake on February 22, 2015 - 9:56am
An historian has unearthed the first unseen Sherlock Holmes story in more than 80 years that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote to help save a town bridge.
Walter Elliot, 80, found the 1,300-word tale starring the famous detective in a collection of short stories written for a local bazaar.
From Lost Sherlock Holmes story discovered in man's attic - Telegraph