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The Internet Archive’s latest project is launching a Physical Archive to store and preserve books and historic materials.
You can read all about it on Brewster Kahle's blog
Apple recently applied for a patent for a technology that would disable the recording functionality of the iPhone and other Apple devices when at certain events (concerts and movies, for example.) This disabling is accomplished via a transmission that tells them to not record. The goal is to prevent piracy via illegal recording, although Apple has not officially announced that this will be included in future iterations of their products.
The news was responded to by librarians on Twitter, who began a discussion of digital rights management and new devices and culminated in a decision to create a librarian-created user guide to guide our patrons as they make choices about which new gadgets to purchase. Details are available on this blog post.
The guide is a publicly-available Google document that all librarians and info pros are encouraged to add their thoughts to. It is available here.
The dpla as a generative platform
My take-away from the Amsterdam meeting was that the DPLA needs to think about how it wants to align itself with the Web, and work with its grain … not against it. This is easier said than done. The DPLA needs to think about incentives that would give existing digital library projects practical reasons to want to be involved. This also is easier said than done. And hopefully these incentives won’t just involve getting grant money. Keeping an open mind, taking a REST here and there, and continuing to have these very useful conversations (and contests) should help shape the DPLA as a generative platform.
From The Atlantic regarding Biblion, the new iPad app from the New York Public Library:
Combining essays, photos and documents from the library's archives, the whole experience feels more like an exhibit than a publication ... but maybe that's precisely where magazine apps should be aiming.
The first edition of Biblion focuses on the 1939-1940 World Fair. And what's fascinating to me is that you don't feel like you're reading something about the fair, but experiencing what it's like to tool around behind the scenes at a museum or in an archive. The impression is spatial. You chart your own path, find pieces of text, photos or video, and then assemble them yourself into a narrative of the fair.
What I believe Mr. Madrigal is describing in this excerpt is the joy of immersing oneself in a curated space as opposed to the usual jumbled mess that is the web. While the New York Public Library's new iPad app sports an elegantly slick design, where it truly succeeds is acting as a testament to the library's capacity to act as web curator.
Yes, your iPad is great. And your PS3 with Blu-ray is awesome. And your Kindle kicks ass. But these technological marvels are nothing compared to a book.
A book challenges us on a personal level. We meet the challenge of new words and ideas and we either find agreement or argument, but we rarely remain the same person we were before.
A book requires no power but sunlight and your mind. There is no controller to blame for your crappy performance on Call of Duty, or whatever games you play. There is no wifi hotspot to go down. There is nothing to buy. A book is the object and the exercise and the reward, all rolled into one.
Apple and Amazon and Sony and Google tell us that their technology will change the world. And I keep waiting. But books have already changed the world and continue to change it.
Some technologies are perfect in design and function. A book is one.
It would be nice to be able to find things in them faster. But maybe I'm just impatient.
"Librarians are the book nerd who is totally convinced that the quarterback will date her if only she loses ten pounds and finds a way to get his attention. You know what, book nerd? The quarterback may pay attention to you if he needs tutoring, but he’ll certainly forget about you and your new, svelte figure afterward."
Full post: http://www.closedstacks.com/?p=3315
Story at FastCompany with more info:
That Hot Librarian Fantasy? A New App Makes it Even Hotter