Why Georgia Tech is moving 95% of its library books off campus

Submitted by Blake on Sat, 01/19/2019 - 08:08
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The project is "a fundamental rethinking of what a research library in this century in an academic institution is supposed to do," Catherine Murray-Rust, Georgia Tech's dean of libraries, told Business Insider. Under the new renovations, students will be able to borrow library books the same as always.

Hopepunk can’t fix our broken science fiction.

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 01/17/2019 - 16:15
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Yet I have come to suspect these punk derivatives signal something more than the usual merry-go-round of pop culture. These punks indicate that something is broken in our science fiction. Indeed, even when they reject it, these new subgenres often repeat the same gestures as cyberpunk, discover the same facts about the world, and tell the same story. Our hacker hero (or his magic-wielding counterpart) faces a huge system of power, overcomes long odds, and finally makes the world marginally better—but not so much better that the author can’t write a sequel.

The library of forbidden books

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 01/17/2019 - 07:34
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From 1976 until his death in 2013, Georg P Salzmann collected about 12,000 books that had been banned – and burnt – by the Nazis for being ‘un-German’. His father – a Nazi – had shot himself in 1945, when Georg was a teenager. What became known as the Library of Burnt Books was sold to the University of Augsburg in 2009 – and is now open to the public.

Elsevier journal editors resign, start rival open-access journal

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 01/16/2019 - 07:53
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The entire editorial board of the Elsevier-owned Journal of Informetrics resigned Thursday in protest over high open-access fees, restricted access to citation data and commercial control of scholarly work. Today, the same team is launching a new fully open-access journal called Quantitative Science Studies. The journal will be for and by the academic community and will be owned by the International Society for Scientometrics and Informetrics (ISSI).

Book sales are up this year over last year, and physical books are thriving

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 01/15/2019 - 19:03
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It’s a tale as old as time, or, at least, the internet: None of us are reading any more, the physical book is dead, Amazon has killed the independent bookstore, and it’s all only going to get worse. But this year, the story looks like just that—a fiction. We are buying books—especially the kind with physical pages—and we’re doing so, increasingly, in well-loved indie bookstores.
From Book sales — Quartz

Stephen King prevented a Maine newspaper from axing its freelance book reviewers

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 01/14/2019 - 15:11
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King was happy to oblige, smirkingly calling the Herald’s request “blackmail.” And, thanks to his following of more than five million, the Herald raked in roughly 200 new subscriptions in less than 48 hours. “It’s a Stephen King story with a happy ending,” Lisa DeSisto, chief executive of MaineToday Media, which publishes the Herald, told the New York Times.
From Stephen King prevented a Maine newspaper from axing its freelance book reviewers

Eighteenth-century schoolboy's doodles uncovered as library is restored

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 01/14/2019 - 11:04
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A centuries-old doodle of a cyclops has been discovered in a study-shy teenager’s book of ancient Greek plays by conservation staff restoring his family’s library in a Hampshire mansion. William John Chute, who lived at The Vyne between 1757 and 1824, was the owner of the book and is believed to have drawn the sketch when he was 15.

The Room of Requirement: Stories From Libraries - This American Life

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 01/09/2019 - 18:13
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Libraries aren't just for books. They're often spaces that transform into what you need them to be: a classroom, a cyber café, a place to find answers, a quiet spot to be alone. It's actually kind of magical. This week, we have stories of people who roam the stacks and find unexpected things that just happen to be exactly what they required. 
From The Room of Requirement - This American Life Thanks Michael Sauers!

Will the world embrace Plan S, the radical proposal to mandate open access to science papers?

Submitted by Blake on Fri, 01/04/2019 - 09:08
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Robert-Jan Smits, the European Commission's OA envoy in Brussels, who is one of the architects of Plan S, says publishers have stalled by emphasizing the need for broad participation. "The big publishers told me: ‘Listen, we can only flip our journals [to OA] if this is signed by everyone. So first go on a trip around the world and come back in 20 years. Then we can talk again,’" Smits recalls.

A Survey of the First 20 Years of Research on Semantic Web and Linked Data

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 01/03/2019 - 11:54
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ABSTRACT. This paper is a survey of the research topics in the field of Semantic Web, Linked Data and Web of Data. This study looks at the contributions of this research community over its first twenty years of existence. Compiling several bibliographical sources and bibliometric indicators, we identify the main research trends and we reference some of their major publications to provide an overview of that initial period.