Submitted by Closed Stacks on April 12, 2012 - 10:23am
Is this what it felt like to those librarians in the profession when the internet came about? When I started this blog in 2008, I felt like I would never run out of things to write about. This profession is so varied and vast, how could we possibly cover it all? Now, all I read is more and more about eBooks. Certainly, this is something we all need to talk about, because libraries are getting royally screwed, but I also feel like being so singularly focused on one thing that’s not really working out, is talking the wind out of my sails.
Submitted by Walt on March 29, 2012 - 10:35pm
Submitted by Bibliofuture on March 26, 2012 - 12:39pm
I’ll admit that I would have thought a few years ago that by the time we got to the point when more than a third of unit sales for major houses had gone digital — and perhaps more than half for fiction — that the future shape of the book business would be discernible. But, at least according to what I learned from one Big Six house last week, we have reached that level of ebook uptake and despite that, the business still looks very much as it has. It seems impossible to me that it will stay that way.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on March 26, 2012 - 12:37pm
Submitted by dlnieman on March 23, 2012 - 5:05pm
The following article was published at http://theantiquarianlibrarian.blogspot.com/2012/03/why-amish-matter.html
Someone posted a question on Twitter that got me thinking: What's up with all the Amish books? I did not join the discussion because it was addressed to Christian book authors, but it made me think about the topic for some time.
The most crass and commercial answer is to say that bonnet fiction sells, but obviously there is more to it than that.
The first Amish stories were collected by Mennonite publishers beginning circa 1970 to preserve the stories of the old ways in which many Mennonites once lived. As the Anabaptist peoples plodded slowly to modernity many wanted a reference point to the past. Writers included both historical and fictional accounts of Amish stories to remind the young of the life they once had, and that some still practice. I became acquainted to this literature while in seminary.
Amish literature takes a fresh look at the church and contemporary Christian life. It is a critique of both Amish legalism and contemporary license. For some fundamentalist groups, the act of writing fiction is taboo. On the other hand, it is faith affirming to view a faith that matters to the community. This is rare in our increasingly secularized society.
Submitted by dlnieman on March 23, 2012 - 5:00pm
This article was originally published at http://theantiquarianlibrarian.blogspot.com/2012/03/for-librarians-librarianship-is-still.html.
While technology and gadgets seem to be overtaking much of library work, the love of words, the love of books is at the heart of librarianship for librarians around the world. The article "Internet is Discouraging Book Reading, Librarian Says" http://www.thenational.ae/news/uae-news/internet-is-discouraging-book-reading-librarian-says tells the story of Abdul Razak Al Khumairi of the UAE and Arabian Gulf Library. The following quotes from the article demonstrates that for librarians everywhere it is still about the books.
"Oh, I know people think it is the most unprestigious job out there, but to me it is the most rewarding as books have been my teachers, my solace and friends in my darkest hours," he said.
"They have given me a second chance in life."
"Cataloguing, indexing and shelving is an art; it is not just a matter of putting a book on a shelf," he said.
"Unfortunately, the questions are often about internet access," he said, laughing. "The internet is a curse in many ways. It is killing our Arabic language and has made people too lazy to go check out a book for information."
"Parents need to come to the library with their kids. That will change everything," he said, fondly recalling a frequent childhood image of his mother with a book, sitting across the kitchen while the food was cooking.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on March 19, 2012 - 9:01pm
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Submitted by Bibliofuture on March 12, 2012 - 2:55pm
OverDrive gets loan of up to $1M from Ohio county with budget-challenged libraries: Taxpayers unwittingly encouraging online privatization of U.S. library system?
Full piece at LibraryCity.org
Submitted by Bibliofuture on March 11, 2012 - 10:39am
Submitted by Bibliofuture on March 7, 2012 - 10:11am
The Kindle Single is not a promising name. It sounds like a new kind of prefabricated fire log, or a type of person you might meet on the dating service eHarmony — perhaps a lonely independent bookstore owner put out of business by Amazon.com.
Full article in the NYT: Miniature E-Books Let Journalists Stretch Legs
Submitted by Walt on March 6, 2012 - 8:43pm
Cites & Insights 12:2 (March 2012) has just been published.
The 30-page two-column PDF (designed for printing) represents the new, refreshed Cites & Insights, following the two reader surveys. Contents, available as HTML separates using the links below, include:
The Front (pp. 1-6)
The reinvention or refreshing of Cites & Insights, including results of the two polls, new section names, tweaks to layout and typography, and a discussion of the online PDF alternative, a single-column version (in this case 53 pages) designed for those who read C&I on various sorts of screens--iPads, netbooks, notebooks, Kindles, Nooks and others.
Social Networks (pp. 6-16)
The Social Network Scene, Part 1: Catching up with social network miscellany
The Middle (pp. 16-26)
A range of items that might formerly have appeared in Trends & Quick Takes: the non-death of desktop software; "smarter, dumber or both"; closing the digital frontier (or not); and lots more.
The Back (pp. 26-30)
Notes from the 1%, stereo prices and other snark.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on March 5, 2012 - 9:19pm
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Submitted by Bibliofuture on February 24, 2012 - 6:35pm
It is one of the more peculiar aspects of scholarly publishing that although everyone expects that academic books will find a place in libraries, no one knows how many books actually get there. This doesn’t mean that every scholarly book can be found in every library; far from it. Nor does it mean that the books found in libraries are in great demand (the common estimate is that 40% of all books in academic libraries never circulate, but I would like to see more evidence of this).
Submitted by Bibliofuture on February 24, 2012 - 12:49am
Two stories on the radio program "On the Media"
THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE'S 200TH ANNIVERSARY
This year, The New England Journal of Medicine, the longest, continuously running medical journal in the world, turns 200. Brooke talks to NEJM editor in Chief Dr. Jeffrey Drazen about how far the journal has come and its mistakes and successes.
Submitted by Walt on February 23, 2012 - 7:00pm
For those of you who participated in the Cites & Insights reader survey, I've posted the results.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on February 22, 2012 - 9:01pm
Advertisers collect information with every digital move people make. They then target ads based on that information. Communications scholar Joseph Turow worries that advertisers will use such data to discriminate against people and put them into "reputation silos."
Full piece on NPR: How Companies Are 'Defining Your Worth' Online
Submitted by dlnieman on February 21, 2012 - 7:53pm
This is from Cardinal Opportunities at the South Sioux City Public Library http://ssclibrarycardinalopportunities.blogspot.com/2012/02/february-is-love-your-library-mo....
The following was published in the Dakota County Star newspaper on 2/16/2012.
Tues Feb 21, 5:30pm: Yahoo Messenger: Do you have friends or family that live so far away you never get to see them. Yahoo Messenger provides you the opportunity to keep in contact with them for free. Yahoo Messenger is a free instant messaging program that allows you to visually see, talk to and even sends text messages to individuals all over the world. This class will teach you how to set up an account and what type of equipment you will need for your computer.
Wed Feb 22, 11am: Smartphone App's: Do you carry a "computer" in your pocket by way of a Smartphone? Want to know about programs that you can do on your Smartphone? Stop on in and let us help with that information.
Wed Feb 22, 2pm: Google's Documents Spotlight: This class will give learners an opportunity to learn how to create word processing documents, spreadsheets and presentations in the cloud and share them with friends.
On Tuesday night Feb 21, 7pm the library will show our Classic Movie/Discussion. A rich young woman marries an idle playboy against her father's will. Her father holds her captive on his yacht but she escapes and, while on her way to New York, becomes entangled with an unemployed news reporter. The movie stars Clarke Gable and Claudette Colbert.