Neato nifty series of posts from RWW entitled Social Books. Over five posts, I'm going to explore how book readers and writers use social networking tools. Three of the posts will be from the point of view of readers, starting with this one today about the leading social network for bookworms: Goodreads. In the remaining posts, I'll be checking out a brand new social network for writers and investigating how book publishers are using social media.
INFORMATION hygiene is a must on a website with a billion titbits about millions of books. In the case of Goodreads it is maintained by an army of volunteer editors, over 40,000 at last count, who fix misspellings in authors' names, correct page counts or ensure the right cover appears. Unlike many other crowdsourced ventures, though, the book-discussion and recommendation website is operated on a solidly for-profit basis.
Archive Team Targets Digital Dark Ages
Archive Team is a loose collective of rogue archivists, programmers, writers and loudmouths dedicated to saving our digital heritage. Since 2009 this variant force of nature has caught wind of shutdowns, shutoffs, mergers, and plain old deletions - and done our best to save the history before it's lost forever. Along the way, we've gotten attention, resistance, press and discussion, but most importantly, we've gotten the message out: IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY.
5,000 Books Pour Out of a Building in Spain
Martin's giant book structures give life to the inanimate objects filled with knowledge. By constructing the curving towers with a rather free and disheveled exterior, while maintaining a sturdy core, the books' loose pages are free to blow and rustle in the wind, allowing the piece to be further animated.
Hiring Librarians http://hiringlibrarians.wordpress.com/ is a new blog which presents short, mostly anonymous, survey-based interviews with people who hire librarians. Uncover the wide range of library hiring practices and take a look at opinions about interview mistakes, how many pages a cover letter should be, and those pesky objective statements.