Submitted by Blake on October 4, 2016 - 8:06pm
This experience set me to thinking again about the ephemeral nature of our artifacts and the possibility that the centuries well before ours will be better known than ours will be unless we are persistent about preserving digital content. The earlier media seem to have a kind of timeless longevity while modern media from the 1800s forward seem to have shrinking lifetimes. Just as the monks and Muslims of the Middle Ages preserved content by copying into new media, won't we need to do the same for our modern content?
From 'We're Going Backward!' | October 2016 | Communications of the ACM
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"We were always discovering things as we were ripping out walls," she says. One standout discovery for her was a hidden room that had a 12th century cupola made with intricate lattice wood.
"It was this extremely refined and unusual type of roof that was hidden away," she recalls. "It's typical of the element of surprise you fine in Fez. You'll have these narrow streets and find a small door that enters into an amazing courtyard."
From The world's oldest library gets a 21st century face lift - CNN.com
Submitted by Blake on September 28, 2016 - 9:41pm
I’ve worked at my local public library long enough to be on a first-name basis with many of our patrons. And the rest greet me with the courtesy and respect that, as a trained professional, not to mention a woman over 50, I deserve.
Except for when they don’t. From time to time, a patron will call me “sweetie.” Or “honey-bunch.” Or “dear.” I have to put up with it, but I don’t have to like it. And I‘m not alone. Recently a fellow librarian posted this lament on Facebook: “A patron just called me baby. Can I go home now?”
The comments this inspired from other librarians were sympathetic:
From Don't Call Me Baby, Sweetie or Cupcake! | ZestNow
Submitted by Blake on September 28, 2016 - 8:55pm
"Libraries aren't there to enforce a curriculum: they exist for the whole community to learn and create on their own terms. That's what makes this comic maker project special: it's meant to open the doorway to an understanding of 'digital literacy' which is not just about consumption; which is open, flexible, and most importantly, capable of surprising us.
From Australian library releases free, remixable webcomics maker / Boing Boing
Submitted by Blake on September 23, 2016 - 4:18pm
More than half of public schools in Boston do not have libraries, leaving thousands of students — the majority of them in distressed neighborhoods — without a safe place to study and access to resources so they can learn more, according to a new
Seventy-three of 126 schools in Boston do not have a library — and even at those that do, most don’t have full-time librarians or enough books, according to the five-year Boston Public Schools library services plan approved by the School Committee this week.
From BPS looking to turn the page on lack of libraries | Boston Herald
Submitted by Blake on September 22, 2016 - 1:06pm
Librarians tend to agree that their libraries deliver value to community members. But what exactly does that mean? What type of value? Time saving value? Life changing value? Those are quite different. What value do libraries offer? New research identifies 30 types of value of four levels in a Maslow’s like hierarchy. We need to be intentional about designing for value delivery.
From When Libraries Don’t Provide Value – Designing Better Libraries
Submitted by Blake on September 22, 2016 - 10:40am
The whole idea for the hunt was motivated by the desire to have more of the public involved in Banned Books Week, which runs this year from Sept. 25 to Oct. 1, says Linnea Hegarty, executive director of the D.C. Public Library Foundation. When books are banned, their supporters disguise them and circulate them surreptitiously, she says, and the idea was to capture that spirit.
From In Banned Books Scavenger Hunt, The Prize Is Literary 'Smut' : NPR
Submitted by Blake on September 15, 2016 - 11:53am
Outside the Lines is a week-long celebration of creative library events and experiences to introduce, or re-introduce libraries to their communities. The idea grew from a collaboration between passionate Colorado library directors and marketers, including the Colorado State Library and Anythink Libraries, a public library system in Adams County, Colorado, Erica Grossman of Anythink described to me.
From Beyond Books: Libraries Reach Out to the Public - The Atlantic
Submitted by Blake on September 12, 2016 - 8:44pm
On Monday morning, a Dallas City Council committee signed off on a proposal that would limit the size and location of community book exchanges that have taken root in some two dozen Dallas residents' front yards. As far as city officials can tell, if the full council gives its blessing, Dallas will become one of the only cities in the country to specifically regulate the take-a-book, leave-a-book boxes, which, in the past, have been subject to building laws and zoning codes.
From Dallas on path to becoming one of the few U.S. cities to regulate Little Free Libraries | Dallas Morning News
Submitted by Blake on September 11, 2016 - 10:10am
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Submitted by Blake on September 2, 2016 - 8:17am
At least 15 public libraries in Iowa have been targeted by a toner pirate scam this year. That’s according to the Iowa Attorney General’s Office, which filed a consumer fraud lawsuit against three Orange County, California-based businesses Thursday.
The supposed scam came to light thanks to Cate St. Clair, an attorney by training and library director by trade. When Robey Memorial Library in Waukon received a mysterious bill for about $400 for toner, St. Clair called the number printed on the invoice.
From Alleged Toner Pirate Scam Targets Iowa Libraries | Iowa Public Radio
Submitted by Blake on August 31, 2016 - 10:06am
Conclusions from the International Summer School on the Digital Library
Fundamental changes are occurring in society, education, technology and publishing. If academic/research libraries want to survive, they must also change. Libraries should, of course:
Provide electronic access to scholarly material;
Customize and personalize information services.
But, more importantly, they should:
Experiment on distribution and business models together with publishers (preferably via library consortia, which should be more than just buying groups);
Support universities and research communities to develop document servers and open archives for their own scientific output;
Stimulate universities to change their cost allocation models in such a way that the library budget is centralized, and decisions about scientific information are no longer made by individual faculties.
From A Challenging Future Awaits Libraries Able to Change: Highlights of the International Summer School on the Digital Library
Submitted by Blake on August 27, 2016 - 9:55am
I think about this connection between churches and libraries as I walk down the hall to my office every morning -- a new church in an old library. The smell is still more new paint rather than old book, but give it time. It has great potential. Already we have received our first gift of that old smell: books from a retired pastor that wait in the hallway, ready to find new hands.
From Libraries and churches | Local News | daltondailycitizen.com
Submitted by Blake on August 26, 2016 - 4:24pm
Submitted by Blake on August 25, 2016 - 11:00am
What probably won't change that much are librarians and the physical spaces they watch over. Pescovitz suspects that humans will always need some sort of guide to make a foreign landscape more familiar. Whether humanity turns that job into one for artificial intelligence is another matter, he says.
From What libraries of the future will look like - Business Insider
Submitted by Blake on August 25, 2016 - 10:58am
What’s different about Milwaukee is that the city is being asked to buy back something it already had—and, in the case of the library’s digital scans, had even helped build.
“Our archives should be available again soon,” Journal-Sentinel president Chris Stegman wrote to Urban Milwaukee. “As we switch over to our new parent company’s systems we are also switching our archiving system from Google to Newsbank. There is a delay in the process but we hope to have them available again shortly. I apologize for the inconvenience and hope our solution is up and running soon.”
From Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel archive vanishes from Google's news archive
Submitted by birdie on August 23, 2016 - 7:17pm