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Inside the OED: can the world’s biggest dictionary survive the internet?

For centuries, lexicographers have attempted to capture the entire English language. Technology might soon turn this dream into reality – but will it spell the end for dictionaries?
From Inside the OED: can the world’s biggest dictionary survive the internet? | News | The Guardian
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Exit Interview: I Curated Rare Books for a 200-Year-Old Library

In his 47 years at the Boston Athenaeum, Stanley Cushing has handled everything from a magnetic “Squid Book” to an autobiography bound in its author’s skin.
From Exit Interview: I Curated Rare Books for a 200-Year-Old Library - Atlas Obscura
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Entire Journal Editorial Board Resigns Over Editor Removal

The publisher of Building Research & Information, Taylor & Francis, has recently decided to terminate Richard Lorch’s contract as Editor-in-Chief at the end of 2018. This action has sparked grave concern amongst the members of BRI’s editorial board. What follows is an open letter written by the board to the publisher. It details the concerns of the editorial board, the action that they took to try to dissuade Taylor & Francis, and the subsequent response from the publisher. All of the signatories of this letter have tendered their resignation from post.
From An open letter from Building Research & Information EDITORIAL TEAM & BOARD MEMBERS to Taylor & Francis – BRI Community
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The Problem of Fake News Is Not Recent, But Our Current Internet Ecosystem Is

There were Internet communities at the time, though they did not much resemble the social media of today – Slashdot, for example. MetaFilter was in its infancy, I believe, and I’m pretty sure Reddit wasn’t born yet. I didn’t spent a lot of time in those communities but as I recall it was fairly open – that is, you did not have a social media group of people with whom you could communicate exclusively. Therefore if you went to a community and tried to get people on board with your Venusian unicorn theory, you might get some interest – but you might also get stomped by astronomers and mythology experts.
From The Problem of Fake News Is Not Recent, But Our Current Internet Ecosystem Is – ResearchBuzz
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The Internet Isn’t Forever

Because history is a fight we’re having every day. We’re battling to make the truth first by living it, and then by recording and sharing it, and finally, crucially, by preserving it. Without an archive, there is no history.
From The Internet Isn’t Forever
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There’s a Human Camera Obscura in the New York Public Library

The good folks beavering away at their long tables in the magisterial north Rose Main Reading Room on the third floor of the New York Public Library’s main building might be excused for feeling spied upon. “What is that thing?” they’ve been asking the guards over the past several months, pointing up at the eerie, tripod-mounted, radarlike dish mounted on the narrow balcony at the far end of the airy, vaultlike space.

Much of the time, the object is unmanned. But every once in a while, a lanky, long-haired young man will amble along the mezzanine balcony and squeeze himself into the narrow cockpit behind the dish, wedging his skull into a white helmet, and start taking measurements, or inventories, or calculations, or something. All very still, his arm jammed into the concave shell, scratching away infinitesimally, for hours on end (and indeed long after the place has otherwise closed down for the night). “What the hell is that guy doing?”
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Interlibrary loan system failure tying up librarians’ time

But starting late last year, processing requests to borrow material from other libraries has been significantly more time-consuming, and as of last week, about 150 requests were unfulfilled, Fabian said. That’s because a component of the state’s interlibrary loan system – a vast information highway that allows the state’s 234 public libraries, as well as several university and public school libraries, to loan resources to one another – has been down.
From Interlibrary loan system failure tying up librarians’ time
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Donations boost collection of books by minority authors at east Austin library

A local social justice advocacy group wants to expand access to books written by authors of color for people who use an east Austin library.

The Austin Justice Coalition is asking community members to donate copies from a specific list of fiction and nonfiction titles to the Carver Branch of the library system. The city came up with the list of 126 works at the group’s request, and the donations will expand Carver’s collection.

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Lonely library dog goes viral, booked through April for reading sessions

After having nobody sign up to read to him, one friendly greyhound is now busier than ever thanks to a Facebook Post that went viral.

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The Libraries Bringing Small-Town News Back to Life

As local-news outlets disappear in America, some libraries are gaining new relevance.
https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/01/libraries-local-news/551594/
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