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Literature from librarians

A book reading list by authors who were librarians.

The authors on this list range from the top dogs at the Library of Congress to folks who have worked at the national libraries of Argentina, France and Sweden, and people who have checked books in and out at public and school libraries.

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Source: AbeBooks

Crackdown on Little Libraries

Across the US, people have constructed little libraries that allow their communities to freely borrow books. Unfortunately, it seems that uptight regulators are against the idea of community minded services.

We’ve constructed communities where one must obtain prior permission from agents of the state before freely sharing books with one’s neighbors! And their proposed solution is to get scarce public art funds to pay for the needless layer of bureaucracy being imposed on the thing already being done for free.

Read all about it.

Source: The Atlantic via Nextdraft

Where citations come from

xkcd comic - citogenesis

xkcd comic – citogenesis

Google not just into librarians anymore

Great Medium article on Google’s treatment of its LibrarianCenter service. An smart and amusing timeline of its decline.

We were having our own doubts, of course. How could you not? The Google Books project seemed to be letting itself go. Things any librarian would notice: bad scans; faulty metadata; narrowing the scope of public domain; having machines do jobs that should be done (or at least overseen) by humans. They seemed to be restricting and worsening access to cultural content, not expanding and improving it. Maybe we were going in different directions?

Source: Medium / Jessamyn West


Librarians Continue To Defend Open Access To The Web

Librarians defend open access because they understand that the application of filters can block valuable information and knowledge.

There is no place quite like a public library, where else can you access resources and information without being pressured by market forces? Where I work, people are still amazed when they drag out wallets and purses to pay for internet access and I just smile and wave them away. It’s a good moment, a warm and fuzzy if you will.

I mention this because it seems that some people take this for granted, some individuals believe that their personal beliefs trump the idea of open access:

Take the Orland Park Public Library, a community library in a suburb southwest of Chicago. Last year, self-identified conservative homeschooling mom Megan Fox launched a campaign to get the library to install filters on its computers after she claims to have seen a man looking at pornography in the library’s adult-only computer lab (the library has a separate, filtered computer lab for children). The library board voted on the issue and decided not to install filters, but to require identification for anyone logging on.

Not satisfied, Fox and her supporters continued to hound the board, often resulting in police being called to heated meetings. She filed so many FOIA requests that the library has had to dedicate two full-time employees to respond to them. She accused the library of covering up an incident of someone looking at child pornography, and she forced a re-vote on the issue by having the Public Access Bureau declare a board meeting illegal because it was held on Lincoln’s birthday.

OK. Pornography is a contentious issue, and rightly should be contained within an adult only environment. I’ve had to speak to a couple of patrons about their viewing material over the years but only in the context that the computers can be viewed by anyone walking by, not in judgement of what they, as adults, choose to view.

This author rightly asserts that whatever political or social values you hold are important but you can’t assert that a public institution has to follow that particular value. Libraries hold a special place, perhaps the last public place where information access is a right untethered to any encroaching political, social or economic obligation. If this is upheld, if this institution is kept strong then our communities will be stronger both democratically and educationally.

Source: Techdirt

3 approaches to increase the value of libraries into the future

The future of libraries is an oft discussed topic which lately has been revolving around the rise of the ebook. However David Weinberger argues that libraries can play a greater role in the future of networked information. He outlines three ways in which libraries can turn themselves “inside out” to reveal the value of what librarians can bring via a rich tradition and experience with information systems.

The best way to enable the world’s innovators to inculcate library knowledge in every niche of the ecosystem is to provide them with access to everything that libraries know (short of violating privacy rules or norms, of course). To do so, we must make it easy for developers to write applications that put library knowledge to use and easy for sites to integrate library knowledge into their own offerings.

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How Reading Slowly (Real Books, Not Twitter) Cuts Stress

An emerging “slow reading” movement urges taking 30 to 45 minutes a day to consciously unplug and sit down with a book (a Wi-Fi-disconnected e-book suffices), and to read, without pausing to check social media, without texting, in a quiet environment, the Wall Street Journal reports. It might sound like Ludditism, but it’s not just based on nostalgia for the pre-Internet age. Various studies reveal both the benefits of slow, focused reading and the detriments of reading too much on the distraction machine that is the web.

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State Library of NSW fast-tracks digitisation strategy

The State Library of NSW is digitising its treasure trove of information assets created over the past 200 years so they can be accessed and shared online and on mobile devices. The library’s award-winning Digital Excellence Program is supported by a $48.6 million ICT investment over 6 years, the library’s acting CIO and head of digital library services, Robin Phua told CIO.

The library is now three years into its modernisation effort. The broader roadmap incorporates upgrading the network infrastructure, building on digitised content and sharing knowledge across cities, towns and regional areas. “We want to share our rich history and body of knowledge in an anywhere, anytime mobile environment,” said Phua. “We were one of the first to pilot and embrace digital projects — one example was our guided tour mobile app Curio developed two years ago.”

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Amusing find in the catalogue


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