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Turkish Garbage Collectors Open a Library from Books Rescued from the Trash

Goodnet – “The Library has over 6,000 fiction and nonfiction books including a children’s’ section. The Library has over 6,000 fiction and nonfiction books including a children’s’ section. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure is absolutely the case in Ankara Turkey where garbage collectors started collecting discarded books and ended up opening a library.… Continue Reading

Welcome to Open Book Publishers

Welcome to Open Book Publishers – “COVID19: during this period we are continuing to publish books that are freely available for everyone to read online, to download and to share. For more information, and freely available resources related to COVID19, please click here. 205 titles published Over 3 million book interactions Library Membership: 190 libraries… Continue Reading

The Librarian War Against QAnon

The Atlantic – “As “Do the research” becomes a rallying cry for conspiracy theorists, classical information literacy is not enough…For too long now, shared reality has been fracturing before our eyes. Eli Pariser’s concept of the “filter bubble” is already a decade old. Yochai Benkler’s research on propaganda networks finds that the roots of our… Continue Reading

Curating Public Tweets for Academic Research

Center for Data Innovation: “Twitter has released a dataset of historical public tweets available to academic researchers for use. Developers update the dataset on a weekly basis to include up to 10 million monthly tweets. Users can filter by recent searches and mentions on a timeline, applying up to 1,000 concurrent rules. Previously, researchers could… Continue Reading

Experts Say the ‘New Normal’ in 2025 Will Be Far More Tech-Driven, Presenting More Big Challenges

Pew – “A plurality of experts think sweeping societal change will make life worse for most people as greater inequality, rising authoritarianism and rampant misinformation take hold in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. Still, a portion believe life will be better in a ‘tele-everything’ world where workplaces, health care and social activity improve…Asked to… Continue Reading

Should armed guards be in schools? This JAMA study on shootings may surprise you

Research Letter, Public Health. February 16, 2021. Presence of Armed School Officials and Fatal and Nonfatal Gunshot Injuries During Mass School Shootings, United States, 1980-2019. Jillian Peterson, PhD; James Densley, DPhil; Gina Erickson, PhD. JAMA Network Open. 2021;4(2):e2037394. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.37394 – “..This study examined a total of 133 cases of school shootings and attempted school shootings… Continue Reading

Giving “Last Chance Books” New Life Through Digitization

Internet Archive Blogs – “Sometimes they arrive tied up in string because their binding is broken. Others are in envelopes to protect the brittle pages from further damage. Aging books are sent from libraries to the Internet Archive for preservation. Thanks to the careful work of the nearly 70 people who scan at digitization centers… Continue Reading

Now Available on Congress.gov – US Statutes at Large from 1973-1994

In Custodia Legis – “As announced at the Congress.gov Virtual Public Forum, we are excited to bring you more full-text access to legislation in the form of the United States Statutes at Large. Twenty years of law texts, dating from 1973-1994, are now easy to access from Congress.gov. Law texts can be accessed from lists… Continue Reading

These are the world’s most sustainable fonts

Fast Company – “Sustainability isn’t just measured in pounds, emissions, and material sourcing. It’s also measured in bytes. Amsterdam-based design studio Formafantasma, whose work focuses on sustainable design, has a newly redesigned website that’s better for the environment. The site looks about as plain as you can get: It has lots of white space, few… Continue Reading

Create a Digital Commonplace Book

The New York Times – “Creating a commonplace book is somewhat like marking your favorite lines in a novel with the Amazon Kindle highlights feature — except your personal one-stop knowledge repository can also include song lyrics, movie dialogue, poems, recipes, podcast transcripts, and any inspiring bits you find in your reading and listening. The… Continue Reading

Where Are We: The Latest on Library Reopening Strategies

Library Journal: “In the messy middle of the pandemic, library leaders share how things have changed since March 2020, their takeways, and continuing challenges. It’s been 10 months, at press time, since those of us lucky enough to be able to work from home left our offices, yet the pandemic continues to rage. While the… Continue Reading