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Category Archives: Libraries

Transforming Our Libraries from Analog to Digital: A 2020 Vision

Brewster Kahle, March 13, 2017 – Educase Review:”Today, people get their information online — often filtered through for-profit platforms. If a book isn’t online, it’s as if it doesn’t exist. Yet much of modern knowledge still exists only on the printed page, stored in libraries. Libraries haven’t met this digital demand, stymied by costs, e-book… Continue Reading

New on LLRX – Little Free Libraries don’t have to be narcissistic self-promotion

Via LLRX.com – Little Free Libraries don’t have to be narcissistic self-promotion – Chris Meadows discusses the kerfuffle about the demographic location of branded “Little Free Libraries,”‘ whether they truly serve a wide range of users, and more to the point, that they represent another outreach mechanism to promote reading and literacy. Continue Reading

Ex libris: Books Recently Published with NEH Support

Funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is targeted to be eliminated in Trump’s new budget proposal, among a group of 19 agencies deemed to be unnecessary that focus on the arts, humanities, libraries, museums, economic development in Appalachia, and peace. On the list of NEH’s current publication are 6 prize winning books… Continue Reading

Library Systems Report 2017 Competing visions for technology, openness, and workflow

“The 2017 edition of the annual industry report that I have produced since 2002 has been published by American Libraries. The report is available online and in the May 2017 print issue. The 2002 through 2013 editions of this report were published by Library Journal. The library technology industry has entered a new phase: business… Continue Reading

Little Free Libraries®: Interrogating the impact of the branded book exchange

SCHMIDT, Jane; HALE, Jordan. Little Free Libraries®. Journal of Radical Librarianship, [S.l.], v. 3, p. 14-41, apr. 2017. ISSN 2399-956X. Available at: <https://journal.radicallibrarianship.org/index.php/journal/article/view/17>. Date accessed: 19 apr. 2017. “In this article, we critique the phenomenon of Little Free Libraries® (LFL®), the non-profit organization dedicated to sharing books with one’s neighbours. Through our engagement with the… Continue Reading

Massive UAlbany death penalty archive goes digital

Daily Gazette: “During his life, M. Watt Espy searched libraries and courthouses across the country gradually building what is widely considered the most comprehensive record of executions in the country. For decades the archive sat in stacks of boxes in his Alabama home. Next year the archive, which is now housed on the far shelves… Continue Reading

Trump Administration TV News Archives

Internet Archives – “The Trump Administration Archive [currently hosting over 1,000 items] collects TV news shows containing debates, speeches, rallies, and other broadcasts related to the Trump Administration. This evolving non-commercial, searchable collection is designed to preserve the historical record for posterity. The project is a work in progress, with improvements planned for expanding collection… Continue Reading

Understanding Computational Web Archives Research Methods Using Research Objects

Understanding Computational Web Archives Research Methods Using Research Objects, Maemura, Emily; Becker, Christoph; Milligan, Ian. Issue Date: 2016. Publisher: IEEE Citation: Emily Maemura, Christoph Becker, Ian Milligan. Understanding Computational Web Archives Research Methods Using Research Objects. In: IEEE International Conference on Big Data (IEEE BIg Data 1026), December 2016, Washington, D.C. “Use of computational methods… Continue Reading

How Libraries Became Public

Barbara Fister, April 26, 2017 – “Of all of our cultural institutions, the public library is remarkable. There are few tax-supported services that are used by people of all ages, classes, races, and religions. I can’t think of any public institutions (except perhaps parks) that are as well-loved and widely used as libraries. Nobody has… Continue Reading

Wikipedia combats fake news with a new kind of news platform

“Wikitribune is a news platform that brings journalists and a community 
of volunteers together. We want to make sure that you read fact-based articles that have a real impact in both local and global events. And that stories can be easily verified and improved. Why? The news is broken and we can fix it. The… Continue Reading

New on LLRX – Google Books is not Alexandria redux

Via LLRX.com – Google Books is not Alexandria redux – Chris Meadows revisits a subject, Google Books, that has been the focal point of legal action, disagreement within the publishing and library communities, and basically an issue lacking closure concerning the end product. Meadows reiterates the Second Circuit finding on Google Books and fair uses… Continue Reading

New on LLRX – Oh Lord, please don’t let Google Book Search be misunderstood

Via LLRX.com – Oh Lord, please don’t let Google Book Search be misunderstood – In what became a two part article, Chris Meadows responds to the continuing commentary and rebuttals on the Google Books decision and access to the search engine that remains available to query a huge index of full-text books and access the… Continue Reading