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For young readers – print and digital coexist

Young readers prefer printed books – By Cory Doctorow

“A new book called Words Onscreen: The Fate of Reading in a Digital World cites surveys that say that young readers increasingly prefer to read books from paper, not screens. More than that, though, they find ebooks and printed books complementary. Printed books are good for protracted reading and comprehension. Ebooks are good for subsequent reference and convenient access. I started arguing this in 2008, and it certainly reflects my own experience. The future composts the past. The advent of films made it possible for performances that couldn’t work onstage to be born and it moved all the plays that were uncomfortable fits onstage to the screen. What it left behind were plays that were more like plays — and a theater industry that’s still going strong, even if it’s dwarfed by the screen. By the same token, books are becoming more booklike. Books that work best as ebooks — for example, big reference books; but also short works that are too slight to rest comfortably on their own between covers — are moving to ebook-land. Things that are produced as printed books have passed a test in which someone has asked, “Is there an important reason for this to exist in print, instead of exclusively onscreen?”

Federal Administrative Law: A Brief Overview

Via Rick McKinney – “The Legislative Research Special Interest Section of the Law Librarians’ Society of Washington, D.C., Inc. (llsdc.org) is pleased to announce the availability of a new website entitled Federal Administrative Law: A Brief Overview. The site, which had been available only in PDF, has been substantially revised and its subheadings, each withContinue Reading

Library of Congress – Treaties, Text, and Timely Updates

Via Andrew Weber – “Treaties, Text, and Timely Updates – Congress.gov Spring Cleaning – Since introducing Congress.gov in September 2012, we have continued to add the databases from THOMAS to the new system.  We launched with legislation, followed soon thereafter by the Congressional Record, Committee Reports, and nominations.  Today, we are releasing treaty documents.  You canContinue Reading

Pew Report – Public Libraries and Hispanics

“When it comes to public libraries, immigrant Hispanics pose both a challenge and an opportunity to the library community. On the one hand, this group, which makes up half of the adult U.S. Hispanic population, is less likely than other Americans to have ever visited a U.S. public library and is much less likely toContinue Reading

Guide – References to Roman Law in US Courts

Dante Figueroa, a senior legal information analyst at the Law Library of Congress: [snipped from the full posting here]: “I have previously written about the amazing collection of Roman law resources at the Law Library of Congress.  I noted that references to Roman law have been made in arguments before, and in decisions of, U.S.Continue Reading

Reorganizing Restructuring Research Libraries: Strategy and Value

“Staff at OCLC Research Library Partner institutions were invited to attend this webinar to learn more about shifting organizational structures in research libraries. We asked, you answered. Based on surveying and interviewing institutions in the OCLC Research Library Partnership, Jim Michalko shared observations about how academic libraries are innovatively changing their organizational structures to: moreContinue Reading

Access to Broadband Networks: The Net Neutrality Debate

CRS – Access to Broadband Networks: The Net Neutrality Debate. Angele A. Gilroy, Specialist in Telecommunications Policy. March 9, 2015. “As congressional policymakers continue to debate telecommunications reform, a major discussion point revolves around what approach should be taken to ensure unfettered access to the Internet. The move to place restrictions on the owners ofContinue Reading

New on LLRX – Emerging roles and possible futures for librarians and information professionals

Via LLRX – Emerging roles and possible futures for librarians and information professionals. Author, professor, editor, librarian – Bruce Rosenstein’s article addresses the following critical questions – What professional roles do you play as a librarian/information professional? How have they changed during your career? And perhaps most important, how do you see them changing andContinue Reading

Forecasting the Future of Libraries 2015

Trends in culture, community, and education point to increased potential for expanding the role of libraries of all types This special section focuses on some of the key trends shaping libraries. It pairs with American Libraries’ an­nual coverage of the ALA Emerging Leaders. These librar­ians are, after all, representative of a new wave of libraryContinue Reading

Leveraging Libraries in the 10-Year Capital Plan – NYC

“Now that the de Blasio Administration is breathing new life into the 10-year capital plan, public libraries have an important role to play. In testimony before the City Council’s Committees on Finance, Cultural Affairs & Libraries, CUF research director David Giles lays out what could be done” – This testimony was presented on February 24,Continue Reading

Seven ways to grow the e-book business while helping libraries and readers: Ideas based on my two decades of writing about it

Via LLRX.com –  Seven ways to grow the e-book business while helping libraries and readers: Ideas based on my two decades of writing about it –  E-book sales are not posting impressive sales increases, at least not among big publishers. One major reason is that much of the technology is difficult to use. Even increasedContinue Reading

Book review: ‘Bexar BiblioTech: The Evolution of the Country’s First All-digital Public Library’

Via LLRX.com – Book review: ‘Bexar BiblioTech: The Evolution of the Country’s First All-digital Public Library’ – David Rothman describes why the BiblioTech library in Bexar County, Texas is a landmark achievement worthy of implementation and iteration in towns and cities throughout the US. His article describes the success of this variation on a libraryContinue Reading