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The Future of the Book – An Essay

The Economist – From Papyrus to Pixels: “Books like de Officiis have not merely weathered history; they have helped shape it. The ability they offer to preserve, transmit and develop ideas was taken to another level by Gutenberg and his colleagues. Being able to study printed material at the same time as others studied itContinue Reading

Library of Congress – Cinematic Treasures Named to National Film Registry

“The horrors of war, the heroism of sacrifice, a vaudeville pioneer, the devil and a master of the macabre represent the diversity of an elite selection of films recognized for their cultural, historic or aesthetic significance. Librarian of Congress James H. Billington announced today the annual selection of 25 motion pictures to be named toContinue Reading

Achieving human and machine accessibility of cited data in scholarly publications

Starr J, Castro E, Crosas M, Dumontier M, Downs RR, Duerr R, Haak L, Haendel M, Herman I, Hodson S, Hourclé J, Kratz JE, Lin J, Nielsen LH, Nurnberger A, Pröll S, Rauber A, Sacchi S, Smith AP, Taylor M, Clark T. (2014) Achieving human and machine accessibility of cited data in scholarly publications. PeerJ PrePrintsContinue Reading

The role of enterprising libraries in promoting economic wellbeing

The Carnegie UK Trust – Beyond Books. The role of enterprising libraries in promoting economic wellbeing. Jennifer Peachey. “Public spending cuts are changing the physical landscape, governance models and staffing of the public library service. Changing demographics, varying consumer needs and new technologies as media for learning and accessing information have also provided challenges to the public library service. Some public libraries have taken these challenges asContinue Reading

The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein Online

“Princeton University Press proudly presents The Digital Einstein Papers, an open-access site for The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein, the ongoing publication of Einstein’s massive written legacy comprising more than 30,000 unique documents. The site presents all 13 volumes published to date by the editors of the Einstein Papers Project, covering the writings and correspondence ofContinue Reading

New on LLRX – U.K. vocabulary study shows long-term benefits of reading for fun

Via LLRX – U.K. vocabulary study shows long-term benefits of reading for fun: Lower nursing home bills, not just better K-12 scores? – David Rothman cites and discusses two British research studies that conclude “reading for pleasure puts children ahead in the classroom” and “those who had regularly read for pleasure at 10 scored 67 per cent inContinue Reading

Nature makes all articles free to view – with major restrictions

News release: “All research papers from Nature will be made free to [emphasis added] read in a proprietary screen-view format that can be annotated but not copied, printed or downloaded, the journal’s publisher Macmillan announced on 2 December. The content-sharing policy, which also applies to 48 other journals in Macmillan’s Nature Publishing Group (NPG) division, including Nature Genetics,Continue Reading

Thinking the unthinkable – doing away with the library catalogue

Thinking the unthinkable – doing away with the library catalogue, Based on a paper presented by Simone Kortekaas at the 37th UKSG Annual Conference, Harrogate, April 2014. Insights: the UKSG journal, published online Monday, November 03, 2014. “In this article we will first explain how we came to our decision to focus on delivery instead of worrying about discovery.Continue Reading

South Asian American Digital Archive

“The South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization based in Philadelphia, PA. Mission – SAADA creates a more inclusive society by giving voice to South Asian Americans through documenting, preserving, and sharing stories that represent their unique and diverse experiences. Vision –  We envision American and world histories that fully acknowledge theContinue Reading

WSJ – How Paperbacks Helped the U.S. Win World War II

Jennifer Maloney – “A decade after the Nazis’ 1933 book burnings, the U.S. War Department and the publishing industry did the opposite, printing 120 million miniature, lightweight paperbacks for U.S. troops to carry in their pockets across Europe, North Africa and the Pacific. The books were Armed Services Editions, printed by a coalition of publishers withContinue Reading

Use of social media by the library current practices and future opportunities

A white paper from Taylor & Francis, Ocotber 2014: “Just a decade ago, social media was seen by many as having little relevance for use in a professional context by librarians. In recent years there has been a seachange in attitudes. Social media is now widely used by librarians to fulfil a variety of objectives.Continue Reading

Why Libraries [Still] Matter

Why Libraries [Still] Matter – Jonathan Zittrain…”To this day, the Harvard Law School Library, which I direct, claims distinction as the largest academic law library in the world. Volume of volumes was never the whole story, though. Libraries have, over time, inhabited the roles not only of guardians of knowledge, but of curators, and not merely forContinue Reading