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Started by Henry Brown Dec 12, 2013.
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Started by Henry Brown Jun 26, 2013.
From the Austin Tx Statesman:
San Antonio library offers glimpse of bookless future...All-digital libraries have been on college campuses for years. But Bexar County, which runs no other libraries, made history when it decided to open BiblioTech. It is the first bookless public library system in the country, according to information gathered by the American Library Association....
From The British Library Blog: We have released over a million images onto Flickr Commons for anyone to use, remix and repurpose. These images were taken from the pages of 17th, 18th and 19th century books digitised by Microsoft who then generously gifted the scanned images to us, allowing us to release them back into the Public Domain. The images themselves cover a startling mix of subjects: There are maps, geological diagrams, beautiful illustrations, comical satire, illuminated and decorative letters, colourful illustrations, landscapes, wall-paintings and so much more that even we are not aware of.Which brings me to the point of this release. We are looking for new, inventive ways to navigate, find and display these 'unseen illustrations'. The images were plucked from the pages as part of the 'Mechanical Curator', a creation of the British Library Labs project. Each image is individually addressible, online, and Flickr provies an API to access it and the image's associated description. We may know which book, volume and page an image was drawn from, but we know nothing about a given image. Consider the image below. The title of the work may suggest the thematic subject matter of any illustrations in the book, but it doesn't suggest how colourful and arresting these images are.
From Library of Congress
FEDLINK Opens Nominations for Federal Librarianship Awards
National Awards Program for Achievements Made in Fiscal Year 2013To honor the innovative ways in which federal libraries, librarians and library technicians fulfill the information demands of government, business, research, scholarly communities and the American public, the Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) has opened nominations for its national awards for federal librarianship for fiscal year 2013.The award winners will be honored for their contributions to federal library and information service at the FEDLINK Spring Expo in Washington, D.C., in May 2014. For nomination materials, visit the Awards Working Group section of the FEDLINK website (www.loc.gov/flicc/Awards/2012/fliccaward2012_main.html or send an e-mail to email@example.com. The nomination packet includes the nomination form, selection criteria and a list of needed supporting materials. All completed nominations must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 11:59 p.m. on January 13, 2014.
IMO an excellent read, if rather long ~3600 words, which probably could use some further distribution From the Guardian: Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreamingA lecture explaining why using our imaginations, and providing for others to use theirs, is an obligation for all citizens
From a local TV station in Houston Tx: BiblioTech is a new library in Texas, but you'd be forgiven for thinking otherwise. The library houses no physical books.Staffers at San Antonio's BiblioTech say it's the first "bookless library." And in addition to its catalog of 10,000 e-books, this techy library also provides a digital lifeline to a low-income neighborhood that sorely needs it.BiblioTech opened its doors Sept. 14 on the south side of San Antonio, a mostly Hispanic neighborhood where 40% of households don't have a computer and half lack broadband Internet service.Although the library houses no printed books -- and members can even skip the visit by checking out its e-books online -- BiblioTech's staff says the library's physical presence is still key to its success.
Have posted a discussion which could/should be of some interest/value to some!
Title: Bridging the Digital Divide
The Next Level for Libraries!
From Arstechnica: 3D printing for all: Inside Chicago library’s new “pop-up maker lab”3D printers, laser cutters, and milling machines are now open to the public.CHICAGO, IL — If you've ever had a hankering to try out a 3D printer, a laser cutter, or a milling machine without dropping thousands of your own hard-earned dollars, the Harold Washington Library in Chicago is the place to be. Starting today, July 8, Harold Washington has become the first major urban library to open a pop-up "maker lab," allowing members of the general public the opportunity to experiment with the cutting-edge technologies. And while there are still a few wrinkles to iron out before the public can use all the machines, the Chicago Public Library (CPL) system is already looking forward to where this project will go next....
Thanks, I appreciate the apology!
Hey Caryn - that's totally my fault. Was just trying to be catchy in the opening line and wrote it quickly. Was moving too fast and what was supposed to be a joke, I see now it was in bad test. Sorry about that - my sister is actually a librarian and so is my high school best friend so I got a lot of respect for librarians and I know what they do in their work is very different than the old stereotypes I brought up. So sorry about that!
I got the e-mail announcing the GovLoop Library of ebooks, which is a fine idea. But who thought it would be cute to start it with these words?: "When you think of the library, you might think of dusty books or an old lady with bifocals..."
I know many of us are over 50, and many of us wear bifocals (or trifocals!), but at least as many of us are under 40 with perfect vision, or even male. I won't even open the can of worms of how many of us still work only with "dusty" books! And what does any of that have to do with the idea of providing free e-books to members? This opening line is unnecessary and insulting to librarians, and I'm surprised to see it in this context.
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