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  • Yet Another Bookless Library

    Annoyed Librarian
    Annoyed Librarian
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Every few months it seems someone gets excited about a “bookless” library, usually the people who work in them. Me, I don’t see what the big deal is. The latest story about one comes from the esteemed Library Journal, where we find out that the brand new Florida Polytechnic University has a library with no [...]
  • Analytics for Social Media – ROI

    David Lee King
    David Lee King
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    In this series of articles, I’ve been talking about what types of social media analytics my library tracks. We’ve already discussed Activity Metrics, Audience Metrics, Engagement Metrics, and Referral Metrics. Today we’ll cover ROI. This is the best one (and the last, for now). People often ask for the ROI of social media. And true ROI for social media is often hard to show. Sometimes social media managers create a weird, complex “weekly engagement” metric that … well … doesn’t really do much. Why? Their metric tends to only show activity within that single social media tool.
  • Rocket Ship to the Moon

    Agnostic, Maybe
    Andy
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:04 am
    I didn’t make it through the entire Cosmos series when it was on television, but there was something in the first coupe of episodes I watched that stuck with me. The concept of the observable universe is something I’ve known, but the thought that there could be things beyond that had never crossed my mind. To imagine that the universe could be older than the oldest light we have measured simply because that light has not yet arrived was a mind blower. It’s a simple yet powerful thought that reminds me of the limits of human observation. The concept of radical librarianship has come up…
  • The death of the printed Newspaper; thoughts & Clay Shirky

    Helene Blowers |
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:34 am
    Confession:  I haven’t subscribed to my local newspaper since I moved from Charlotte in 2007 & even then I only subscribed to the weekend edition of the Observer.  Truth be told, I didn’t seen the value, beyond browsing local section for community/human interest stories and scanning the circulars for deals, since all my immediate news and information needs came in pixel format. Once I moved a new city, I didn't have the immediate sense of a connection to the community (that took time), so even then the weekend edition wasn't appealing.  Once I finally felt that…
  • Leaving Location-Specific Messages Seems Like A Neat Idea

    Swiss Army Librarian
    Brian Herzog
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:51 am
    People probably get tired of me saying this, but in cases like this I feel like I need to apologize for not having a cell phone but talking about apps anyway. I read on LifeHacker last week about an app called Knit. It lets users tie a message to a specific location, so that when another user gets to that spot, they see the message. It can't be as seamless and effortless as my imagination makes it out to be, but I think this is an awesome idea. And since libraries are all about providing contextually-relevant information, this seems like a very useful idea. My guess is that it's not accurate…
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    David Lee King

  • Analytics for Social Media – ROI

    David Lee King
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    In this series of articles, I’ve been talking about what types of social media analytics my library tracks. We’ve already discussed Activity Metrics, Audience Metrics, Engagement Metrics, and Referral Metrics. Today we’ll cover ROI. This is the best one (and the last, for now). People often ask for the ROI of social media. And true ROI for social media is often hard to show. Sometimes social media managers create a weird, complex “weekly engagement” metric that … well … doesn’t really do much. Why? Their metric tends to only show activity within that single social media tool.
  • Analytics for Social Media – Referral Metrics

    David Lee King
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    In this series of articles, I’ve been talking about what types of social media analytics my library tracks. We’ve already discussed Activity Metrics, Audience Metrics and Engagement Metrics. Today we’ll cover Referral Metrics. Time for referral metrics. What’s that? A referral is simply getting someone from one thing to another (i.e., you’ve “referred them”). For example, from Facebook to your website. Thankfully, Google Analytics now counts referrals. To get there, open up Google Analytics. Go to Acquisition, then click Social, then Network Referrals. There,…
  • Analytics for Social Media – Engagement Metrics

    David Lee King
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    In this series of articles, I’ve been talking about what types of social media analytics my library tracks. We’ve already discussed Activity Metrics and Audience Metrics. Today we’ll cover Engagement Metrics. Now for the geekier metrics… Engagement metrics! What’s engagement? I’m counting it as stuff people actually DO on your social media channel. That includes activities like: Liking, Sharing, clicking a link, repinning, watching the video, leaving a comment, replying, ReTweeting, etc. Here’s what we track: Facebook: Facebook, with their HUGE amounts of analytics, makes it…
  • Analytics for Social Media – Audience Metrics

    David Lee King
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    In this series of articles, I’ve been talking about what types of social media analytics my library tracks. We’ve already discussed Activity Metrics. Today we’ll cover Audience Metrics. This is also an easy one! We monitor some really basic trends in audience growth by counting how many followers we have each month. Again, this is an easy one to count. Simply go to each channel’s main page at the first of the month, and write down how many followers you have. Then I do some simple math to figure out how many new followers we gained across all our social media channels. So for example…
  • Analytics for Social Media – Activity Metrics

    David Lee King
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    In this series of articles, I’m talking about what types of social media analytics my library tracks. Today we’ll cover Activity Metrics. Activity – this one’s easy. How many posts, pins, videos, etc have we made this month? I count each of them so I have a total for each month (most social media tools have a downloadable Excel spreadsheet report that makes counting easy). For example, in May, here’s what my library did: Facebook – 91 posts Twitter – 93 tweets Youtube – 5 videos Pinterest – 15 pins. Then I lump all of those together, so that I have a…
 
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    Agnostic, Maybe

  • Rocket Ship to the Moon

    Andy
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:04 am
    I didn’t make it through the entire Cosmos series when it was on television, but there was something in the first coupe of episodes I watched that stuck with me. The concept of the observable universe is something I’ve known, but the thought that there could be things beyond that had never crossed my mind. To imagine that the universe could be older than the oldest light we have measured simply because that light has not yet arrived was a mind blower. It’s a simple yet powerful thought that reminds me of the limits of human observation. The concept of radical librarianship has come up…
  • Late Night Pondering

    Andy
    10 Aug 2014 | 11:25 pm
    A couple of questions have been rattling around my mind over the last week or so. It’s the kind of stuff that lurks in the background and creeps into your mind in the moments between things like commuting to and from work and trying to go to sleep. As you might tell from the time when this is posted, it has been keeping me up to the point where the bed becomes the sum of all irritations: too warm to lay on, the pillows aren’t right, and the sheets won’t settle just right. But enough about that. A few days ago, I sent out a tweet asking if libraries are moving towards…
  • Shifting Gears

    Andy
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:55 pm
    "If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing." - Ben Franklin My brother used to have this quote hanging on the wall in his room when we were growing up. As he wanted to be a writer (which I’m happy to say that he is), it was a reminder to keep working on his craft and create stories and novels worth reading. It’s a writer’s version of Ranganathan’s law of “save the time of the reader” by working hard to make it worthy of the reader’s attention and effort. I’d like to think that…
  • Reference: Life on the Desk

    Andy
    1 Jun 2014 | 7:43 pm
    (If I write a memoir, I’m using that as the title. -A) One part of my new job duties is collection development and one of the sections that I cover is the true crime area. This past weekend I was thinking of the David Simon book, “Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets”, which was the inspiration for two excellent TV series Homicide: Life on the Streets and The Wire. I only got part of the way through the book; I stopped reading it because I got caught up in other things and found it hard to pick up again. One of the things I remember from the book is the “Homicide Lexicon”, a…
  • “Food for Thought”: My First Keynote

    Andy
    26 May 2014 | 6:37 pm
    Last Thursday, I had the privilege of giving my first keynote to the 2014 Lehigh Valley Spring Workshop. It was one of the best workshops I’ve ever attended and many thanks to Courtney Eger and the other Lehigh Valley Executive Committee Board members for having me. Unfortunately, a family emergency arose and I could not stay to the end of the final session. I’d like to publicly thank and commend Daniel Huang for going above and beyond the call of duty in escorting me to the highways I needed to get to for the trip home. It was really appreciated and a sanity saver. As you might observe…
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  • The death of the printed Newspaper; thoughts & Clay Shirky

    22 Aug 2014 | 7:34 am
    Confession:  I haven’t subscribed to my local newspaper since I moved from Charlotte in 2007 & even then I only subscribed to the weekend edition of the Observer.  Truth be told, I didn’t seen the value, beyond browsing local section for community/human interest stories and scanning the circulars for deals, since all my immediate news and information needs came in pixel format. Once I moved a new city, I didn't have the immediate sense of a connection to the community (that took time), so even then the weekend edition wasn't appealing.  Once I finally felt that…
  • Web Literacy Map

    5 Aug 2014 | 8:26 am
    It’s been a long time since I posted anything here.  Quite frankly, I’ve been busy and swamped with life.   But this little gem of find is worth dusting off the blogging keyboard and sharing …The Web Literacy Map, created as a commons project by Mozilla, is  a set of  “competencies and skills that … are important to pay attention to when getting better at reading, writing and participating on the web.”     Yup. totally up the learning in libraries alley.Anyway, I don’t need to highlight much here, other than say… take a look at…
  • What are you doing at the Library?

    21 Aug 2013 | 12:26 pm
    That's the question that NYPL has been recently asking of their visitors at two of their locations.  However, rather then the usual customer survey or informal poll, they're using a photobooth.  :)  Love this idea and application of the photo-booth  that NYPL has installed.   What a great way to celebrate your users, promote the value of the library and enable your customers to have some fun? More info:  Snapshots from NYPL Flickr pool of images 
  • Informal Learning – Taking it to the Badge level

    8 Jul 2013 | 8:26 am
    I’ve been intrigued and loosely following the developments of the informal learning community since the MacArthur Foundation announced its support  for Digital Media and LearningCompetition for Lifelong Learning Badges     YALSA received an award from the initiative to “develop a virtual badge program that helps library staff gain skills related to the Competencies for Serving Youth in Libraries.”    You can find a series of blog posts and updates about the project here.  The project looks like it’s set for an August 2013 completion. …
  • Could this be a library?

    24 May 2013 | 8:24 am
    In my travels this week I found myself delayed at LaGuardia for three hours due to mechanical issues. Travel delays are never fun, especially when you’re on a tight time table. But this time, I didn’t seem to mind so much because I was at Delta’s terminal D and this was the site around me…Literally hundreds of free access ipads available and attached to every visible area of counter space. The traditional rows of seating near the gates were replaced by workspace counters and ipads that provide free internet, the ability to order have food ordered to your station (credit cards swipes…
 
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    Swiss Army Librarian

  • Leaving Location-Specific Messages Seems Like A Neat Idea

    Brian Herzog
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:51 am
    People probably get tired of me saying this, but in cases like this I feel like I need to apologize for not having a cell phone but talking about apps anyway. I read on LifeHacker last week about an app called Knit. It lets users tie a message to a specific location, so that when another user gets to that spot, they see the message. It can't be as seamless and effortless as my imagination makes it out to be, but I think this is an awesome idea. And since libraries are all about providing contextually-relevant information, this seems like a very useful idea. My guess is that it's not accurate…
  • Reference Question of the Week – 8/10/14

    Brian Herzog
    16 Aug 2014 | 6:31 am
    A patron came into our branch library and told the staff that she participated in a "Reading Olympics" program at the library as a kid, in 1980 "or sometime when she was in school," and wanted to know if there a photo in the newspaper. She thought she remembered seeing one, of a group shot of all the participants. Our branch doesn't have much for local history resources, so the question was transferred to me at the main library. We do have newspaper microfilm from those years, but I'm reluctant to start searches like that with such a vague date reference. However, the library has done a great…
  • Ebooks in General, Ebooks in Specific

    Brian Herzog
    13 Aug 2014 | 12:39 pm
    In case you missed it, be sure to at least skim the recent Wall Street Journal article comparing Amazon's new subscription ebook service to other options, including libraries. For me, the big take-away was: Of the Journal's 20 most recent best-selling e-books in fiction and nonfiction, Amazon's Kindle Unlimited has none—no "Fifty Shades of Grey," no "The Fault in Our Stars." Scribd and Oyster each have a paltry three. But the San Francisco library has 15, and my South Carolina library has 11. That is great. But you know what libraries don't have? Wamesit: Life in Colonial Massachusetts in…
  • Reference Question of the Week – 8/3/14

    Brian Herzog
    9 Aug 2014 | 6:34 am
    A patron called in, wanting to know the hours of a farmers market in a neighboring town. She thought it opened at 2:30pm, and that's what the newspaper said. However, she had driven by the site earlier in the week and a sign said the hours were 3-7pm. A quick search lead me to their website, which listed the hours as 2:30-6:30. That seemed fairly conclusive to me, but the patron was still troubled. I wish we recorded calls so I could have transcribed this verbatim, but this is my memory of how she digested this information: Well, I don't know which time is right, or why they're posting all…
  • Chapter Two on Purple DVDs

    Brian Herzog
    6 Aug 2014 | 11:03 am
    A few weeks ago, I mentioned a reference question from a patron who couldn't play a library DVD in her laptop. The problem seemed to be that it was a purple DVD-R DVD, rather than a regular silvery shiny one, and it wouldn't play in her DVD-RW drive. I requested the same copy of the disc, so I could experiment and see if it would play for me. The item was Chapter Two, and it was indeed purple. But more interesting was the note on the back: Besides the "this disc is copy-protected" icon, the interesting part is the last line: This disc is expected to play back in DVD video "play only" devices,…
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  • First Year Reflections

    Ariana Santiago
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:49 am
    This is my last post for ACRLog, and it’s a little hard to believe so much time has passed already. Not only is it the end of my term as a First Year Academic Librarian Experience writer for ACRLog, but last week marked the one year anniversary from when I started my current job. Looking back on the year, reflecting on what I’ve done and learned, and trying to sum it all up…well, it’s not that easy! I went from not really knowing what to do with my time, to feeling like there weren’t enough hours in the day (and thankfully settled somewhere in the middle).
  • Serenity Now, Insanity Later: why slow summers are only *sort of* a myth

    Chloe Horning
    5 Aug 2014 | 11:47 am
    Some say that the ‘summertime slowdown’ is a myth.  While that may be true for some librarians, I must admit that as I write these words I am taking an hour away from my desk to sit in my favorite campus coffee shop.  Unitasking, no less!  I can’t even imagine being able to do this during the academic year, and I’m grateful. But, as lovely as summer on the UW campus is, always in the back of my mind is a mantra that I heard once in a “Seinfeld” episode: “Serenity Now, Insanity Later!” A brief summer calm before year 2 begins-image courtesy of NOAA Image Archive. By…
  • If At First You Don’t Assess, Try, Try Again

    acrlguest
    1 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    ACRLog welcomes a guest post from Katelyn Tucker & Alyssa Archer, Instruction Librarians at Radford University. Instruction librarians are always looking for new & flashy ways to engage our students in the classroom. New teaching methods are exciting, but how do we know if they’re working? Here at Radford University, we’ve been flipping and using games for one-shot instruction sessions for a while, and our Assessment Librarian wasn’t going to accept anecdotal evidence of success any longer. We decided that the best way to see if our flipped and gamified lessons were…
  • Thinking Tenure Thoughts

    Maura Smale
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Last week Meredith Farkas wrote a thoughtful post on her blog, Information Wants to Be Free, about tenure status for academic librarians. Spirited discussion ensued in Meredith’s blog comments and on libraryland Twitter (much of which Meredith Storified) which has continued to today. The conversation has included many varied perspectives on the advantages and disadvantages of tenure for academic librarians, including preparation for research and scholarship in graduate library programs, the perceptions of status and equality between academic librarians and faculty in other departments,…
  • Publishing!?

    Jason W. Dean
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:07 am
    Scholarship and publishing: both the blessing and the curse of a tenure-track academic position. Of the three requirements for tenure and promotion, scholarship seems to be the most stressful requirement for many tenure-track librarians to meet. It is a frequent topic of conversation among younger faculty, reflective of the stress associated with this requirement. I feel that I’ve at least been able to keep up with this requirement (though others are far more active than I am) and so I’d like to share some of the things that have worked well for me. Furthermore, I want to follow my three…
 
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  • Thinking the unthinkable - doing away with the library catalogue (UKSG)

    Paul R. Pival
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:56 am
    Here's a thought-provoking talk given by Simone Kortekaas of Utrecht University Library in the Netherlands  at this year's UKSG conference. In it, she talks about how they decided to do away with their discovery tool and steer users to Google Scholar, Web of Science, and Scopus. Utrecht appears to be a science-heavy institution. The title is a bit off, as they do still run their traditional catalogue for now, but still, their statistics showed their users were using tools other than those built by the library, so that's where they focused their efforts. Think you could get…
  • Westmount Charter School Calendar 2014/2015

    Paul R. Pival
    5 Aug 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Inspired by Peter in PEI, I went ahead and transcribed the PDF of the official Westmount Charter School (in Calgary) 2014/15 Calendar into Google Calendar and iCal formats so you can actually import them into the calendar of your choice, rather than have to read a PDF. Google Calendar iCal format Update - August 18, 2014: Just got an email from Westmount indicating they're launching their own official version on Google Calendar, so I've taken mine down to avoid confusion and will link to the official one when it's posted.  Yay!
  • Calgary Public Library now supported by Library Extension (Chrome)

    Paul R. Pival
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    Yay, the Chrome Library Extension now supports Calgary Public Library. When you're on Amazon.com (not Amazon.ca though), a small box will appear to the right to tell you whether you could borrow a book you're looking at from CPL, either in paper or via Overdrive.  I've asked that the UofC be added as well, and enquired about support for Amazon.ca Related articles RenewBot vs Library Elf Calgary Public Library 'seriously' considering making memberships free Calgary patrons get access to 'Netflix for libraries'
  • More tablets to ship than desktop PCs for the first time in 2015

    Paul R. Pival
    9 Jul 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Gartner claims that next year, for the first time, more tablet devices will be sold than desktop PCs: Gartner Says Worldwide Traditional PC, Tablet, Ultramobile and Mobile Phone Shipments to Grow 4.2 Percent in 2014. This despite the report noting that tablets are actually cooling down - guess that means PCs are going cold?
  • Free ebooks from Microsoft and the best email alert services

    Paul R. Pival
    8 Jul 2014 | 11:56 am
    A couple of good-looking posts from my aggregator today: Microsoft has 130 ebooks available for free download: Largest collection of FREE Microsoft eBooks ever, including: Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Office 2013, Office 365, Office 2010, SharePoint 2013, Dynamics CRM, PowerShell, Exchange Server, Lync 2013, System Center, Azure, Cloud, SQL Server, and much more... Digital Inspiration has compiled a list of 15 email alerting services that aren't from Google.
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  • Creative Commons NC clause and 3D printing

    griffey
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:47 pm
    I was browsing through some 3D printing files today, STLs that both I produced and were produced by others. For example, I designed and uploaded a 3D case for a LibraryBox that others have downloaded and printed. It is CC licensed, specifically CC BY-NC. I was looking at other STL files that had a CC NC license applied to them, and it made me think what that NC is really protecting. Obviously, at the very least, the license prevents others from selling the STL files. Does it, however, prevent someone from using the files to create the physical object (that is, using a 3D printer to print the…
  • Code4LibDC Unconference Workshop

    griffey
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Monday and Tuesday of this week I had the opportunity to attend the 2014 Code4LibDC Unconference, where I had been invited to lead an introduction to hardware hacking workshop. Thanks in large part to the generosity of SparkFun Electronics, whose Education arm let me borrow the hardware necessary to run the workshop (15 sets of the Sparkfun Redboard Arduino clone, breadboards, wiring, LEDs, and sensors). I decided that I wanted to try and reverse the normal order of pretty much every “Learn Arduino” workshop that I’d seen, so rather than start with a blank slate and…
  • Month One

    griffey
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:07 pm
    Today marks the one month anniversary of leaving my position at the University of TN at Chattanooga, walking away from a tenured professorship, and trying to build a business on my reputation and skills. So how’s it going? Right now, it’s mostly proposal limbo. I have something like 8 different consulting proposals that I’ve either put together or been attached to over the course of the month. Of those 8, 2 are definite no-gos, 2 need revisions and resubmittal, and 4 are still floating in the ether of uncertainty. I’ve got a handful of speaking engagements (but am…
  • 3D Printers for Libraries

    griffey
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    I spent yesterday hanging out at the GigTank Demo Day, listening to 3D printing startups pitch their ideas and companies at investors. It was a fantastic event, as is normal for things that the Company Lab is running, and I had a good time listening to the excitement around 3D printing as a technology. It made me want to look back and see how long I’ve been following this technology, and I was dumbfounded to discover that the first mention of 3D printing on this very blog was in 2006. In October of 2006 I posted about a company called Fabjectory that was way ahead of the curve in…
  • Honoring Orwell

    griffey
    25 Jun 2014 | 7:10 am
    I am continually amazed, every day, at the reach and spread of the LibraryBox Project. This tweet from today took my breath away: This year the grave is equipped with 5 solar panels and 2wifi hotspots. (One linked to a #librarybox) #1984Symposium pic.twitter.com/M6BgZ6iUcL— Christian Payne (@Documentally) June 25, 2014 It refers to the 1984 Symposium, a group of people who gather every year on the anniversary of Orwell’s death, to honor him and discuss the ideas contained within 1984 by picnicking at his gravesite. That there is a small piece of me there in the form of a box that…
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  • MAUDE, Twitter, Pennsylvania, More: Afternoon Buzz, August 20th, 2014

    Tara Calishain
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:04 am
    Hey! Using Twitter to get unemployment data. “LSA Economics Professor Matthew Shapiro has found a new way to harvest employment information from tweets and hashtags faster and more accurately than the government’s official reports….There were times when Shapiro’s numbers matched the reports, and there were times when they didn’t. When they differed, Shapiro’s numbers were more accurate than the government’s.” Twitter will now remove images of deceased individuals at the request of their family. BUT: “… the micro-messaging service said it…
  • IFTTT, Yearbooks, NHTSA, More: Morning Buzz, August 20th, 2014

    Tara Calishain
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:52 am
    WordPress 4.0 beta 4 is now available. Get inspired: 9 Amazing Projects Made in Microsoft Excel. Here’s a lovely browser-based tool for generating image thumbnails. This is interesting: IFTTT is teaming up with ADT (ADT press release). “ADT and IFTTT are planning to test a beta version of an ADT Pulse® Channel on IFTTT, connecting a customer’s ADT Pulse-enabled home with more than 100 existing Channel partners. Whether it’s adjusting the thermostat to react to local weather conditions, or arming the security system based on users’ GPS data, an ADT Pulse® Channel on IFTTT…
  • Bugs, Stars, Craigslist, More: Afternoon Buzz, August 19th, 2014

    Tara Calishain
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:54 am
    The UC Riverside Veterinary Entomology Extension Laboratory has released an online database of pesticides registered in California for use against arthropod pests of animals. “Website visitors can search by animal commodity for which pest control is needed (e.g. poultry), by type of pest (e.g. poultry mite or house fly), and by application method and formulation.” Now available: a new online database of stellar abundances. “The enormous collection, which Hinkel named the Hypatia Catalog, contains data for more than 3,000 stars within 500 light years of the sun, and will help…
  • Yahoo, Twitter Bots, NASA, More: Morning Buzz, August 16th, 2014

    Tara Calishain
    16 Aug 2014 | 6:59 am
    Catching up… Yahoo has a new Finance app. A small selection of the University of Vermont’s College of Medicine yearbooks are now available online. The yearbooks are from 1952-1967. When does Amit Agarwal do an article that isn’t handy and useful? How to transfer files between mobile phones and computers. You know that handle Google Package Tracking tool? You can opt-out if you like. Sometimes you say “bots on Twitter” and people will reflexively think they’re bad, pointless, etc. But check out this collection of river gauges on Twitter which tweet their…
  • Marvel, Oz, Twitter, More: Morning Buzz, August 15th, 2014

    Tara Calishain
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:06 am
    Back with a little stolen time! More catching up this weekend. Hootsuite looks at an interesting question: when should you respond on Twitter? UCR did a post-event breakdown of World Cup tweets. “Not surprisingly, Argentina, Brazil and Germany had the highest number of tweets during the recent World Cup, but Bosnia, Cameron and Ivory Coast saw the greatest surge in terms of percentage increase in tweets compared to a year earlier.” OxfordDictionaries.com has added a whole bunch of words, including ones I like (“cray”), and ones I don’t (“adorbs,”…
 
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  • Gale Founder Frederick Ruffner Dies at 88

    Matt Enis
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    Frederick Gale Ruffner, Jr., who founded Gale Research Company with his wife Mary Evans Ruffner, died on August 12 following a long illness. Born on August 26, 1926 in Akron, OH to Frederick Ruffner Sr. and Olive Ruffner, “Fred” was a voracious reader from a young age. “Fred’s favorite book was The Swiss Family Robinson because the family started with nothing and every day made their situation a little better by virtue of personal ingenuity and perseverance,” Dedria Bryfonski, former CEO of Gale Research, told LJ.  “It was an appropriate choice for a man who started with an idea…
  • Asserting Rights We Don’t Have: Libraries and “Permission to Publish” | Peer to Peer Review

    Rick Anderson
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    In late June, a minor brouhaha erupted when the library at the University of Arkansas suspended reporters from the Washington Free Beacon, an online newspaper, from using its special collections. The reason given by library administrators was that on multiple occasions the newspaper’s reporters had published content from those collections without asking permission, as library policy requires. Much has been made in the right-wing press about the politics supposedly surrounding this conflict: in the incident that resulted in the Free Beacon‘s ban, it had published interview…
  • If Confusion Helps Students Learn, Shouldn’t They Be Information Literate By Now? | From the Bell Tower

    Steven Bell
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:12 am
    When students have trouble grasping the subject matter, intuitively we work to make it as clear as possible. New research suggests actually promoting some confusion may work better. If that’s true, how would it change library instruction? Everything appears to be going well in my instruction session for freshman. It’s an introduction to college-level research and the library resource environment. For students transitioning to college, as Project Information Literacy found, the process can be overwhelming. But it looks like they are getting it. We had a good discussion about what research…
  • NYC Mayor Appoints First Replacement for Dismissed Queens Trustees

    Matt Enis
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Jukay Hsu, the newest appointee to the Queens Library Board of Trustees, also runs the Coalition for Queens New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on August 12 appointed Jukay Hsu, founder of the community development organization Coalition for Queens (C4Q), to the Queens Borough Public Library (QL) Board of Trustees. The appointment fills one of eight positions left vacant since July 23, when de Blasio dismissed two of the library’s trustees and Queens Borough President (QBP) Melinda Katz dismissed six, citing their support of embattled QL President and CEO Thomas Galante as the primary reason…
  • Library Freedom Fighter Zoia Horn Remembered

    John N. Berry III
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Zoia Horn at the Internet Archive in 2010 Activist librarian Zoia Markovna Horn died on July 12 at the age 96. She was famous for being the first U.S. librarian to be jailed for refusing to divulge information that violated professional principles of privacy and intellectual freedom. An activist member of the American Library Association (ALA) and a member and chair of its Intellectual Freedom Committee, Horn was jailed for 20 days for contempt after refusing to testify in the 1972 conspiracy trial of the “Harrisburg Seven.” Born in Odessa, Ukraine in 1918 to a secular Jewish family,…
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  • Gale Founder Frederick Ruffner Dies at 88

    Matt Enis
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    Frederick Gale Ruffner, Jr., who founded Gale Research Company with his wife Mary Evans Ruffner, died on August 12 following a long illness. Born on August 26, 1926 in Akron, OH to Frederick Ruffner Sr. and Olive Ruffner, “Fred” was a voracious reader from a young age. “Fred’s favorite book was The Swiss Family Robinson because the family started with nothing and every day made their situation a little better by virtue of personal ingenuity and perseverance,” Dedria Bryfonski, former CEO of Gale Research, told LJ.  “It was an appropriate choice for a man who started with an idea…
  • Asserting Rights We Don’t Have: Libraries and “Permission to Publish” | Peer to Peer Review

    Rick Anderson
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    In late June, a minor brouhaha erupted when the library at the University of Arkansas suspended reporters from the Washington Free Beacon, an online newspaper, from using its special collections. The reason given by library administrators was that on multiple occasions the newspaper’s reporters had published content from those collections without asking permission, as library policy requires. Much has been made in the right-wing press about the politics supposedly surrounding this conflict: in the incident that resulted in the Free Beacon‘s ban, it had published interview…
  • If Confusion Helps Students Learn, Shouldn’t They Be Information Literate By Now? | From the Bell Tower

    Steven Bell
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:12 am
    When students have trouble grasping the subject matter, intuitively we work to make it as clear as possible. New research suggests actually promoting some confusion may work better. If that’s true, how would it change library instruction? Everything appears to be going well in my instruction session for freshman. It’s an introduction to college-level research and the library resource environment. For students transitioning to college, as Project Information Literacy found, the process can be overwhelming. But it looks like they are getting it. We had a good discussion about what research…
  • New Florida University Unveils Bookless Library

    LJ
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Florida’s newest public university—Florida Polytechnic University (FPU)—is so new it doesn’t even have accreditation yet. Its mission is to educate students in the STEM fields, and Chief Information Officer Tom Hull describes it as part of a future “Silicon Valley East” between Orlando and Tampa. FPU features a lot of innovative, not to say controversial, departures from tradition, including a no-tenure model for its 26 newly hired professors and a library without physical books. The Innovation, Science and Technology buildingcourtesy of Florida Polytechnic University FPU’s…
  • More on the Damage Done | Peer to Peer Review

    Wayne Bivens-Tatum
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:10 am
    Last year, Walt Crawford self-published a book entitled The Big Deal and the Damage Done (which I wrote about here). In it, he analyzed statistics for academic library budgets and showed that Big Deals for serials were gradually taking over many library budgets as serial expenditures rose significantly more than inflation and the inflexibility of the subscription packages led libraries to cut expenditures for books and other materials. This year, Crawford published a revised and expanded report on the topic as the May/June volume of the ALA Library Technology Reports: “Big-Deal Serial…
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  • Robert Rotstein Q&A | Books for Dudes

    Douglas Lord
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Robert Rotstein (photo by Glen La Ferman) Books for Dudes International HQ recently had the extreme good fortune to read Robert Rotstein’s compulsively awesome novel Reckless Disregard: A Parker Stern Novel (Seventh Street). It’s the second book (following 2013′s Corrupt Practices) to feature lawyer Parker Stern and like Corrupt Practices Reckless Disregard is a legal thriller with a lead character who has roots in the brilliant-lawyer-has-to-save-the-day vein but with distinct and quite interesting differentiations from the usual, Paul Madriani-esque lead character. The…
  • Moving Reading Beyond the Page | Wyatt’s World

    Neal Wyatt
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:50 pm
    The pleasures of reading are not bound to the page. The explorations inspired by reading can spread widely into associated experiences, as these five examples—involving apps, museum trips, binge TV, and craft projects—prove. Dr. Mütter’s Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine by Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz (Gotham). Aptowicz pens a fascinating and muscular biography of Dr. Thomas Dent Mütter, splendidly re-creating the doctor’s medical advancements, the age in which he worked, and the conditions and practices he sought to change. The…
  • Interviewing David Nicholls, Erika Johansen, Wally Lamb, & More

    Barbara Hoffert
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Never mind that David Nicholls’s affecting and freshly told Us has been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, with the shortlist to be announced September 9. Fans of the British novelist/screenwriter will have to wait until late October to read it. Fortunately, I had the opportunity to interview the genial and insightful Nicholls in New York this July, and to learn more about his new novel you can go straight to Prepub Alert: Video Interviews to see our talk. And that’s not all. You’ll also have a chance to see Erika Johansen, whose The Queen of the Tearling was a LibraryReads pick…
  • Charles Baxter, Sara Blaedel, Nick Hornby, Reif Larsen, Peter Swanson, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Feb. 2015, Pt. 4

    Barbara Hoffert
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:49 am
    Baxter, Charles. There’s Something I Want You To Do. Pantheon. Feb. 2015. 240p. ISBN 9781101870013. $24; ebk. ISBN ISBN 9781101870020. SHORT STORIES A National Book Award nominee for The Feast of Love, Baxter returns with his first story collection in 15 years. Piercingly elegant, as always, the stories are divided into two sections, one embodying virtues (e.g., “Loyalty,” whose protagonist sweetly takes in his ex-wife–turned–bag lady) and the other vice (e.g., “Lust,” about a man struggling with the breakup of a relationship even as he tries to comfort a dying friend with…
  • Great Book Club Books from Kate Alcott, Tom McCarthy, Tatjana Soli, & More | Fiction Previews, Feb. 2015, Pt. 4

    Barbara Hoffert
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:47 am
    Alcott, Kate. A Touch of Stardust. Pantheon. Feb. 2015. 304p. ISBN 9780385539043. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780385539050. CD: Random Audio. HISTORICAL How fun is this? Alcott, author of the New York Times best-selling The Dressmaker, has written a big, sprawling novel about the filming of Gone with the Wind, with a side trip to the boiling-over romance between its leading man, Clark Gable, and sunny Carole Lombard. Hannaham, James. Delicious Foods. Little, Brown. Feb. 2015. 384p. ISBN 9780316284943. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780316284929. lib. ISBN 9780316294768. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. AFRICAN AMERICAN…
 
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  • Gale Founder Frederick Ruffner Dies at 88

    Matt Enis
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    Frederick Gale Ruffner, Jr., who founded Gale Research Company with his wife Mary Evans Ruffner, died on August 12 following a long illness. Born on August 26, 1926 in Akron, OH to Frederick Ruffner Sr. and Olive Ruffner, “Fred” was a voracious reader from a young age. “Fred’s favorite book was The Swiss Family Robinson because the family started with nothing and every day made their situation a little better by virtue of personal ingenuity and perseverance,” Dedria Bryfonski, former CEO of Gale Research, told LJ.  “It was an appropriate choice for a man who started with an idea…
  • Asserting Rights We Don’t Have: Libraries and “Permission to Publish” | Peer to Peer Review

    Rick Anderson
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    In late June, a minor brouhaha erupted when the library at the University of Arkansas suspended reporters from the Washington Free Beacon, an online newspaper, from using its special collections. The reason given by library administrators was that on multiple occasions the newspaper’s reporters had published content from those collections without asking permission, as library policy requires. Much has been made in the right-wing press about the politics supposedly surrounding this conflict: in the incident that resulted in the Free Beacon‘s ban, it had published interview…
  • If Confusion Helps Students Learn, Shouldn’t They Be Information Literate By Now? | From the Bell Tower

    Steven Bell
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:12 am
    When students have trouble grasping the subject matter, intuitively we work to make it as clear as possible. New research suggests actually promoting some confusion may work better. If that’s true, how would it change library instruction? Everything appears to be going well in my instruction session for freshman. It’s an introduction to college-level research and the library resource environment. For students transitioning to college, as Project Information Literacy found, the process can be overwhelming. But it looks like they are getting it. We had a good discussion about what research…
  • NYC Mayor Appoints First Replacement for Dismissed Queens Trustees

    Matt Enis
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Jukay Hsu, the newest appointee to the Queens Library Board of Trustees, also runs the Coalition for Queens New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on August 12 appointed Jukay Hsu, founder of the community development organization Coalition for Queens (C4Q), to the Queens Borough Public Library (QL) Board of Trustees. The appointment fills one of eight positions left vacant since July 23, when de Blasio dismissed two of the library’s trustees and Queens Borough President (QBP) Melinda Katz dismissed six, citing their support of embattled QL President and CEO Thomas Galante as the primary reason…
  • Library Freedom Fighter Zoia Horn Remembered

    John N. Berry III
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Zoia Horn at the Internet Archive in 2010 Activist librarian Zoia Markovna Horn died on July 12 at the age 96. She was famous for being the first U.S. librarian to be jailed for refusing to divulge information that violated professional principles of privacy and intellectual freedom. An activist member of the American Library Association (ALA) and a member and chair of its Intellectual Freedom Committee, Horn was jailed for 20 days for contempt after refusing to testify in the 1972 conspiracy trial of the “Harrisburg Seven.” Born in Odessa, Ukraine in 1918 to a secular Jewish family,…
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  • Gale Founder Frederick Ruffner Dies at 88

    Matt Enis
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    Frederick Gale Ruffner, Jr., who founded Gale Research Company with his wife Mary Evans Ruffner, died on August 12 following a long illness. Born on August 26, 1926 in Akron, OH to Frederick Ruffner Sr. and Olive Ruffner, “Fred” was a voracious reader from a young age. “Fred’s favorite book was The Swiss Family Robinson because the family started with nothing and every day made their situation a little better by virtue of personal ingenuity and perseverance,” Dedria Bryfonski, former CEO of Gale Research, told LJ.  “It was an appropriate choice for a man who started with an idea…
  • Asserting Rights We Don’t Have: Libraries and “Permission to Publish” | Peer to Peer Review

    Rick Anderson
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    In late June, a minor brouhaha erupted when the library at the University of Arkansas suspended reporters from the Washington Free Beacon, an online newspaper, from using its special collections. The reason given by library administrators was that on multiple occasions the newspaper’s reporters had published content from those collections without asking permission, as library policy requires. Much has been made in the right-wing press about the politics supposedly surrounding this conflict: in the incident that resulted in the Free Beacon‘s ban, it had published interview…
  • If Confusion Helps Students Learn, Shouldn’t They Be Information Literate By Now? | From the Bell Tower

    Steven Bell
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:12 am
    When students have trouble grasping the subject matter, intuitively we work to make it as clear as possible. New research suggests actually promoting some confusion may work better. If that’s true, how would it change library instruction? Everything appears to be going well in my instruction session for freshman. It’s an introduction to college-level research and the library resource environment. For students transitioning to college, as Project Information Literacy found, the process can be overwhelming. But it looks like they are getting it. We had a good discussion about what research…
  • NYC Mayor Appoints First Replacement for Dismissed Queens Trustees

    Matt Enis
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Jukay Hsu, the newest appointee to the Queens Library Board of Trustees, also runs the Coalition for Queens New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on August 12 appointed Jukay Hsu, founder of the community development organization Coalition for Queens (C4Q), to the Queens Borough Public Library (QL) Board of Trustees. The appointment fills one of eight positions left vacant since July 23, when de Blasio dismissed two of the library’s trustees and Queens Borough President (QBP) Melinda Katz dismissed six, citing their support of embattled QL President and CEO Thomas Galante as the primary reason…
  • Library Freedom Fighter Zoia Horn Remembered

    John N. Berry III
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Zoia Horn at the Internet Archive in 2010 Activist librarian Zoia Markovna Horn died on July 12 at the age 96. She was famous for being the first U.S. librarian to be jailed for refusing to divulge information that violated professional principles of privacy and intellectual freedom. An activist member of the American Library Association (ALA) and a member and chair of its Intellectual Freedom Committee, Horn was jailed for 20 days for contempt after refusing to testify in the 1972 conspiracy trial of the “Harrisburg Seven.” Born in Odessa, Ukraine in 1918 to a secular Jewish family,…
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  • Gale Founder Frederick Ruffner Dies at 88

    Matt Enis
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    Frederick Gale Ruffner, Jr., who founded Gale Research Company with his wife Mary Evans Ruffner, died on August 12 following a long illness. Born on August 26, 1926 in Akron, OH to Frederick Ruffner Sr. and Olive Ruffner, “Fred” was a voracious reader from a young age. “Fred’s favorite book was The Swiss Family Robinson because the family started with nothing and every day made their situation a little better by virtue of personal ingenuity and perseverance,” Dedria Bryfonski, former CEO of Gale Research, told LJ.  “It was an appropriate choice for a man who started with an idea…
  • Asserting Rights We Don’t Have: Libraries and “Permission to Publish” | Peer to Peer Review

    Rick Anderson
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    In late June, a minor brouhaha erupted when the library at the University of Arkansas suspended reporters from the Washington Free Beacon, an online newspaper, from using its special collections. The reason given by library administrators was that on multiple occasions the newspaper’s reporters had published content from those collections without asking permission, as library policy requires. Much has been made in the right-wing press about the politics supposedly surrounding this conflict: in the incident that resulted in the Free Beacon‘s ban, it had published interview…
  • If Confusion Helps Students Learn, Shouldn’t They Be Information Literate By Now? | From the Bell Tower

    Steven Bell
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:12 am
    When students have trouble grasping the subject matter, intuitively we work to make it as clear as possible. New research suggests actually promoting some confusion may work better. If that’s true, how would it change library instruction? Everything appears to be going well in my instruction session for freshman. It’s an introduction to college-level research and the library resource environment. For students transitioning to college, as Project Information Literacy found, the process can be overwhelming. But it looks like they are getting it. We had a good discussion about what research…
  • NYC Mayor Appoints First Replacement for Dismissed Queens Trustees

    Matt Enis
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Jukay Hsu, the newest appointee to the Queens Library Board of Trustees, also runs the Coalition for Queens New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on August 12 appointed Jukay Hsu, founder of the community development organization Coalition for Queens (C4Q), to the Queens Borough Public Library (QL) Board of Trustees. The appointment fills one of eight positions left vacant since July 23, when de Blasio dismissed two of the library’s trustees and Queens Borough President (QBP) Melinda Katz dismissed six, citing their support of embattled QL President and CEO Thomas Galante as the primary reason…
  • Library Freedom Fighter Zoia Horn Remembered

    John N. Berry III
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Zoia Horn at the Internet Archive in 2010 Activist librarian Zoia Markovna Horn died on July 12 at the age 96. She was famous for being the first U.S. librarian to be jailed for refusing to divulge information that violated professional principles of privacy and intellectual freedom. An activist member of the American Library Association (ALA) and a member and chair of its Intellectual Freedom Committee, Horn was jailed for 20 days for contempt after refusing to testify in the 1972 conspiracy trial of the “Harrisburg Seven.” Born in Odessa, Ukraine in 1918 to a secular Jewish family,…
 
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  • Gale Founder Frederick Ruffner Dies at 88

    Matt Enis
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    Frederick Gale Ruffner, Jr., who founded Gale Research Company with his wife Mary Evans Ruffner, died on August 12 following a long illness. Born on August 26, 1926 in Akron, OH to Frederick Ruffner Sr. and Olive Ruffner, “Fred” was a voracious reader from a young age. “Fred’s favorite book was The Swiss Family Robinson because the family started with nothing and every day made their situation a little better by virtue of personal ingenuity and perseverance,” Dedria Bryfonski, former CEO of Gale Research, told LJ.  “It was an appropriate choice for a man who started with an idea…
  • Asserting Rights We Don’t Have: Libraries and “Permission to Publish” | Peer to Peer Review

    Rick Anderson
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    In late June, a minor brouhaha erupted when the library at the University of Arkansas suspended reporters from the Washington Free Beacon, an online newspaper, from using its special collections. The reason given by library administrators was that on multiple occasions the newspaper’s reporters had published content from those collections without asking permission, as library policy requires. Much has been made in the right-wing press about the politics supposedly surrounding this conflict: in the incident that resulted in the Free Beacon‘s ban, it had published interview…
  • If Confusion Helps Students Learn, Shouldn’t They Be Information Literate By Now? | From the Bell Tower

    Steven Bell
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:12 am
    When students have trouble grasping the subject matter, intuitively we work to make it as clear as possible. New research suggests actually promoting some confusion may work better. If that’s true, how would it change library instruction? Everything appears to be going well in my instruction session for freshman. It’s an introduction to college-level research and the library resource environment. For students transitioning to college, as Project Information Literacy found, the process can be overwhelming. But it looks like they are getting it. We had a good discussion about what research…
  • NYC Mayor Appoints First Replacement for Dismissed Queens Trustees

    Matt Enis
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Jukay Hsu, the newest appointee to the Queens Library Board of Trustees, also runs the Coalition for Queens New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on August 12 appointed Jukay Hsu, founder of the community development organization Coalition for Queens (C4Q), to the Queens Borough Public Library (QL) Board of Trustees. The appointment fills one of eight positions left vacant since July 23, when de Blasio dismissed two of the library’s trustees and Queens Borough President (QBP) Melinda Katz dismissed six, citing their support of embattled QL President and CEO Thomas Galante as the primary reason…
  • Library Freedom Fighter Zoia Horn Remembered

    John N. Berry III
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Zoia Horn at the Internet Archive in 2010 Activist librarian Zoia Markovna Horn died on July 12 at the age 96. She was famous for being the first U.S. librarian to be jailed for refusing to divulge information that violated professional principles of privacy and intellectual freedom. An activist member of the American Library Association (ALA) and a member and chair of its Intellectual Freedom Committee, Horn was jailed for 20 days for contempt after refusing to testify in the 1972 conspiracy trial of the “Harrisburg Seven.” Born in Odessa, Ukraine in 1918 to a secular Jewish family,…
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  • Gale Founder Frederick Ruffner Dies at 88

    Matt Enis
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    Frederick Gale Ruffner, Jr., who founded Gale Research Company with his wife Mary Evans Ruffner, died on August 12 following a long illness. Born on August 26, 1926 in Akron, OH to Frederick Ruffner Sr. and Olive Ruffner, “Fred” was a voracious reader from a young age. “Fred’s favorite book was The Swiss Family Robinson because the family started with nothing and every day made their situation a little better by virtue of personal ingenuity and perseverance,” Dedria Bryfonski, former CEO of Gale Research, told LJ.  “It was an appropriate choice for a man who started with an idea…
  • Asserting Rights We Don’t Have: Libraries and “Permission to Publish” | Peer to Peer Review

    Rick Anderson
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    In late June, a minor brouhaha erupted when the library at the University of Arkansas suspended reporters from the Washington Free Beacon, an online newspaper, from using its special collections. The reason given by library administrators was that on multiple occasions the newspaper’s reporters had published content from those collections without asking permission, as library policy requires. Much has been made in the right-wing press about the politics supposedly surrounding this conflict: in the incident that resulted in the Free Beacon‘s ban, it had published interview…
  • If Confusion Helps Students Learn, Shouldn’t They Be Information Literate By Now? | From the Bell Tower

    Steven Bell
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:12 am
    When students have trouble grasping the subject matter, intuitively we work to make it as clear as possible. New research suggests actually promoting some confusion may work better. If that’s true, how would it change library instruction? Everything appears to be going well in my instruction session for freshman. It’s an introduction to college-level research and the library resource environment. For students transitioning to college, as Project Information Literacy found, the process can be overwhelming. But it looks like they are getting it. We had a good discussion about what research…
  • NYC Mayor Appoints First Replacement for Dismissed Queens Trustees

    Matt Enis
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Jukay Hsu, the newest appointee to the Queens Library Board of Trustees, also runs the Coalition for Queens New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on August 12 appointed Jukay Hsu, founder of the community development organization Coalition for Queens (C4Q), to the Queens Borough Public Library (QL) Board of Trustees. The appointment fills one of eight positions left vacant since July 23, when de Blasio dismissed two of the library’s trustees and Queens Borough President (QBP) Melinda Katz dismissed six, citing their support of embattled QL President and CEO Thomas Galante as the primary reason…
  • Library Freedom Fighter Zoia Horn Remembered

    John N. Berry III
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Zoia Horn at the Internet Archive in 2010 Activist librarian Zoia Markovna Horn died on July 12 at the age 96. She was famous for being the first U.S. librarian to be jailed for refusing to divulge information that violated professional principles of privacy and intellectual freedom. An activist member of the American Library Association (ALA) and a member and chair of its Intellectual Freedom Committee, Horn was jailed for 20 days for contempt after refusing to testify in the 1972 conspiracy trial of the “Harrisburg Seven.” Born in Odessa, Ukraine in 1918 to a secular Jewish family,…
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  • Gale Founder Frederick Ruffner Dies at 88

    Matt Enis
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    Frederick Gale Ruffner, Jr., who founded Gale Research Company with his wife Mary Evans Ruffner, died on August 12 following a long illness. Born on August 26, 1926 in Akron, OH to Frederick Ruffner Sr. and Olive Ruffner, “Fred” was a voracious reader from a young age. “Fred’s favorite book was The Swiss Family Robinson because the family started with nothing and every day made their situation a little better by virtue of personal ingenuity and perseverance,” Dedria Bryfonski, former CEO of Gale Research, told LJ.  “It was an appropriate choice for a man who started with an idea…
  • Asserting Rights We Don’t Have: Libraries and “Permission to Publish” | Peer to Peer Review

    Rick Anderson
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    In late June, a minor brouhaha erupted when the library at the University of Arkansas suspended reporters from the Washington Free Beacon, an online newspaper, from using its special collections. The reason given by library administrators was that on multiple occasions the newspaper’s reporters had published content from those collections without asking permission, as library policy requires. Much has been made in the right-wing press about the politics supposedly surrounding this conflict: in the incident that resulted in the Free Beacon‘s ban, it had published interview…
  • If Confusion Helps Students Learn, Shouldn’t They Be Information Literate By Now? | From the Bell Tower

    Steven Bell
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:12 am
    When students have trouble grasping the subject matter, intuitively we work to make it as clear as possible. New research suggests actually promoting some confusion may work better. If that’s true, how would it change library instruction? Everything appears to be going well in my instruction session for freshman. It’s an introduction to college-level research and the library resource environment. For students transitioning to college, as Project Information Literacy found, the process can be overwhelming. But it looks like they are getting it. We had a good discussion about what research…
  • NYC Mayor Appoints First Replacement for Dismissed Queens Trustees

    Matt Enis
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Jukay Hsu, the newest appointee to the Queens Library Board of Trustees, also runs the Coalition for Queens New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on August 12 appointed Jukay Hsu, founder of the community development organization Coalition for Queens (C4Q), to the Queens Borough Public Library (QL) Board of Trustees. The appointment fills one of eight positions left vacant since July 23, when de Blasio dismissed two of the library’s trustees and Queens Borough President (QBP) Melinda Katz dismissed six, citing their support of embattled QL President and CEO Thomas Galante as the primary reason…
  • Library Freedom Fighter Zoia Horn Remembered

    John N. Berry III
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Zoia Horn at the Internet Archive in 2010 Activist librarian Zoia Markovna Horn died on July 12 at the age 96. She was famous for being the first U.S. librarian to be jailed for refusing to divulge information that violated professional principles of privacy and intellectual freedom. An activist member of the American Library Association (ALA) and a member and chair of its Intellectual Freedom Committee, Horn was jailed for 20 days for contempt after refusing to testify in the 1972 conspiracy trial of the “Harrisburg Seven.” Born in Odessa, Ukraine in 1918 to a secular Jewish family,…
 
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  • Gale Founder Frederick Ruffner Dies at 88

    Matt Enis
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    Frederick Gale Ruffner, Jr., who founded Gale Research Company with his wife Mary Evans Ruffner, died on August 12 following a long illness. Born on August 26, 1926 in Akron, OH to Frederick Ruffner Sr. and Olive Ruffner, “Fred” was a voracious reader from a young age. “Fred’s favorite book was The Swiss Family Robinson because the family started with nothing and every day made their situation a little better by virtue of personal ingenuity and perseverance,” Dedria Bryfonski, former CEO of Gale Research, told LJ.  “It was an appropriate choice for a man who started with an idea…
  • Asserting Rights We Don’t Have: Libraries and “Permission to Publish” | Peer to Peer Review

    Rick Anderson
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    In late June, a minor brouhaha erupted when the library at the University of Arkansas suspended reporters from the Washington Free Beacon, an online newspaper, from using its special collections. The reason given by library administrators was that on multiple occasions the newspaper’s reporters had published content from those collections without asking permission, as library policy requires. Much has been made in the right-wing press about the politics supposedly surrounding this conflict: in the incident that resulted in the Free Beacon‘s ban, it had published interview…
  • If Confusion Helps Students Learn, Shouldn’t They Be Information Literate By Now? | From the Bell Tower

    Steven Bell
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:12 am
    When students have trouble grasping the subject matter, intuitively we work to make it as clear as possible. New research suggests actually promoting some confusion may work better. If that’s true, how would it change library instruction? Everything appears to be going well in my instruction session for freshman. It’s an introduction to college-level research and the library resource environment. For students transitioning to college, as Project Information Literacy found, the process can be overwhelming. But it looks like they are getting it. We had a good discussion about what research…
  • NYC Mayor Appoints First Replacement for Dismissed Queens Trustees

    Matt Enis
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Jukay Hsu, the newest appointee to the Queens Library Board of Trustees, also runs the Coalition for Queens New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on August 12 appointed Jukay Hsu, founder of the community development organization Coalition for Queens (C4Q), to the Queens Borough Public Library (QL) Board of Trustees. The appointment fills one of eight positions left vacant since July 23, when de Blasio dismissed two of the library’s trustees and Queens Borough President (QBP) Melinda Katz dismissed six, citing their support of embattled QL President and CEO Thomas Galante as the primary reason…
  • Library Freedom Fighter Zoia Horn Remembered

    John N. Berry III
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Zoia Horn at the Internet Archive in 2010 Activist librarian Zoia Markovna Horn died on July 12 at the age 96. She was famous for being the first U.S. librarian to be jailed for refusing to divulge information that violated professional principles of privacy and intellectual freedom. An activist member of the American Library Association (ALA) and a member and chair of its Intellectual Freedom Committee, Horn was jailed for 20 days for contempt after refusing to testify in the 1972 conspiracy trial of the “Harrisburg Seven.” Born in Odessa, Ukraine in 1918 to a secular Jewish family,…
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  • Gale Founder Frederick Ruffner Dies at 88

    Matt Enis
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    Frederick Gale Ruffner, Jr., who founded Gale Research Company with his wife Mary Evans Ruffner, died on August 12 following a long illness. Born on August 26, 1926 in Akron, OH to Frederick Ruffner Sr. and Olive Ruffner, “Fred” was a voracious reader from a young age. “Fred’s favorite book was The Swiss Family Robinson because the family started with nothing and every day made their situation a little better by virtue of personal ingenuity and perseverance,” Dedria Bryfonski, former CEO of Gale Research, told LJ.  “It was an appropriate choice for a man who started with an idea…
  • Asserting Rights We Don’t Have: Libraries and “Permission to Publish” | Peer to Peer Review

    Rick Anderson
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    In late June, a minor brouhaha erupted when the library at the University of Arkansas suspended reporters from the Washington Free Beacon, an online newspaper, from using its special collections. The reason given by library administrators was that on multiple occasions the newspaper’s reporters had published content from those collections without asking permission, as library policy requires. Much has been made in the right-wing press about the politics supposedly surrounding this conflict: in the incident that resulted in the Free Beacon‘s ban, it had published interview…
  • If Confusion Helps Students Learn, Shouldn’t They Be Information Literate By Now? | From the Bell Tower

    Steven Bell
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:12 am
    When students have trouble grasping the subject matter, intuitively we work to make it as clear as possible. New research suggests actually promoting some confusion may work better. If that’s true, how would it change library instruction? Everything appears to be going well in my instruction session for freshman. It’s an introduction to college-level research and the library resource environment. For students transitioning to college, as Project Information Literacy found, the process can be overwhelming. But it looks like they are getting it. We had a good discussion about what research…
  • NYC Mayor Appoints First Replacement for Dismissed Queens Trustees

    Matt Enis
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Jukay Hsu, the newest appointee to the Queens Library Board of Trustees, also runs the Coalition for Queens New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on August 12 appointed Jukay Hsu, founder of the community development organization Coalition for Queens (C4Q), to the Queens Borough Public Library (QL) Board of Trustees. The appointment fills one of eight positions left vacant since July 23, when de Blasio dismissed two of the library’s trustees and Queens Borough President (QBP) Melinda Katz dismissed six, citing their support of embattled QL President and CEO Thomas Galante as the primary reason…
  • Library Freedom Fighter Zoia Horn Remembered

    John N. Berry III
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Zoia Horn at the Internet Archive in 2010 Activist librarian Zoia Markovna Horn died on July 12 at the age 96. She was famous for being the first U.S. librarian to be jailed for refusing to divulge information that violated professional principles of privacy and intellectual freedom. An activist member of the American Library Association (ALA) and a member and chair of its Intellectual Freedom Committee, Horn was jailed for 20 days for contempt after refusing to testify in the 1972 conspiracy trial of the “Harrisburg Seven.” Born in Odessa, Ukraine in 1918 to a secular Jewish family,…
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  • Gale Founder Frederick Ruffner Dies at 88

    Matt Enis
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    Frederick Gale Ruffner, Jr., who founded Gale Research Company with his wife Mary Evans Ruffner, died on August 12 following a long illness. Born on August 26, 1926 in Akron, OH to Frederick Ruffner Sr. and Olive Ruffner, “Fred” was a voracious reader from a young age. “Fred’s favorite book was The Swiss Family Robinson because the family started with nothing and every day made their situation a little better by virtue of personal ingenuity and perseverance,” Dedria Bryfonski, former CEO of Gale Research, told LJ.  “It was an appropriate choice for a man who started with an idea…
  • Asserting Rights We Don’t Have: Libraries and “Permission to Publish” | Peer to Peer Review

    Rick Anderson
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    In late June, a minor brouhaha erupted when the library at the University of Arkansas suspended reporters from the Washington Free Beacon, an online newspaper, from using its special collections. The reason given by library administrators was that on multiple occasions the newspaper’s reporters had published content from those collections without asking permission, as library policy requires. Much has been made in the right-wing press about the politics supposedly surrounding this conflict: in the incident that resulted in the Free Beacon‘s ban, it had published interview…
  • If Confusion Helps Students Learn, Shouldn’t They Be Information Literate By Now? | From the Bell Tower

    Steven Bell
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:12 am
    When students have trouble grasping the subject matter, intuitively we work to make it as clear as possible. New research suggests actually promoting some confusion may work better. If that’s true, how would it change library instruction? Everything appears to be going well in my instruction session for freshman. It’s an introduction to college-level research and the library resource environment. For students transitioning to college, as Project Information Literacy found, the process can be overwhelming. But it looks like they are getting it. We had a good discussion about what research…
  • NYC Mayor Appoints First Replacement for Dismissed Queens Trustees

    Matt Enis
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Jukay Hsu, the newest appointee to the Queens Library Board of Trustees, also runs the Coalition for Queens New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on August 12 appointed Jukay Hsu, founder of the community development organization Coalition for Queens (C4Q), to the Queens Borough Public Library (QL) Board of Trustees. The appointment fills one of eight positions left vacant since July 23, when de Blasio dismissed two of the library’s trustees and Queens Borough President (QBP) Melinda Katz dismissed six, citing their support of embattled QL President and CEO Thomas Galante as the primary reason…
  • Library Freedom Fighter Zoia Horn Remembered

    John N. Berry III
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Zoia Horn at the Internet Archive in 2010 Activist librarian Zoia Markovna Horn died on July 12 at the age 96. She was famous for being the first U.S. librarian to be jailed for refusing to divulge information that violated professional principles of privacy and intellectual freedom. An activist member of the American Library Association (ALA) and a member and chair of its Intellectual Freedom Committee, Horn was jailed for 20 days for contempt after refusing to testify in the 1972 conspiracy trial of the “Harrisburg Seven.” Born in Odessa, Ukraine in 1918 to a secular Jewish family,…
 
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  • Gale Founder Frederick Ruffner Dies at 88

    Matt Enis
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    Frederick Gale Ruffner, Jr., who founded Gale Research Company with his wife Mary Evans Ruffner, died on August 12 following a long illness. Born on August 26, 1926 in Akron, OH to Frederick Ruffner Sr. and Olive Ruffner, “Fred” was a voracious reader from a young age. “Fred’s favorite book was The Swiss Family Robinson because the family started with nothing and every day made their situation a little better by virtue of personal ingenuity and perseverance,” Dedria Bryfonski, former CEO of Gale Research, told LJ.  “It was an appropriate choice for a man who started with an idea…
  • Asserting Rights We Don’t Have: Libraries and “Permission to Publish” | Peer to Peer Review

    Rick Anderson
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    In late June, a minor brouhaha erupted when the library at the University of Arkansas suspended reporters from the Washington Free Beacon, an online newspaper, from using its special collections. The reason given by library administrators was that on multiple occasions the newspaper’s reporters had published content from those collections without asking permission, as library policy requires. Much has been made in the right-wing press about the politics supposedly surrounding this conflict: in the incident that resulted in the Free Beacon‘s ban, it had published interview…
  • If Confusion Helps Students Learn, Shouldn’t They Be Information Literate By Now? | From the Bell Tower

    Steven Bell
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:12 am
    When students have trouble grasping the subject matter, intuitively we work to make it as clear as possible. New research suggests actually promoting some confusion may work better. If that’s true, how would it change library instruction? Everything appears to be going well in my instruction session for freshman. It’s an introduction to college-level research and the library resource environment. For students transitioning to college, as Project Information Literacy found, the process can be overwhelming. But it looks like they are getting it. We had a good discussion about what research…
  • NYC Mayor Appoints First Replacement for Dismissed Queens Trustees

    Matt Enis
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Jukay Hsu, the newest appointee to the Queens Library Board of Trustees, also runs the Coalition for Queens New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on August 12 appointed Jukay Hsu, founder of the community development organization Coalition for Queens (C4Q), to the Queens Borough Public Library (QL) Board of Trustees. The appointment fills one of eight positions left vacant since July 23, when de Blasio dismissed two of the library’s trustees and Queens Borough President (QBP) Melinda Katz dismissed six, citing their support of embattled QL President and CEO Thomas Galante as the primary reason…
  • Library Freedom Fighter Zoia Horn Remembered

    John N. Berry III
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Zoia Horn at the Internet Archive in 2010 Activist librarian Zoia Markovna Horn died on July 12 at the age 96. She was famous for being the first U.S. librarian to be jailed for refusing to divulge information that violated professional principles of privacy and intellectual freedom. An activist member of the American Library Association (ALA) and a member and chair of its Intellectual Freedom Committee, Horn was jailed for 20 days for contempt after refusing to testify in the 1972 conspiracy trial of the “Harrisburg Seven.” Born in Odessa, Ukraine in 1918 to a secular Jewish family,…
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  • Gale Founder Frederick Ruffner Dies at 88

    Matt Enis
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    Frederick Gale Ruffner, Jr., who founded Gale Research Company with his wife Mary Evans Ruffner, died on August 12 following a long illness. Born on August 26, 1926 in Akron, OH to Frederick Ruffner Sr. and Olive Ruffner, “Fred” was a voracious reader from a young age. “Fred’s favorite book was The Swiss Family Robinson because the family started with nothing and every day made their situation a little better by virtue of personal ingenuity and perseverance,” Dedria Bryfonski, former CEO of Gale Research, told LJ.  “It was an appropriate choice for a man who started with an idea…
  • Asserting Rights We Don’t Have: Libraries and “Permission to Publish” | Peer to Peer Review

    Rick Anderson
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    In late June, a minor brouhaha erupted when the library at the University of Arkansas suspended reporters from the Washington Free Beacon, an online newspaper, from using its special collections. The reason given by library administrators was that on multiple occasions the newspaper’s reporters had published content from those collections without asking permission, as library policy requires. Much has been made in the right-wing press about the politics supposedly surrounding this conflict: in the incident that resulted in the Free Beacon‘s ban, it had published interview…
  • If Confusion Helps Students Learn, Shouldn’t They Be Information Literate By Now? | From the Bell Tower

    Steven Bell
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:12 am
    When students have trouble grasping the subject matter, intuitively we work to make it as clear as possible. New research suggests actually promoting some confusion may work better. If that’s true, how would it change library instruction? Everything appears to be going well in my instruction session for freshman. It’s an introduction to college-level research and the library resource environment. For students transitioning to college, as Project Information Literacy found, the process can be overwhelming. But it looks like they are getting it. We had a good discussion about what research…
  • NYC Mayor Appoints First Replacement for Dismissed Queens Trustees

    Matt Enis
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Jukay Hsu, the newest appointee to the Queens Library Board of Trustees, also runs the Coalition for Queens New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on August 12 appointed Jukay Hsu, founder of the community development organization Coalition for Queens (C4Q), to the Queens Borough Public Library (QL) Board of Trustees. The appointment fills one of eight positions left vacant since July 23, when de Blasio dismissed two of the library’s trustees and Queens Borough President (QBP) Melinda Katz dismissed six, citing their support of embattled QL President and CEO Thomas Galante as the primary reason…
  • Library Freedom Fighter Zoia Horn Remembered

    John N. Berry III
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Zoia Horn at the Internet Archive in 2010 Activist librarian Zoia Markovna Horn died on July 12 at the age 96. She was famous for being the first U.S. librarian to be jailed for refusing to divulge information that violated professional principles of privacy and intellectual freedom. An activist member of the American Library Association (ALA) and a member and chair of its Intellectual Freedom Committee, Horn was jailed for 20 days for contempt after refusing to testify in the 1972 conspiracy trial of the “Harrisburg Seven.” Born in Odessa, Ukraine in 1918 to a secular Jewish family,…
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  • Gale Founder Frederick Ruffner Dies at 88

    Matt Enis
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    Frederick Gale Ruffner, Jr., who founded Gale Research Company with his wife Mary Evans Ruffner, died on August 12 following a long illness. Born on August 26, 1926 in Akron, OH to Frederick Ruffner Sr. and Olive Ruffner, “Fred” was a voracious reader from a young age. “Fred’s favorite book was The Swiss Family Robinson because the family started with nothing and every day made their situation a little better by virtue of personal ingenuity and perseverance,” Dedria Bryfonski, former CEO of Gale Research, told LJ.  “It was an appropriate choice for a man who started with an idea…
  • Asserting Rights We Don’t Have: Libraries and “Permission to Publish” | Peer to Peer Review

    Rick Anderson
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    In late June, a minor brouhaha erupted when the library at the University of Arkansas suspended reporters from the Washington Free Beacon, an online newspaper, from using its special collections. The reason given by library administrators was that on multiple occasions the newspaper’s reporters had published content from those collections without asking permission, as library policy requires. Much has been made in the right-wing press about the politics supposedly surrounding this conflict: in the incident that resulted in the Free Beacon‘s ban, it had published interview…
  • If Confusion Helps Students Learn, Shouldn’t They Be Information Literate By Now? | From the Bell Tower

    Steven Bell
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:12 am
    When students have trouble grasping the subject matter, intuitively we work to make it as clear as possible. New research suggests actually promoting some confusion may work better. If that’s true, how would it change library instruction? Everything appears to be going well in my instruction session for freshman. It’s an introduction to college-level research and the library resource environment. For students transitioning to college, as Project Information Literacy found, the process can be overwhelming. But it looks like they are getting it. We had a good discussion about what research…
  • NYC Mayor Appoints First Replacement for Dismissed Queens Trustees

    Matt Enis
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Jukay Hsu, the newest appointee to the Queens Library Board of Trustees, also runs the Coalition for Queens New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on August 12 appointed Jukay Hsu, founder of the community development organization Coalition for Queens (C4Q), to the Queens Borough Public Library (QL) Board of Trustees. The appointment fills one of eight positions left vacant since July 23, when de Blasio dismissed two of the library’s trustees and Queens Borough President (QBP) Melinda Katz dismissed six, citing their support of embattled QL President and CEO Thomas Galante as the primary reason…
  • Library Freedom Fighter Zoia Horn Remembered

    John N. Berry III
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Zoia Horn at the Internet Archive in 2010 Activist librarian Zoia Markovna Horn died on July 12 at the age 96. She was famous for being the first U.S. librarian to be jailed for refusing to divulge information that violated professional principles of privacy and intellectual freedom. An activist member of the American Library Association (ALA) and a member and chair of its Intellectual Freedom Committee, Horn was jailed for 20 days for contempt after refusing to testify in the 1972 conspiracy trial of the “Harrisburg Seven.” Born in Odessa, Ukraine in 1918 to a secular Jewish family,…
 
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  • Gale Founder Frederick Ruffner Dies at 88

    Matt Enis
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    Frederick Gale Ruffner, Jr., who founded Gale Research Company with his wife Mary Evans Ruffner, died on August 12 following a long illness. Born on August 26, 1926 in Akron, OH to Frederick Ruffner Sr. and Olive Ruffner, “Fred” was a voracious reader from a young age. “Fred’s favorite book was The Swiss Family Robinson because the family started with nothing and every day made their situation a little better by virtue of personal ingenuity and perseverance,” Dedria Bryfonski, former CEO of Gale Research, told LJ.  “It was an appropriate choice for a man who started with an idea…
  • Asserting Rights We Don’t Have: Libraries and “Permission to Publish” | Peer to Peer Review

    Rick Anderson
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    In late June, a minor brouhaha erupted when the library at the University of Arkansas suspended reporters from the Washington Free Beacon, an online newspaper, from using its special collections. The reason given by library administrators was that on multiple occasions the newspaper’s reporters had published content from those collections without asking permission, as library policy requires. Much has been made in the right-wing press about the politics supposedly surrounding this conflict: in the incident that resulted in the Free Beacon‘s ban, it had published interview…
  • If Confusion Helps Students Learn, Shouldn’t They Be Information Literate By Now? | From the Bell Tower

    Steven Bell
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:12 am
    When students have trouble grasping the subject matter, intuitively we work to make it as clear as possible. New research suggests actually promoting some confusion may work better. If that’s true, how would it change library instruction? Everything appears to be going well in my instruction session for freshman. It’s an introduction to college-level research and the library resource environment. For students transitioning to college, as Project Information Literacy found, the process can be overwhelming. But it looks like they are getting it. We had a good discussion about what research…
  • NYC Mayor Appoints First Replacement for Dismissed Queens Trustees

    Matt Enis
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Jukay Hsu, the newest appointee to the Queens Library Board of Trustees, also runs the Coalition for Queens New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on August 12 appointed Jukay Hsu, founder of the community development organization Coalition for Queens (C4Q), to the Queens Borough Public Library (QL) Board of Trustees. The appointment fills one of eight positions left vacant since July 23, when de Blasio dismissed two of the library’s trustees and Queens Borough President (QBP) Melinda Katz dismissed six, citing their support of embattled QL President and CEO Thomas Galante as the primary reason…
  • Library Freedom Fighter Zoia Horn Remembered

    John N. Berry III
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Zoia Horn at the Internet Archive in 2010 Activist librarian Zoia Markovna Horn died on July 12 at the age 96. She was famous for being the first U.S. librarian to be jailed for refusing to divulge information that violated professional principles of privacy and intellectual freedom. An activist member of the American Library Association (ALA) and a member and chair of its Intellectual Freedom Committee, Horn was jailed for 20 days for contempt after refusing to testify in the 1972 conspiracy trial of the “Harrisburg Seven.” Born in Odessa, Ukraine in 1918 to a secular Jewish family,…
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  • Gale Founder Frederick Ruffner Dies at 88

    Matt Enis
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    Frederick Gale Ruffner, Jr., who founded Gale Research Company with his wife Mary Evans Ruffner, died on August 12 following a long illness. Born on August 26, 1926 in Akron, OH to Frederick Ruffner Sr. and Olive Ruffner, “Fred” was a voracious reader from a young age. “Fred’s favorite book was The Swiss Family Robinson because the family started with nothing and every day made their situation a little better by virtue of personal ingenuity and perseverance,” Dedria Bryfonski, former CEO of Gale Research, told LJ.  “It was an appropriate choice for a man who started with an idea…
  • Asserting Rights We Don’t Have: Libraries and “Permission to Publish” | Peer to Peer Review

    Rick Anderson
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    In late June, a minor brouhaha erupted when the library at the University of Arkansas suspended reporters from the Washington Free Beacon, an online newspaper, from using its special collections. The reason given by library administrators was that on multiple occasions the newspaper’s reporters had published content from those collections without asking permission, as library policy requires. Much has been made in the right-wing press about the politics supposedly surrounding this conflict: in the incident that resulted in the Free Beacon‘s ban, it had published interview…
  • If Confusion Helps Students Learn, Shouldn’t They Be Information Literate By Now? | From the Bell Tower

    Steven Bell
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:12 am
    When students have trouble grasping the subject matter, intuitively we work to make it as clear as possible. New research suggests actually promoting some confusion may work better. If that’s true, how would it change library instruction? Everything appears to be going well in my instruction session for freshman. It’s an introduction to college-level research and the library resource environment. For students transitioning to college, as Project Information Literacy found, the process can be overwhelming. But it looks like they are getting it. We had a good discussion about what research…
  • NYC Mayor Appoints First Replacement for Dismissed Queens Trustees

    Matt Enis
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Jukay Hsu, the newest appointee to the Queens Library Board of Trustees, also runs the Coalition for Queens New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on August 12 appointed Jukay Hsu, founder of the community development organization Coalition for Queens (C4Q), to the Queens Borough Public Library (QL) Board of Trustees. The appointment fills one of eight positions left vacant since July 23, when de Blasio dismissed two of the library’s trustees and Queens Borough President (QBP) Melinda Katz dismissed six, citing their support of embattled QL President and CEO Thomas Galante as the primary reason…
  • Library Freedom Fighter Zoia Horn Remembered

    John N. Berry III
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Zoia Horn at the Internet Archive in 2010 Activist librarian Zoia Markovna Horn died on July 12 at the age 96. She was famous for being the first U.S. librarian to be jailed for refusing to divulge information that violated professional principles of privacy and intellectual freedom. An activist member of the American Library Association (ALA) and a member and chair of its Intellectual Freedom Committee, Horn was jailed for 20 days for contempt after refusing to testify in the 1972 conspiracy trial of the “Harrisburg Seven.” Born in Odessa, Ukraine in 1918 to a secular Jewish family,…
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  • Gale Founder Frederick Ruffner Dies at 88

    Matt Enis
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    Frederick Gale Ruffner, Jr., who founded Gale Research Company with his wife Mary Evans Ruffner, died on August 12 following a long illness. Born on August 26, 1926 in Akron, OH to Frederick Ruffner Sr. and Olive Ruffner, “Fred” was a voracious reader from a young age. “Fred’s favorite book was The Swiss Family Robinson because the family started with nothing and every day made their situation a little better by virtue of personal ingenuity and perseverance,” Dedria Bryfonski, former CEO of Gale Research, told LJ.  “It was an appropriate choice for a man who started with an idea…
  • Asserting Rights We Don’t Have: Libraries and “Permission to Publish” | Peer to Peer Review

    Rick Anderson
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    In late June, a minor brouhaha erupted when the library at the University of Arkansas suspended reporters from the Washington Free Beacon, an online newspaper, from using its special collections. The reason given by library administrators was that on multiple occasions the newspaper’s reporters had published content from those collections without asking permission, as library policy requires. Much has been made in the right-wing press about the politics supposedly surrounding this conflict: in the incident that resulted in the Free Beacon‘s ban, it had published interview…
  • If Confusion Helps Students Learn, Shouldn’t They Be Information Literate By Now? | From the Bell Tower

    Steven Bell
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:12 am
    When students have trouble grasping the subject matter, intuitively we work to make it as clear as possible. New research suggests actually promoting some confusion may work better. If that’s true, how would it change library instruction? Everything appears to be going well in my instruction session for freshman. It’s an introduction to college-level research and the library resource environment. For students transitioning to college, as Project Information Literacy found, the process can be overwhelming. But it looks like they are getting it. We had a good discussion about what research…
  • NYC Mayor Appoints First Replacement for Dismissed Queens Trustees

    Matt Enis
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Jukay Hsu, the newest appointee to the Queens Library Board of Trustees, also runs the Coalition for Queens New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on August 12 appointed Jukay Hsu, founder of the community development organization Coalition for Queens (C4Q), to the Queens Borough Public Library (QL) Board of Trustees. The appointment fills one of eight positions left vacant since July 23, when de Blasio dismissed two of the library’s trustees and Queens Borough President (QBP) Melinda Katz dismissed six, citing their support of embattled QL President and CEO Thomas Galante as the primary reason…
  • Library Freedom Fighter Zoia Horn Remembered

    John N. Berry III
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Zoia Horn at the Internet Archive in 2010 Activist librarian Zoia Markovna Horn died on July 12 at the age 96. She was famous for being the first U.S. librarian to be jailed for refusing to divulge information that violated professional principles of privacy and intellectual freedom. An activist member of the American Library Association (ALA) and a member and chair of its Intellectual Freedom Committee, Horn was jailed for 20 days for contempt after refusing to testify in the 1972 conspiracy trial of the “Harrisburg Seven.” Born in Odessa, Ukraine in 1918 to a secular Jewish family,…
 
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  • Gale Founder Frederick Ruffner Dies at 88

    Matt Enis
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    Frederick Gale Ruffner, Jr., who founded Gale Research Company with his wife Mary Evans Ruffner, died on August 12 following a long illness. Born on August 26, 1926 in Akron, OH to Frederick Ruffner Sr. and Olive Ruffner, “Fred” was a voracious reader from a young age. “Fred’s favorite book was The Swiss Family Robinson because the family started with nothing and every day made their situation a little better by virtue of personal ingenuity and perseverance,” Dedria Bryfonski, former CEO of Gale Research, told LJ.  “It was an appropriate choice for a man who started with an idea…
  • Asserting Rights We Don’t Have: Libraries and “Permission to Publish” | Peer to Peer Review

    Rick Anderson
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    In late June, a minor brouhaha erupted when the library at the University of Arkansas suspended reporters from the Washington Free Beacon, an online newspaper, from using its special collections. The reason given by library administrators was that on multiple occasions the newspaper’s reporters had published content from those collections without asking permission, as library policy requires. Much has been made in the right-wing press about the politics supposedly surrounding this conflict: in the incident that resulted in the Free Beacon‘s ban, it had published interview…
  • If Confusion Helps Students Learn, Shouldn’t They Be Information Literate By Now? | From the Bell Tower

    Steven Bell
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:12 am
    When students have trouble grasping the subject matter, intuitively we work to make it as clear as possible. New research suggests actually promoting some confusion may work better. If that’s true, how would it change library instruction? Everything appears to be going well in my instruction session for freshman. It’s an introduction to college-level research and the library resource environment. For students transitioning to college, as Project Information Literacy found, the process can be overwhelming. But it looks like they are getting it. We had a good discussion about what research…
  • NYC Mayor Appoints First Replacement for Dismissed Queens Trustees

    Matt Enis
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Jukay Hsu, the newest appointee to the Queens Library Board of Trustees, also runs the Coalition for Queens New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on August 12 appointed Jukay Hsu, founder of the community development organization Coalition for Queens (C4Q), to the Queens Borough Public Library (QL) Board of Trustees. The appointment fills one of eight positions left vacant since July 23, when de Blasio dismissed two of the library’s trustees and Queens Borough President (QBP) Melinda Katz dismissed six, citing their support of embattled QL President and CEO Thomas Galante as the primary reason…
  • Library Freedom Fighter Zoia Horn Remembered

    John N. Berry III
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Zoia Horn at the Internet Archive in 2010 Activist librarian Zoia Markovna Horn died on July 12 at the age 96. She was famous for being the first U.S. librarian to be jailed for refusing to divulge information that violated professional principles of privacy and intellectual freedom. An activist member of the American Library Association (ALA) and a member and chair of its Intellectual Freedom Committee, Horn was jailed for 20 days for contempt after refusing to testify in the 1972 conspiracy trial of the “Harrisburg Seven.” Born in Odessa, Ukraine in 1918 to a secular Jewish family,…
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  • Gale Founder Frederick Ruffner Dies at 88

    Matt Enis
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    Frederick Gale Ruffner, Jr., who founded Gale Research Company with his wife Mary Evans Ruffner, died on August 12 following a long illness. Born on August 26, 1926 in Akron, OH to Frederick Ruffner Sr. and Olive Ruffner, “Fred” was a voracious reader from a young age. “Fred’s favorite book was The Swiss Family Robinson because the family started with nothing and every day made their situation a little better by virtue of personal ingenuity and perseverance,” Dedria Bryfonski, former CEO of Gale Research, told LJ.  “It was an appropriate choice for a man who started with an idea…
  • Asserting Rights We Don’t Have: Libraries and “Permission to Publish” | Peer to Peer Review

    Rick Anderson
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    In late June, a minor brouhaha erupted when the library at the University of Arkansas suspended reporters from the Washington Free Beacon, an online newspaper, from using its special collections. The reason given by library administrators was that on multiple occasions the newspaper’s reporters had published content from those collections without asking permission, as library policy requires. Much has been made in the right-wing press about the politics supposedly surrounding this conflict: in the incident that resulted in the Free Beacon‘s ban, it had published interview…
  • If Confusion Helps Students Learn, Shouldn’t They Be Information Literate By Now? | From the Bell Tower

    Steven Bell
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:12 am
    When students have trouble grasping the subject matter, intuitively we work to make it as clear as possible. New research suggests actually promoting some confusion may work better. If that’s true, how would it change library instruction? Everything appears to be going well in my instruction session for freshman. It’s an introduction to college-level research and the library resource environment. For students transitioning to college, as Project Information Literacy found, the process can be overwhelming. But it looks like they are getting it. We had a good discussion about what research…
  • NYC Mayor Appoints First Replacement for Dismissed Queens Trustees

    Matt Enis
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Jukay Hsu, the newest appointee to the Queens Library Board of Trustees, also runs the Coalition for Queens New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on August 12 appointed Jukay Hsu, founder of the community development organization Coalition for Queens (C4Q), to the Queens Borough Public Library (QL) Board of Trustees. The appointment fills one of eight positions left vacant since July 23, when de Blasio dismissed two of the library’s trustees and Queens Borough President (QBP) Melinda Katz dismissed six, citing their support of embattled QL President and CEO Thomas Galante as the primary reason…
  • Library Freedom Fighter Zoia Horn Remembered

    John N. Berry III
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Zoia Horn at the Internet Archive in 2010 Activist librarian Zoia Markovna Horn died on July 12 at the age 96. She was famous for being the first U.S. librarian to be jailed for refusing to divulge information that violated professional principles of privacy and intellectual freedom. An activist member of the American Library Association (ALA) and a member and chair of its Intellectual Freedom Committee, Horn was jailed for 20 days for contempt after refusing to testify in the 1972 conspiracy trial of the “Harrisburg Seven.” Born in Odessa, Ukraine in 1918 to a secular Jewish family,…
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  • Gale Founder Frederick Ruffner Dies at 88

    Matt Enis
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    Frederick Gale Ruffner, Jr., who founded Gale Research Company with his wife Mary Evans Ruffner, died on August 12 following a long illness. Born on August 26, 1926 in Akron, OH to Frederick Ruffner Sr. and Olive Ruffner, “Fred” was a voracious reader from a young age. “Fred’s favorite book was The Swiss Family Robinson because the family started with nothing and every day made their situation a little better by virtue of personal ingenuity and perseverance,” Dedria Bryfonski, former CEO of Gale Research, told LJ.  “It was an appropriate choice for a man who started with an idea…
  • Asserting Rights We Don’t Have: Libraries and “Permission to Publish” | Peer to Peer Review

    Rick Anderson
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    In late June, a minor brouhaha erupted when the library at the University of Arkansas suspended reporters from the Washington Free Beacon, an online newspaper, from using its special collections. The reason given by library administrators was that on multiple occasions the newspaper’s reporters had published content from those collections without asking permission, as library policy requires. Much has been made in the right-wing press about the politics supposedly surrounding this conflict: in the incident that resulted in the Free Beacon‘s ban, it had published interview…
  • If Confusion Helps Students Learn, Shouldn’t They Be Information Literate By Now? | From the Bell Tower

    Steven Bell
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:12 am
    When students have trouble grasping the subject matter, intuitively we work to make it as clear as possible. New research suggests actually promoting some confusion may work better. If that’s true, how would it change library instruction? Everything appears to be going well in my instruction session for freshman. It’s an introduction to college-level research and the library resource environment. For students transitioning to college, as Project Information Literacy found, the process can be overwhelming. But it looks like they are getting it. We had a good discussion about what research…
  • NYC Mayor Appoints First Replacement for Dismissed Queens Trustees

    Matt Enis
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Jukay Hsu, the newest appointee to the Queens Library Board of Trustees, also runs the Coalition for Queens New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on August 12 appointed Jukay Hsu, founder of the community development organization Coalition for Queens (C4Q), to the Queens Borough Public Library (QL) Board of Trustees. The appointment fills one of eight positions left vacant since July 23, when de Blasio dismissed two of the library’s trustees and Queens Borough President (QBP) Melinda Katz dismissed six, citing their support of embattled QL President and CEO Thomas Galante as the primary reason…
  • Library Freedom Fighter Zoia Horn Remembered

    John N. Berry III
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Zoia Horn at the Internet Archive in 2010 Activist librarian Zoia Markovna Horn died on July 12 at the age 96. She was famous for being the first U.S. librarian to be jailed for refusing to divulge information that violated professional principles of privacy and intellectual freedom. An activist member of the American Library Association (ALA) and a member and chair of its Intellectual Freedom Committee, Horn was jailed for 20 days for contempt after refusing to testify in the 1972 conspiracy trial of the “Harrisburg Seven.” Born in Odessa, Ukraine in 1918 to a secular Jewish family,…
 
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  • Interviewing David Nicholls, Erika Johansen, Wally Lamb, & More

    Barbara Hoffert
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Never mind that David Nicholls’s affecting and freshly told Us has been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, with the shortlist to be announced September 9. Fans of the British novelist/screenwriter will have to wait until late October to read it. Fortunately, I had the opportunity to interview the genial and insightful Nicholls in New York this July, and to learn more about his new novel you can go straight to Prepub Alert: Video Interviews to see our talk. And that’s not all. You’ll also have a chance to see Erika Johansen, whose The Queen of the Tearling was a LibraryReads pick…
  • Charles Baxter, Sara Blaedel, Nick Hornby, Reif Larsen, Peter Swanson, & More | Barbara’s Picks, Feb. 2015, Pt. 4

    Barbara Hoffert
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:49 am
    Baxter, Charles. There’s Something I Want You To Do. Pantheon. Feb. 2015. 240p. ISBN 9781101870013. $24; ebk. ISBN ISBN 9781101870020. SHORT STORIES A National Book Award nominee for The Feast of Love, Baxter returns with his first story collection in 15 years. Piercingly elegant, as always, the stories are divided into two sections, one embodying virtues (e.g., “Loyalty,” whose protagonist sweetly takes in his ex-wife–turned–bag lady) and the other vice (e.g., “Lust,” about a man struggling with the breakup of a relationship even as he tries to comfort a dying friend with…
  • Great Book Club Books from Kate Alcott, Tom McCarthy, Tatjana Soli, & More | Fiction Previews, Feb. 2015, Pt. 4

    Barbara Hoffert
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:47 am
    Alcott, Kate. A Touch of Stardust. Pantheon. Feb. 2015. 304p. ISBN 9780385539043. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780385539050. CD: Random Audio. HISTORICAL How fun is this? Alcott, author of the New York Times best-selling The Dressmaker, has written a big, sprawling novel about the filming of Gone with the Wind, with a side trip to the boiling-over romance between its leading man, Clark Gable, and sunny Carole Lombard. Hannaham, James. Delicious Foods. Little, Brown. Feb. 2015. 384p. ISBN 9780316284943. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780316284929. lib. ISBN 9780316294768. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. AFRICAN AMERICAN…
  • History (David O. Stewart), Politics (David Axelrod), Self-Help (Ron Lieber), & More | Social Science Previews, Feb. 2015, Pt. 4

    Barbara Hoffert
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:46 am
    Axelrod, David. Believer: My Forty Years in Politics. Penguin Pr. Feb. 2015. 416p. ISBN 9781594205873. $29.95. CD: Penguin Audio. MEMOIR After eight years as a reporter and columnist for the Chicago Tribune, Axelrod switched lanes to become a political consultant, strategizing for over 150 local, state, and national campaigns. His clients have included Barack Obama, whom he has known for 20 years and who as senior strategist he guided to the White House; now he is the President’s senior adviser. The portrait of Obama is a major reason to read this book. Green, James. The Devil Is Here…
  • Jussi Adler-Olsen, Daniel Handler, Jonathan Lethem, Laura Lippman, Thomas Keneally | Barbara’s Fiction Picks, Feb. 2015, Pt. 3

    Barbara Hoffert
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:37 am
    Adler-Olsen, Jussi. The Alphabet House. Dutton. Feb. 2015. 480p. ISBN 9780525954897. $27.95. CD: Penguin Audio. SUSPENSE The author of the Department Q series (e.g., The Purity of Vengeance), Denmark’s top crime writer offers a surprising departure with this stand-alone. Shot down on a special photo-reconnaissance mission over World War II Germany, British pilots James Teasdale and Bryan Young evade escape by hopping a train carrying senior SS soldiers wounded on the eastern front. That lands them at the Alphabet House, a mental hospital where German doctors administer shock treatments and…
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  • Gale Founder Frederick Ruffner Dies at 88

    Matt Enis
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    Frederick Gale Ruffner, Jr., who founded Gale Research Company with his wife Mary Evans Ruffner, died on August 12 following a long illness. Born on August 26, 1926 in Akron, OH to Frederick Ruffner Sr. and Olive Ruffner, “Fred” was a voracious reader from a young age. “Fred’s favorite book was The Swiss Family Robinson because the family started with nothing and every day made their situation a little better by virtue of personal ingenuity and perseverance,” Dedria Bryfonski, former CEO of Gale Research, told LJ.  “It was an appropriate choice for a man who started with an idea…
  • Asserting Rights We Don’t Have: Libraries and “Permission to Publish” | Peer to Peer Review

    Rick Anderson
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    In late June, a minor brouhaha erupted when the library at the University of Arkansas suspended reporters from the Washington Free Beacon, an online newspaper, from using its special collections. The reason given by library administrators was that on multiple occasions the newspaper’s reporters had published content from those collections without asking permission, as library policy requires. Much has been made in the right-wing press about the politics supposedly surrounding this conflict: in the incident that resulted in the Free Beacon‘s ban, it had published interview…
  • If Confusion Helps Students Learn, Shouldn’t They Be Information Literate By Now? | From the Bell Tower

    Steven Bell
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:12 am
    When students have trouble grasping the subject matter, intuitively we work to make it as clear as possible. New research suggests actually promoting some confusion may work better. If that’s true, how would it change library instruction? Everything appears to be going well in my instruction session for freshman. It’s an introduction to college-level research and the library resource environment. For students transitioning to college, as Project Information Literacy found, the process can be overwhelming. But it looks like they are getting it. We had a good discussion about what research…
  • NYC Mayor Appoints First Replacement for Dismissed Queens Trustees

    Matt Enis
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Jukay Hsu, the newest appointee to the Queens Library Board of Trustees, also runs the Coalition for Queens New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on August 12 appointed Jukay Hsu, founder of the community development organization Coalition for Queens (C4Q), to the Queens Borough Public Library (QL) Board of Trustees. The appointment fills one of eight positions left vacant since July 23, when de Blasio dismissed two of the library’s trustees and Queens Borough President (QBP) Melinda Katz dismissed six, citing their support of embattled QL President and CEO Thomas Galante as the primary reason…
  • Library Freedom Fighter Zoia Horn Remembered

    John N. Berry III
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Zoia Horn at the Internet Archive in 2010 Activist librarian Zoia Markovna Horn died on July 12 at the age 96. She was famous for being the first U.S. librarian to be jailed for refusing to divulge information that violated professional principles of privacy and intellectual freedom. An activist member of the American Library Association (ALA) and a member and chair of its Intellectual Freedom Committee, Horn was jailed for 20 days for contempt after refusing to testify in the 1972 conspiracy trial of the “Harrisburg Seven.” Born in Odessa, Ukraine in 1918 to a secular Jewish family,…
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  • Gale Founder Frederick Ruffner Dies at 88

    Matt Enis
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    Frederick Gale Ruffner, Jr., who founded Gale Research Company with his wife Mary Evans Ruffner, died on August 12 following a long illness. Born on August 26, 1926 in Akron, OH to Frederick Ruffner Sr. and Olive Ruffner, “Fred” was a voracious reader from a young age. “Fred’s favorite book was The Swiss Family Robinson because the family started with nothing and every day made their situation a little better by virtue of personal ingenuity and perseverance,” Dedria Bryfonski, former CEO of Gale Research, told LJ.  “It was an appropriate choice for a man who started with an idea…
  • Asserting Rights We Don’t Have: Libraries and “Permission to Publish” | Peer to Peer Review

    Rick Anderson
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    In late June, a minor brouhaha erupted when the library at the University of Arkansas suspended reporters from the Washington Free Beacon, an online newspaper, from using its special collections. The reason given by library administrators was that on multiple occasions the newspaper’s reporters had published content from those collections without asking permission, as library policy requires. Much has been made in the right-wing press about the politics supposedly surrounding this conflict: in the incident that resulted in the Free Beacon‘s ban, it had published interview…
  • If Confusion Helps Students Learn, Shouldn’t They Be Information Literate By Now? | From the Bell Tower

    Steven Bell
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:12 am
    When students have trouble grasping the subject matter, intuitively we work to make it as clear as possible. New research suggests actually promoting some confusion may work better. If that’s true, how would it change library instruction? Everything appears to be going well in my instruction session for freshman. It’s an introduction to college-level research and the library resource environment. For students transitioning to college, as Project Information Literacy found, the process can be overwhelming. But it looks like they are getting it. We had a good discussion about what research…
  • NYC Mayor Appoints First Replacement for Dismissed Queens Trustees

    Matt Enis
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Jukay Hsu, the newest appointee to the Queens Library Board of Trustees, also runs the Coalition for Queens New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on August 12 appointed Jukay Hsu, founder of the community development organization Coalition for Queens (C4Q), to the Queens Borough Public Library (QL) Board of Trustees. The appointment fills one of eight positions left vacant since July 23, when de Blasio dismissed two of the library’s trustees and Queens Borough President (QBP) Melinda Katz dismissed six, citing their support of embattled QL President and CEO Thomas Galante as the primary reason…
  • Library Freedom Fighter Zoia Horn Remembered

    John N. Berry III
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Zoia Horn at the Internet Archive in 2010 Activist librarian Zoia Markovna Horn died on July 12 at the age 96. She was famous for being the first U.S. librarian to be jailed for refusing to divulge information that violated professional principles of privacy and intellectual freedom. An activist member of the American Library Association (ALA) and a member and chair of its Intellectual Freedom Committee, Horn was jailed for 20 days for contempt after refusing to testify in the 1972 conspiracy trial of the “Harrisburg Seven.” Born in Odessa, Ukraine in 1918 to a secular Jewish family,…
 
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  • Facts To Make Your Mouth Drop, Oxford’s Dictionary of Journalism, Contemporary Slang, & More | Reference Reviews

    LJ Reviews
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    GENERAL REFERENCE Lloyd, John & others. 1,339 Quite Interesting Facts To Make Your Jaw Drop. Norton. Sept. 2014. 368p. index. ISBN 9780393245608. $15.95; ebk. ISBN 9780393245615. REF While many fact books can be dull, Lloyd and coauthors John Mitchinson and James Harkin, creators of the BBC’s successful Quite Interesting show, offer here a quirky, humorous gem. While the book is impractical, readers will enjoy browsing its pages and will find within many short facts (one to two sentences each) that will impress friends. Among them are the information that an Olympic gold medal is 92.5…
  • What’s the Best Database of 2014?

    Henrietta Verma
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:38 am
    ARTstor and JSTOR. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Credo Reference. What do all these resources have in common? They’ve been named Best Database by LJ readers over the past three years. It’s time to pick the 2014 winner, and we want to hear from you! The winner will top the list of our popular “Best Databases” feature, which will appear in the November 1 reference supplement. I’d love to hear from you with your nominations. Which resource made research exciting this year? We’re looking for titles in categories such as the ones listed below—or make up your own category. We’d…
  • Angling, History, Law, and Pricing Guides | Reference Short Takes

    LJ Reviews
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:03 am
    Fisherman’s Bible: The World’s Most Comprehensive Angling Reference. Skyhorse. 2014. 611p. ed. by Jay Cassell. illus. ISBN 9781616088378. pap. $29.95. ref “Bigger than golf!” crows ­Cassell (editorial director, Skyhorse publishing) about the $48 billion angling industry, which serves an estimated 40 million fishing enthusiasts in the United States. This reference seeks to be the piscine counterpart to Skyhorse’s Shooter’s Bible, first released in 1925. Largely a gear guide, with information on rods, reels, lures, and lines, this new work also includes a charming excerpt from…
  • The LGBT Experience | Reference eReviews & E-Short Takes

    LJ Reviews
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:50 pm
    There’s been a sea change in attitudes toward the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in just the last couple of years, it seems, although the pace of that change probably still appears much more plodding to members of that community than to observers. While contemporary American society looks to be adjusting fairly quickly to the proliferation of gay people on TV, in politics, sports, the military, and in the engagement announcements pages of their local newspapers, it’s very satisfying to be part of a profession that’s been on board with these concepts for…
  • Overviews of Black Migration, Analytic Philosophy, Conifers, Social Deviance | Reference Reviews

    LJ Reviews
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:20 pm
    History The Great Black Migration: A Historical Encyclopedia of the American Mosaic. Greenwood. 2014. 453p. ed. by Steven A. Reich. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781610696654. $89; ebk. ISBN 9781610696661. REF Editor Reich’s excellent (history, James Madison Univ., Harrisonburg, VA; A Working People: A History of African American Workers Since Emancipation) work provides researchers with a broad overview of the two waves of migration by Southern blacks to the North and West regions of the United States. A guide to topics, grouped by subject, and a chronology are located at the beginning of the…
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  • Gale Founder Frederick Ruffner Dies at 88

    Matt Enis
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    Frederick Gale Ruffner, Jr., who founded Gale Research Company with his wife Mary Evans Ruffner, died on August 12 following a long illness. Born on August 26, 1926 in Akron, OH to Frederick Ruffner Sr. and Olive Ruffner, “Fred” was a voracious reader from a young age. “Fred’s favorite book was The Swiss Family Robinson because the family started with nothing and every day made their situation a little better by virtue of personal ingenuity and perseverance,” Dedria Bryfonski, former CEO of Gale Research, told LJ.  “It was an appropriate choice for a man who started with an idea…
  • Asserting Rights We Don’t Have: Libraries and “Permission to Publish” | Peer to Peer Review

    Rick Anderson
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    In late June, a minor brouhaha erupted when the library at the University of Arkansas suspended reporters from the Washington Free Beacon, an online newspaper, from using its special collections. The reason given by library administrators was that on multiple occasions the newspaper’s reporters had published content from those collections without asking permission, as library policy requires. Much has been made in the right-wing press about the politics supposedly surrounding this conflict: in the incident that resulted in the Free Beacon‘s ban, it had published interview…
  • If Confusion Helps Students Learn, Shouldn’t They Be Information Literate By Now? | From the Bell Tower

    Steven Bell
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:12 am
    When students have trouble grasping the subject matter, intuitively we work to make it as clear as possible. New research suggests actually promoting some confusion may work better. If that’s true, how would it change library instruction? Everything appears to be going well in my instruction session for freshman. It’s an introduction to college-level research and the library resource environment. For students transitioning to college, as Project Information Literacy found, the process can be overwhelming. But it looks like they are getting it. We had a good discussion about what research…
  • NYC Mayor Appoints First Replacement for Dismissed Queens Trustees

    Matt Enis
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Jukay Hsu, the newest appointee to the Queens Library Board of Trustees, also runs the Coalition for Queens New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on August 12 appointed Jukay Hsu, founder of the community development organization Coalition for Queens (C4Q), to the Queens Borough Public Library (QL) Board of Trustees. The appointment fills one of eight positions left vacant since July 23, when de Blasio dismissed two of the library’s trustees and Queens Borough President (QBP) Melinda Katz dismissed six, citing their support of embattled QL President and CEO Thomas Galante as the primary reason…
  • Library Freedom Fighter Zoia Horn Remembered

    John N. Berry III
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Zoia Horn at the Internet Archive in 2010 Activist librarian Zoia Markovna Horn died on July 12 at the age 96. She was famous for being the first U.S. librarian to be jailed for refusing to divulge information that violated professional principles of privacy and intellectual freedom. An activist member of the American Library Association (ALA) and a member and chair of its Intellectual Freedom Committee, Horn was jailed for 20 days for contempt after refusing to testify in the 1972 conspiracy trial of the “Harrisburg Seven.” Born in Odessa, Ukraine in 1918 to a secular Jewish family,…
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  • Gale Founder Frederick Ruffner Dies at 88

    Matt Enis
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    Frederick Gale Ruffner, Jr., who founded Gale Research Company with his wife Mary Evans Ruffner, died on August 12 following a long illness. Born on August 26, 1926 in Akron, OH to Frederick Ruffner Sr. and Olive Ruffner, “Fred” was a voracious reader from a young age. “Fred’s favorite book was The Swiss Family Robinson because the family started with nothing and every day made their situation a little better by virtue of personal ingenuity and perseverance,” Dedria Bryfonski, former CEO of Gale Research, told LJ.  “It was an appropriate choice for a man who started with an idea…
  • Asserting Rights We Don’t Have: Libraries and “Permission to Publish” | Peer to Peer Review

    Rick Anderson
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    In late June, a minor brouhaha erupted when the library at the University of Arkansas suspended reporters from the Washington Free Beacon, an online newspaper, from using its special collections. The reason given by library administrators was that on multiple occasions the newspaper’s reporters had published content from those collections without asking permission, as library policy requires. Much has been made in the right-wing press about the politics supposedly surrounding this conflict: in the incident that resulted in the Free Beacon‘s ban, it had published interview…
  • If Confusion Helps Students Learn, Shouldn’t They Be Information Literate By Now? | From the Bell Tower

    Steven Bell
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:12 am
    When students have trouble grasping the subject matter, intuitively we work to make it as clear as possible. New research suggests actually promoting some confusion may work better. If that’s true, how would it change library instruction? Everything appears to be going well in my instruction session for freshman. It’s an introduction to college-level research and the library resource environment. For students transitioning to college, as Project Information Literacy found, the process can be overwhelming. But it looks like they are getting it. We had a good discussion about what research…
  • NYC Mayor Appoints First Replacement for Dismissed Queens Trustees

    Matt Enis
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Jukay Hsu, the newest appointee to the Queens Library Board of Trustees, also runs the Coalition for Queens New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on August 12 appointed Jukay Hsu, founder of the community development organization Coalition for Queens (C4Q), to the Queens Borough Public Library (QL) Board of Trustees. The appointment fills one of eight positions left vacant since July 23, when de Blasio dismissed two of the library’s trustees and Queens Borough President (QBP) Melinda Katz dismissed six, citing their support of embattled QL President and CEO Thomas Galante as the primary reason…
  • Library Freedom Fighter Zoia Horn Remembered

    John N. Berry III
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Zoia Horn at the Internet Archive in 2010 Activist librarian Zoia Markovna Horn died on July 12 at the age 96. She was famous for being the first U.S. librarian to be jailed for refusing to divulge information that violated professional principles of privacy and intellectual freedom. An activist member of the American Library Association (ALA) and a member and chair of its Intellectual Freedom Committee, Horn was jailed for 20 days for contempt after refusing to testify in the 1972 conspiracy trial of the “Harrisburg Seven.” Born in Odessa, Ukraine in 1918 to a secular Jewish family,…
 
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  • Gale Founder Frederick Ruffner Dies at 88

    Matt Enis
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    Frederick Gale Ruffner, Jr., who founded Gale Research Company with his wife Mary Evans Ruffner, died on August 12 following a long illness. Born on August 26, 1926 in Akron, OH to Frederick Ruffner Sr. and Olive Ruffner, “Fred” was a voracious reader from a young age. “Fred’s favorite book was The Swiss Family Robinson because the family started with nothing and every day made their situation a little better by virtue of personal ingenuity and perseverance,” Dedria Bryfonski, former CEO of Gale Research, told LJ.  “It was an appropriate choice for a man who started with an idea…
  • Asserting Rights We Don’t Have: Libraries and “Permission to Publish” | Peer to Peer Review

    Rick Anderson
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    In late June, a minor brouhaha erupted when the library at the University of Arkansas suspended reporters from the Washington Free Beacon, an online newspaper, from using its special collections. The reason given by library administrators was that on multiple occasions the newspaper’s reporters had published content from those collections without asking permission, as library policy requires. Much has been made in the right-wing press about the politics supposedly surrounding this conflict: in the incident that resulted in the Free Beacon‘s ban, it had published interview…
  • If Confusion Helps Students Learn, Shouldn’t They Be Information Literate By Now? | From the Bell Tower

    Steven Bell
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:12 am
    When students have trouble grasping the subject matter, intuitively we work to make it as clear as possible. New research suggests actually promoting some confusion may work better. If that’s true, how would it change library instruction? Everything appears to be going well in my instruction session for freshman. It’s an introduction to college-level research and the library resource environment. For students transitioning to college, as Project Information Literacy found, the process can be overwhelming. But it looks like they are getting it. We had a good discussion about what research…
  • NYC Mayor Appoints First Replacement for Dismissed Queens Trustees

    Matt Enis
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Jukay Hsu, the newest appointee to the Queens Library Board of Trustees, also runs the Coalition for Queens New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on August 12 appointed Jukay Hsu, founder of the community development organization Coalition for Queens (C4Q), to the Queens Borough Public Library (QL) Board of Trustees. The appointment fills one of eight positions left vacant since July 23, when de Blasio dismissed two of the library’s trustees and Queens Borough President (QBP) Melinda Katz dismissed six, citing their support of embattled QL President and CEO Thomas Galante as the primary reason…
  • Library Freedom Fighter Zoia Horn Remembered

    John N. Berry III
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Zoia Horn at the Internet Archive in 2010 Activist librarian Zoia Markovna Horn died on July 12 at the age 96. She was famous for being the first U.S. librarian to be jailed for refusing to divulge information that violated professional principles of privacy and intellectual freedom. An activist member of the American Library Association (ALA) and a member and chair of its Intellectual Freedom Committee, Horn was jailed for 20 days for contempt after refusing to testify in the 1972 conspiracy trial of the “Harrisburg Seven.” Born in Odessa, Ukraine in 1918 to a secular Jewish family,…
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  • Gale Founder Frederick Ruffner Dies at 88

    Matt Enis
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    Frederick Gale Ruffner, Jr., who founded Gale Research Company with his wife Mary Evans Ruffner, died on August 12 following a long illness. Born on August 26, 1926 in Akron, OH to Frederick Ruffner Sr. and Olive Ruffner, “Fred” was a voracious reader from a young age. “Fred’s favorite book was The Swiss Family Robinson because the family started with nothing and every day made their situation a little better by virtue of personal ingenuity and perseverance,” Dedria Bryfonski, former CEO of Gale Research, told LJ.  “It was an appropriate choice for a man who started with an idea…
  • Asserting Rights We Don’t Have: Libraries and “Permission to Publish” | Peer to Peer Review

    Rick Anderson
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    In late June, a minor brouhaha erupted when the library at the University of Arkansas suspended reporters from the Washington Free Beacon, an online newspaper, from using its special collections. The reason given by library administrators was that on multiple occasions the newspaper’s reporters had published content from those collections without asking permission, as library policy requires. Much has been made in the right-wing press about the politics supposedly surrounding this conflict: in the incident that resulted in the Free Beacon‘s ban, it had published interview…
  • If Confusion Helps Students Learn, Shouldn’t They Be Information Literate By Now? | From the Bell Tower

    Steven Bell
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:12 am
    When students have trouble grasping the subject matter, intuitively we work to make it as clear as possible. New research suggests actually promoting some confusion may work better. If that’s true, how would it change library instruction? Everything appears to be going well in my instruction session for freshman. It’s an introduction to college-level research and the library resource environment. For students transitioning to college, as Project Information Literacy found, the process can be overwhelming. But it looks like they are getting it. We had a good discussion about what research…
  • NYC Mayor Appoints First Replacement for Dismissed Queens Trustees

    Matt Enis
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Jukay Hsu, the newest appointee to the Queens Library Board of Trustees, also runs the Coalition for Queens New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on August 12 appointed Jukay Hsu, founder of the community development organization Coalition for Queens (C4Q), to the Queens Borough Public Library (QL) Board of Trustees. The appointment fills one of eight positions left vacant since July 23, when de Blasio dismissed two of the library’s trustees and Queens Borough President (QBP) Melinda Katz dismissed six, citing their support of embattled QL President and CEO Thomas Galante as the primary reason…
  • Library Freedom Fighter Zoia Horn Remembered

    John N. Berry III
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Zoia Horn at the Internet Archive in 2010 Activist librarian Zoia Markovna Horn died on July 12 at the age 96. She was famous for being the first U.S. librarian to be jailed for refusing to divulge information that violated professional principles of privacy and intellectual freedom. An activist member of the American Library Association (ALA) and a member and chair of its Intellectual Freedom Committee, Horn was jailed for 20 days for contempt after refusing to testify in the 1972 conspiracy trial of the “Harrisburg Seven.” Born in Odessa, Ukraine in 1918 to a secular Jewish family,…
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  • Survivors, Rebels, & Ruins | What We’re Reading

    Liz French
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:28 am
    This week the School Library Journal/LJ crew gobbles up stories of survival, women of affairs, insurrections, and disappearing architecture. Mahnaz Dar, Associate Editor, SLJ I’ve been slowly making my way through Marcia Reiss’s Lost New York (Pavilion, 2011), a gorgeous, photo-studded work that sheds light on various sites throughout New York that have since been abandoned or demolished. Some of my favorite places? The Astor Mansion, the Lunatic Asylum at Roosevelt Island, and the Castle Garden Aquarium (damn you, Robert Moses!). The book also contains some sizzling salacious…
  • Chelsea Cain | LibraryReads Authors

    Barbara Hoffert
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Featuring a detective obsessed with the female serial killer who tortured him, Chelsea Cain’s New York Times best-selling Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell thrillers are so dark they make midnight look like Mardi Gras. Now Cain has a new series, opening this August with One Kick and starring Kick Lannigan, a tough young woman still finding her equilibrium after being abducted as a child. With Kick, Cain says she’s lightened up some while conceding that “compared to my other series it is PG-13, but compared to anything else, it would be R.” Why launch a new, presumably gentler series,…
  • A Writer’s Life with Librarians: A First Novelist Addresses Librarians at S. & S.’s Summer 2014 Preview

    LJ Reviews
    15 Aug 2014 | 1:55 pm
    It’s an honor and a privilege for me to stand before you today. Like so many active readers, I spent my childhood admiring librarians from afar. I heard them summon out of the ether the names of books for patrons who could offer only the wispiest notions of the plots or characters involved. I saw them run titles through their mental search engines and write down impressive lists of comparable books on the spot. I watched the quiet conviction on their faces, when they discussed certain books, grow into conspiratorial delight as they pressed them upon me. The first romantics “Here, just…
  • Going to a Bad Place | What We’re Reading

    Liz French
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:20 pm
    School Library Journal/LJ staffers enter the badlands with antiheroes, haunted houses, bad behavior, and murder featuring in What We’re Reading this week.  Mahnaz Dar, Associate Editor, SLJ This weekend, I finished watching Breaking Bad, and, of course, immersed myself in a ton of relevant articles, including The New Yorker TV critic Emily Nussbaum’s criticism of Bad Fans, Esquire’s explanation of why the show is so great, and, turning to the Gray Lady, two fascinating pieces: an op-ed from Anna Gunn, the actress who plays Walter White’s long-suffering wife; and a fake…
  • Learning from the Past | What We’re Reading

    Liz French
    6 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    Time to go to prison, read to the kids, rumble with the Socs and Greasers, and pick a family with the School Library Journal/LJ staffers this week. Mahnaz Dar, Associate Editor, Reviews, SLJ I just finished reading Orange Is the New Black (Random), Piper Kerman’s memoir, which spawned the Netflix original series of the same name—and which I’m loving! Kerman’s book isn’t quite as good as the TV series (the author’s not quite as self-aware as the TV show’s creator and show runner, Jenji Kohan, who uses the series to gently mock the protagonist’s sense of privilege), but it’s…
 
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  • Yet Another Bookless Library

    Annoyed Librarian
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Every few months it seems someone gets excited about a “bookless” library, usually the people who work in them. Me, I don’t see what the big deal is. The latest story about one comes from the esteemed Library Journal, where we find out that the brand new Florida Polytechnic University has a library with no [...]
  • Who’s Saving Whom?

    Annoyed Librarian
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    On an unrelated note, at least to the subject of this post, if you want to see what a real “book ban” looked like, check out this short historical news article from the New York Times: 1939: Fascist Italy Issues Book Ban. “Booksellers and librarians received the list, which included books that have been seized [...]
  • A Weekly Roundup

    Annoyed Librarian
    14 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    This has been a busy week, and there are a lot of things I wanted to write about, so this is a bit of a blogging roundup. First, I was contacted by someone who’s been working against the idea that seed libraries are forms of agroterrorism. He saw last week’s post and wanted people to [...]
  • The Secret to Weeding

    Annoyed Librarian
    11 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Goodness, someone needs to tell librarians about the proper way to weed. The weeding complaint news article has become a regular appearance these days. This time it’s the Boston Public Library. The headline reads, “Unpopular books flying off branch libraries’ shelves.” I expected something much more dramatic after that headline, but it’s just an article [...]
  • Sowing the Seeds of Terrorism @ the Library

    Annoyed Librarian
    7 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    It’s not often that libraries and terrorism come together as topics. Sure, there have been incidences of alleged terrorists possibly searching for their Internet porn on public library computers, and librarians gallantly fighting against the FBI for the alleged terrorists’ privacy. That probably happens all the time. But it’s not like the terrorists are being [...]
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  • Call for Articles

    Editorial Board
    13 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    We’ve just finalized revamping our publication process documentation. Now that the new documentation is live we thought it was a good time to post another call for articles. What We Publish We publish high quality peer-reviewed articles in a range of formats. Whilst we are open to suggestions for new article types and formats, including material previously published in part or full, we expect proposals to include unique and substantial new content from the author. Examples of material we would publish include: Original research with a discussion of its consequences and an argument for…
  • Announcing In the Library with the Lead Pipe’s Community Code of Conduct

    Ellie Collier
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Editorial Board is pleased to announce In the Library with the Lead Pipe’s adoption of a Code of Conduct. By doing so, we hope to protect the members of our community from harassing behaviors in Lead Pipe spaces, including this website, our social media spaces, and any other Lead Pipe-sponsored spaces. As of today, everyone participating in Lead Pipe spaces is expected to comply with the Code of Conduct (copied below and also linked in the top navigation bar). Reported violations of the Code of Conduct will be handled by members of the Lead Pipe Editorial Board. You can contact us at…
  • Open Source Outline: Locating the Library within Institutional Oppression

    Ellie Collier
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    In Brief: A call for articles based on an open source outline On January 20th, 2014 nina de jesus posted “Outline for a Paper I Probably Won’t Write.” The editors at In the Library with the Lead Pipe approached de jesus to see if she might like to write it after all. We also discussed her idea to release her outline with an open source license and see what others would write. We are thrilled to announce that de jesus agreed to both. If you are interested in writing an article for us based on this outline and would like to work with a Lead Pipe editor, please email…
  • Making a New Table: Intersectional Librarianship

    Fobazi Ettarh
    2 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Intersectionality In Brief: When librarians discuss the lack of underrepresented populations in librarianship, the solutions suggested most often are recruitment and awareness. But these discussions focus on one matrix of identity, like race or class, and ignore the fact that people embody multiple, layered identities. By treating these matrices of identity and marginalization as separate entities, librarians fail to fully understand how oppressions work in varying contexts. We need to go beyond the traditional diversity rhetoric and speak instead of intersectional librarianship. This…
  • Exploring Critical and Indigenous Research Methods with a Research Community: Part I – The Leap

    Robert Schroeder
    18 Jun 2014 | 3:30 am
    Star jump by Stuart Anthony / CC-BY In Brief: Librarians create collections of works grounded in many western academic forms of research and they conduct research using many of these qualitative and quantitative methodologies as well. But are there perhaps research methods around the margins, ones that might help us ask different questions or let our research serve different ends? In this, the first of two articles, I describe how I discovered critical and indigenous research methods and how my research became grounded in a digital community.   This is the email that started it all: Hi…
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  • 10 Best Wearable Tech Devices for Back to School

    Ellyssa Kroski
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:55 am
    Wearable technology is the next big thing, and tech-savvy college students will want to be in-the-know about these new and just launching consumer devices.  From sleep monitors to fitness trackers to GPS-enabled shoes, there are some truly incredible wearables now available for consumers to purchase.  Here are my top ten picks for back to school: 1) Vigo Energy Gauge This Bluetooth headset is the perfect companion for all-night study sessions.  Vigo uses an infrared sensor and accelerometer to track patterns in your blinks and movements to learn when you’re the most alert and when…
  • 10 Remarkably Free Digital Tools for Educators and Students

    Ellyssa Kroski
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:57 pm
    1) Hemingway Editor This is a free Web-based app that lets you paste in your writing to be analyzed and edited for optimal readability. The app quickly identifies hard to read sentences, passive voice, and overuse of adverbs. It also will instantly grade your work according to level of writing. I pasted in a couple paragraphs from my last article and got a grade 16 but needed to fix 6 hard-to-read sentences. I’ll be using this for all of my writing going forward! They’ve just released a desktop version for $6.99.   2) Coffitivity I absolutely love the idea of this app, especially…
  • 50 Library Stories You May Have Missed in July

    Ellyssa Kroski
    12 Aug 2014 | 10:56 am
    Library stories and news articles flourished this summer including these fifty resources discussing everything from Amazon’s new Kindle Unlimited service to librarian salaries, to 3D printing.  Whether you’re just getting caught up on your reading or want to refresh your memory, here’s what was written last month: How to Create a Video Press Release for Your Library with Adobe Voice 4 Great iPad Apps for Creating Educational Videos 16 Conference Networking Tips for Educators and Librarians What Happens if Your Library Systems Go Down? 15 Perfect Etsy Gifts for Librarians…
  • 13 Resources to Help You Make the Most of the Workday

    Ellyssa Kroski
    8 Aug 2014 | 8:25 am
    It’s that time of year when we all start to think about being more productive and organizing our work lives. I’ve identified 19 excellent resources which will help you do just that. 16 Things You Should Do At The Start Of Every Work Day – Excellent article from the Leadership section of Forbes.com Being Effective at Work: Essential Traits and Skills – The Mind Tools website has put together a guide chock full of great tips for better time management. 50 Ways To Increase Your Productivity – Lifehack not only has some great tips here, but also lists several…
  • 31 Free August Webinars for Librarians

    Ellyssa Kroski
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:57 am
    All the latest free professional development opportunities have been added to our new feature page here: Free Live Webinars for Librarians Be sure to bookmark it and check back monthly for updates! The post 31 Free August Webinars for Librarians appeared first on OEDB.org.
 
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  • George Washington U. clarifies ‘no alternative textbook vendor’ guidelines

    Steven M. Cohen
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:11 am
    “Faculty members at George Washington University are once again free to tell students they can save money by buying their textbooks online, after the university initially urged professors to stop pointing students to sources other than the campus bookstore. In a letter dated July 17, the university reminded faculty members of its “contractual obligation” with Follett, which runs the campus bookstore. Since the company has the “exclusive right” to provide textbooks and other course materials for all of the university’s courses, “alternative vendors may not be endorsed,…
  • Dallas’ Libraries, Among the Nation’s Worst Funded, May Actually Get Some More Moneyr

    Steven M. Cohen
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:53 am
    “On Wednesday, book lovers from across the city showed up in force at the Dallas City Council meeting. It was the first time council members were able to throw amendments at the proposed city budget for the next fiscal year. And supporters of Dallas Public Libraries wanted them to carefully consider the library budget in their decision-making. After half a decade of budget cuts, Dallas’ library system has some of the most limited operation hours of any city library system in the country. It catching up to do if it is to restore competitive hours — that is, more than 40 hours…
  • Pastor wants ‘demonic’ books removed from public library in Cleveland

    Steven M. Cohen
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:52 am
    “A Cleveland pastor wants what he calls “demonic” books pulled from the shelves of the public library. Pastor Phillip Missick of King of Saints Tabernacle, a Messianic church, filed a complaint with Austin Memorial Library, Cleveland’s public library, asking that many fiction books on vampires, demons and the supernatural be purged. He says he was stunned to find the young adult section full of books like “Blood Promise,” “Twilight,” and the “Vampire Knight” series. “This is dark. There’s a sexual element. You have…
  • Chicagoans Divided on Using Tax Money to Attract Obama Library

    Steven M. Cohen
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:51 am
    “As President Barack Obama’s foundation reviews locations for his library and museum — Chicago is the unofficial frontrunner. But voters in his adopted hometown are divided over whether to use taxpayer dollars to help the Windy City secure and build the future tourist trap. The Chicago Tribune polled Chicagoans on the issue and found reactions split nearly down the middle, with 47 supporting the idea, 45 percent against it and 8 percent undecided. The divide was greater among black poll-takers (61 percent of whom were in favor) and whites surveyed (60 percent were in…
  • Bill Clinton library plans 10th anniversary event

    Steven M. Cohen
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:49 am
    “The presidential library honoring Bill Clinton in Little Rock, Arkansas, is planning for a major event in November to honor its tenth anniversary, sources familiar with the planning said Thursday. The event is expected to fall on Nov. 14, according to emails circulating among potential attendees. That’s four days before the anniversary of the Nov. 18, 2004, unveiling. It was not immediately clear if the event would be limited to one day.” (via POLITICO.com)
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  • North Logan Shows the Power of Public Libraries

    ~Kathy Dempsey
    17 Aug 2014 | 11:05 am
    Nancy found this short video that shows what great public libraries can be in their communities...Kudos to the North Logan Library in Cache Valley, Utah on the amazing work it's doing and on the way it's publicizing that to keep growing. If you have a video that you're proud of, give us the link in a comment. Share your great work!The M Word Blog teaches your library and non-profit tips, tricks, and trends of the marketing trade.
  • Can You Express Your Library's Value?

    ~Kathy Dempsey
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Everywhere I look, I see librarians complaining that people are saying things like, "Why do we still need libraries?" They lament that stakeholders and elected officials don't understand what libraries are really all about.OK, well: How will people know unless we tell them? Every single librarian, Friend, Trustee, and supporter needs to have an answer, an elevator speech, or a comeback, for these questions. What would be even better is if you didn't wait for the question, but rather, proactively told people about the value of libraries in the 21st century. You may think the need for libraries…
  • Fun with Governmental Advocacy

    ~Kathy Dempsey
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:37 am
    Kathy Dempsey (left) with Stephanie VanceFrom ALA in Las Vegas: While attending a session run by the very knowledgeable Stephanie Vance, I volunteered to be a mock presidential candidate. My pitch beat the other 2 "candidates" (according to the unscientific "applause-o-meter"), making me president of the room! We were given copies of one of Vance's books for our efforts. I definitely recommend getting Citizens In Action: A Guide to Influencing Government or any of her other books if you want to know how to win support from government representatives.The M Word Blog teaches your library and…
  • Thing 1 & Thing 2

    ~Kathy Dempsey
    21 Jun 2014 | 7:08 am
    City Council meetings can be pretty boring. But this one in Dallas,Texas wasn't.This meeting is chock full of effective library advocacy. In fact, the council members will probably remember these particular funding pleas for a long time.If you only watch the first 3 minutes, you'll get the greatest stuff. Two library supporters rewrote Dr. Seuss' story about Thing 1 and Thing 2, who are looking for something to do. If council raised the library budget, they stated, then the public library could be open more hours, and all the local Things would be occupied and happy. The rewritten rhyme was…
  • Projects in Ireland and New Zealand

    ~Kathy Dempsey
    27 May 2014 | 5:56 pm
    Today I ran across two examples of libraries really being part of their communities, and I wanted to share. The first is in County Carlow, Ireland:"Carlow Care and Repair currently work with elderly people in the Carlow area, carrying out small repair work and DIY jobs for them and making weekly contact through the Care and Repair admin team." (How great is that? A government service that sends a team to help the elderly with small home repairs!)But now, an addition: Those who benefit from the programme have expressed an interest in receiving library resources to their homes, and…
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  • Deloitte: Technology Media Telecommunications Predictions

    Stephen Abram
    23 Aug 2014 | 3:14 am
    Deloitte: Technology Media Telecommunications Predictions http://www.slideshare.net/sertacdoganay/deloitte-technology-media-telecommunications-predictions-2014? Deloitte technology media telecommunications predictions 2014 from Sertac Doganay Stephen
  • McKinsey: Business Megatrends

    Stephen Abram
    23 Aug 2014 | 3:12 am
    McKinsey: Business Megatrends http://www.slideshare.net/McK_CMSOForum/mega-trendsv12?   Stephen
  • U.S. Public Libraries Become Front Line in Fight Against Homelessness

    Stephen Abram
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:09 am
    U.S. Public Libraries Become Front Line in Fight Against Homelessness http://www.infodocket.com/2014/07/17/u-s-public-libraries-become-front-line-in-fight-against-homelessness/ Via Gary Price at LJ InfoDocket “From Reuters: Moving beyond their old-fashioned image as book custodians where librarians shush people for talking too loud, libraries have evolved to serve as community centers, staffed with social workers and offering programs from meals to job counseling. [Clip] Libraries are magnets for the homeless since they are public, free, centrally located and quiet. They also are…
  • AAP Reports eBook, Book Revenues Up in First Quarter 2014

    Stephen Abram
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:08 am
    AAP Reports eBook, Book Revenues Up in First Quarter 2014 http://the-digital-reader.com/2014/07/17/aap-reports-ebook-book-revenues-first-quarter-2014/#.U86MZPlznTo Stephen
  • There has to be a library land metaphor here somewhere!

    Stephen Abram
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:47 am
    There has to be a library land metaphor here somewhere! Tree grows 40 types of fruit http://boingboing.net/2014/07/30/tree-grows-40-types-of-fruit.html     “Sam Van Aken created a tree that “grows over forty different types of stone fruit including peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines, cherries, and almonds.” “Sculpted through the process of grafting, the Tree of 40 Fruit blossom in variegated tones of pink, crimson and white in spring, and in summer bear a multitude of fruit. Primarily composed of native and antique varieties the Tree of 40 Fruit are a…
 
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  • It’s Here! The NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Library Edition #NMChz

    Michael
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:17 am
    From Michael: Download the new NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Library Edition. I served on the expert panel to select the topics: go.nmc.org/2014arl  The New Media Consortium (NMC) in collaboration with the University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Chur, the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB), Hannover, and ETH-Bibliothek Zurich are releasing the NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Library Edition at a special session of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) World Library and Information Congress 80th General Conference and Assembly. This is…
  • #IFLALimerick Thanks IFLA Information Literacy Conference!

    Michael
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:23 am
    Thanks to everyone at the Information Literacy Section Satellite Meeting hosted by Limerick Institute of Technology, Limerick, Republic of Ireland. I have thoroughly enjoyed the sessions and the conversations! http://iflasatellitelimerick.com Here are the slides from my keynote talk this morning:  https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/239835/StephensLearningEverywhereIFLAInfoLIT.pdf Now it’s on to Lyon!
  • “Outside The Lines” Inspires Libraries Nationwide

    Michael
    6 Aug 2014 | 8:44 pm
    As of August 5, 2014, more than 80 organizations from across the U.S. and Canada have signed up to participate in Outside the Lines, a weeklong celebration demonstrating the creativity and innovation happening in libraries. The campaign is designed to reintroduce libraries to their communities and get people thinking – and talking – about libraries in a whole new way. Outside the Lines, scheduled to take place September 14-20, 2014, is designed to help people understand how libraries have changed into dynamic centers for engagement. Participating organizations will connect with their…
  • Catching Up: by TTW Contributor Justin Hoenke

    Justin Hoenke
    6 Aug 2014 | 9:51 am
    Photo Credit: Zachary Cross It seems like I’ve been here forever, but as of this month I’ve been at the Chattanooga Public Library for 1 year, 4 months.  In that time, we’ve accomplished a lot of great things for the Chattanooga community. At the same time, I haven’t been able to share as much because….well, things just got really busy in a good way! So this post is my Chattanooga catch up post….a way to share all of the positive things that have been happening around Chattanooga over the past few months. MANAGEMENT One of the big new things in my world is…
  • Librarian I (two positions) – White Plains Public Library NY – Apply by August 13

    Michael
    5 Aug 2014 | 8:12 am
    The Library, with a staff of 42 FTE, attracts nearly 30,000 people to its programs and circulates over 730,000 items. The Library includes the Trove, a library for children, and the Edge, an innovative library for teens that includes a digital media lab. The final phase of its capital campaign will create a Learning Commons for adults as well as a café and bookstore. Special consideration will be given to candidates with experience, training, or interest in any of the following: digital media, emerging technologies, services to teens, services to adults 55+, and local history. Experience in…
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  • Reflections on library assessment and the Library Assessment Conference

    Meredith Farkas
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    I wanted to write about the Library Assessment Conference as soon as I returned, but unfortunately, life got in the way. I got barely a week and a half before I was set to leave my job and, not surprisingly, there was a lot of wrapping up of projects and getting things to a good place to hand them over to colleagues. My last day was August 15th and after spending six days riding bikes in Sunriver, Oregon, I finally have some time to take a breath and reflect. I went to the Library Assessment Conference two years ago, and for some reason, spent most of the time feeling like I should be…
  • On tenure, after three years on the tenure track

    Meredith Farkas
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:15 am
    Way back in 2005, I wrote a post about tenure for librarians in which I argued against it. Since then, I’ve spent six years as a librarian with faculty rank and no tenure and three years as a librarian on the tenure track, and I can say that my feelings against tenure status for librarians has only grown stronger. When I told one of my colleagues that I was leaving for Portland Community College, she said “are you sad you’re not going to be doing scholarship anymore?” Why wouldn’t I? Portland Community College already has 3 Library Journal Movers and Shakers…
  • Taking a new path in a familiar place

    Meredith Farkas
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Lisa Hinchliffe and I are currently analyzing data from a survey looking at factors that facilitate the creation of an assessment culture in community college libraries (it’s a sister study to the one we did with Amy Harris Houk on four-year and above schools reported on in C&RL). We’ll be presenting the results at the Library Assessment Conference in Seattle in August. I’m not going to give away any big results here, but I will say that those of us at BA, MA and PhD-granting schools can learn a lot from community colleges about building a culture of assessment and a…
  • Is your big deal a good deal?

    Meredith Farkas
    18 Jun 2014 | 6:30 am
    We’ve all suspected it. We’ve all talked about it. Some have even written and spoken at conferences about it. But now we have hard evidence that there is incredible variation in terms of the amounts libraries are paying for the same content and that the variation doesn’t come close to relating to FTE or the number of PhDs graduated. In the latest issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences is an article, “Evaluating big deal journal bundles,” that shows us what many institutions are paying for journal packages and the crazy inequality of it all.
  • We contain multitudes

    Meredith Farkas
    13 May 2014 | 12:17 pm
    I’ve been thinking a lot about how people choose to define themselves and what happens when things in their world challenge that definition. This is probably because I spent the weekend with someone close to me who pretty much defines himself by his work, and also read a blog post by a friend with a new baby who is struggling to reconcile who she is professionally in light of this sea change in her life. But also, in my own life, I know that that there are a lot of different pieces of my identity, but only a few by which I really define myself. I know that I’m the same person…
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  • Bookmarks for August 19, 2014

    Nicole C. Engard
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Today I found the following resources and bookmarked them on <a href= Beautiful Open Beautiful Open is a showcase of sites for open source projects that have been well designed. It’s built and curated by @trek. Digest powered by RSS Digest The post Bookmarks for August 19, 2014 appeared first on What I Learned Today.... Related posts: Evaluating Open Source Google Sites for All Open Source Runs the Web
  • Bookmarks for August 4, 2014

    Nicole C. Engard
    4 Aug 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Today I found the following resources and bookmarked them on <a href= BorrowLenses Rent camera bodies, lenses, lighting kits, and more Digest powered by RSS Digest The post Bookmarks for August 4, 2014 appeared first on What I Learned Today.... Related posts: Digital Cameras – I’m up for Suggestions Camera Finder – Part 2
  • Bookmarks for August 3, 2014

    Nicole C. Engard
    3 Aug 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Today I found the following resources and bookmarked them on <a href= SumAll A powerful data analytics tool that allows our customers to view all of their data in one simple, easy-to-use visualization. Social media, e-commerce, advertising, e-mail, and traffic data all come together to provide a complete view of your activity. Digest powered by RSS Digest The post Bookmarks for August 3, 2014 appeared first on What I Learned Today.... Related posts: Bug Me Not Web Design Commercial Permalinks in Gmail
  • Bookmarks for July 30, 2014

    Nicole C. Engard
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Today I found the following resources and bookmarked them on <a href= Code Monster from Crunchzilla Code Monster from Crunchzilla is an interactive tutorial for kids that focuses on action. Code changes immediately yield visible results. Digest powered by RSS Digest The post Bookmarks for July 30, 2014 appeared first on What I Learned Today.... Related posts: Make friends in airports How To Get More Kids To Code Governments Urging the use of Open Source
  • Bookmarks for July 29, 2014

    Nicole C. Engard
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Today I found the following resources and bookmarked them on <a href= Meeting Room Booking System MRBS is a system for multi-site booking of meeting rooms. Rooms are grouped by building/area and shown in a side-by-side view. Although the goal was initially to book rooms, MRBS can also be used to book any resource; computers, planes, whatever you want Digest powered by RSS Digest The post Bookmarks for July 29, 2014 appeared first on What I Learned Today.... Related posts: Quiet in Libraries Why am I behind? Some Stats from the Last 2 Weeks
 
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  • Google Scholar Citation Profiles Receive a Makeover

    Gary Price
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:16 am
    Today’s Google Scholar news (except for the annual release of GS metrics) is the first announcement of something new or updated from GS in nine months. From the Google Scholar Blog: We’re rolling out a complete visual refresh, along with several usability improvements. Your publications are taking the center stage, while their aggregate citation metrics are moving to the sidebar. The “Follow” button is graduating to a more prominent spot, to make it easier for your fellow researchers to keep up with your latest articles. Working with a long list of publications is…
  • UPDATE: “The Global Librarian” eBook Available in Multiple Formats From Open Library and Internet Archive

    Gary Price
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:39 am
    Last year we posted an item about a book/ebook titled The Global Librarian produced by the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) and the New York Metropolitan Area Chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL/NY). The book is edited by Lisa Chow, Caroline Fuchs, Jason Kucsma, Carrie Netzer Wajda, and Sandra Sajonas. With contributions from over 25 professionals working in wildly different libraries across the world, and with 17 case studies celebrating the innovative programs and services offered by library professionals, The Global Librarian highlights the…
  • Reference: Interactive FCC E-Rate Maps of Fiber Connectivity to Schools and Libraries

    Gary Price
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:40 am
    Direct to E-Rate Maps (via FCC.gov) From the Official FCC Blog: We are grateful for the interest these maps have already received and are pleased to release an updated version of the maps today, just one week after our initial release. This version of the maps includes comments received and verified as of 3:30p EDT on 8/18/14 and modifies the weighting schemes to give a stronger preference to data submitted expressly for the purposes of this E-rate proceeding. The E-rate maps will continue to evolve and improve, along with the underlying data, available on the E-Rate Modernization Data page.
  • University of Virginia: University Librarian Karin Wittenborg to Retire at End of 2014

    Gary Price
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:27 pm
    From UVa News: Karin Wittenborg, university librarian and dean of libraries at the University of Virginia, will retire in December after 21 years of service as leader of the University Library system. “Karin is an extraordinary leader, collaborator and colleague,” Executive Vice President and Provost John D. Simon said. “Under her leadership, the U.Va. Library has become nationally known for its support of the scholarly enterprise, always done in a bold and creative way.” Wittenborg has overseen the library system’s 12 facilities and staff of more than 230 since being recruited from…
  • Utah: College Students Prefer Traditional Textbooks to E-Books, Bookstore Officials Say

    Gary Price
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:42 am
    This is not the first time we’ve seen articles like this from around the U.S. From The Deseret News: I think we are still waiting for that ‘iPod moment,’ if you will, in higher education,” said Tom Hirtzel, academic resources manager for the BYU Bookstore. [Clip] Shane Girton, associate director for the Campus Store at the University of Utah, said 10 percent the store’s books are offered electronically, though just 1 percent are sold. “When I started here 15 years ago, it was, ‘Everything is going to be digital in the next five years,’ and…
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  • MOOCs and Library Trends Report discussed at WLIC

    LBORMAN
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:18 am
    Pierre Dillenbourg, the academic director of the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), spoke on his expertise, massive open online courses (MOOCs), during the August 20 plenary session at the 2014 World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) in Lyon, France. Dillenbourg organized the first European summit on MOOCs in 2013, and spoke both passionately and humorously.
  • ALA and German Library Association Sign Agreement

    LBORMAN
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:04 am
    American Library Association (ALA) President Courtney Young and Barbara Lison, a representative of the German library association Bibliothek & Information Deutschland (BID), signed an agreement on Tuesday, August 19, at the World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) in Lyon, France, establishing a collaboration between the two organizations through 2019.
  • Turn Up the Volume

    bgoldberg
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Denver Public Library (DPL) has announced a new service called Volume. The product is intriguing: 37 albums of DRM-free downloadable or streamable music by Colorado artists. The music is available to any DPL cardholder for two years as a downloadable file; after that, it will be archived by the library, and may be rebroadcast.
  • Photos from the Exhibit Hall at WLIC 2014 in Lyon

    LBORMAN
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:42 pm
    IFLA’s World Library Information Congress 2014 in Lyon, France offers a modest-sized but busy exhibit hall. The hall opened Monday to a large crowd sampling new database offerings as well as information about associations and vendors from across the world. ALA’s booth was packed for the opening, and has remained busy.
  • High and Low Tech at World Library and Information Congress 2014 in Lyon, France

    LBORMAN
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:26 am
    Sometimes, low tech trumps high tech. At Tuesday morning’s plenary session of IFLA’s World Library and Information Congress 2014 in Lyon, French journalist Florence Aubenas talked about her kidnapping and six-month imprisonment in Iraq in 2005 and the time since.
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