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Everyone is commenting / questioning / debating (heatedly) the recent initiatives of prestigious universities to offer Massive Open Online Courses. How would you like to be taught by an Ivy League professor…for free? How would you like to be 1 of 150,000 students in your class? What if you could’t earn any credits toward a degree for your work in the class? Hmm…
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The British Library was keen to move beyond traditional uses of its resources by opening up the metadata of its impressive collections. Growing numbers of users were keen to mine the data directly, for example. Breaking away from the longstanding MARC catalogue record format and adopting open licensing models and cross-domain standards, such as RDF and XML, would facilitate data reuse, improve visibility, reach out to new users and offer a richer discovery experience.
Technology has changed the face of libraries, and is continuing to change how we work and how we deliver services to customers. This workshop introduces emer...
Marion Stokes taped the news for 30 years. Now the Internet Archive is digitizing her vision.
Whether existing international and EU copyright frameworks strike the right balance between access to information, research and innovation...
Matthew Mateusz Zadrozny: I’m the guy eating chicken in the viral photo of the New York Public Library. I’m a library nerd. But all nerds need a library
... while the vast majority of songs are on iTunes and YouTube?
A Pew study out Thursday suggests library users tend to be pillars of the community, with good ties to their neighbors and positive lives
Written by Helen Kula, Librarian at the Institute for Management and Innovation, University of Toronto Mississauga, and Organizer of Startup Weekend Education – Library EditionIn less than two weeks, SWEDU will see the first-ever library-focused version of Startup Weekend take place in Toronto, Canada. Startup Weekend Toronto EDU: Library Edition will bring together developers, designers and entrepreneurs together with library & information professionals to solve library-specific problems.Organized by a team of librarians, we’re determined Continue Reading
The Central Library Plan threatens to decimate the New York Public Library System. Why is Mayor de Blasio so steadfastly silent? And can a growing movement stop this assault on New York culture? In this lengthy dispatch, we talked with members of the Committee to Save the NYPL and others to determine the present struggle and the protest strategy.
Current State of Libraries and eContent About 6 months ago, I read a comment on a popular industry blog by someone who stated she was a librarian. I saved her comment and I'm re-posting it here. Th...
SXSW Interactive (March 7-11), the annual tech festival, opens today in Austin, Tex. and expect to see a wide range of publishers and publishing-related events.
The explosion of smartphones has created the potential to connect the physical and digital worlds, including by QR codes and NFC tech. Is it just a big fad that will pass, or are there some useful applications for these tools?
A space for librarians, archivists, and info professionals to share their experiences with microaggressions within the profession.
Presentation at the Stellenbosch Library Symposium in 2013
Tim Waterstone's claim that ebooks are in decline isn't persuasive – and there are far more urgent matters for readers to discuss
There will never be a "Netflix for books" if by that term one means a comprehensive collection. Book aggregations must serve the overarching needs of the publisher to generate revenue and are thus...
They are nearly extinct in their natural habitat. In the James Library & Center for the Arts in Norwell, one maintains its position at the end of a large bookcase near the center of the room, its counterpart sentry for an antique grandfather clock. In the Dyer Memorial Library in Abington, it has been relegated to the corner, left mostly untouched for the past decade. They are the wooden card catalog cabinets, once an essential component of town and school libraries. Now they are mostly relics of the past, repurposed in some cases to hold recipes, display Christmas cards, or stash canned goods.
In partnership with C/W MARS, the Palmer, Mass. Public Library is changing the way communities interact with libraries.
Planned obsolescence and flipping bits may be putting our digital archives at risk
Digital publishing is rapidly becoming a haven for struggling writers—but it turns out the format might hold similar potential for struggling readers too.
A new typology of Americans’ public engagement with public libraries, which sheds light on broader issues around the relationship between technology, libraries, and information resources in the United States.
The notion of libraries as centers for communities is hardly new, but the surge in visitors that they are experiencing would make anyone proud and excited.
Libraries have grown far beyond the nostalgic scent of books on shelves (though we still have that too). There is an explosive realm of content-wrangling that occurs on the library frontier making life-changing impacts in literacy, health, and education. There is also exists a quagmire of metadata messes, licensing loops, and lack-luster technology that is overdue for an innovative shakeup.
Young librarians from around New Zealand share their love of the job with Alexander Robertson.